For 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
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?
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?