Understanding Your Options, Part 2: Shopping for Assisted Living

Have you determined that Assisted Living is the right choice for you or a loved one*? Then you’ve come to the right place. The next step is to begin the search for a community that can suit your needs and provide the care and services you want.

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Regardless of which city or county you are looking, here are some places to start your search:

Where to Start Your Search

You can begin by searching for CALA-member communities in your area. These providers are dedicated to giving their residents the highest quality care, staying up-to-date on innovative programs, and being leaders in their local communities.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, a referral agency can be helpful in narrowing down your choices. But not all referral agencies provide the same degree of service. CALA has developed a guide to choosing a referral agency so that consumers get the help they need.

Your local area agency on aging may also be helpful in your search. Common services include counseling and other resources for both seniors and caregivers. And if your search includes other states, take a look at the National Eldercare Locator.

Touring a Community

Once you have a list of potential locations, the next step is to tour the communities. We recommend making several visits at various times of the day. Talk to residents and staff members and eat a meal or two in the dining room. While a community may look good on paper, only by experiencing it in person will you be able to tell if it’s a good fit.

A Consumer Checklist

One of the most important elements of Assisted Living is the variety of communities and services available. CALA’s Consumer Checklist is designed to help you choose the community that will be the best fit by asking important questions about:

  • The community’s atmosphere
  • Physical features
  • Contracts
  • Costs and finances
  • Medication and health care
  • Available services
  • Staff
  • Social and recreational activities
  • Food service

The checklist also includes some helpful tips to make sure that you are informed and understand your options. Before your tour, print a copy of the checklist and bring it with you for maximum benefit.

*This is part two of a series. Want to know more about what Assisted Living is and who it serves? Read Understanding Your Options, Part 1: What is Assisted Living?



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