Assisted Living Best Practices Revealed in 5-Star Ratings & Reviews

Caring.com Senior Living Directory and Checklist Help Consumers Select Right Facilities

San Mateo, CA, June 6, 2011 "“ Searching for and selecting the right assisted living facility for aging loved ones can be both time-consuming and overwhelming. There are more than 36,000 assisted living communities nationwide, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America, and the median rate for a private one-bedroom apartment is $2,575 per month, with 86 percent of residents paying from their own finances.

For help in making such an important housing and financial decision, consumers are turning to Caring.com -- the leading online destination for family caregivers -- to access facility information, ratings, and reviews in the Web's most comprehensive Senior Living Directory and to get a Caring Checklist for evaluating assisted living providers.

There are now more than one million seniors in assisted living communities, and that number is expected to double by 2030. According to Caring.com research, 14 percent of family caregivers are caring for a loved one currently living in an assisted living facility, and about 50 percent have searched online for a senior living facility or for in-home care.

"We understand the challenge of choosing an assisted living facility, and we've heard from caregivers that firsthand consumer testimonials in ratings and reviews are valuable to their decision-making process," said Andy Cohen, co-founder and CEO of Caring.com. "We're focused on connecting family caregivers to the right resources at the right time, and one way we do that is by offering the most comprehensive coast-to-coast directory and expert guidance for selecting an assisted living community."

Assisted living facilities that have garnered five-star ratings from consumers in Caring.com's directory -- which is free and accessible to the public -- have been praised for:

The Caring Checklist, compiled by Caring.com's seasoned experts, includes critical considerations for evaluating assisted living facilities, such as:

  • What to look for and ask in the initial phone and/or online research

  • How to interview facility staff and record observations during an initial visit or guided tour

  • Which documents and lists to request to help compare the fine details of one facility versus another

  • Follow-up questions for subsequent visits and phone calls with an assisted living provider, to get more in-depth and specific information about care and services

Caring.com will demonstrate its Senior Living Directory at the California Assisted Living Association (CALA) conference in Santa Clara, California, June 6-8. Additionally, Caring.com's assisted living experts are available for media interviews upon request. For more information, please visit the Caring.com News Room.