The search for the right senior living community can feel overwhelming when you look at the large number of communities available. How do you narrow down the options and quickly find a senior living community that is a good fit? The four quickest ways to determine if a senior living community is a good fit is to learn what services it offers, ask about the available amenities, look at the daily programming, and visit the community in person.
Learn what services the community offers
You can narrow down the list of senior living communities very quickly if you start by looking at the services they offer. The level of medical care available at senior living communities can vary widely. For example, assisted living communities offer some help with activities of daily living (ADLs) but do not generally provide care to people with complex medical needs. Memory care neighborhoods provide services tailored specifically for people who are living with dementia and other conditions that impact cognitive function. When you consider a community, take a look at the services it offers and compare it to your current and future needs in order to determine if it is a good fit.
Ask about the available amenities
The amenities that a community has to offer can help you decide if it will be a good fit. Some communities offer a long list of hospitality-style amenities. These can include amenities such as resort-style dining, an on-site salon, fitness classes, outdoor recreational areas, and much more. If there are any amenities on your must-have list you can use those to help you find a community that will provide you with a lifestyle that meets your standards.
Look at the daily programming
A quick glance at the community calendar of a senior living community can help you decide if it is a good fit for you. What types of events and programs do you enjoy? How involved do you want to be with the other residents? Do you want the opportunity to interact with people and places outside of the community? Looking at the calendar of a community will help you determine if they provide the type of programs you want.
Visit the community in person
The quickest and most effective way to determine if a senior living community is a good fit is to go on a tour. Visit any community you are considering in person before you make a final decision. You can learn a lot about a community with online research but there are some things that can only be discovered through a visit.
Using the criteria mentioned above you can narrow down the long list of senior living communities and find one that is a good fit for your needs and wants. If you are just getting started with your search, take a look at the resources on Eskaton’s website. You will find information about the services, amenities, and activities that each community has to offer. And, when you are ready, you can schedule a time to visit the communities that make the shortlist.