Caregiver Quality – Make sure that you meet and speak with all of the caregivers on staff. Many group home owners are not the primary caregivers at their facilities. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but just make sure that you keep in mind that the person that you meet with for a tour of the house might not necessarily be the person who will be the primary caregiver for your loved one when they are living at that community.
Home Cleanliness – Make sure that the group home that you are visiting is well maintained. Many owners will clean up a bit if they have a tour that day, as well all would do. The best way to check what the home is really like is to look at the rooms of the other residents. While some residents will be messy, check to make sure that the carpets are clean and that any unhygienic things are not present in the rooms.
Pricing – Make sure that you are fully aware of any pricing issues that might come up. Ask if their are any additional charges from the home for transportation to MD appointments and what services are provided. It is not unreasonable that their would be some charge for the home’s mileage expense.
Long Term Residents – Perhaps the best way to gauge a home’s quality is whether or not they have long term residents. This is an effective way to find out whether or not the home is providing good care to their residents. However, for homes that are dealing with residents with many severe health issues, including hospice clients, it is important to keep in mind that most of their residents will not be very long lived compared to what you might see at other communities.
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