Yes, you can move into an assisted living facility during coronavirus. Assisted living communities are continuing their day-to-day operations in modified ways.

When you move to an assisted living care home during coronavirus, keep in mind that it will be operating in a way that it would not under other circumstances. Your family will probably not be able to visit you in person, and recreational activities will be either completely canceled or changed. However, all vital services like meals will continue.

Before beginning your move, it’s wise to take the following steps:

  • Communicate with the Community: Talk with the community’s staff about any recommendations or requirements they have for new residents during this time. The staff may want you to limit the number of people helping with your move or they may otherwise expect you to follow new safety standards. Know those standards in advance. 
  • Check Local Regulations: Coronavirus is causing rapid changes to laws within some states and counties. Check your local news and local government websites for pertinent information on moves. This will be particularly important if there is a known local outbreak. 
  • Prepare Mentally: You may actually see fewer people in your daily life once you have moved to an assisted living facility. Prepare for this potentially stressful change by bringing safe hobbies, entertainment, and communication devices that you know how to use.

COVID-19 Update: With social distancing and stay-at-home orders, many seniors are struggling with loneliness and isolation. We’ve developed a list of products that caregivers or seniors can purchase to help older adults stay happy, healthy and connected, whether they are aging in place at home or in an assisted living community.

Additional Coronavirus FAQs