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What Should I Look For in an Assisted Living Community? continued...

Social and Recreational Activities

  • Is there an activities program?
  • Do residents participate in the 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?
  • Does the residence have its own pets?

Food Service

  • Does the residence provide three nutritionally balanced meals a day, seven days a week?
  • Are snacks available?
  • May a resident request special foods or diets?
  • 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?
  • Will they accommodate physician nutrition orders?

Other

  • Is there a written plan for the care of each resident?
  • What is the procedure for assessing a potential resident's need for service? Are those needs reassessed periodically?
  • Can a resident be discharged for refusing to comply with a care plan?

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