If you’re an older adult or the parent of one, you may be considering moving into a senior-friendly independent living community. If so, it’s important to take the time to visit several options to find the one that’s right for you. While every retirement community is unique in its way, there are some questions that all prospective residents should ask before deciding on their next home. That way, you can make sure that when it comes time for your move-in date later this year (or maybe even earlier!), nothing will get in your way of enjoying a stress-free move-in day and feeling right at home within minutes of arriving at your new senior living community in Northwest, NC!
In this post, we cover some important questions to ask during a tour of a senior-friendly independent living community.
How Many Staff Members Are Employed?
The number of workers on hand will vary according to the size of the community and its needs. What’s important is that there is enough team to provide the level of care needed. In addition, it’s best if there are enough employees so that you can be assured there are enough people around at any given time in case an emergency occurs or your loved one needs immediate help.
What Kind Of Training Do They Have?
You should ask about the training for all the care team, not just a select few. How do they get trained? What training is required, and how often do they need to attend it? Do they have any ongoing training programs (for example, CPR classes), or do they rely on team members to take the initiative in that regard?
It’s also essential to find out what kind of training residents can expect from the community as well. What kind of programs are offered for residents who want to learn new skills or keep up with their interests? Can residents expect different activities throughout the year, or does it vary by season and holiday?
Are Residents Encouraged To Be Involved In Their Care?
You can ask if residents are encouraged to take an active role in their care. For example:
- What is their role in making decisions about their care? Can they choose which activities they want to do and with whom, or do they care team makes those decisions for them?
- How do they ensure they get the right service and assistance level? Are any resources available for them to get additional support if desired (e.g., a nurse hotline line)?
- What kind of training is provided to new residents when they first move into the community to know how things work and feel empowered as soon as possible after arrival?
What Accommodations Are Offered, And How Can They Be Changed Over Time?
How does the community accommodate people with special needs? Do they have a waiting list, or can you move in immediately? Who decides if an accommodation is reasonable and necessary, and how do you make such a request?
If you have a loved one with special needs, it’s essential to know they will be met before signing on the dotted line. You want to be sure that your loved one’s accommodations are reasonable and appropriate for their condition. For example, if your father has dementia but can still walk around without assistance or supervision, then he should not get his own studio apartment with private bathroom (unless he really wants this). However, if he requires assistance with daily activities like bathing and dressing himself because of his memory loss condition—then getting him private quarters makes sense. Before signing on the dotted line at any senior-friendly independent living community — especially those offering assisted living services — ask lots of questions regarding these topics so that both parties understand each other’s needs clearly from day one!