Tips for Selecting an Assisted Living Community

Julia Little  |  July 17, 2011

Older adults and families who are considering a transition to an assisted living community may be overwhelmed by the number of choices that are available. Caring.com, an online community and information source for caregivers, recently provided some tips to keep in mind when researching or visiting a potential community for a loved one.

The website recommends looking for "personalized touches" that make the community feel more like home. For instance, many senior living communities have personal chefs, welcome animal companions or feature gardens and libraries with quiet spaces for relaxation or reading.

The new home should feel like just that - a home. Look for residences that have decor that is cozy and familiar, rather than stark or sterile.

Perhaps the most important feature of an assisted living community is the staff. Employees at the location should be warm and friendly, and demonstrate a clear interest and respect for the residents of their home. The website reminds individuals that they can ask to interview a member of the staff to get a better idea of what the employees at the residence are like.

Hygiene and cleanliness are also important components. While the assisted living facility shouldn't feel like a hospital, it should certainly be well kept and in good running condition. A clean community is an indication of strong management and is a sign that residents are well cared for.