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Assisted Living Checklist

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  • Independent Living -- seniors living on their own with a few assistive services
  • Assisted Living -- personal care in homelike or institutional setting
  • Nursing Homes -- daily nursing and comprehensive support for disabled
  • In Home Care -- workers do chores and provide personal and nursing care
  • Group Homes -- seniors living independently in a house and splitting costs
  • Shared Housing -- owner sharing a home, services negotiated individually
  • Adult Foster Care -- family caring for a dependent person in their home


  • activities (crafts, social events, sports, educational, etc.)
  • meals (individually prepared or in a dining room)
  • housekeeping, laundry, and lawn care
  • transportation
  • security
  • help with grooming, bathing, and dressing
  • administration and management of medications
  • skilled nursing care
  • shopping and errand running
  • social services and therapeutic care
  • spiritual services and worship
  • emergency medical care


  • Are services provided by in-house staff or outsourced to other agencies?
  • Do you have a choice of room / apartment sizes and layouts?
  • Do they make it easy for friends and family to visit?
  • What does the monthly rate include? Are there charges for other services?
  • Can furniture and other personal items be brought from home?
  • What kinds of activities and recreation are available? How often?
  • Is the facility clean, well-run, and efficient?
  • Can the facility provide a higher level of care later on if needed?
  • Is the facility licensed by the state? A member of AAHSA?
  • Is the facility certified for Medicare and / or Medicaid?


  • well-lit stairs and halls
  • handrails in the bath tub and by the toilet
  • emergency call buttons in the rooms
  • well-marked exits
  • fire and smoke alarms for the hearing impaired
  • ADA-compliant doorways, elevators, and bathrooms
  • limited nor no use of physical and chemical restraints
  • a bill of rights that identifies and respects residentsí individual rights


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