Take inventory of your situation before you begin looking into senior retirement communities. You can start by determining your timeline and reviewing the information in this article. You will then be ready to call the senior community sales department and ask the right questions.
Below is a list of some of the services and amenities offered at senior living communities. Some are included in the standard monthly rent or fee and others incur an additional cost. Decide which are necessities and which are “nice to have.”
❏ cable TV, movies, documentaries, sports
❏ wi-fi & computer room
❏ bus service to drug stores, medical offices or shopping malls
❏ hair & nail salon
❏ physician available for on-site appointments
❏ meals & guest meals
❏ room service
❏ walking path
❏ exercise equipment & classes
❏ heated swimming pool &/or spa
❏ social activities
❏ art & music classes
❏ contemporary library
❏ laundry rooms
Will you need additional services, for example, assisted living services, for an additional cost?
These assisted living services could include:
❏ assistance to in-house meals and activities
❏ shower/bathing assistance
❏ assurance checks
❏ medication management
❏ personal laundry services
Ask the sales department:
❏ Do you sign a contract?
❏ Is it a month-to-month agreement with no long-term lease?
Familiarize yourself with apartment layouts, sizes and availability.
❏ Do the apartments have lanai?
❏ Are the apartments furnished or unfurnished?
❏ What is the view from the apartment?
❏ Where is the community located?
❏ Is there a waitlist?
Once you have narrowed down your search, call for a tour. Have your calendar available and know when you would be available.
Many seniors have been waiting for a reduction of the pandemic numbers before making a move. The vacant apartment inventory is limited as more seniors are arranging for tours and confirming move in dates. Begin your search today.