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Assisted Living Communities Checklist

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  • What are the arrangements for medical follow up with the resident’s doctor?

  • May the resident maintain their current physician, or does the facility require the use of a staff physician?

  • Does the resident need to have an Advance Directive for Health Care in place?

  • What is the facility’s policy on “Do Not Resuscitate” orders?

  • What hidden costs are there? Are there different costs for various levels of care or categories of service?

  • How do you pay for additional services?

  • Are residents able to handle their own finances, with minimal assistance of staff, if they are capable, or does a family member or outside party need to be designated to do so?

  • What is the policy on insurance and personal property?

  • What is the resident staff ratio? How does this compare to state and local licensing requirements?

As you can see, not all of these items can be checked off. They may require more thought or investigation, and certainly a long answer. We do hope, however, that this list will get you thinking about important considerations when choosing an assisted living facility.


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