Choosing a retirement community in your area, whether for yourself or a loved one, takes careful consideration. You can find many excellent options through DexKnows senior housing listings. In addition to the obvious questions about size, price and onsite amenities, ask the following questions when you take a tour.
Whether or not you or your loved one will be able to bring beloved pets plays a major role in choosing among retirement communities. You may find that many that did not allow pets before now do because dogs and cats provide therapeutic effects for seniors in addition to companionship, according to the American Animal Hospital Association.
Not all seniors still feel safe behind the wheel. If this applies to you or your loved one, ask if the retirement community provides rides to area medical offices, grocery stores and other businesses that require in-person visits. The rides could be provided by the community or be accessible through conveniently located public transportation.
You may want to choose from among the many retirement communities that offer multiple levels of care. Many seniors want the ability to start in an independent living retirement apartment but have the option to stay within the same community when the need for more care increases. Certain communities offer both independent and assisted living, with health criteria dictating when you or your loved one will make the move to an area that offers additional amenities.
Taking a close look at the ownership and management of retirement apartments and homes is worth your time. What is their reputation within not only the industry but also the community? Does the management respond to resident and family member concerns and take them into consideration when making decisions that affect the community?
Look into any retirement communities on your shortlist through the Better Business Bureau and talk with residents before making a decision.
These are just a few of the questions you should ask of the communities you visit, whether independent living options or those that offer assisted and continuing care. The Seniors Resource Guide website offers an excellent resource that includes 60 questions to ask. Once you have your list in hand, DexKnows listings for senior housing can help you take the next step.
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