Finding the right senior living arrangement for your family can be tough. If you’re looking at senior living communities and nursing homes, you’ll want to make sure you make the right choice and find a facility that is a good fit for your loved one.

It’s smart to pick three or so living communities, put them on a list, and then visit and tour them. While touring the facility, make sure you pay close attention to the residents already there.

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Do they seem happy and engaged? If so, that’s certainly a good sign. Also, keep an eye on the staff, do they seem happy and engaged? At the end of the day, staff may make or break your loved one’s experience.

Often, you can stop by living centers unannounced and ask to take a quick look. This way, you can see the facility as it actually is, rather than as a presentation. When considering living centers, you should also talk with your loved one. At the end of the day, the choice of which facility to go with will have a big impact on their life and well-being.