What to look for on the tour
If you are at the point where you are ready to tour a senior living community with your parent, they have probably accepted that living at home may not be the safest environment for them, and they are willing to look at their options.
From the list of facilities that you’ve carefully researched, set up tours with your top choices. Try to spread them out a bit so you don’t overwhelm or exhaust your parent.
When you come to the community for a tour, here are some things you can both look for:
In the staff:
- Do they have time to speak with you or does it feel rushed?
- Do they appear genuinely interested in you?
- Do they interact warmly with current residents?
- How do they handle emergencies?
In the residents:
- Do they appear happy?
- Do they enjoy interacting with one another?
- Do they seem like people whom you’d enjoy getting to know?
- Are there hobbies or groups on site that look interesting?
In the environment:
- Is it clean and well organized?
- Does it look comfortable and well-lit?
- Does it have effective security systems?
- Are residents able to bring furniture from home to make their surroundings familiar?
Just like when you look for a new home or apartment, you will have a gut feeling when you walk into a community that will give you a sense if it’s a good match for your parent. Pay attention to that feeling, but also closely observe the staff, residents and environment to confirm your first impression. Once you visit your top choices, it’s time to start the decision process moving.