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Senior Living | 03/7/21
Making the move to a Life Plan Community is an exciting decision. But with so many choices available, how will you know what community is the right fit for you?
While there are a variety of ways for you to do your initial research on communities, including online searches and talking to trusted friends and family members, there is no substitute for experience when it comes to making the final decision. And the best way to get a feel for what life is like at a community is through a tour.
In order to get the most out of your tour at a senior living community, take inventory of what the most important things are for you to find out while you’re there and create a list of questions. To get you started, we at Monroe Village have pulled together a list of commonly asked questions that you may want to ask.
What kind of amenities do you offer?
When choosing your future home, you want to be sure it is a good match for how you like to live and what you like to do. Ask about the full range of social, educational and cultural activities offered within the community. Typical offerings include creative classes, fitness areas, guest lectures and more.
Will I receive adequate care?
Access to healthcare is vitally important for your wellbeing. So, make sure your current healthcare needs are provided for. And should those needs change in the future, ask if there are opportunities available to receive care beyond your current requirements.
Is the staff caring and knowledgeable?
Staff members at a senior living community become more like family. Look into credentials and ask current residents about their relationships.
How is the dining?
In most Life Plan Communities, dining is a social highlight of the day. You may want to check what types of foods are offered, whether or not the hours are convenient and if special dietary needs such as low-sodium or kosher meals can be accommodated.
What is the emergency plan?
Should the need arise, you’ll want to know that there is an emergency preparedness and safety plan. Although this will hopefully not have to be used, knowing that situations have been thought through and mapped out is reassuring and a sign of the credibility of the community.
Can I afford the community?
This is perhaps the most common question asked while on senior living tours. Thankfully, sales counselors are able to walk you through your financial considerations and find a plan that suits your needs and finances.
May I see more than one floor plan?
Life Plan Communities most commonly offer apartment-style living, with sizes ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, all in a variety of floor plans. When touring, ask to see more than one floor plan to get a better feel of the space you need.
What is the quality of life?
The best way to learn about a senior living community is through the residents who currently reside there. Speak to a few and ask them how they’ve enjoyed their experience and what they like most about the community.
Remember: there is no question too absurd when it comes to confirming comfort in your potential new home. Once you’re done with your tour, imagine yourself in the community. Really step back, take in all that you have learned, and picture yourself walking through the hallways or settling in for the night in an apartment. Getting a taste of what your life could be like by visiting the community will help in your decision-making process.
Now that you know what to look for, we invite you to come tour for yourself! Contact us today to schedule your personal tour. Here, you’ll be able to get a feel for the community life, ask any questions you have and enjoy a meal on us. We look forward to meeting you.
*The health and safety of our community members and guests are our top priority. We have implemented a variety of precautions due to recent health events. These precautions include required face masks, easily accessible hand sanitizer and daily wellness checks for our team members. Feel free to reach out with any questions.