Do most assisted living communities provide safes? Who has authority to get valuables out of the safe?

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

    Moving into an assisted living community means making lots of decisions, not the least of which is what to do with your valuables. It's only natural to want to keep your prized possessions or important paperwork nearby, but the decision whether to keep safes on-site for resident use is up to the individual community due to liability and safety concerns. If you do have the ability to keep your treasured valuables in one of these safes, find out who has access to the safe and what the procedure is to remove your jewelry or important papers when you need them. Alternatively, each room or apartment may be outfitted with individual safes, with the residents being the only people with the authority to remove their valuables.

    It should be noted that families of assisted living residents requiring memory care or similar oversight might feel better if their family member doesn't have direct access to their valuable items, in case they misplace them or unknowingly give them away. In this case, storing valuables in the community's main safe, if available, is the best bet, and only an agreed-upon person (with authorization in writing, if possible) should be able to remove valuables.

    Whichever way you choose to keep valuables safe in an assisted living setting, securely tuck them away so that there's no opportunity for theft or misplacement. It's always better to be safe than sorry.