visiting a retirement communityFor some, moving to a retirement community is a well-planned and researched life change.  For others, the decision to move to a retirement community may come at a moment of crisis.  It is highly encouraged to take a tour of several retirement communities in the area to find the right fit for you or your loved one.  When visiting a retirement community, take note of things you see around you.  The staff, other residents – even the area of town the community is in.

Below are questions to ask when visiting a retirement community, and specific things to be on the look out for.

 

What Types of Care Levels are Offered?

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care
  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Continuing Care (CCRC)
  • On-Site Home Care
  • Respite
  • Rehabilitation

 

Costs:

Is there an entrance fee?  If so, how much?

What is the daily/weekly/monthly fee?

What is included in the daily/weekly/monthly fee?

What services are provided?  Are there additional costs?

Is there a volunteer program?

 

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Private Pay?
  • Private Insurance?
  • Long Term Care Insurance?
  • Medicare?
  • Medicaid?

 

Activities

Do you have an activity program?

Do you have an Activities Director?

Is family encouraged to participate?

Are the activities posted?

Is there a common area with a TV?

Is there a beauty/barber shop on site?

 

What to look for when visiting a Retirement Community:

Is there staff around?

Is the staff friendly and helpful?

Is the staff accessible to residents and their families?

Is there someone available 24 hours a day?

 

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