How to Choose an Assisted Living Residence

These questions will assist you in your decision making process.

Resident Agreement Policies

  1. Do I have a restriction that would prevent my admission, as detailed in section 11.2 of the
    Chapter VII regulations?
  2. Have I reviewed the terms of the resident agreement?
  3. Does the resident agreement detail charges, refunds, fees to hold a bed, and security
    deposit reimbursement?
  4. Are the specific services offered clearly identified in the resident agreement?
  5. Do I have a choice in the selection of medical/health care providers if additional services
    are needed?
  6. Have I reviewed the house rules?
  7. Have I reviewed all of the reasons for which I may be transferred or discharged?
  8. Is the residence licensed by the state and in good standing? Have I checked the Colorado
    Department of Public Health and Environment’s website for inspection results?
  9. Is the residence Medicaid certified?
  10. Is the bedroom private or shared?
  11. Is the bathroom private or shared?
  12. Are the shared areas clean?
  13. Is there space for my personal belongings?
  14. Does the floor plan allow for easy mobility for me?
  15. Are there private areas other than the bedroom for visits?
  16. Is bathroom safety equipment installed or available if needed?(grab bars,raised toilet seat)
  17. How do residents summon assistance when needed? Is there a call system
  18. Is my physician or other external service agency involved?
  19. Are the care plans updated to reflect changes in care needs?

Care Plans

  1. Am I involved in the care planning process?
  2. Is my representative involved in the care planning process?
  3. Is my physician or other external service agency involved?
  4. Are the care plans updated to reflect changes in care needs?
    Personal Services
    Does the residence provide?
    • Assistance with dressing?
    • Assistance with bathing? How often?
    • Assistance with toileting and incontinence care?
    • Assistance with transfers from wheelchair to bed, etc.?
    • Assistance with ambulation?
    • Assistance with medications?
    • Assistance with getting to and from activities?
    • Assistance with appliances, including: splints, braces, support hose?
  5. Has the administrator been in place for a time? What experience and training has the
    administrator had?
  6. Do staff receive training to work with special needs or behaviors, such as dementia?
  7. Is there high staff turn-over?
  8. What is the ratio of staff to residents? How does the residence determine its staffing
  9. Are staff awake at night? What are their responsibilities at night?
  10. Are specialized diets available?
  11. Are cultural or ethnic preferences considered?
  12. How are residents involved in menu planning?
  13. Can residents help with meal preparation and have access to the kitchen?
  14. Where can I find between meal snacks and beverages?
  15. How would I get extra helpings and substitutions?


  1. What types of activities are available within the residence?
  2. Does the residence take residents on outings?
  3. Is somebody designated to conduct activities?
  4. Would my interests match the level/type of activities provided?
  5. Are there residents I can socialize with?
  6. Is there a written schedule of activities?
  7. Does the residence provide transportation?
  8. Does the residence inform family/physician when an unusual event occurs?
  9. Do you feel comfortable talking with the administrator, financial staff, direct care staff?
  10. Is the residences’ grievance procedure and complaint resolution easily understood?
  11. Is telephone use accessible and conducive to privacy?
    Facility Tour/Observations
  12. Have I toured the entire residence?
  13. Have I observed the kitchen and pantry?
  14. Have I observed a meal?
  15. Does the atmosphere seem pleasant?
  16. Does there seem to be enough staff available?
  17. Are pets allowed?
  18. Do residents seem happy and engaged?
  19. Do residents appear to be clean, groomed and odor-free?
  20. Have I observed for appropriate staff/resident interaction?
  21. Have I observed for cleanliness and odors?

There are a lot of questions to consider but hopefully this helps you in your research to find the best Home for you!

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