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Health Tip: Looking for Senior Housing?

(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.