Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Senior Living Community

Many people find the best senior living community for their needs as soon as they start looking. However, not everyone has that experience. It can be hard to make a decision when you don’t know what you want or need to live your retirement years to the fullest.

However, the process doesn’t have to be as overwhelming or frustrating as you think. Ask some of these questions and make your choice with confidence:

What Programs Are Available?

You likely know what your limitations and strengths are. For example, you might pride yourself on living a wholly independent life but occasionally need help with your housekeeping. Alternatively, you might have a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease who’s no longer able to live without 24/7 supervision.

Understand what you need, and you can then ask a senior living community what programs they have available. Many of the best communities offer three primary living options: Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care.

What Services and Amenities Can I Access?

Moving into a senior living community is about more than enjoying luxurious accommodation in a community of like-minded people. In highly regarded communities, you can also access a range of helpful services and amenities.

Don’t be afraid to ask about the services and amenities you can expect in your preferred senior living community, such as:

  • Housekeeping
  • Linen services
  • Scheduled outings
  • Maintenance services
  • Shared spaces
  • Restaurant dining

Is Help Available When I Need It?

Many individuals consider moving into senior living communities when they can no longer live wholly independent lives without at least a small amount of help. As a result, it can be important to ask about the level of help you can expect when you move into a particular senior living community.

The type of help you can receive often depends on the living program. For example, basic support is typically offered in Independent Living, while Assisted Living residents may enjoy additional help with daily living. Anyone in a Memory Care program may also expect 24/7 supervision and access to healthcare when required.

Can I Bring My Pet?

Many seniors decide not to move into senior living communities and enjoy everything they have to offer because they don’t want to rehome their pets. Our pets are like our families, so it’s only natural to be concerned about needing to give them up.

It can be worth asking your preferred senior living community whether your pet will be welcome to move in with you. You may be surprised to learn that many of the best communities are pet-friendly. Some even have private dog parks!

Do I Have to Cook My Own Meals?

Cooking can be a challenge for many seniors who are no longer motivated to cook for themselves. As a result, there’s always a risk that some seniors aren’t getting the nutrients their bodies need to keep them healthy.

Rest assured, you can hang up your apron for good in most leading senior living communities. On-site culinary teams are typically available to prepare three main meals a day and an array of healthy snacks. Depending on your living program, you may also enjoy dining out in your local community at your leisure.

Schedule a Tour of Elison Senior Living of Pinecrest Today

Are you ready to start thriving in a senior living community? Schedule a tour of Elison Senior Living of Pinecrest today. You can explore the grounds, ask some of the questions above, and get ready to live life to the fullest in a community of like-minded people. We look forward to welcoming you or your loved one into our idyllic senior living community.