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Is This Place Any Good?


With lots of choices for senior care in the valley, how do you know which places provide good care? Fancy brochures and friendly marketers can make it difficult to make that determination.

As someone who does this full time, I want to help you learn one way I use to measure quality of care in an assisted living.

Caregivers are the backbone or foundation of any assisted living facility. There is a shortage of caregivers in our community and nationwide. The amount and type of training caregivers receive when first hired is important, as well as the ongoing training the facility provides.

*Ask when you tour about the training caregivers receive, “How long is it? How are their skills evaluated?” or “How much experience does the most experienced caregiver here have?”

*Ask specifically what the facility is doing to attract and retain excellent caregivers. You may consider asking- “Of all the caregivers that work here, who has been here the longest?”  

*Ask what is the process is if a resident or family member is not happy with the care that is provided by a caregiver. If this process sounds vague, odds are there isn’t an official process in place.

Make a free call to Charity Young, RN, BSN, Senior Care Advisor with Boise Care Connections for more tips 208-917-3776.   

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