Is it time for a family member to move into a retirement community? Eventually, many people will determine that they can no longer manage daily household tasks.  While it may be a difficult decision, it might be the best option to ensure that your family member receives the care and attention they deserve.
A word of caution: Elder abuse is escalating.  It’s essential that you choose a location with a solid reputation and trustworthy staff. Take time to explore options. Interview and tour the facilities beforehand.  Then carefully choose a quality community that best suits the needs of your family member.

Questions to Ask a Retirement Community

  • What is the ratio of staff to residents?
  • How can residents access the call buttons if needed?
  • How many residents are in each room?
  • Where are the access points to turn the lights on and off in each room?
  • Is there a licensed social worker on staff?
  • Is a nutritionist or dietician on staff to help with meal planning?
  • Are background checks run on employees before they are hired?
  • How often do the patients meet with a doctor?
  • Is outdoor access available?
  • Are the bathrooms private or shared?
  • What are the options for showering and bathing? How often?
  • How often is the laundry washed?
  • Are physical therapists available?
  • How much privacy will be available for the residents?

After the senior moves into the retirement community, it’s essential that family members maintain contact. A relative or friend should regularly monitor the level of care the senior is receiving from staff members.  It’s also important to stay abreast of any developments that might impact your loved one, such as a change in management or ownership.  An environment providing anything less than a respectful and healthy domicile should be cause for concern.
If you have questions about protecting your family members, our team is here to assist. Email info@SeniorSafeAndSound.org or call 858-480-7551. Senior Safe and Sound.
This information is intended to inform the public at large about this important issue. It is not intended to serve as legal advice.