Deciding where to live is a huge decision, based on so many different factors — including the location, the appearance, amenities (Fireplace? Extra closets?) and sometimes just a feeling that this is the place. Choosing a senior living community can be the same way and sometimes making that decision can be overwhelming. At American House, we’d like to make that decision as simple as possible for you — and we’ve compiled a list of 16 Tips for Choosing a Senior Living Community.
While you are choosing a senior living community, especially if you are looking for a community when you cannot visit personally, keep in mind the needs and wishes of the loved one who will be living there and include them in the process as much as possible.
Here are several questions to keep in mind as you visit and assess senior living communities for your loved one (courtesy of the Assisted Living Federation of America or ALFA):
- Do you like its location and outward appearance? Is the decor attractive and homey?
- Do you receive a warm greeting from staff welcoming you to the community?
- Do residents socialize with each other and appear happy and comfortable?
- Is the community well-designed for your needs?
- Are there different costs for various levels or categories of personal care? Are there discount programs?
- Is there a staff person to coordinate home healthcare visits from a nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, etc., if needed?
- Does the community provide housekeeping services in personal living spaces?
- Can residents arrange for transportation on fairly short notice?
- Are barber/beautician services offered on-site?
- Does the community provide scheduled transportation to doctors’ offices, the hairdresser, shopping and other activities desired by residents?
- Are different sizes and types of apartments available? Are apartments for single and double occupancy available?
- Is there evidence of organized activities, such as a posted daily schedule, events in progress, reading materials, visitors, etc.?
- Do residents participate in activities outside of the community in the neighboring community?
- Do volunteers, including family members, come into the community to help with or to conduct programs?
- Does the community create a sense of inclusion by encouraging residents to participate in activities?
- Are common dining areas available? May residents eat meals in their apartment? Do dining room menus vary and may residents request special foods?
To schedule a tour and learn more about what we offer in our senior living communities at American House, please visit our website or call (248) 579-4422. We’re confident that you’ll get that this is the place feeling when you visit us!