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Senior Living

Senior living is a popular option for seniors who need help with some of life's daily activities, but don't need full-time medical care or the supervision of a nursing home. Senior living offers help but encourages personal privacy and freedom.

Senior living facilities are usually apartment-style units. A unit might include a kitchen, meals, transportation, housekeeping services and access to social activities. Most facilities have common areas for dining and group events. But, a good assisted living facility also provides the safety and security of 24-hour support and access to care. Also, residents should receive personalized exercise and wellness programs from the facility.

The best time to look for an assisted living facility is six months to a year in advance of the time when you will need to secure a space. The longer you wait, the fewer choices you will have. While there is no federal oversight of assisted living facilities, each state determines what licensing procedures and regulations must be followed. This means that, depending on what state you live in, an assisted living facility might go by the name of "residential care," "board and care," "adult home," retirement residence," or "alternative care facility."

When researching assisted living facilities, you will find there are many options available. After you compile your list of facilities, call to set up personal appointments. Make sure to visit the facility with your parent or relative, and get to know the staff and residents. Look to see if the facility is well-lit and safe. Try to have a meal during your visit to check on the quality of the food. Also, observe the interactions between the staff and the residents, as well as between resident and resident. Hopefully you see warm and friendly conversations taking place. After your official visit, try to drop by unannounced two or three more times in the future to see how meals and other activities are handled at different times of the day.

Then, make sure to review the contract and all associated costs carefully. Note the fees for any extra services you and your loved one may require, as well as any possible increases in rates. Check with your state's long-term care ombudsman. He should have a record of any complaints lodged against the facility. Finally, have an attorney who specializes in elder law review all of the paperwork before you sign it.

Senior Living Community by State

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
7 Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

Senior Living Community by City

Albany
Albuquerque
Anaheim
Atlanta
Augusta
Austin
Baltimore
Birmingham
Boise
Boston
Bronx
Brooklyn
Charlotte
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Columbia
Columbus
Dallas
Denver
Des Moines
Detroit
Fort Collins
Fort Worth
Glendale
Green Bay
Honolulu
Houston
Indianapolis
Irvine
Jacksonville
Kansas City
Las Vegas
Lincoln
Little Rock
Los Angeles
Memphis
Miami
Milwaukee
Minneapolis
Mobile
Nashville
New Orleans
New York
Oakland
Omaha
Orlando
Philadelphia
Phoenix
Pittsburgh
Portland
Raleigh
Rochester
Sacramento
Saint Louis
St. Petersburg
Salt Lake City
San Antonio
San Diego
San Francisco
San Jose
Seattle
Syracuse
Tampa
Tucson
Washington DC
Wichita
Winston Salem