Making a Move: Senior Living Residency Agreement

Often seniors and their families will wait for a crisis to arrive before learning more about senior living options.  The senior living facilities are prepared for this reality and are able to accommodate new residents fairly quickly. Keep in mind -  all paperwork and agreements apply even if the senior and their family hasn't had time to fully absorb the details. Preparing for a move to senior living is a big part of an aging plan.

What is a Residency Agreement?

A Residency Agreement or Resident Contract is a significant document included in the admissions paperwork of any assisted living home.  Most of the document will include information that is required by the State and includes details specific to the senior living facility such as costs and services, how the contract can be terminated, and information regarding their policies, such as their Do Not Resuscitate Order policy.  It is important that the family and the senior takes time to review this document, take note of all items included in the Contract, and understand what is specific to the facility you have chosen.

Important Points of Resident Contract

  • Schedule of Fees
  • Termination of Contract
  • Resident Rights

If you don't know what is specific to the facility you have chosen, be sure to ask.  This document is your road map to a successful partnership, outlining your responsibilities and those of the assisted living home.  Once it is signed, your signature is your acceptance of all information and policies included in the Contract.

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While all assisted living facility contracts in the State of Florida are able to be terminated by the resident with only thirty (30) days notice, relocation due to a misunderstanding of the terms of the Resident Contract would be unfortunate and avoidable with minimal planning.

Know your options.  Know what is important to you.  Need help understanding the choices that are available?  Call Simplifying Senior Living at 321-327-2917.

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