How to Choose a Senior Living Community
Just over 40 million Americans move each year, according to American Community Survey data. Anyone who has moved knows that the process of packing up your life and relocating is at the top of the list of stressful life events. When searching for senior living solutions for a loved one, this challenging time becomes an emotional one that can feel overwhelming. Finding the right community that meets the requirements of your loved one can help minimize anxiety as well as make it feel like home.
Start by exploring your options. Each person is unique, with their own needs and desires. Matching this to the right community begins the process. As you deep dive into researching communities, there are some key things that should be on your radar, like on-site services, community culture, cost, and location. Here are some tips to guide you on your journey:
1. Location is key: The phrase “location, location, location” in terms of real estate could not be more spot on. Look at communities that are in an area that makes the most sense. Keep in mind the proximity to family members as well as other key aspects of your loved one's life, like doctor’s offices, library, and other shopping and errands. This will help your loved one keep familiar aspects of their life consistent.
2. Activities are important: Does your loved one enjoy gardening? Listening to music? Spending time at the easel, creating art with paint? Communities offer many activities for residents to enjoy, so take time to find out which are available. Take note of amenities like laundry services, personal care salons, and housekeeping services as well, and inquire about costs.
3. Cost is a factor: Look closely at the Care Package since every community has its own pricing structure. The two pricing agreements include the monthly rent and care/ service packages. Make sure to consider what is being offered in the packages since a lower price may mean fewer services included.
Working with a Senior Living Advisor will help you to successfully navigate your options, explaining all aspects of the possibilities that are being considered.
CarePatrol is proud to be a trusted advisor, helping families since 1993 to find the right place for their loved ones and taking the stress out of an emotionally charged situation. We have vetted communities far and wide so we can answer your questions, accompany you to community visits and even help make move-in day a great experience. Experience the CarePatrol caring difference for yourself!