Things to Consider for a Move to Assisted Living

By Linda Jordan, Seniors Real Estate Specialist –

For some seniors, assisted living provides an excellent housing option that meets many essential needs. Things such as a “home-like” environment and help with daily chores are primary motivators. When visiting communities, it’s a good idea to have a list of questions in order to make relevant comparisons. For example:

  • What abilities and degrees of self-sufficiency are required for residents?
  • What happens when these abilities change?
  • What is the staff/resident ratio during the day and at night?
  • Is a nurse on-site 24 hours?
  • Is the community regularly assess-ed and by what organizations?
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    Who administers medications, and how is the information recorded?

  • What type of living arrangements are offered?
  • What is the monthly cost, and what does that include? What other fees might be assessed?
  • Is the community clean inside and out?
  • Is the staff friendly? Does the staff and leadership address residents by name? Are their interactions professional? Are the residents happy?
  • Is the food attractive? Does it taste good?
  • Do you feel comfortable in the community?

It’s easy to be “wowed” by a fancy lobby and beautiful grounds. A good dialog that answers questions and offers solutions for a move consideration are imperative for the senior and their family. Make it a priority to visit  the community at different times and seek feedback from residents and their families in order to make informed decisions.