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Top 10 Tips for locating the RIGHT Adult Care Home 


     10.     Inquire with the State: Legal records for each ACH are available for public viewing. 


      9.     Enjoy a meal on the House!:  Every ACH should invite you to come in for a meal. This not only 

      allows you to sample the cuisine, but also gives you a chance to interact with the current residents. 

      This is an opportunity to meet the staff and see how they handle the unpredictability of meal time for

       a group of five residents.


8.     Check for “Elbow Room”: Is there any place to read quietly besides my room? Is there a place I can meet with friends and family without the TV disrupting us?


7.     Check beyond the “Boob Tube”: A topnotch ACH will offer more than a TV to entertain. Don’t be afraid to inquire about what will be happening when the TV is turned off. Are outings offered, Bible studies, gardening, puzzles and games, don’t be afraid to ask. If they struggle to answer this question, maybe it should raise a red flag that there isn’t much going on besides Pat Sajak & Alex Trebek.


6.     Fresh Air Anyone?: Is there a nicely landscaped yard, a garden or a water feature? In Oregon it’s nice to get out in Summer and Fall and a relaxing setting is important. You can tell a lot about an ACH not only from the inside, but the outside as well, don’t hesitate to ask for a walk around the grounds. This also gives you a chance to look for the hole in the fence with the neighbor’s pit-bull on the other side. 


5.     Quality Qualifications: Don’t hesitate to inquire about the qualifications of the entire staff. Do they have an RN on staff, are they experienced leading activities in a group setting? Don’t be afraid to ask questions, a good ACH administrator should welcome questions. This gives them a chance to “brag on” their home.


4.      Kick a Tire: Are the walls in this place going to outlast me? Some older homes may not be the place you want to be, cold drafty windows or substandard workmanship are a deal breaker for many people!


3.     No Beer! Read the house rules closely! Some allow alcohol, some don’t. Smoking, Non-smoking. Long visiting hours, short visiting hours. Pets, no pets. Mary Jane, Dream on. Know what you’re signing up for, before you sign up... 


2.     Use the Restroom: Was a ton of junk thrown in the back closet just before you entered the front door?  Bathrooms reflect a lot about a house or a business. It is a good barometer of how the business views itself, clean and efficient or cluttered and unsettled. If an ACH is trying to put on a last-second clean job, chances are they won’t have the time for the loo. 


1.    Go with your gut! If it doesn’t feel right, chances are it isn’t. Sometimes you can put your finger on it. (The food was atrocious! Pet hair everywhere! Dirty, dirty, dirty!) Sometimes you may not be able to put your finger on it. If it’s right, you’ll probably know before that first meal is over… 


This Top 10 Tip List was generated by Blessing House

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