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Assisted Living Tidbits
One of the things I was trained to do years ago while working in the hospitality industry is to always pay attention to the small details. They are so important, and they do tell volumes about how any business is managed. The assisted living industry is no different.
What does it potentially say about a facility that has wilted flowers on the tables, and perhaps garbage in the main entryway of the facility? Does that mean that the kitchen is also in the same, neglected state? Another example that we have seen that has potentially serious implications is when the facility misspells marketing materials, like a brochure, or an online ad. The implication being that if they can't take the time to do a spellcheck, are they going to take the time to make sure your mother, who has Alzheimer's, gets the correct medication at the correct time?
Details are important. I used to have a boss who, at the busiest time of day would ask me to 'take a walk' with him to go find burned out light bulbs. I am convinced that he chose the busiest, most hectic time of day for me so that I would eventually become trained to see those types of things regardless of how many other things were demanding my attention.
As you tour an assisted living facility, take the time to look around and notice the 'details' of the facility - good and bad. A fresh vase of flowers on the dining room table can tell you a lot about the facility!