FYI's Health Tip: Looking for Senior Housing? -- Diana Kohnle

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(HealthDay News) -- When looking for senior housing, whether a nursing home or assisted living facility, check for factors that will help make the home safer and more comfortable.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines:

  • Look for a residence in a safe neighborhood, close to family and friends.
  • Consider proximity to local groceries and shops.
  • Make sure the facility's appearance is clean, odor-free, comfortable and well-kept, both inside and out.
  • Find out how many people live in the residence, and check out the floor plan to make sure it's easy to navigate.
  • Look for common areas and outdoor areas where seniors can congregate.
  • Find out if residents may come and go independently.
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