5 Things to Look for in a Senior Living Community


Choosing a senior living community for yourself or someone you love is a difficult choice. Once you’ve had “the conversation” and determined that it’s a wise financial and emotional choice, the options are virtually limitless.

With the safety, security and health of yourself or your loved one at the top of the list, it almost goes without saying that you will pick a reputable community. But even with those conditions satisfied,there are still a lot of choices to make. Let’s look at five things to consider when you choose a senior living community.

1. Should you become ill or injured, would you like to be able to transition to assisted living services without moving? This is an important consideration. Even if you are moving into an independent living community, a time may come, even if it’s in the distant future, where you need extra assistance with chores, daily living tasks, or even medical assistance at home. Assisted living services can be paid for “as needed,” or you can enter an independent living community where assisted living services are included, either for a specific time period or indefinitely.

When it comes to an assisted living facilities, you’ll want to find out about medical coverage, as well, including what portion of your assistance Medicare might cover.

2. What activities are offered in the senior living community? Thinking about assisted living care could be far down the road. In the immediate future, you’ll have other concerns, and this includes what types of things you’ll be able to do as an active senior in your community. Today’s senior living communities offer more than ever before, including adult education classes, a focus on the arts with trips to shows and galleries, physical fitness activities, and much more. Some independent living communities are known for their activities and events. If you plan to spend a lot of time in your community, especially if you don’t drive or plan to sell your car before the move, you’ll want to find out what the residents do to keep busy.

3. What’s the surrounding area like? If you’ve lived in the suburbs all your life and have always dreamed of city living, finding an independent living community on the outskirts of a major city, with day trips to the downtown area, could be one way to live your dream. On the other hand, you may want a suburban area for a sense of familiarity. You might want a senior living community right in your hometown to remain close to your family, friends and current support network. Or you might want a fresh start elsewhere in the country. It’s all up to you. This is your chance to reinvent yourself, and it starts with (as the real estate agents say), “Location, location, location.”

4. What dining options are available on premise? If you like to cook, this may not matter. But if you’re a foodie who likes to relax and let someone else do the work sometimes, you’ll want to find out what restaurants are available, and if there are meal plans so you can save money while you enjoy high-quality food.

5. Is transportation available? Maybe a bus stops right in front of your community to go downtown. Or maybe private shuttles can be arranged. Some independent living communities even plan day trips. If you don’t drive, or plan to sell your car before the move, you’ll want to find out about getting around — both the availability of transportation and the costs.

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