Choosing a senior living community for your loved one can be overwhelming. There are many factors to consider, like the proximity of activities and amenities, level of care needed, cost of living, and more. And then there's that nagging fear that you're making the wrong decision.

One way to make the process easier is knowing what to look for when exploring options.

Various Levels of Care 
An outstanding senior living facility acknowledges that there is no one-size-fits-all in caring for aging adults. Instead, senior care operates on a spectrum, from independent living for active seniors to assisted living, nursing, and memory care. Within each level, you can find different amenities that vary by senior living facility type; it's essential to choose one that suits your needs best before committing yourself to a community, so research carefully.

Staff Interaction 
When interviewing senior living communities, ask about their expectations for staff interactions. A positive senior living community fosters a genuine connection between its staff and residents. Find out the process if your loved one requires additional staff attention. Above all, observe the interactions of staff and residents when you visit the facility. Your gut instincts on the team's demeanor will help determine if a facility is a good fit for your senior.

Activities 
One of the essential parts of being an older adult is staying active and connected. Extensive research shows the importance of leisure activities for older adults to strengthen their cognitive function and physical and mental health. Ask about senior activities offered in the community and the frequency with which they are offered.

Cost
Senior living communities come at different price points, from affordable to very expensive for luxury lifestyles. Therefore, to avoid frustration and disappointment in the future, it is critical that you establish a budget before you begin touring communities.

It is important to realize that not every senior living community includes the same amenities in their cost. Most senior living communities have: 

  • Pharmacy access 
  • Diet and nutrition guidance 
  • Physical, occupational, and speech therapy 
  • Daily living assistance 
  • Mental health services  
  • Safety and security 
  • Dining with personalized options 
Other amenities might result in additional fees.

The best way to find the perfect senior community is by building an informative list of communities that meet your needs. Dig deep into what you are looking for in a senior living community by preparing the answers to these questions before you visit.

  • What level of care does your senior need?
  • What are your loved one's preferences about socializing and other hobbies?
  • What is the monthly budget for senior living?
 
Greenbrier Village is uniquely designed to provide the most appropriate level of housing and services through each of its five levels of care. We invite you to explore our website to learn about living options, services, and amenities that you or your loved one can enjoy. Call us at 580-233-8993 today!

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Sources:

https://www.cedarhurstliving.com/senior-living-blog/what-to-look-for-in-a-senior-living-community