Shopping for Assisted Living
Assisted Living Primer
Choose Wisely continued...
ALFA has an exhaustive consumer checklist on their Web site (http://www.alfa.org/public/articles/details.cfm?id=75) that
may be helpful when visiting a facility. It covers just about everything you
would want to know, but may not think to ask during your tour. For example, can
mom bring her cherished Edwardian antiques to furnish her rooms, or will she
have to settle for the institutional decor? Can her macaw come live with her,
or are noisy parrots not allowed?
It's also important to consider how close the facility is to
the community where the resident has ties. If mom has been going to the same
beauty parlor, the same church, and the same coffee shop for 40 years, she may
be unhappy about moving to a facility that's a four-hour drive from those
You can use the ALFA online directory to search for assisted
living facilities anywhere in the U.S. (http://www.alfa.org/directory).