Tips for Touring a Senior Housing Community
Picking a senior housing community for yourself or a loved one is a difficult decision. To help make the decision easier for you, we've compiled a list of important factors to consider when touring the community.
- Assess the cleanliness: When you walk around the community, does the bedroom, hallways, bathrooms and common areas feel clean and tidy? Look beyond the floors and furnishings and observe the corners, baseboards, windows and mirrors. Also check out the outdoors areas to ensure everything is tidy and well-kept. Along with how the property looks, take note of how it smells. While a bad odor could indicate a temporary issue, it may point to a lack of cleanliness.
- Stay for a meal: The quality of the food offered at the property is very important. When visiting the community, sit down and enjoy a meal in the dining room. This will give you a sense of the dining experience, plus provide an opportunity to meet other residents. Ask what dining options are available to residents who are unable to come to the dining room for a meal.
- Talk to the residents: Talking to the residents and their families will give you a better idea of what it's like to live at that housing facility. Ask them how they like the community and what they like the best and the least. You may also want to ask about the staff and amenities offered at the facility.
- Observe the staff: It's incredibly important that you like the staff. As you tour the property, observe the interactions of staff members with current residents. Is the staff approachable and friendly? Do they listen, smile and maintain eye contact? It's essential that the staff approaches patients with a positive attitude and treats them with dignity and respect.
- Ask important questions: As thoughts and questions arise during the tour, don't hesitate to speak up. Be sure to ask important questions about safety and personal care, as the primary purpose of a senior living community is to ensure the residents are safe and cared for. Ask how many staff members are working at a time and how they can be contacted in the event of an emergency. What features are in place to keep the community and outdoor recreation areas safe and secure? Also discuss the bathing and grooming routine and ask any specific questions you have about your medical needs.