When it comes to finding the right senior housing for you, the task can feel a little daunting the longer or harder you have to look. Just like everyone else, you want to feel comfortable and secure in the place you choose to live, and that you’re properly being taken care of in order to live a comfortable life. There are a lot of options out there when it comes to finding a place to live, and that doesn’t change just because you’re looking into a home that will also provide you with care and comfort. Below are some tips for helping your search and ways you can make sure the community you choose is the right one for you.
Do Your Research
In order to get started, it’s a good idea to conduct research on the options available in your area. Try to think of a list of what services or amenities you want to see in your new home, as well as if the location is close enough to places such as the hospital, shopping centers, or other places you may want to visit with friends and family.
When it comes to deciding if the community itself is worth looking into, you can read online about the places you’re interested in. Everything from their website to reviews in order to get an idea of what people think of the place. You can also look into the ratings and reviews of trusted organizations whose job is to make sure seniors are well taken care of or that the services offered are up to the standards they advertise, such as AARP or Consumer Reports. This will help you narrow your list of potential locations to focus on places that fit your budget and criteria.
Visit In Person
Once you’ve narrowed your list of potential housing locations, it’s time to visit them in person. Pay attention to details around the senior living community, such as how well-maintained the buildings are and whether they offer all the amenities you need, such as healthcare services or transportation. Ask questions about safety features and other services they may provide, like meals or recreational activities. It’s also essential to get a sense of how friendly and welcoming the staff is during your visit; this will give you an idea that this is a place where you would feel comfortable living for years to come.
Talk to Other Residents
It’s also always a good practice to talk to current residents when looking for senior housing options; after all, they know best what living there is like. Ask them about their experiences living in the community and if they feel safe and happy living there. If possible, try talking with someone who has been living there for quite some time, as this will give you a better picture of what it is like long-term rather than just the short-term experiences of new residents who are still adjusting to their new home.
Finding the right home for you doesn’t have to be an impossible task, even if it may feel that way right now. Take the time to really do your research about the living options in your area and what they have to offer. Learn what people in the community think about the places you might want to live and don’t be afraid to visit and talk with anyone connected to the communities you might be interested in. Basically, the more research you do and the time you take to see if the place you choose is right for you, the more likely you are to find the perfect senior home for you.
Written by: Kara Masterson
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.