In assisted living facilities, costs and care are determined by contract, so it is important to take the time to read the fine print and understand all contractual terms. If anything seems unclear, ask facility management to review it with you. Some people have an assisted living contract reviewed by an experienced elder law attorney before they sign it.
Generally, contracts for assisted living facilities must meet standards established by the state regulatory agency.
A type of assisted living, the continuing care retirement community (CCRC), offers Californians three kinds of contracts to provide clear information about the care and services covered.