The following is an excerpt from the upcoming book Chronological Order: The Fine Print for a Large Life, written by Jill Yesko and Laurean Kile.
It Is Time to Start Touring
The best advice is to locate and visit assisted-living communities before a crisis. Meeting the staff, residents, and often family members are some of the best ways to learn about the community. Every assisted-living community is unique, but there are common questions to ask yourself and the community before, during, and after a visit. The checklist in our book will help you ask these questions and make an assessment for yourself and/or a loved one. It is never too early to visit.
It is best to schedule an appointment to tour a community. When you set an appointment, you will then meet with the appropriate person who will take the time to answer all of your questions and give you their undivided attention. Plan on your visit to be about an hour long.