Before moving into assisted living, do I need approval of a physician?

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

    Assisted living is aimed at providing assistance with activities of daily living, like cleaning, cooking, etc., as opposed to advanced medical or nursing care. That's why it's important for these facilities to assess a potential resident's health status to ensure that they can accommodate him or her with the right services. If the senior is in need of more advanced care, the assisted living community may deny the application and suggest other options.

    Many assisted living facilities require a physician's report to be completed as part of the application process. An on-staff medical professional may also be asked to perform a physical examination on the prospective resident. These procedures are done with the resident's best interest at heart, and also to protect the liability of the assisted living community.

    As someone who is looking for the perfect solution for your senior loved one's care, you will feel more comfortable having a medical doctor perform an examination so that you know he or she will be in a setting that suits his or her needs. And regular health check ups will establish when those care needs change over time so that you may reassess your loved one's living situation.