Closing your eyes and pointing at brochures spread across the table or search results displayed on a computer screen is most certainly not the right way to choose senior living. However, if you’ve never made this kind of decision before, you could probably use some guidance on choosing carefully.
- Take a tour — in person. The brochures and websites only tell part of the story. As lovely as they may be, photos can be deceiving, and they’re also two-dimensional. You need to see for yourself what kind of place it is and experience it with all five senses: have a meal there, see the staff at work, take note of the scents and sounds.
- Visit again, at a different time of day. The staff during the 9-5 shift may be wonderful, but the overnight staff may not be as pleasant or competent. Also, the regular weekday employees may be quite different from the weekend workers. Get a well-rounded understanding of how the community is run before saying yes.
- Ask questions over the phone, during the tour and afterwards. Don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions that come to mind when you’re reviewing the website or walking through the halls of the community. If you’re not sure what to ask, check out this post for insight.
If you’ve made this decision before, what tips would you add to the list?