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Learning About Assisted Living
- Three meals a day served in a common dining area
- Medication management
- Housekeeping and maintenance services
- Assistance with personal care, such as bathing, eating, dressing, using the toilet, and waking
- Access to health and medical services
- Exercise and educational facilities
- Laundry and linen service
- Social, recreational, and religious activities
How Much Is It and Who Pays?
What Should I Look For in Assisted Living?
- Make an accurate and honest assessment of your needs, including physical, financial, and lifestyle. If you are not sure how to begin, contact a private geriatric care manager. Visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers' website for a referral ( http://www.caremanager.org).
- Visit as many facilities as you can. This will help you to get a sense of what is available in your area.
- Consider the proximity of the facility to those who will visit you.
- Narrow down your selection to the top two or three choices, return to those facilities and speak with residents and staff. Ask lots of questions. Try some of the services offered, like eating a meal or taking an exercise class.
- Ask for a copy of the resident agreement or contract.
- Ask to review the licensing or certification inspection reports.
- Call the local long-term care ombudsman’s office (the person who investigates complaints) and ask if there are complaints about the facilities you are interested in.
- Make an unannounced visit to the facility. Visit at different times of the day and weekend.
- Choose the facility that comes closest to your needs.
Assisted Living Federation of America http://www.alfa.org
National Center for Assisted Living http://www.ncal.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Seniors Canada http://www.seniors.gc.ca
Assisted living information. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Assisted%5FLiving%5FInformation.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Assisted living services and amenities. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Lifestyles%5Fand%5FAmenities.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Choosing an assisted living residence: a consumer's guide. National Center for Assisted Living website. Available at: http://www.ahcancal.org/ncal/resources/Documents/Choosing%20An%20Assisted%20Living%20Residence%202013.pdf. Accessed January 14, 2014.
Cost of assisted living. Assisted Living Federation of America website. Available at: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/Assessing%5FCost.asp. Accessed January 14, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014
- Update Date: 01/14/2014