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Ask the Expert: What Are Some Key Things To Remember When Choosing An Assisted Living Facility?

Q: What are some key things to remember when choosing an assisted living facility?
A: Look closely into the options that are available. There are many different types of senior living communities. Some offer multiple services under one roof (such as independent living, assisted living, and memory care), as well as those that focus on one service offering. Your needs (or the needs of your loved one) may ultimately determine what type of community you choose. In the end, you want to select one that’s secure and safe yet offers a loving, home-like feel with specially trained staff; and ideally one that includes a spacious outdoor area, so residents can freely spend time walking or dining al fresco. Finally, look for a facility that provides life-enrichment offerings, as well as outings tailored to individual interests and needs.

—Jessica Sanders, Executive Director, CountryHouse Residence, 8485 Barton Road, Granite Bay, 916-899-6565; 2005 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-836-8022,