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Assisted Living Facilities for Alzheimer's Disease

Assisted Living Residents and Atmosphere

  • Do residents of the assisted-living community socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
  • Do residents, visitors, and volunteers speak favorably about the facility?
  • Do the residents seem to be appropriate housemates for you or your loved one?


Assisted-Living Facility Design

  • Do you like the appearance of the building and its surroundings?
  • Is the decor attractive and home-like?
  • Is the floor plan easy to follow?
  • Do doorways, hallways, and rooms accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Are elevators available?
  • Are handrails available to aid in walking?
  • Are cupboards and shelves easy to reach?
  • Are carpets secured and floors made of a non-skid material?
  • Is there good natural and artificial lighting?
  • Is the residence clean, odor free, and appropriately heated and cooled?


Assisted Living and Medication, Health Care

  • What is the assisted living residence's policy regarding medication storage, assistance, and record-keeping?
  • Are residents allowed to manage their own medication
  • Who coordinates visits from a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, or other specialist, if needed?
  • Does a doctor or nurse visit the residents regularly to provide medical checkups?


Assisted Living Services

Is the assisted-living staff available to provide 24-hour assistance with activities of daily living, if needed? Do daily activities include:

  • Dressing
  • Eating
  • Mobility
  • Hygiene and grooming
  • Bathing, bathroom, and incontinence assistance
  • Using the telephone
  • Shopping
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping in unit
  • Transportation to doctors, hairdresser, or other activities


Features of Individual Assisted-Living Units

  • Are different sizes and types of units available at the assisted-living facility?
  • Are units for single and double occupancy available?
  • Do residents have their own lockable doors?
  • Is a 24-hour emergency response system accessible from the unit?
  • Are bathrooms private? Do they accommodate wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Can residents bring their own furnishings? What may they bring?
  • Do all units have a telephone and cable television? How is billing handled for these services?
  • Is a kitchen area/unit provided with a refrigerator, sink, and cooking element?
  • May residents keep food in their units?
  • May residents smoke in their units? May they smoke in public areas?
  • Does the facility allow pets? Who is responsible for care?


Socializing and Recreation at an Assisted-Living Facility

  • Is there an activities program at the assisted-living facility?
  • Do residents participate in a neighboring community's activities?
  • Do volunteers, including family members, come into the residence to conduct or help with programs?
  • Does the facility require residents to undertake any chores or perform specific activities that benefit all residents?
  • Are residents' pets allowed in the unit? Who is responsible for pet care?


Assisted Living and Food Service

  • Does the assisted-living residence provide three nutritional meals a day, seven days a week?
  • Are snacks available?
  • May residents request special foods?
  • Are common dining areas available?
  • May residents eat meals in their units?
  • May meals be provided at times the resident prefers or are there set meal times?



WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on March 29, 2014

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