Get to Know an Assisted Living Community before Move-In Day

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 21 June 2011

“Lunch & learn” events are popular in a number of venues today: at the workplace, in community centers, on college campuses, etc. Typically, these events are designed to educate attendees in an informal setting on the sponsor’s topic of choice.

Many assisted living and independent living communities have followed this trend, as it provides an opportunity to showcase the facility (particularly, the dining services department) and share an overview of available amenities & services with prospective residents and their family members – in a casual, inviting format. The lunch hour is an amenable time frame too, since many who are involved in a senior’s care planning process (adult children, friends, and other relatives) work full-time.

Some assisted living homes or independent living facilities invite prospective residents/their caregivers to attend an open house event, often held on a Saturday/Sunday afternoon.

If you and your family are in the midst of making a senior care decision, it is well-worth checking into whether these types of events are offered at the senior living facilities on your consideration list. Brochures and information packets are one-dimensional in terms of illuminating what a senior care community is all about. Tour the facility, talk with the staff and residents, and visit often before making a transition to assisted living or independent living.


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