Assisted living residences differ in the extent to which they will allow people to move in who have specific needs; consequently, it is important to consider current and future needs when selecting an assisted living residence.
Residences differ in terms of whether they will or won’t allow people to move in if they have specific needs – such as those who are incontinent of bladder or bowel, or need help bathing, dressing, transferring from a bed to a chair, eating, or dining. Also, people with poor safety awareness who need supervision or those who exhibit disruptive behaviors may not be allowed to move into or remain in the assisted living residence. Because needs tend to increase over time, it is important to understand the extent of needs for which the residence will provide care. People who are not aware of limits are often dissatisfied if the resident is unexpectedly required to move in the future.