The first step toward moving to long term care is making the decision to explore the options available to you in this special environment. It can be challenging to get to this first step, as deciding to move to a long term care facility is sometimes difficult for both seniors and their families. It can be tough to reconcile perceptions about what it means to live in a long term care home, and you may have a number of questions. What’s it really like? Will I be content there? Will I enjoy the food? The other residents? How will a typical day unfold? And how about the care – will it meet my unique needs?
What you’re feeling is natural and the questions you have are very reasonable. The best way to get the answers is by taking the time to tour a few long term care homes and speak with the Executive Director or other members of the management team. To help you on those tours, and to make it easier for you to compare a few potential options, we’ve put together a Long Term Care Home Tour Checklist that includes everything from what activities each home offers to details about the building’s safety features, so you can focus on the information you need to make the right decision.