May 23, 2018
Choosing a retirement community is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Taking the time to search for the ideal place to spend your retirement years should be an enjoyable one as you start the second half of your life. This is why it’s so important to plan ahead, giving yourself plenty of time to consider all the various options available to seniors today.
Keep in mind that there are many different things to evaluate when you shop for a retirement community. The selection process is going to differ based to your personal tastes, finances and health care needs.
The first step in choosing a retirement community is determining what services you need. For example, if you do not require assistance with daily activities, then an independent living apartment is probably the perfect choice. However, if your health and/or mobility are beginning to decline and you’ve been relying on others for help, an assisted living community may be more appropriate. If you or a family member require full-time health care, then a skilled nursing home would be a route to investigate further.
This is also where thinking ahead is extremely helpful. Another option to consider is a continuing care retirement community, which provides the full-spectrum of care from independent living to skilled nursing. Healthy, active seniors can start their lives in the independent living community, and if or when their health needs change, they can move into the appropriate care level, all without leaving the comfort and security of familiar settings.
Since you are choosing where you are going to live, you should also consider a number of things that you would like your senior living residence and community to offer.
For example, take some time to reflect on the following questions:
While reading about senior living communities online or in printed collateral helps provide an idea about what life is like, seeing the community in person and spending time there allows you to truly understand the lifestyle being offered. Schedule some time to visit communities that meet your personal, financial and health care needs. Bring a pad of paper along with a printout of the following questions to take notes while experiencing the community with all your senses. Click here for a printer-friendly copy of these questions.
After you’ve visited multiple communities and taken some time to review your notes, it’s time to evaluate your remaining options. Which communities did you like best? What did you like most about them? What did you dislike about them? Compare your responses and explore as many options as you can before making your decision.
Enjoy a vibrant lifestyle with the right level of care in our senior living communities. We offer a full spectrum of care for seniors at all stages in their lives. Contact us today to learn more about the living options and health services offered from Franciscan Ministries.