As you explore options for senior living, one of the most helpful ways to gather the information you need is by visiting two or three communities. Here’s how to get the most out of your visits.
Visiting Senior Living Communities
Know What To Look For
Make a list of what’s important to you in a community, and confer with loved ones involved with the decision to find out what’s important to them. Take this list with you when you visit—take your loved ones with you too, if you can—and make notes about how well each community meets your needs. Don’t be afraid to update your list with new priorities, if your ideas of what’s important evolve over time.
Questions To Ask
In addition to checking your list of priorities, you’ll want to have questions prepared to ask at each community you visit. Some examples:
“Can I meet some of the people who provide day-to- day personal care?”
“Can I see the available apartment types?”
“What programming and activities do you offer?”
“Do you have transportation services? How do residents arrange transportation?”
“What services are included in the rent fee?”
“What services are included in the care fee?”
“Are there additional services available for a fee?”
“What happens when care needs change?”
“What are the next steps to becoming a resident?”