If you are searching for the right independent retirement living community, you may, at first, feel overwhelmed. There are so many to choose from! It pays to do some Internet research, but it’s a good idea to visit a community in person before making a final decision. Then, you’ll be able to talk to the care team, and other residents (who may be your prospective neighbors), test a meal cooked by the community chef, walk the grounds, and more.
But once you find a community you think will be a good fit, how do you know if it is a high-quality one? Below, you will see a number of signs that point to the community you’re researching being of a higher caliber.
What Is the Community’s Vision?
Growth and improvement should be the vision of the retirement community you’re considering. Long-term plans should always be in place for continuous improvement which can include adding to existing services, upgrades, renovations, etc.
A Selection of Living Options
Skilled medical professionals should be part of the care team in any retirement community. But the best communities tend to offer living options that suit various individuals. For example, independent living, memory care, skilled nursing care, and/or assisted living are some of the options you’ll find in many retirement communities today.
Whether you decide to venture out of the retirement community or not, you want that option. Particularly if you no longer drive, it’s important that a high-quality retirement community offer transportation services for its residents. It is but one of many amenities available courtesy of today’s top-notch retirement communities.
Activities and Events for All
Activities should be offered and scheduled on a regular basis. This can include classes, exercise programs, game nights, book clubs, and more. The skill level of residents should be considered by the person putting these together. Additionally, there should be numerous events that promote socialization and entertainment.
The caregiving team should not only be highly knowledgeable and experienced, but they should be the kind of individuals that encourage genuine relationships with the residents they care for.
Friendly, Happy Residents
Be sure to talk to the residents at the retirement community you’re considering. Do they seem happy? Are they lackluster or excited about life? What do they think of the care team? Are they bored? Would they recommend the community to their friends and family?
The Community Itself Is Welcoming and Clean
As soon as you walk through the door, do you feel welcome and were you welcomed by one or more individuals? Explore the community as much as you are allowed. Are all areas clean and sanitary? Is the kitchen clean? Do the meals look healthy? Just because it’s an independent living community doesn’t mean you won’t be treating yourself to a chef-prepared meal every once in a while.
Our Independent Living Community Offers a Top-Quality Environment
In our Independent Living community, you will be surrounded by friendly, caring individuals – whether it’s the residents you will call “Neighbor”, or the care team. Opportunities for socialization abound. Join a fitness class, participate in game nights, go to a dance, listen to a concert – the possibilities are nearly endless. If you cook your own meals, you may want to treat yourself on occasion to a restaurant-style breakfast, lunch, or dinner prepared by chefs in our dining room. The whole point is to enjoy retirement living in safety and in style.