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So, you’ve finally decided that you want to spend the rest of your retirement life living in an assisted living facility, correct? Congratulations! Now, where do you start?  How would you know if the facility is a right fit or not? What makes a good assisted living facility a good assisted living facility? Good questions! Well, for starters, you can do some research on some of the facilities in your area to see if any of them seem like a good fit for you beforehand. After all, no two facilities are alike so it’s best to see beforehand what these facilities would look like before you make that pilgrimage to a faraway state.  

As you research the facilities, however, be sure to keep in mind the following as some of these may pertain to you.    

The Facility has to be kept Clean and Safe for All

Okay, this one seems like an obvious one to some people. After all, you wouldn’t want to spend over $5,000 a month or more to live in a facility that isn’t kept clean, proper, and/or safe, right? Living in an assisted living facility isn’t just about making sure there are round-the-clock guards and housekeeping assistants inside, it’s also about making sure that you are prepared for any emergency evacuations, as well as other rules and regulations. So before actually applying for an assisted living facility, be sure to check as to what these rules may entail.

The Facility offers a Variety of Classes and/or Extracurricular Activities

For some people, this may not seem like a big concern, especially if you are the type who can still be able to talk and walk at all times. However, for those of you who may not always be able to move around as easily as most, this would be an important point to consider. Your time spent in the facility should be a time for you to reflect and get to know more about yourself better. If you spend the rest of your life taking classes that you don’t care about in the first place, why bother?

Also, if you can, try to get out of your comfort zone every once in awhile. Take a class and/or extracurricular activity that you never heard of before. You never know as to who or what you may encounter. Trust me, you will get bored staying in the same place at the same time overtime.

The Facility offers Flexible Meal Plans

A good facility is one that gives potential residents flexible meal plan options. A great assisted living space will provide flexible options that won’t punish you for making your own meals occasionally.  After all, not everyone wants to eat the same types of foods every day, and some appreciate the independence associated with cooking their meal. Besides, what better way to practice what you learned from cooking class than your very own kitchen.


A good facility has reasonable accommodations for pets. Most facilities charge extra for letting you have your pet live with you. However, the top facilities will give discounts for certified Emotional Support Animals. Be sure to inquire about the facilities pet policy to make sure they fit your needs and budget.

The Facility is Very Clear about Finances

An absolute must to consider when choosing a facility! After all, you wouldn’t want to live in a place where people are most likely to scam you by combining room and board with care or having separate, hidden fees such as two care visits a day max.


Of course, by the end of the day, everyone has their own ideas as to what makes a good assisted living facility. Hopefully, though, these tips will help you get started.

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