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While you are looking, consider your current needs and how those needs may change in the future. Work with family to set priorities for what is most important to you in a facility or community, and determine what you can afford.
   ❏ How frequently are staff evaluations conducted?
❏ Who supervises direct care staff?
❏ If an RN is on staff, what are his/her
hours, roles, and responsibilities?
❏ Who provides additional services
when needed?
❏ Are staff trained in preventive oral
hygiene care?
❏ Are staff trained in care for the person
with dementia?
❏ How long does the average person
work for the facility?
❏ What is being done to retain staff?
Quality of Life
❏ Do residents appear happy, relaxed, and comfortable?
❏ Do residents appear properly groomed and dressed?
❏ Do residents appear healthy?
❏ Are residents treated with dignity and
❏ Are residents with dementia encour-
aged to participate?
❏ Is there a plan in place to maintain the quality of services and care for residents?
❏ Is there community involvement with the facility?
❏ How is the facility involved in the community (e.g., daycare for children, block parties, meetings held at the facility)?
❏ Are small day or activity rooms available and in use?
❏ How does the facility accommodate family and friends who visit?
❏ Are residents involved in program design, evaluation, management, and policy development?
❏ Is the assistance of a physical or oc- cupational therapist available?
❏ Does the residence have a dentist or dental hygienist on call?
Activities and Daily Living
❏ How are medications distributed and who supervises?
❏ Does the pharmacy provide delivery services, consultations, and medica- tion review?
❏ Is there an activity schedule?
❏ Are activities designed with the person
living with dementia in mind?
❏ Are there a variety of activities and
times when they are offered?
❏ Is there an exercise program?
❏ Are there specific hours when guests
may visit?
❏ Is there a private room available for
entertaining guests?
❏ Are coffee, tea, and other beverages
available to offer guests?
❏ What is the food like? (Ask if you can
have lunch or dinner there.)
❏ How are meals planned?
❏ Are special diets accommodated?
❏ Are residents involved in menu planning? ❏ Are snacks available during the day? ❏ Are bed linens and towels provided? ❏ Is transportation provided? Is there
access to public transportation?
❏ How are personal likes and dislikes,
habits, routines, and activities accom-
❏ Are religious services held at the

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