What type of resident advocacy groups are available at most assisted living communities?

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

    To ensure the safety and security of loved ones, there are plenty of advocacy groups assisting residents. The first thing to remember is that assisted living communities are regulated by the state, which means laws vary depending on where you live. The federal government is involved in that it provides the Eldercare.gov website to search for and locate the local advocate agencies in a particular area. The organizations listed via this website aren't just for people in assisted living situations – they advocate for all seniors no matter their living situation.

    The federal government also sponsors the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Led by a full-time state ombudsman, each state also features many local ombudsman staff and volunteers. These workers are advocates for residents in all senior care facilities, including assisted living communities. Their mission is to provide a voice for those who may not have one in their community, which leads to improved care and an enhanced quality of life.

    The Assisted Living Consumer Alliance and the Assisted Living Federation of America come at advocacy from different angles, which provide those researching their options a couple of good places to start conducting general background information.

    The best bet is to consult your state's regulations when it comes to senior living. Check out this website for a state-by-state breakdown to know the exact rules in your area: http://www.alfa.org/alfa/State_Regulations_and_Licensing_Informat.asp