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Ten Tips for Choosing an Assisted Living Community - Kathy Cameron, Chair, CCAL Board of Directors
- Make an accurate and honest assessment of your physical, financial, mental, and lifestyle needs.
- Visit as many communities as you can to get a sense of the choices in your area.
- Narrow down your selection to the top two or three choices, and return to those communities and ask lots of questions.
- Ask to review a copy of the Resident Agreement (community contract).
- Ask to review the licensing or certification inspection report.
- Call the Long Term Care Ombudsman program and ask if there are complaints about the facilities you are interested in. Contact the ElderCare Locator at 1-800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov to find your local ombudsman who are advocates for assisted living and nursing home residents.
- Make an unannounced visit to the communities you are interested in. Talk with the residents and their family members about the community.
- Ask what conditions or circumstances may result in the need to relocate or move to another community.
- Ask what the baseline fee is and what services are included in that fee? Ask what are additional charges for services/products?
- Choose the community that comes closet to your needs
More information about choosing an assisted living community can be found on the website of the Consumer Consortium on Assisted Living at www.ccal.org