Questions to Ask a Senior Living Community
Choosing a senior living community is a big decision! Not only are you looking for a community that can serve you or your loved one well, but you’re also searching for a community that just feels like home. You want neighbors who are welcoming and friendly as well as staff members who are caring and knowledgeable. On top of that, you want to know the food is delicious, there are events happening daily that are interesting, and there is always support in emergency situations.
We told you it was a big decision.
Here is some good news: if you know the right questions to ask during your senior living community search, you’ll make the most of your time with community representatives and on tours. Let us help by giving you a few questions to ask during your research process.
What type of senior living community are you?
Not all senior living communities are the same, and not all communities offer the same type of support and care. Make sure you know what type of senior living support the community offers – independent living, assisted living, memory care, residential care, or skilled nursing – and if that care meets your specific needs now and in the future.
How much are the monthly fees? What other fees are billed and when?
Ensuring your senior living plans fit into your budget is essential, but it can feel difficult when trying to determine how much fees cost and what they cover. You’ll need to ask pointedly so that you have the information you need in order to reconcile it with your budget and financial goals.
Are there caregivers onsite 24 hours per day, 7 days per week?
If you need around-the-clock support, or if you would just like the peace of mind that comes with knowing a trained caregiver is right down the hall, you’ll want to find a community that has 24-hour care. Remember, not all senior living communities provide this service. Independent living communities, for example, typically do offer a security staff person onsite overnight, but will not have caregivers available. If this is important to you, independent living might not be your best choice.
How is the dining program?
Senior living communities today have dining options that rival hotels, but you want to be sure the menu and offerings look good to you. Ask to see a menu or, better yet, ask if you can attend a meal to experience the dining program for yourself.
How do you get families involved?
If family and friends are an important part of your story, you want to ask about family involvement at the senior communities you are looking at. Ask about visiting hours as well as how often family events are held. You might even ask if there are any family support groups or educational presentations that happen onsite.
What apartments are available and what are the features?
Senior living communities feature a variety of options when it comes to homes. You might find private rooms, apartments, or even larger homes at the communities you are looking at. Just remember, bigger isn’t always the best solution for every situation. Instead, look for home amenities and features that are important to you, such as storage, kitchen finishes, or even a parking spot.
Let Us Help
There are many more questions and observations to make during your research process, but if you are already feeling overwhelmed, take heart. The team at iNavigate is here to help! Our professionals are experts in senior living and will learn more about you to narrow down your search list based on your budget, needs, and preferences. Even better, our services are free to you.
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