Inquiring about assisted living communities can be an overwhelming and stressful time for aging adults and their children. Some may not know where to start their search or the type of questions to ask.
You will first want to figure out what your budget is and narrow down your options. Then think about what amenities or services you will want or need. Are you wanting convenience services such as housekeeping, laundry, meals, transportation, or an on-site barber or beautician. Are options for support with activities of daily living like medication management and assistance with bathing important to you? Look down the road and consider future needs such as memory care or long term care. See that the community has access to services to meet those needs.
Is it important to have access to multiple apartment home options like a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom so you can see the differences or are you set on a one bedroom? Is the location convenient to accessing appointments and shopping or guests visiting? Answering all of these questions prior to touring will help ensure you are touring the right places.
Once you have narrowed down your options, start to schedule tours. You may want to bring a family member or a friend to tour with you to be a second set of eyes and ears. Bring a list of questions or a check off list to find out what communities meet your needs. Some questions you may want to ask:
Do you rent month to month or are you a buy-in community?
What is your deposit & community fee if it is not a buy-in community?
Do you offer a free moving service?
Are all meals included in the monthly rent? (If that is something you want offered)
Are all utilities included?
Do you offer free wireless internet?
Is this community pet friendly?
What happens if I run out of money? Do you offer Medicaid (Elderly Waiver) down the road?
What would cause a resident to move out of a community or need higher level of care?
Once you have taken your first tour, schedule another tour to join an activity or a meal. This will provide time for you to get to know some of the other tenants living in the building, the staff, and experience the atmosphere. Like I said before, location is an important aspect in the search for a community, but selecting a community that you can trust and that can meet all your needs should be top priority. If you need assistance or have questions about what to look for in an assisted living, contact Danielle Helgerson, The Views Senior Living, at 319-540-4787.