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Assisted Living Facilities for Alzheimer's Disease

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Finances, Contracts, and More

  • Does the facility meet local and state licensing standards?
  • What’s the policy on insurance and personal property?
  • How does the staff respond to a medical emergency?
  • Are visitors welcome at any time?
  • Is there a written care plan for each resident?
  • How does the staff decide what services a new resident needs? How often do they do that?
  • Can the facility kick out residents who refuse to comply with a care plan?
  • Do contracts cover housing, personal care, health care, and support services?
  • When can the center terminate a contract? What’s the refund policy?
  • Are extra services available if a resident’s needs change?
  • How do you pay for extra services that your loved one needs only for a short time (such as nursing care)?
  • How much do different levels or types of services cost?
  • What are the billing, payment, and credit policies?


  • What kind of training does the staff get?
  • Are staff members personable and outgoing?
  • Do they greet residents by their first names? How do they interact with them?
  • How does the staff respond to unscheduled needs?
  • Are there people to help residents who have problems with memory, confusion, or judgment?

Residents, Atmosphere, and Social Life

  • How do the residents of a community get along? Do they seem happy and comfortable?
  • What do residents, visitors, and volunteers say about the facility?
  • Does the facility offer activities and social events? What kind and how often?
  • Do residents join in activities with other communities in the area?
  • Do volunteers, including family members, come in to help with programs?

Facility Design and Features

  • Do you like the look of the building and its surroundings?
  • Do the living spaces feel homey?
  • Is the floor plan easy to follow?
  • Do wheelchairs and walkers fit in doorways, hallways, and rooms?
  • Are cupboards and shelves easy to reach?
  • Are carpets secured and floors made of a non-skid material?
  • Are the rooms well-lit?
  • Are the rooms clean, odor-free, and a comfortable temperature?
  • Do residents have their own lockable doors?
  • Is there a 24-hour emergency response system in or near each unit?
  • Are bathrooms private? Are they big enough for wheelchairs and walkers?
  • Can residents bring their own furnishings? What may they bring?
  • Do all units have a telephone and cable TV? How are you billed for these services?
  • Do residents have a kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, and stove or oven?
  • Can residents keep food in their units?
  • Does the facility allow smoking in units or in public areas?
  • Do they allow pets? Who takes care of them?
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