Resources for Families
Whether or not you choose to place your loved ones in our homes,
Prime Care Living is committed to sharing information that helps
families make better decisions regarding appropriate living
This page contains information from us as well as links to
information and organizations that can make a difference.
Things to Consider When Searching for the Right Living Situation
Rhonda Dimperio, RN, BSN
Finding the right living situation for your loved one is a daunting
task and frequently is an urgent situation. An educated consumer is
the best consumer. Things to consider are:
- Although most facilities will initially want to make an
appointment, you should also be able to drop in unannounced.
Never being allowed to drop in to visit may not be a good sign.
- Physical appearance is important, but don't be distracted by
- Staff should be friendly, introduce you to the residents and
answer questions about the environment.
- Request to see current licenses and state surveys. Note if
any and all deficiencies were corrected.
- Talk to the residents about their experience in the
facility. Are they clean and well cared for?
- Ask for references, not only from current residents and/or
their families, but professional references as well.
- Talk to the staff about the working conditions. What is the
staff to resident ratio? What is the staff turnover rate? What
kind of initial and ongoing training do they receive?
- Ask to see menus and the activity schedule.
- Note the smell and appearance of the facility. If there is a
foul odor throughout the environment, that may be cause for
- Ask about the prices. Do they have any add on costs and if
so, make sure these are clearly identified.
- Assessments should be done on all potential residents prior
to admission to assure your loved one can be cared for
appropriately in the setting.
- Do not hesitate to ask as many questions as needed. You need
to advocate for your loved one on every level.