Moving a parent or another loved one into a nursing home may be one of the hardest tasks you have to do. This is why it’s so important to ensure you’re choosing the right home for them. So to help you make this decision, here are a few important steps you should take when comparing nursing homes.

Observe the staff:¬†First and foremost, it’s important to know how the memory care assistance staff members interact with the residents. Unfortunately, not all nursing home staff members treat residents with the respect they deserve. So take the time to observe how staff members talk with the residents. Do they treat them with respect? Do they seem to genuinely care? Without good staff members, a nursing home won’t be a good place to live.

Know which activities are offered: Just because your loved one is going to be living in an assisted living facility, that doesn’t mean they can just sit around all day. Activities are important for both social and physical health. In fact, 2015 data shows that those retirees that are happiest are the ones who engage in three to four activities on a regular basis. So ask about what kind of activities are offered to the residents.

Check out the food: Meals are just as important at memory care assistance facilities as they are at home. Not only should the food be good, but the meals should be structured in a way that makes the residents feel comfortable. Some facilities may have all of the residents and staff come together for meals, while others may allow residents to eat whenever they please. Knowing this can help you know if the home is right for your loved one.

Ask for references: Lastly, make sure you ask for references. If you know someone who has recently started living in a nursing home, start by asking them how they like it. Otherwise, you can ask the facility for references or check online reviews. Knowing how other people’s experiences with area homes can help guide you in making the right decision.

Choosing a nursing home is a difficult, but important task. Hopefully, following these steps will help make choosing a home a little easier.