Is It Time to Contact Assisted Living Near Me? Assessing Senior Housing Options

Is It Time to Contact Assisted Living Near Me? Assessing Senior Housing Options

Is your search history full of queries for “assisted living near me”?

Even after you’ve determined that your aging parent needs assisted living support, finding the right Community can be challenging.

In general residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFEs) are known by more many different names, including Independent/Assisted Living Communities, “Board and Care”, 6-Pack, and some operating as non-profit organizations.

With so many choices at your fingertips, it’s hard to know who to trust.

To make life easier for Manhattan Beach, California families, Always Best Care Manhattan Beach has put together a simple 5-point checklist to help you “separate the wheat from the chaff.” Read on to level-up your search criteria and move one step closer to getting your loved one the care they need.

Consumer Checklist: Assessing Assisted Living Communities

  • Is the community attractive and homelike? According to an article published in The Gerontologist, assisted living is generally defined as “housing for the elderly with supportive services in a homelike environment” (Chapin & Dobbs-Kepper, 2001, p. 43). This homelike quality is important for your loved one’s comfort and quality of life. Any overly drab or “institutional”-looking facilities should be avoided.
  • Do the staff respect your loved one’s autonomy and decision-making? “Residential settings can restrict autonomy by routines that exist for administrative convenience,” writes Judith Mitchel and Bryan Kemp in The Journals of Gerontology. Routines can be helpful, but they should be built around your loved one’s needs and preferences, rather than the whims of the administrators. Senior respondents indicated that the most important “areas of choice” were related to “choice of roommate, food, visiting rights, and phone privileges” (Mitchel & Kemp, 2000, p. 117).
  • Does the Community in question have appropriate Liability Insurance? Since July 1st, 2015, the California Health and Safety Code mandates that all RCFEs are required to maintain liability insurance in the amount of at least $1,000,000 per occurrence and $3,000,000 annually to cover injuries and residents or guests caused by the negligence of the facility owner or employees.
  • Does this Community offer appropriate care services? Assisted Living Communities provide a broad range of care services, which may include 24-hour supervision, meal preparation, assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs), and more. Some Communities offer more intensive one-on-one care and special services for persons with dementia.. Before you commit to Assisted Living, be sure you consult with Always Best Care Senior Services, Manhattan Beach in order to ensure the Community in question is prepared to meet your loved one’s unique care needs.
  • Are they sufficiently staffed with qualified caregivers? According to Sections 1569.269(a)(6) and 1569.618(c) of the California Health and Safety Code, all Assisted Living Communities must be staffed with personnel with sufficient numbers, qualifications, and competency to provide the services necessary to meet resident needs, and to ensure their health, safety, comfort, and supervision. Further, one administrator or designated substitute with appropriate qualifications must be on the premises 24 hours per day (California Health and Safety Code, Section 1569.618(b).)

Can ABC Manhattan Beach Find Assisted Living Near Me?

Yes. ABC Manhattan Beach offers Free Assisted Living referrals.

We assess your loved one’s care needs, budget, and preferences, then create a shortlist of the best Assisted Living Communities in your area. You choose which Communities to check out, and we accompany your family on a fully guided tour where we can answer any questions you may have and advocate for your aging parent, as needed., Learn more about our referral services here.


Chapin, R., & Dobbs-Kepper, D. (2001). Aging in place in assisted living: Philosophy versus policy. The Gerontologist, 41(1), 43-50.

Mitchel, J., & Kemp, B. (2000). Quality of life in assisted living homes: A multidimensional analysis. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 55(2), 117-127.


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