Are residents able to move out of an assisted living community if they don't like it?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Potential residents should explore that question with the assisted living community of your choice before they ever move in. Make sure you read the resident agreement carefully before signing. There should be a clause that spells out the conditions under which the resident or the community may terminate the agreement. A standard agreement will allow the resident to terminate the living arrangement at any time, with or without cause, by giving 30 days notice to the community. Typically, if the resident is terminating the agreement because he or she needs a higher level of care available at another facility, the agreement may be terminated immediately upon the resident vacating the apartment and removing all of his or her belongings.

    Multiple tours of the community before moving in may allow the potential resident and family to make an informed decision and to confirm if the community is the right fit, so that needing to transition in and out of community does not take place. Some assisted living communities will permit you to move in on a trial basis. In fact, several offer respite care as short-term placement for individuals who may need time to recuperate from a short illness or whose caregiver may not a break. Seniors can use this short stay to gauge whether they like the atmosphere, the staff, the activities, the amenities, and the food of their potential assisted living community.