If you find yourself on the precipice of searching for a senior living community, the task can appear to be a daunting one. Here are some suggestions of things to look for and to experience. Keep track of what you notice and how you feel with each one, then you will be able to compare apples to apples.
Cleanliness: Doe the community have a fresh and clean feel? Be sure to ask about housekeeping, maintenance and laundry service.
Observe an activity: Schedule your tour in conjunction with any community events. Are they well attended and does staff seem to enjoy it as well? Does the calendar match your loved one’s interests?
Pay attention to staff friendliness: Attitude and friendliness of staff are one of the most important factors. Observe staff interacting with residents. Do they listen and make eye contact? Confidence in the property’s staff is key.
Visit the outdoor areas: Investigate the outdoor areas that are available to residents. Do you feel safe and secure?
Enjoy a meal: The dining room experience is very important for nourishment and social interaction. Ask questions about entrée choices, dining hours, and options.
Ask existing residents what they think: As you tour the property, don’t be shy to ask residents for their honest opinions about the community. Look for the level of happiness among the people you see.
Trust your instincts: As you are touring, think about the reality of yourself or loved one actually living at the community. Can you imagine being comfortable or at ease there? Usually your gut is right so follow your instincts.