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How to choose an Assisted Living Community
 
Assisted living is a housing and health-care option that combines independence and personal care in a residential setting. So, how do you choose the best community for you? Below you will find a consumer checklist to help you with this process!
 
Click link to PRINT your personal Assisted Living Consumer Checklist;
AssistedLivingConsumerChecklist.pdf

Environment:
  • As you arrive at the community, do you like it's location and outward appearance?
  • As you enter the lobby and tour the community, is the decor attractive and homelike?
  • Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community?
  • Do residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
  • Are you able to talk with residents about how they like the comminity and staff?
Physical Features:
  • Is the community well-designed for your needs?
  • Is the floor plan easy to follow?
  • Are doorways, hallways, and rooms accommodating to wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Are elevators available for those unable to use stairways?
  • Are floors of a non-skid materialand carpets firm to ease walking?
  • Is the community clean, free of odor, and appropriately heated/cooled?
  • Does the community have a means of security if a resident wanders?
Needs Assessments, Residency Agreements, Costs & Finances:
  • Is there a written plan of care for each resident? How frequently is it reviewed and updated?
  • Does the community have a process for assessing a resident's needs for service and are those needs addressed periodically?
  • Are there additional services available if the resident's needs change?
  • Do billing, payment, and credit policies seem fair and reasonable?
Services & Amenities:
  • Can the community provide a list of personal care services available?
  • Does community provide housekeeping services in personal living spaces?
  • Can residents arrange for transportation on fairly short notice?
  • Are barber/beautician services offered on-site?
  • Does the community provide scheduled transportatin to appointments, shops, and other activities desired by residents?
Social & Recreational Activities:
  • Is there evidence of organized activities, such as a posted daily schedule, events in progress, reading materials, visitors, etc?
  • Does the community create a sense of inclusion by encouraging residents to participate in activities?
  • Do volunteers, including family members, come into the community to help with or to conduct programs?
Medical & Health Care:
  • Does the community have specific policies regarding storage of medication, assistance with medications, training and supervision of staff, and record keeping?
  • Is self-administration of medication allowed?
  • Is there a staff person to coordinate home health-care visits from a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, tec., if needed?
  • Does the community have a clearly stated procedure for responding to a resident's medical emergency?