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To check out the qualifications of an assisted living facility, it's best to arrive without an appointment. Inspect everything that you possible can. The building and rooms should be clean, attractive, safe and meet all fire codes. Assisted living home residents should not be crowded, nor should hallways be cluttered. Ask about availability of private rooms. Most often they can be obtained at an extra, but reasonable cost. Visit the dining room and kitchen at mealtime to check the sanitary conditions. Visit activity rooms when in session to verify controlled, safe, and well directed activities. Talk to the residents -- ask how they feel about their home. This inspection will put you and your loved one more at ease about the qualifications of the home and care to be received.