All communities are unique and cater to different needs. If your loved one is social and active, it is important to find placement in a larger community with other high functioning residents and an exceptional activities program. Communities with a Recreational Therapist are preferred. Upon touring ask for an activities calendar and be sure to compare community calendars. Larger communities tend to foster a restaurant style dining experience and more amenities. In a smaller assisted living with fifteen residents, you can expect the nursing assistants to handle many obligations that a large assisted living has staffed full time including cooking housekeeping and activities.

Smaller communities may not have a full time maintenance staff, repairs and preventative maintenance can tend to lack. In some cases, ownership performs maintenance on weekends. Some families prefer the homelike setting of a smaller community, while other prefer the apartment resort type feel of larger communities.