Making an Informed Assisted Living Decision

The Assisted Living Decision Toolkit

We all want to ensure that the older adults in our family stay safe, healthy and happy. As a senior begins to require more assistance with their personal care or home maintenance, however, that becomes more challenging. Oftentimes the best solution is to help a loved one transition to an assisted living community. They’ll reap many benefits from making a move, such as improved nutrition, onsite caregivers, a safer environment and more opportunities to socialize.

But figuring out how and where to begin the search for a community can be confusing. As can comparing communities and making an informed decision. Families sometimes delay getting started because they feel so overwhelmed.

ASC created this Assisted Living Decision Toolkit to guide your family through the process. In this kit you will find information on financing assisted living, a checklist of questions to ask, a chart to help compare communities, a list of resources and an FAQ page.

Let’s begin by learning more about assisted living, including what it is and how it can improve a senior’s quality of life.

What is Assisted Living?

An assisted living community combines the best of two worlds. It is a housing option that empowers seniors to maintain their independence and privacy, while also offering round-the-clock assistance with care and everyday tasks.

These communities are designed for adults who require support with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, grooming or managing their medication schedule. Although staff are on-site 24 hours a day, the goal of an assisted living community is to keep residents as independent as possible.

Every assisted living community has a unique personality and offers different types of care, services and amenities. Some are more upscale and formal, while others have a casual, relaxed environment. Finding one that matches a loved one’s interests and comfort level will be important.

The Benefits of Moving to an Assisted Living Community

There is plenty of research to show that where you live during retirement has a significant impact on your health and quality of life. Here are some of the benefits that residents of assisted living communities enjoy, from nutrition and wellness activities to a supportive environment:

We hope this overview provides you with a better understanding of assisted living communities, and why they help offer older adults a better quality of life.

Decision Toolkit and Resource Center

The items listed below are designed to support your family in this search and help ensure you make a confident decision. We invite you to download and share them with everyone involved in this process.

Download Floor Plans & Pricing Information

Download Floor Plans & Pricing Information