Senior Living Checklist
The following is a consumer checklist of important services, amenities and accommodations in assisted living communities and personal care homes. Every home and community is unique. We recommend making several visits, at various times of day, to each residence you are considering.
Ask for written material. GSLA recommends that all communities have a written statement or copies of their resident agreement outlining, at a minimum, services, prices, extra charges, admission and discharge criteria, staffing and house rules.
As you start your search, it is important to assess your needs as they are now and ask representatives of each community how they will accommodate any changes over time. It is also important to examine your finances and ask about costs. Monthly rates and fee structures vary.
Most of all, if you are seeking assisted living or a personal care home for someone who cannot visit the residence personally, it is important to respect the prospective resident’s needs and wishes by including him or her as much in the process as possible. The result will be greater satisfaction. To help, many communities now offer videos or virtual tours.
Consider the following as you visit and assess an assisted living community or personal care home:
Hygiene & grooming
Bathing, toileting & incontinence
Using the telephone