What To Look For
When looking into Senior Living options it is often hard to know whether or not the community you are considering is as good as it appears. Here are some tips on how to decide whether this is a place you or your loved one would be happy living:
1. Take a tour:
Schedule a time to have someone that works at the community show you around to get an overview from their perspective. On your tour pay attention to whether residents are out socializing, participating in activities, the cleanliness or lack of cleanliness in the community, whether staff says hello to you or looks happy, whether there are many community areas for residents to spend time outside their apartment.
2. Have a meal:
Schedule a time or two or three to have a meal and try the food that is served. You will get a better idea of food quality and consistency by trying more than one meal. Look around in the dining room and see what other residents are eating to see if their choices look appetizing. Ask residents if they are satisfied with the meals they are served.
3. Speak with Residents:
Walk around before or after the tour or even come in unannounced to speak with residents. Ask them how long they’ve lived there, if they are happy living there, if there is staff longevity or a lot of turnover and whatever questions are important to you to know before you move there.
4. Schedule a trial stay:
Most communities, depending on availability, should be able to have you try out living in the community before you decide to move-in permanently. Whether you stay a few nights, a week or a month it will give you a much clearer picture of what the community is like to live in than just spending a few hours there.