7 Tips For Choosing Your Assisted Living Facility

At Cathay Express Transportation, we provide medical transportation services to many people who live in assisted living facilities in Rego Park. That is why we understand how it can be challenging to choose the right one for you. It is important to visit and tour several potential communities in order to find the best fit. Here are our tips for what to look out for when choosing your new home:

1) Check for cleanliness
Cleanliness goes beyond the place looking neat; it also makes an impact on your health. When you walk into this facility, does it look and smell clean? Inquire about housekeeping services in both the common areas and in personal living spaces, and don’t forget to ask about laundry procedures.

2) Visit during an activity
Try to schedule your visit during a community event. This will give you a good gauge on what sorts of activities are available, how the staff interacts with residents, and how involved residents are in the community. Be sure to ask how often events occur, and what type of events are offered. If you enjoy your time at this event, it may indicate that the facility is a good fit for you.

3) Observe the staff
A friendly and personable staff can make a huge difference in the quality of life of the residents. Note the attitude with which they approach you and the residents. Do they listen attentively and make eye contact? Do they make you feel comfortable and welcome? Inquire about the staffing pattern to gain an understanding of how many people will be responsible for your care. If you are not already, ask to be introduced to the management as well.

4) Eat a meal
Nutritious, high quality, and delicious food can make a huge difference in your enjoyment of life. When you tour a facility, be sure to eat a meal, which will allow you to sample their food, as well as mingle with the residents. Additionally, ask about entree choices, as well as dining hours and procedures. For example, find out what your options are if you are unable to make it to a meal.

5) Think of safety
It is crucial to find a facility that can give you peace of mind. Inquire about emergency procedures, and find out how you can contact staff if there is an emergency. Check the bathrooms and personal spaces for safety features such as grab bars. Inquire whether or not a registered nurse is on site at all times. Be sure to also ask specific questions about any medical needs you may have.

6) Ask current residents and their families
Ask residents for their honest opinions about the facility and community. They may have a resident council to which you can pose questions. Also consider looking online to see if the facility has any reviews you can read.

7) Trust your instincts
Can you see yourself living in this community? Do you feel at ease with the staff members and residents? Your instinct is your best judge, so listen to it.
Cathay Express Transportation provides non-emergency medical transportation services to senior citizens in Rego Park.


When you need medical transportation to or from your assisted living facility, Cathay Express can help. Contact us today for more information!