Who has access to my loved one's apartment within an assisted living community?

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

    One of the many benefits of assisted living is having someone else perform light housekeeping on a daily basis and maintenance to the apartment as needed. For this reason, housekeeping and maintenance staff will enter an assisted living apartment to clean or do repairs, even if the resident is not in the room.

    It's just as if your loved one were to have a housecleaning service or housekeeper enter her house to clean. She will want to secure any valuables, such as cash or jewelry. Most staff members at assisted living communities, however, should have undergone rigorous screening and background checks and can be trusted in residents' apartment.

    Staff members and caregivers who are there to help with activities of daily living (such as showering or bathing, personal hygiene, toilet activities, and more) will also need to enter apartments.

    All staff should knock before entering and respect the resident's privacy. However, if a resident doesn't answer, or an emergency pull cord or alarm goes off, a staff member may enter the room to make sure the senior is OK. The resident's safety and well-being is always the number one concern in an assisted living community. As with any apartment, no one should enter a resident's room without a good reason for being there.