When choosing a care facility for yourself or a loved one, there are a number of factors that should be considered. A proper level of professional care and appropriate expertise at caring for people with particular conditions are extremely important considerations, but those should be a starting point when choosing a care facility.

A certain facility may provide great care, but if the facility does not also cater to an individual’s personal preferences, then the individual may be significantly unhappier at that particular facility.

Different care facilities can have very significant differences in terms of lifestyle options that can profoundly affect a resident’s happiness. Pets are one area where different care facilities have different policies. Some care facilities do not allow pets at all. If having a pet, or potentially having a pet is important, then fully explore any potential facility’s policies and restrictions.

Food is another area that can make a big difference to a resident’s happiness. How much choice do residents have for their daily meals? How often are meals repeated? Does the facility accommodate people with personal or religious dietary restrictions?

Religious life is another factor that differentiates care facilities. Some facilities specifically cater to individuals of a particular faith. These facilities may also have religious services within the facility and organize social life in the facility around religious holidays and services. Other facilities may have transportation available to local places of worship.

Whatever personal preferences an individual may have, individuals should not hesitate to ask about what a particular care facility offers. The choice of a care facility can involve a significant amount of time and monetary commitment. It is better to ask more questions now rather than coming to regret the choice later. Leaving one facility for another can involve significant complications and sunk costs.

To discuss your care facility choices and what benefits and planning options may be available to pay for a stay in a care facility, please call Martha C. Brown & Associates at (314) 962-0186.