When you need to place a loved one in an assisted-living facility, there are some things to do to make sure you find the right home for them. The right community is the key to making sure they feel comfortable and get the right care.

Before you choose a nursing home or assisted-living facility, it’s important to take a few steps to find the right one. Here are three things to remember.

1. Schedule a visit (and plan to visit twice)

The first thing to do is to plan a visit to the facility you’re considering. For the first visit, schedule a visit with the staff. Get all the information you need during that first visit. Next time pop in at a random time to reassess the choice.

2. Don’t wait until the last minute

Another important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t wait too long to view nursing homes or assisted-living facilities. You want to find out about all the options open to you and your loved one as soon as you can, so you can take your time when making a decision.

3. Trust your instincts

As with most things, the reality is that you will have instincts about the place you visit. You may feel that it seems depressing or that something is off. If that’s so, choose another facility. There are many different locations to review, so you shouldn’t choose one to save time or energy. Finding the right facility takes time, and you should always trust your gut when making this all-important decision for your loved one.