• Be Safe – Always top priority.
    • Is the community licensed to provide health services?
    • Is a licensed nurse on-site 24/7?
    • Does staff receive on-going training?
    • Is there a written care plan for each resident?
  • Think Ahead – The community should still be a good fit if needs change.
    • Pay attention to ease of navigation and safety measures.
    • Ask about care programs, even if you don’t need them now.
    • Are pharmacy services available?
  • Be Comfortable – The community should be clean and inviting. Is the staff friendly? Do residents appear happy and engaged?
  • Be Active – Ask to see the daily calendar.
    • Is there plenty to do?
    • Is transportation available?
    • Are there salon services?
  • Exercise Options – Look for a managed fitness center.
    • Are there multiple exercise classes?
    • Is therapy available?
  • Eat Well, Live Well – Stop by for a meal.
    • Are there a variety of appetizing and nutritious options?
    • Are special diets accommodated?
    • Look for heart-healthy choices as well as those rich in anti-oxidants.
  • Understand Contracts and Costs – Review the payment structure carefully. Is it a monthly fee, or a buy-in? What are termination and refund policies? How are care charges structured?
  • Don’t Forget Memory Care – Ask about dedicated activities for every day enrichment, plus specialized programs for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease. Are there specific goals to help maintain cognitive function?

Belmont Village Senior Living is a leading provider of assisted living and award-winning memory care.  For more information, call 310-377-9977 or visit

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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