Criteria for Comparing Assisted Living Communities


Finding the right assisted living community for yourself or a loved one is absolutely crucial. You’re not just picking a new home; you’re picking a community and a lifestyle. Putting work in on the front end to ensure you find a good fit will save you the hassle and stress of moving into a community and then moving right back out because it didn’t work out. Your chosen community should be a place where you or your loved one can put down roots and feel free to live life to the fullest.

When you start looking for a good fit, you’ll have a bunch of professionals hoping to get your business. It’s important to have concrete criteria you can use to compare the communities you visit. In today’s blog, we want to share the key details you need to know about each community in order to make an informed decision.

The Cost

Different communities have different ways of charging for their services. Some price their services monthly, others charge monthly. Costs add up quickly, so you’ll want to know what is included in the pricing so that you can choose the correct level of care. Generally, care will include residence, meals, dressing, grooming, bathing, medication management, administration, activities, and housekeeping.


Assisted living communities are required to have certain licenses depending on what kind of services they provide. For instance, communities that specialize in limited mental health or memory care need special credentials. Knowing what kind of help you or your loved one needs will help you know which licenses to ask for when you visit communities.


You’ll want to know what kind of training personnel receives and how much care they are certified to provide. You’ll also want to know if the building has a nurse 24-7. Otherwise, you might end up in a facility that can’t provide the world-class care you or your loved one needs.


The community you choose should expand your life and keep you active and engaged. Great communities are designed with the understanding that each member has unique passions and interests and will do their best to facilitate those things. Different communities offer different recreational programs and activities and may have connections with the larger community. You should be able to participate in activities within your own building and easily enjoy activities in the local town.


If you’re in an assisted living community, you probably have some type of health issue. It’s just part of the aging process. You’ll want a facility that can give you healthcare support. We’re talking about behavioral health services, therapy services, pharmacy services, and beyond. Finding a community that offers a great combination of services will make it easier for you or your loved one to settle in and live a better life.

At The Heritage, we are on a mission to provide Hammonton with unmatched senior living apartments. We provide a great array of services and healthcare support while encouraging independence and nurturing a postitive, close-knit community. Contact us to learn more today!