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What to Consider When Looking at Living Options for Seniors

Senior Living | 01/15/20


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Making the move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is an exciting decision. This is the place where you will have endless opportunities, with more friends, more fun and less worry. But with so many choices available, how will you know what community is the right fit for you?

There are a variety of ways for you to do your research on communities – thorough online searches, talking to residents of communities and looking at reviews. But there is no substitute for experience. And the best way to get a feel for what life is like at a community is through a tour.

Keep reading for things to look for when touring a CCRC.

What Should I Look for When Touring a CCRC?

1. Types of Living Accommodations

CCRCs most commonly offer apartment-style living, with sizes ranging from studios to two-bedrooms, all in a variety of floor plans. Many communities now offer free- standing homes, as well, with more space, privacy and full access to all the activities and amenities that the community offers. Make sure you look at a variety of living spaces to see what floor plan will suit your needs.

2. Services and Amenities Offered

When choosing your future home, you want to be sure it is a good match for how you like to live and what you like to do. Ask about the full range of social, educational and cultural activities. These can include art classes, lectures and learning, musical performances and more. A range of fitness activities are also generally available and may include amenities such as an indoor pool and fitness complex.

In most CCRCs, dining is a social highlight of the day. You may want to check if the hours are convenient, what types of foods are offered and whether special dietary needs such as low-sodium or kosher meals can be accommodated.

3. Lifestyle

When visiting a CCRC, it is important to consider compatibility with the residents and staff members you meet. Is there enough common interest to develop relationships and feel at home in this community? Is the community a good fit for your personality and lifestyle? Some CCRCs are large complexes with several thousand residents, while others are small and intimate with just a few dozen. Is the size of the community the right fit for you? Do staff members demonstrate professionalism and convey a sense of warmth in their interactions with residents and each other? If residents are happily interacting with one another and the staff, this is a positive sign.

4. Reputation and Financial Stability

A move to a CCRC is an investment in your future. That’s why it is important to be sure the community you choose is on strong financial footing. For example, is the community established, with a long history of success? Is it backed by a large organization with stability and strength?

For the highest in quality and care, it is also smart to seek out communities with accreditation from CARF, an independent, national organization. The CARF review process emphasizes financial health and other markers of quality and stability. Only 12 percent of senior living communities nationwide have achieved CARF accreditation.

Take a Tour at Stonebridge at Montgomery

Now that you know what to look for, we invite you to come tour Stonebridge at Montgomery for yourself! Contact us today to schedule your personal tour. Here, you’ll be able to get a feel for the community life, ask any questions you have and enjoy a meal on us. We look forward to meeting you.