Choosing a Community
Living a senior lifestyle today is not as easy as it used to be. A few decades ago, it was simple - when Mom and Dad needed extra attention they simply moved in with the kids. Today, senior citizens are more active then ever before. Seniors want to remain independent for as long as possible, but they still want the safety net, just in case health problems arise. The question remains - What type of assisted living community is right for you?
Selecting an assisted living community can be a daunting task, not just for the senior at hand but for all family members involved. The most important thing to remember is to take your time exploring the many assisted living options available today. Choosing the assisted living community most compatible with you becomes simple when you are armed with basic information about yourself.
When selecting an assisted living community have a few things available, such as age, health, religious preference, marital status, financials, and interests. By having your personal checklist on hand, this will help you in deciding which community is equipped to best serve you.
Once you become familiar with the basic types of senior living services available, as described above, you will better understand what type of community will best serve you. Find out what is available in your area by searching the telephone book or browsing the internet. Stop by every community you are interested in and take a tour. Most retirement communities will offer lunch, so don't hesitate to take them up on the offer. This is a great way to observe the staff and everyday happenings. Take your time, you will want your new residence to feel like home and the only way that can happen is if you feel comfortable and secure.
To help you determine which type of community may be best for your or your family member, download our assessment form.