Evaluate Assisted Living Facilities

Now that you have a solid understanding of assisted living facilities (see Types of Elder Care – Assisted Living), the types of people they best serve and associated costs, it’s time to hone your search and evaluate potential providers.

First, here are more details on assisted living facilities regarding licensing and staffing to help you navigate your path to finding the right care.


Licensure: Although Federal laws apply to assisted living facilities, oversight is a function of the state. Most assisted living facilities are for-profit corporations and subject to less regulation than nursing homes. Many assisted living facilities voluntarily seek accreditation through the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CCAC), now CARF-CCAC.


Staffing: Assisted living community administrators may or may not be licensed depending on state regulations. Paraprofessionals, such as caregivers or certified nursing assistants provide personal care to residents, if needed.

Assisted living facilities typically employ a nutritionist, activity director, health and wellness staff as well as the dining room, housekeeping and maintenance staff.

Assisted living facilities may employ a nurse, although it is not a requirement. However, they must have some staff on site to provide supervision 24/7. Facilities that offer Alzheimer’s or memory care have higher staffing levels in those units or wings.