A picture may be worth a thousand words, but it can only tell part of the story. This is why when making a decision as big as what senior living community you’ll call home you need the detail that only a tour can provide. But even a tour is only as good as the understanding you walk away with and that’s difficult when communities often focus on trying to wow you with bells and whistles alone. Unless you’re prepared going in, that is. We can help with these tips on what to look for and the questions to ask when touring senior living communities.
For your tour(s) to be the most productive, there’s some prep work you need to do beforehand. This involves prioritizing your wants and needs. In doing so you’re not only saving yourself the trouble of touring senior living communities that aren’t a fit, but you’ll also avoid being overwhelmed by all the options available to you in communities that are contenders. Here’s what you should consider:
The senior living community features that are non-negotiable like being pet-friendly or having two-bedroom floor plans, or simply nice-to-have such as concierge services and multiple dining venues, for example.
After you’ve considered the above, ideally, you can identify two or three senior living communities that fit your needs and wants in which to tour. You’ll have the option of touring senior living either virtually or in-person in most communities today. But however you decide to tour, you’ll have an easier time comparing when you’re looking for the same things and asking the same questions at each community. We suggest the following:
Accommodations and Campus
Lifestyle and Wellness
Staff and Care
Safety and Security