The best way to find out if a facility will be a good fit for you is to visit. First, call the facility to see if they accept your payment plan and if they have space available. Then, arrange a visit at least one time and preferably two or three at varying times of day. It is a good idea to have at least one unannounced visit, a visit during meal time, and a visit on weekends. This will give you a good idea of the type of life you will be leading.

You might also speak with residents and their families to find out what life is really like at the facility.

And, get to know the staff people who will be working with you and caring for you. It is important to build a solid relationship with care providers.