Like with buying a new home, choosing a senior living community is a big decision. With so many options out there, it can be difficult to determine which community is right for you. Before you make your decision, be mindful of these common mistakes senior and their families make when choosing a retirement community.
Mistake #1: Making a Decision Too Quickly
Too often, seniors and their families jump the gun and choose one of the first facilities they see. Rushing your decision may result in choosing the wrong community. Be sure to visit a number of prospective communities so you can compare them and see which you truly like most. Even if a space has finally opened up in your dream community, don't make a decision without fulling understanding its services, amenities and costs.
Mistake #2: Not Touring the Facility
Would you buy a brand new house without seeing it first? Probably not. So, why would you for a retirement community? While online photos and virtual tours are certainly helpful, you shouldn't commit to a community without seeing it in person. If you're not available to tour the facility, ask a trusted friend or family member to scope it out for you. Click here for some important tips to keep in mind during your tour.
Mistake #3: Prioritizing Location over Services
While a senior living community may be located closest to your family, it may not be the best facility in terms of services. Though close proximity to family is important, you need to be sure the community offers the healthcare services you need now and may need in the future.
Mistake #4: Not Reading the Fine Print
Once you've chosen a senior living community, have a family member thoroughly review the documentation, including the fine print, before you commit. This will help insure all the fees and pricing structure are clearly understood and that there are no surprises.
Whether you’re looking at retirement communities in Atlanta, New York or Chicago, being aware of these common mistakes will help you make the right decision.