Specialized Facilities

Take a Tour

If at all possible, it's a good idea to also schedule a tour of the care centers you’re considering. Ask questions about available technology but also run down the following list of questions that cover the basics of care:

  • Is the facility clean?
  • Are waiting rooms and patient care rooms comfortable and well maintained?
  • Do they provide private dressing rooms and waiting areas so patients in hospital gowns don’t have to sit with fully dressed patients?
  • Are the treatment areas comfortable?
  • Is the environment relatively quiet?
  • Is the atmosphere frightening or comforting?
  • Are there extra chairs for family and friends?
  • Is there a special area for children with a television, games and toys?
  • Is there a resource center? Since people learn best when they receive information more than one way, check to see if the center has a variety of books, videos, Internet access and a people to help you research medical literature.