Assisted living residences differ in terms of how often they schedule activities and whether or not they allow residents to keep a pet in their room or apartment; having activities available more often, and being able to have a pet, may be important for socialization and well-being.
While activities may be available, they may not always be those in which residents’ are interested and want to participate. Therefore, when visiting an assisted living residence, it is important to learn details about the activity programs, including who helps determine their focus, how many residents participate, and how residents are encouraged to participate.
Not all assisted living residences allow people to have pets, especially if they are not able to independently care for them. Some assisted living residences have “community” pets, though, who are cared for by the assisted living staff.