Some assisted living facilities may offer their staff to resident ratios; for others, care seekers may have to ask directly. Either way, family members should ask for specifics on paper (just in case there are concerns down the road).
There are several ways that the staff to residents ratio may be given. A ratio may look like Number:Number, such as 1:5. Family members should ask for clarification as to which number is which. In this case, it might be one staff member for every four residents or one resident for every four staff members. The order makes a big difference. The ratio can also be shown as a simple number, typically less than one. A ratio of .5, for example, means there are half the number of staff members as there are residents.