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How to Choose a Senior Living Community

Choosing a senior living community is one of the most important decisions most people make. Your future quality of life depends on selecting wisely, and the options can be overwhelming.

With many types of senior living communities available, it pays to take your time and ensure that you feel comfortable with your decision. Consider the following steps to assist with your decision-making process.

Choose your geographic area

This can be a tough — and very personal — decision if you live in one area and your children live somewhere else. Think about your personality and what will make you happy. Is it more important to you to be near children and grandchildren or to remain in your familiar locale?

Pinpoint your preferred style of living

Senior living communities come in many varieties with unique advantages. From active adult to continuing-care retirement communities, independent living and others, you’ll find a range of contract types offering varying amenities at varying costs.

senior man riding cycle

Talk with neighbors and friends

Do you have friends or neighbors who have researched senior living in your area? Better yet, do you know anyone who has moved into a senior community? First-person accounts provide the most accurate information, so take advantage of your network as you research. In addition, marketing staff at communities often can introduce you to a resident for lunch and a chat.

Do your online homework

Nowadays, just about everything you could want to know about a community is online. Be sure to peruse the community’s website, and check with the licensing agency in your state for additional information. You should be able to read communities’ contracts, disclosure statements and other important documents through the appropriate licensing bodies.

Visit the community

Before you get too far along in your decision process, you’ll want to visit all the communities in which you have interest. For the best service and a thorough tour, schedule your visit with marketing staff. Ask to have lunch or dinner at the community and to meet a resident or two. On the day of your tour, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, because you likely will be doing a lot of walking.

Your marketing representative should be able to provide you with detailed information about the community’s amenities, including technology solutions. Be sure to ask if the community features IndependaTVe™, which will provide you with a user-friendly, simple way to stay in touch with loved ones through video chat and messaging.

couple visiting a senior community


Don’t wait too long

Once you’ve done your research, don’t delay your move. Residents of your community of choice likely will tell you they wish they’d moved sooner. And with technology like IndependaTVe™, you can virtually “take along” your loved ones. With so new many people to meet, things to do and vibrant life to live in today’s senior communities, what are you waiting for?

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  1. Rhonda - Reply

    This my be great for my dad. He’s getting really lonely at home and would be good for him to be around and chat with other seniors. He is 72 and on Medicare, will call you guys and see if you will accept that.
    Hope to chat soon! Thanks for the great
    blog post. Rhonda

  2. Victoria Addington - Reply

    Thanks for the tips in choosing an assisted living community. As my grandparents turn 70, we are thinking of turning them over to a professional care. With that, I’ll follow your tip to pinpoint my grandparents’ preferred style of living since we’re looking for an assisted community living in Portland.

  3. kyle kidd - Reply

    I hadn’t thought about checking out the contracts of a community online before we would choose a retirement home, so I appreciate the tip to do so. My wife’s parents are asking for our help to find the right senior living community that they could move to soon, and it will be important for me to know that everything will work out with the one that we would recommend. When I look for one, I will be sure to check out their contract by going online.

  4. Edwin Riggs - Reply

    Fantastic post! I loved everything about this article! Very informative. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Henry Killingsworth - Reply

    What you said about how it is a good idea to tour a facility that you have an interest in before making a decision. My father has been living by himself for almost a year now, and I am worried that he is getting too bored; so I am thinking it would be a good idea for him to move into assisted living. I’ll have to tour a couple of facilities so that I can find one that will provide my father with plenty of activities and people to do things with.

  6. David Norriss - Reply

    I like how you mentioned that to get a good view of a retirement community it is best to schedule a visit with their marketing staff. This would help ease a person’s concerns about what kind of community they would be getting involved with exactly. Thank you for this interesting tip on how truly get to know a retirement home before going.

  7. Jane Burt - Reply

    I found it very helpful how you explained that when you are looking for a senior living community, you should make sure to visit it so you can get more detailed information about it. My grandmother is starting to get older and she is needing to find a new place to live as she is needing some assistance living in her home. We will make sure to visit the community in person before we make a decision on where she should go.

  8. Angela Waterford - Reply

    I suppose I should ask my father what his preferred style of living is before I ask him if he wants to live in a 55+ community. Thanks for the idea that I should talk to my neighbors and friends so we can find one that he likes. Maybe I should do my online homework as well and contact some real estate agents who are willing to help us out with this.

  9. Senior Advice - Reply

    This is some really good information about the assisted living home.

  10. Steven Czyrny - Reply

    Moving the seniors to the senior living community is the best idea. And there are lots of factors we need to clarify before choosing a senior living community. But, you have given some awesome tips to choose the perfect senior living community. Thanks…

  11. Tyler Johnson - Reply

    That’s a good idea to go visit a senior living retirement community before you send someone there. That way you could get an idea of what it’s actually like there. I would be more comfortable with sending my loved ones there if I knew it would be a good place for them.

  12. Diana - Reply

    This is probably one of the most difficult moments in life, both for seniors and their families. Even so, in most cases, choosing a senior community is the only healthy option available. Some people chose the memory care services eau claire wi and they admit that they couldn’t have made a better decision. So, as scary as it might look at first, choosing specialized help for seniors is actually a good idea.

  13. Rhianna Hawk - Reply

    My dad is considering moving into an assisted living community, and I appreciate your tips. You’re right that he’ll want to find somewhere close to me and my siblings. We’ll be sure to keep his style of living in mind when looking at options as well, as you suggest.

  14. Carl - Reply

    Thanks for the post. My father is getting too old to stay at home without supervision, so I think I might be doing some kind of senior in-home care for him in the near future.

  15. Sariah Meagle - Reply

    Old age is getting quite lonely for my father who’s become a senior, and I do agree that I have to choose a geographic area that you mentioned which is most accessible to us so we can visit him anytime we want. I was not aware that I have to consider pinpointing his preferred style of living that you wrote here, so I will keep this in mind so that he won’t feel bored in the new community he’ll live in. I guess I will do my online homework as you mentioned and consult with him so that he’ll get the best options available to get him settled there easily and interact with more like-minded people his age.

  16. Penelope Smith - Reply

    This is some really good information about senior living. It is good to know that it would be smart to do some online homework. I liked that you explained that it would be smart to check for licensing of a place you send your loved ones there.

  17. Monica Ashton - Reply

    We are in the process of looking for a good senior living center for my dad. He is pretty independent, but like you said, it’s better to not wait too long. He could be living a more fulfilling life in senior centers. Thank you for these helpful tips. It is crucial to thoroughly research about a new living place for a loved one.

  18. Callum Palmer - Reply

    It really is important to take the article’s advice and actually visit the community before you choose to move there. After all, you want to make sure that you will be able to get along with the other seniors that will be living there. If you or your spouse will need special assistance then you’ll also want to make sure that the community can provide you with the assistance that you will need.

  19. Ava Murphy - Reply

    I do like that you suggested visiting the assisted living community that you’re interested in so you can meet a resident or two and ensure that you will receive the best services from them. My best friend is looking for an assisted living facility for her mother. She wants to choose an assisted living community that has happy residents because she wants her mom to have a positive experience. I will be sure to share your blog with her.

  20. Amanda Drew - Reply

    That’s really great that the staff in the community you’re looking at will be willing to help you meet a resident so that you can get his or her opinion about it. My husband and I are getting tired of keeping up our house. It’s a lot larger than we need now that all of our kids moved out. We’ll have to find a good community to get into.

  21. Ivy Baker - Reply

    This is some really good information about senior living. My grandmother is getting up there in age and we are thinking about having her move into a senior living community. So, I liked that you pointed out that we shouldn’t wait too long to get her into one.

  22. Ridley Fitzgerald - Reply

    My mom is getting to old to stay home, so thanks for these tips. She wants to stay home, but I know she needs to stay in a senior community, for her own safety. I know a few friends who have taken their parents to a community, so I’ll ask them for their opinion.

  23. Judy Wilson - Reply

    My mom seems to be feeling pretty lonely living at home by herself, so I feel that moving her to a senior living community will help her make new friends and live a better quality of life. You’re right about how I should take her preferred style of living into consideration. She’s usually pretty active, so putting her in a community with other active seniors would probably be a good idea. Thanks for the tips!

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