Can assisted living residents have family members for overnight stays?

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

    When a senior moves to assisted living, he/she may discover renewed closeness with her loved ones. Since family members no longer have to act as primary caregivers, they can begin to enjoy a more typical parent/adult child relationship once again. Caregivers will be less stressed out and will enjoy visits more. They may even want to stay overnight at some point.

    Many assisted living communities permit overnight guests, including friends or family members. Some assisted living apartments even have a second, guest bedroom, perfect for children, grandchildren or friends. Some communities are governed by “landlord/tenant” regulations, which means residents can have guests as frequently, and for as long, as they wish, as long as they're not inconveniencing or disturbing their neighbors. Other communities may permit visits during “reasonable hours.”

    Whether your guests stay overnight or simply visit for the day, they are typically invited to attend many of the activities residents enjoy, including movie nights or card games.

    If you're sharing a room with another resident, however, overnight guests may not be permitted. Rules vary according to the assisted living community.

    Assisted living facilities recognize that regular visits are an important part of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle, and can help prevent feelings of depression or isolation for residents. All assisted living communities should encourage frequent visitors. If having overnight guests is important, ask what's permitted in each community you are considering.