Today, you have access to more information at your fingertips than ever before. So, if you’re researching senior living options near you, it’s easy to find all kinds of information to give you a sense of what life might be like as a resident. However, no amount of online research can truly replace the experience of touring the community for yourself. After all, the best way to tell if you can picture yourself living there is to spend some time at the community, get to know the residents and understand what it feels like to be there.
In this post we’ll share some of our favorite tips for touring a senior living community so that we can help you get the most out of your time. Let’s get started!
1. Only tour your top contenders.
It simply might not be feasible to personally visit every senior living community near you. So, before you start scheduling tours, try to eliminate any options that you know won’t meet your needs – either financially or otherwise. If you can narrow down your list to your top three considerations, you’ll be better able to focus on what they offer and whether or not they’re a good fit for you.
2. Make your tour personal.
We know it can be intimidating to ask some of the personal questions that are really on your mind, but don’t let this stop you! Chances are better than good that you aren’t the first person to have the same questions. For example, people ask us questions like these all the time:
3. Get to know some of the residents.
Some independent living communities are hotspots of activity where there’s always something new and exciting taking place. Don’t be afraid to chat with residents and observe how they interact with others in the community. Better yet, allow yourself some time to enjoy a meal in their company so you can get answers to your questions directly from the people who already live there.
4. Tour several floorplans.
Even if you think you already know which floorplan is right for you, take some extra time to see a few alternatives. Sometimes the layout you thought was perfect on paper ends up feeling different in person. Only by looking at several floor plans, will you get a sense of how the space fits your personal needs and lifestyle.
5. Ask about emergency plans and safety precautions.
Natural disasters and other emergencies are sometimes unavoidable. That’s why it’s good to know that the senior living community you’re considering has taken all of the necessary precautions to provide a reasonably safe, secure environment.
At Western Home Communities, we’re proud of our independent living communities and the remarkable people who call them home. We’d love for you to join us for a tour so you can experience our way of life for yourself. Schedule a visit today, or contact us to speak with a friendly representative.