Friday, September 9, 2016

What to Ask and Look for When Touring a Senior Living Community

Posted by  in Expert Advice.

Finding the right senior living community is an experience that seniors and their children can explore together. With a curious mindset and the right questions to ask, the two of you can conduct your search with confidence. Here are some excellent questions to ask as you search for a senior living community.

WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF LIFE?

When you’re touring a prospective new residence for your loved one, the current residents are often your best resource. Ask them how they like living in their community. Take part in an activity that day and note the turnout and level of engagement. Review an activity calendar and go over it with your loved one.
Note the cleanliness of the living spaces throughout the community. If any sights, smells or sounds give you pause, don’t hesitate to ask your tour guide, a staff member or resident about it. It could be one-time occurrence, or it could be a larger sanitation problem. Ask questions until you feel comfortable with the explanation.
Don’t just stay inside — your loved one sure won’t! Nature is a place where we all enjoy activity as well as serenity, so be sure that there are ample outdoor spaces. Are they well-landscaped? Are there walking paths and gardens? If your loved one likes to garden, is there a place for gardening? Lastly, if security is a priority, ask about gates, monitoring policies and any recent incidents that you should know about.

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