Tips for Finding the Right Senior Living Community

When looking for a senior housing, it’s important to determine what is most important to you or your loved one. Here are some tips for finding the right senior living community.

Families of aging seniors may start to think about finding the right senior living community for their loved one when daily tasks become too difficult to handle without significant support and assistance from others. Challenges faced by elderly adults include poor balance, loss of vision, memory loss, fatigue, loneliness, and dementia. If you are looking for a senior living community for yourself or an aging loved one, it’s important to determine what factors are the most important to you.

Here are some tips for finding the right senior living community for you or an aging loved one.

  • Does the senior living community feel fresh and clean?  Ask how often housekeeping and maintenance is provided.  Be sure to ask about laundry procedures and any costs associated with these types of services.
  • Schedule a tour during any community activities or special events. Are these activities and events well attended?  Does their activity schedule have events that match your or your loved one's interests?  Do these events and activities vary in type and size?
  • Ask about dining hours, mealtime procedures, and entrée choices.  Make sure you and your loved one enjoy a meal at the community.  Find out what happens if a resident is unable to make it to the dining room for a meal.
  • Many senior living communities have an abundance of features and amenities. More active seniors may want to find a community with a swimming pool or fitness center.  Make sure to investigate any of these areas. Do they look and feel safe and secure?  Are these areas well-maintained?

By visiting a variety of senior living communities and seeing the different types of housing that is available, you or your loved one can enjoy living a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.