You’ve gathered all the information you can online and it is time to start visiting communities in person; but what should you be looking for during a tour?
When it comes to senior living communities, there are key factors to consider before making a final decision. Surroundings, staff, activities, and dining features are all essential elements that are best assessed when touring a senior living community in person.
Surroundings play a significant role in promoting good health, safety, and wellness. During a tour, pay close attention to the cleanliness and safety features of common areas, resident rooms, and dining areas. Are the floors well-maintained? Are there handrails in the hallways? Are surfaces, such as countertops, clean?
Apart from cleanliness and safety features, look for communities with well-decorated, warm living areas. Spaces that are bright and inviting can promote a positive mood and enhance the overall quality of life for seniors.
When touring an assisted living or memory care community, note the staff-to-resident ratio, level of care provided, and staff qualifications. A good staff-to-resident ratio indicates that each resident will receive personalized attention and care. Ask about the average number of staff members available at any given time and during different shifts.
The qualifications of the staff, including specialized training, certifications, and senior care experience, speak to the level of care available in the community. Knowing that the staff is well-qualified will provide peace of mind, assuring you of the community’s commitment to meeting residents' physical, emotional, and social needs.
Good food can spark joy and is important for proper nutrition; It is a good idea to schedule a tour during breakfast, lunch, or dinner hours to see, and even taste, the food available in the senior living community. Ask about the menu and typical food offerings.
Why not participate in an activity while visiting communities? Events are essential in creating an engaging, connected community. Participating in activities gives you a first-hand look at the level of engagement in activities. Pay attention to how staff interact with residents - are they attentive, respectful, and accommodating? Do they engage in meaningful conversations and activities with residents? Follow up by requesting to see the community events calendar to gain an idea of the social happenings available.
When touring senior living communities, it is crucial to consider everything from cleanliness to the dining experience. These elements greatly contribute to the overall wellbeing and comfort of seniors, ensuring a safe and pleasant living environment.
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