Whether you’re searching for senior living options for yourself or an aging parent, there’s nothing more important than finding a community that meets (and exceeds) expectations for you and your loved one. Just like any significant life-changing event, making the decision to move to a senior living community takes a lot of thought and planning. You can learn a lot about a community by visiting websites and reading reviews, but touring a senior living community provides information and insights you can only discover when you’re there in person.
Touring a community can be an enlightening experience for you and your loved one. You’ll be able to walk the halls, observe day-to-day activities, and see how team members and residents interact. You’ll also notice practical aspects of the community, like where dining venues are located, where fitness classes are held, and how outdoor spaces are used by residents — the important details that affect daily life in a community.
Before you schedule a visit, read on for tips to help you make the most of your tour of a senior living community.
1. Research the Community
It’s wise to do some legwork ahead of time to narrow down the choices based on location, budget and personal preferences. Spend time comparing the housing options, senior care and services offered at different communities. Talk with your loved one about their priorities and preferences so you know what’s most important to them and where to focus your attention when you tour a community.
2. Bring a List of Questions
Make a list of questions important to you and your loved one, and bring the list with you as a handy reference when you tour senior living communities. You might ask: What are the upfront and ongoing costs? What are the levels of care available on campus? What is the ratio of associates to residents? What amenities and services are available? Are transportation services available for shopping and doctor visits? Is there a calendar of activities for assisted living and memory care residents?
3. Prioritize Safety and Comfort
On a tour, you’ll notice the condition of buildings and the overall atmosphere of a place. You may be drawn to a newly built community with a modern design and high ceilings, with plenty of natural light and inviting common spaces. Perhaps your top priority is finding a community with intentionally designed spaces for assisted living and memory care, which helps ensure a safe, secure and comfortable experience. A well-designed community can greatly enhance residents’ quality of life, and a tour is your chance to see it for yourself.
4. Meet Team Members and Residents
Visiting a senior living community provides an opportunity to interact with a range of team members in the community. You may have the opportunity to ask questions of program coordinators, caregivers and culinary staff. Pay close attention to how team members interact with residents so you can observe the community culture. Engage in conversation with residents to learn more about why they moved to the community and what they like about it.
5. Experience Community Life
A tour can help you learn more about the enriching programs and activities designed to support your loved one, as well as residents who share their interests and hobbies. Ultimately, spending time in a community is the key to determining if it’s a place that feels like home. It can take time to find the right fit for you, so you may want to visit a community more than once.
6. Taste the Food
The quality of food is paramount when you’re choosing a senior living community. Restaurant-style dining venues on campus make it easy to enjoy healthy, well-balanced meals without the hassle of cooking. Arrange for one of your visits to involve a meal at one of the dining venues on campus. This will also give you a chance to experience the level of service provided and see how the residents enjoy the dining experience.
7. See the Difference
Visiting a community in person can help you see firsthand what sets it apart from other senior living communities. The insights gained from a tour can help you make the best decision about next steps for you and your family.
Silverstone Senior Living builds distinct destination-style communities where hospitality, exceptional service and quality care are the hallmarks of a one-of-a-kind experience. We’d love to have you visit one of our communities, treat you to lunch and answer any questions you may have. Contact us to schedule your personal tour. We look forward to meeting you!