Features of individual units
Are different sizes and types of units available?
Are units for single and double occupancy available?
Do residents have their own lockable doors?
Is a 24-hour emergency response systems accessible
from the unit?
Are bathrooms private with handicapped
accommodations to accommodate wheelchairs and
Are residents able to bring- their own furnishings
for their unit and what may they bring?
Do all units have a telephone and cable TV and how
is billing handled?
Is a kitchen area/unit provided with a refrigerator,
sink and cooking element?
May residents keep food in their units?
May residents smoke in their units? In public
May residents have pets?
Social and recreational activities
Is there evidence of an organized activities
program, such as a posted daily schedule, events in
progress, reading materials, visitors, etc?
Do residents participate in the neighboring
Do volunteers, including family members, come into
the residence to help with or conduct programs?
Does the residence require residents to undertake
any chores or perform specific activities that
benefit all residents?
Does the residence have its own pets or provide for
pets to visit the facility?
Does the residence provide three nutritionally
balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
Are snacks available?
May a resident request special foods?
Are common dining areas available?
May residents eat meals in their units?
May meals be provided at a time a resident would
like or are there set times for meals?
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