One of the first steps in helping a senior make living arrangements is deciding whether home care or assisted living is more-appropriate, according to Consumer Reports. For help in making this decision, and other decisions regarding the senior's care, a consultation with a geriatric care manager is recommended.
A geriatric care manager helps assess the senior's physical and mental state, as well as her financial situation, to determine what local assisted care facilities would be a good fit, states Consumer Reports. The Aging Life Care Association provides an interactive tool that helps seniors and their families find local certified geriatric care managers.
When it is time to look at assisted living facilities, it is important to watch for any red flags, according to Consumer Reports. Staff and resident interactions should be friendly and cheerful, and the staff should show a clear interest in helping the residents. Visiting the facility unannounced provides a more-accurate depiction of staff and resident relations.
If everything at the facility is satisfactory, it is also a good idea to contact the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center to get in touch with a local ombudsman, according to Consumer Reports. An ombudsman can offer additional facility recommendations, information on resident's rights, and information on complaints made about certain facilities and how the complaints were resolved.