When it comes time to consider living in retirement communities, you will probably have several questions running through your head. As you begin touring area locations, it is a good idea to have formulated the key questions so you can get them answered. Some are things you need to ask, while others need to be observed during your tour. Here are some tips for how to get the most from your tours of retirement communities so you can choose the best option.
1. Observe staff-resident interactions. Even if the staff is being on their best behavior because they know you are touring, you should be able to tell how the residents relate to them. They are going to be easier to read accurately. Also, note if staff members address the residents by name, as this is a good sign they are engaged and caring.
2. Is the property well-maintained? Be sure to look beyond the lobby and take note of the condition of common areas, the kitchen, and resident rooms. Do you detect unusual odors or see that repairs are being neglected? These can be telling about the care they give the residents, as well as how safe the property is.
3. Trust your instincts. Do you feel welcomed, safe, and happy while you are touring the retirement communities? If you do, then living there would like make you feel that way, too.
4. Understand all costs. Always ask for a full listing of all monthly fees and extra costs based on what you or your loved one will need. This is the only way to fairly compare the various retirement communities you’ll tour.
Ask about flexibility. It is common for the level of assistance needed to increase in the future. Be sure to choose from those retirement communities that adapt to those changing needs.
Here at Senior Care Carolinas, we offer options and an environment that is unlike those at other retirement communities. We are confident that you will agree once you have toured one of our residential care homes. We offer a personalized care plan that is flexible to account for any lifestyle changes, including Alzheimer’s and dementia. Call us today to learn more and get answers to any questions you may have.