What’s Important for You in a Senior Living Community?

What’s Important for You in a Senior Living Community?

Different things appeal to different people, especially when it comes to the place they choose to live. Some like a quiet, laid-back vibe. Others prefer a bustling, energetic environment with lots to do and explore. Most everybody wants to feel safe, comfortable and welcome. It’s the same when considering a senior living community: it’s up to you to decide what best matches your must-have list.

If you’re not sure how to come up with just what your loved one is looking for, start with these points and see which resonates the strongest.

Looking for a senior living community? Here’s what to consider.

Care options

When searching for a senior living community, consider the variety of care options each one offers. For example, if the senior is a good candidate for an independent living community now, ask if there are more levels of care and additional services available should their needs change. A community offering independent living, assisted living, and memory care is often considered an ideal solution.

Knowing there is a plan in place can offer great peace of mind for the entire family. This includes knowing exceptional staff and caregivers are close at hand when needed, with the resources and expertise to help your loved one maintain their independence.


Lifestyle is another factor to be mindful of during your search for a senior living community. As you tour several communities, you will notice each one has a unique style and personality. Some are more formal, while others are casual and relaxed. When helping your loved one make a relocation choice, consider their lifestyle preference. For example, is your senior someone who likes to dress up for dinner or someone who is more comfortable coming to dinner in jeans and sneakers?

Services and amenities

The services and amenities offered by each senior living community directly impact the quality of life for residents. Some staples you will find at most communities include personal care assistance, housekeeping, meals, transportation, and home maintenance. Additional services and amenities may be community specific—for example, life-enrichment activities, an on-site beauty/barber shop, resident garden plots, pet policies, and wellness programs are just a few. Make certain you have a realistic idea about what your senior loved one wants and needs.

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Does the senior wish to find a community near their home or that of an adult child? Choosing a location can be a key element as you begin your search, especially when families are separated by great distances.

While moving close to a loved one might be desirable, what happens if the family member must relocate for their job or for another personal reason? If the older adult decides to remain in their familiar neighborhood, do they still have friends nearby? In both instances, it helps to consider the proximity of the senior living community to medical care, such as physicians and hospitals.

Safety and security

The goal of a quality senior living community should be to design and maintain an environment designed specifically for the safety and wellbeing of older adults and their families. Each state regulates and inspects many of the safety features located in retirement communities. These safety measures can include grab bars, emergency call systems, and handrails in the hallways. Other security features, such as fire suppression systems, carbon monoxide alarms, and natural disaster plans, will vary from community to community.

It’s important to learn more about the safety features each community offers, as well as how they plan for and handle potential security concerns.


Finally, as you begin your search, it is important to have a clear understanding of the budget you are working with. Keep in mind there is a variety of funding options available for you and your family, from long-term care insurance to a reverse mortgage to Veterans benefits. However, having a clear idea of the budget range will help you as you proceed with the process. Consulting with your financial advisor is often a great way to get the ball rolling.

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