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Checklist: Questions To Consider When Choosing An Assisted Living Facility

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When choosing an Assisted Living Facility, the most important issue to consider is your level of comfort.

Even if you are feeling reluctant to move, try to take a clear-eyed look at the facility, and ask yourself the following questions:


  • Does the layout of the facility make it easy for you to get around?
  • Do the doorways and walkways accommodate walkers or wheelchairs?
  • Are there elevators as an alternative to stairs?
  • Does the facility have an outdoor area?
  • Do the rooms have features you desire, such as windows, kitchenettes, bathroom handrails, etc?
  • Are the common rooms clean and well maintained?


  • Does the facility offer activities or clubs that you’re interested in?
  • Does the facility provide scheduled transportation or on-demand transportation?
  • Does the facility provide housekeeping and laundry services?

Medical Care

  • How are medications handled? Are residents allowed to self-administer medications? If residents need assistance managing medications, how is this done?
  • How are medical emergencies handled?
  • How are non-emergency medical situations handled?
  • How are visits from physical therapists, occupational therapists, medical specialists, and physicians scheduled?
  • What degree of medical care does the facility provide, and at what point would you need to move to another type of care facility?


  • Do people working at the facility seem warm and welcoming?
  • Do staff members interact with residents kindly and respectfully? Do staff members refer to residents by their names?
  • Do staff members seem helpful and attentive?

Residents And Facility Culture

  • Do current residents seem happy and comfortable?
  • Do residents socialize with each other?
  • Are you able to talk with residents about their experience at the facility?
  • If you are considering sharing a room, do you think you and your roommate will get along? If not, are there other options for who you might be able to live with?


  • Does the menu appeal to you?
  • If you have religious or medical dietary needs, can the kitchen accommodate you?
  • Do you have the option of eating in your room rather than in the dining room?
  • Can you bring non-resident guests to dinner?
  • Is alcohol served at meals?

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