Transitioning to a community offering assistance is a positive and proactive move when ensuring the safety and well-being of loved ones. Choosing the appropriate community allows peace of mind when you know your loved one is in a safe, caring and vibrant environment.

The concept of Assisted Living is relatively new. Throughout the 20th century the elderly and infirm were cared for by family or Skilled Care. Nursing Homes were extremely institutional in appearance and practice. Jessie F. Richardson requested her daughter, Dr. Keren Brown Wilson to change the philosophies of care and in 1981 the first Assisted Living facility opened its doors in Portland, Oregon. Assisted Living communities have flourished since.

Identifying Resources

Knowing the available resources is important. Senior publications feature local Assisted Living Communities, their services and amenities. Visiting facilities and speaking with residents is one way to gather information, although not always exact. Remember each individual has different needs and wishes. Word of mouth recommendations are valuable but communities need to meet individual personalities and needs.

Know What Is Best

Each state regulates the requirements of Assisted Living. Services provided determine levels of care. Each Assisted Living differs in services and amenities offered and how they are delivered. Levels of care and services differ from one community to the other.
Amenities also differ. Knowing the activities, meal plans and other services available will help facilitate a decision. Laundry, transportation, housekeeping and activities are each unique.

Know What Is Affordable

Assisted Living facilities do have a price tag and knowing your own financial means and possible financial assistance available will affect placement decisions.

Be Practical

Use Common Sense. Consider the following:

  • Safety – What type of security system is used?
  • Community – Do you feel comfortable and welcome? Do staff and residents greet each other? Having a sense of belonging is important.
  • Pets – Many communities allow pets. However, there are rules. Know the requirements and costs.
  • Living Quarters – What size is suitable…studio, 1 bedroom or 2 bedroom? Are there conversation rooms conveniently located? Do hallways have railings: are there family event centers?
  • Community/Facility Policies – Know and understand the contract. Study the fine print. Ask for the community handbook. It will include policies for visitors, grandchildren spending time, overnight company, how to inform staff when leaving the premises and more.


Choosing an Assisted Living facility requires diligent homework. A Transition Consultant from Bridge to Better Living® understands each aspect of Assisted Living. Consultants work side by side with clients sharing their expertise, professionalism and knowledge. Clients working with a Transition Consultant have less stress, more peace of mind and are confident the information presented will lead to a better quality of life for themselves or loved ones. Bridge to Better Living® practices “Placement with Passion®.” Contact a Transition Consultant at Bridge to Better Living® now. The research is best handled by an expert who has you in their best interest.