Assisted Living Facility Wait Lists
When should I place my loved one on an assisted living facility wait list?
Because many assisted living communities have wait lists of at least three months, plan on getting on a wait list well before your loved one requires professional 24 hour care.
Why do I have to get on a wait list?
Assisted living facilities strive to be fully occupied at all times and have an 89% average occupancy rate nationwide. This means that when it's time for your relative to move, most assisted living communities will be full or near full. Getting on the waiting list early helps ensure there is an opening for your loved one when they are ready to move.
Will I need to pay a deposit?
Most likely, yes, you will need to pay a deposit to secure your place on the waiting list. These are usually refundable. Check with your preferred community for deposit amount and refund policy.
Are all wait list policies the same?
No, be sure to check with your preferred community regarding all wait list policies and procedures. There may be time sensitive decisions to be made as you transition from the wait list to a resident.
Can I reserve the apartment size, style, and location I prefer?
Wait lists typically allow you to designate your apartment preferences. When that type of apartment becomes available, you will be notified and can accept or decline based on where you are in the moving process with your loved one.