Is the facility in good
standing with the state inspectors?
Are fees competitive?
Have fees increased
significantly in the past few years?
Is the structure easy to
understand and reasonable?
Does the institution readily
reveal what service are covered in the quoted
What services are extra?
Is Medicaid accepted? Is
Are billing and accounting
procedures understandable and acceptable?
Is transportation of patients
Does a resident advisory
Are visiting hours reasonable?
Are therapeutic services
available? (Speech, physical and occupational)
Are social work services or
other mental health services available?
Are community organizations
(library, church group, volunteers) involved?
Do the charge nurses, social
workers, department heads, and top-level
administrators have geriatric experience and/or
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What to Look for in
Assisted Living Communities
Using the following checklist to
assist you in assesses assisted living communities.
If possible, both the caregiver and care recipient
should be involved in the decision making process.
The more an older person participates in the
planning process, the easier it will be to adjust to
the new environment.
Assessing an Assisted
Living residence as you tour the facility:
As you arrive at the
residence, do you like the location and outward
appearance of the residence?
As you enter the lobby and
tour the residence, is the decor attractive and
Did you and your potential
resident both receive a warm greeting from staff
welcoming you to the residence?
Does the administrator/staff
call residents by name and interact warmly with
them as you tour the residence?
Do residents socialize with
each other and appear happy and comfortable?