Useful Tips and Questions to Ask When Choosing A Retirement Community
March 23, 2022

When it’s time to start thinking about senior living for your parent or loved one, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. With so many options, it’s vital to be well informed to make the most excellent decision for your family’s desires and requirements.

While researching your options on the Internet, over the phone, or in person, ask yourself the following questions to see if senior living is the right fit for you:

1. How are the different levels of care determined?

2. How is the service plan for each resident created? Are the services tailored to meet the residents’ physical, emotional, and spiritual requirements?

3. How does the community adapt to the changing requirements of its residents?

4. When residents undergo physical or mental changes, how are loved ones kept informed?

5. What happens if a need for services not provided by a particular community arises?

6. What methods are used to train team members, both initially and on an ongoing basis?

7. What kind of dining options are there? How does the community accommodate the nutritional needs and desires of its residents?

8. Is there a diverse selection of activities, both within and outside of the community, that pique your interest?

9. Do team members greet you and those accompanying you pleasantly on your initial visits?

10. Do the present members of the community appear to be well-cared for? Are they conversing with one another and participating in activities?

11. Are there any guest limitations, and does the community make it easy for residents to entertain relatives and friends? Is the atmosphere welcoming—does it feel like an actual home? Ensure that everyone is involved in the decision-making process, especially the potential resident—the best way to determine whether a town feels like home is to visit it in person. Remember, you’re not just shopping for a home for your loved ones; you’re choosing a home for them. If you believe it is time for your family to consider elder living, Senior Care Advisors can help. For additional information on assessing what kind of care you might need, having meaningful conversations, weighing financial options, and more, go to our Contact Us