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Assisted Living Residence Checklist

Last Updated: August 2, 2013

It's important to be prepared when calling and touring assisted living centers. Each community is unique, if you've seen one assisted living facility, you've seen one assisted living facility. The checklist below can help you stay organized and ask the right questions to help you decide on the community that's right for your loved one. Download a printable copy of this checklist.

Questions to Ask When you Call or Visit

  1. What is your staff-to-resident ratio?
  2. What kind of experience and training does your staff possess?
  3. How many staffers are on duty overnight?
  4. Can staff administer medications?
  5. Do you have a nurse on staff 24/7?
  6. Do you have any experience with (issues or diagnosis of your care recipient)?
  7. Do you do an initial assessment prior to admission?
  8. What types of apartments are available?
  9. What is the monthly cost per apartment type?
  10. If there is a wait list, how many are on it and what is the policy?
  11. Tell me about some of the current residents.
  12. Do you have any outdoor space?
  13. What is your discharge policy?
  14. What additional services are available if the needs of a resident change?
  15. What are your billing and payment policies?
  16. Are all services included in the monthly fee? If not, what and how much are additional services?

Your observations will come in handy to help you remember each community and discern whether it's right for your loved one:

Shared Living Space Observations Yes No
Residence is clean and odor-free
You are greeted and feel welcome
Staff members are kind and caring to residents
The layout and floor plan make rooms and community space easy to find
Public restrooms have grab bars
Handrails are available throughout hallways
Residents appear engaged and happy
Visitors are introduced to staff and residents
Meals are nutritious and appealing
Elevators are available for multiple levels
Lighting is good at all times of day
Temperature comfortable
Sprinklers and smoke detectors are present
Exits are clearly marked
A security system is present
.
Apartment Living Space Observations Yes No
Size and layout are adequate for your needs
Doorways and thresholds accommodate walkers, wheelchairs, and safe ambulation
Residents appear engaged and happy
Visitors are introduced to staff and residents
Meals are nutritious and appealing
Lighting is good
Resident has individual control of the thermostat
.
Medical and Medication Policies Yes No
Is self-administration of medications allowed?
Can staff communicate policies about medications including storage, administration, and record keeping?
Can residents with dementia receive the oversight they may need?
Is there a physician who visits the facility regularly?
What medical services are available?
What is the policy about handling a medical emergency?
Who coordinates outside care provider visits?
.
General Policy Questions Yes No
Is an individual plan of care maintained on each resident?
Are the residents and families included in the preparation of the plan of care?
Is staff available to assist residents in handling their finances?
Are residents required to carry renter's insurance?
Is there an appeals process for dissatisfied residents?

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