Retirement Community Is “Only As Good As Its Administrator.” What to Look For.
When evaluating a retirement community, don’t just consider the caregivers. Look higher up the totem pole—all the way to the top—recommends Andrew Carle, executive-in-residence at George Mason University’s Program in Senior Housing Administration.
He tells ConnectionNewspapers.com, in Alexandria, VA, that the people who run the facility, whether it be for independent living, assisted living or nursing-home care, set the tone.
“A community is only as good as its administrator,” said Carle. “Have the administrator give you a tour. It doesn’t matter if the facility has a glass chandelier or a baby grand piano. As you’re walking around, if the administrator doesn’t know their own employees or residents, that would tell you a whole lot more than any brochure would. Families should look for an administrator who clearly has a love for seniors.”
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Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.