Step 1. CONSIDER
When seeking a Senior Community that fits your needs, there is quite a bit to take into consideration. First, what are your needs? Do you require assistance in your daily routine with dressing, bathing, housekeeping, etc. Another important consideration is location. Do you need live in a location close to family or friends? Also, what amenities do you require? Senior home communities can offer a whole host of amenities such as a fitness center, swimming pool, transportation, library, beauty salon, barber shop, etc. Another important question to determine is, will the community fit within your price range.
Use your personal contacts as a way to gather referral information. People that are the closest to you, such as family and friends are familiar with your preferences. They can provide an honest and knowledgeable review. Especially, if they have a loved one or an associate residing at one such community.Step 3. TALK
Once you have determined your Needs and Preferences in a Senior Community, the Internet is a great resource to create a Top Ten list of Senior Homes. Narrow down your list by making phone calls to each community to obtain quotes and determine amenities offered. Don’t be afraid to talk to people that live within the community. This can help you to determine what residents living at the Senior Complex really thinking about management. Check out the Senior Care Directory to find the best places homes for your loved ones.Step 4. VISIT
Once you have come up with a list of at least Five Senior Home communities, it is time to put your research in motion. Visit these communities, but not just for the obvious. Of course, if you schedule an appointment and meet with a leasing agent, the community will be presented in the best light. However, you want to determine how the Senior Complex really treats their residents. This may take a little detective work. You want to be sensitive to the atmosphere within the community and in the office. How does the staff treat and deal with residents? Do the current residents look well dressed and cared for? Does the facility look clean and free of unpleasant odors? As mentioned in Step 3, briefly interview current residents to determine their level of satisfaction living within the Community. After visiting your list of communities, make a list of unanswered questions and concerns. Do not allow staff to brush you off by not fully addressing your concerns. If you have Red Flags before becoming a resident, these matters will only intensify after moving in.
Acting on the Four Step suggestions above, can save you much heartache and distress by helping you to avoid pitfalls. Remember, once you sign a lease you are legally responsible to fulfill the total lease term. You want your Senior years to be filled with loving memories and the joys of retired life.