Now that you’ve decided a CCRC (i.e. life-plan community) is right for you, you’re likely wondering how to narrow your options and choose a community?
The following tips will help steer you in the right path.
Before you start comparing communities, think about your wants and needs and prioritize those. Consider adding those wants and needs to following categories:
After creating your list, aim to narrow your options to two or three communities so you can closely compare them.
You want to compare them based on your list – identifying the pros and cons. To get the most information you can and a true feel of the community, we recommend touring each community you’re considering. Consider asking the following questions when touring:
And any other questions that are relevant to you.
Ask to meet some of the residents, for their perspective on the community and team members you’ll be interacting with (e.g. activity, maintenance and dining team members). Also, ask if it’s possible to sample an activity class or a menu item from its dining venue(s).
We offer prospective residents all those options, so they are better able to get a true feel of our community. We want individuals who chose our community to feel confident they’re making the best decision.
Be cautious of senior living communities with team members who are unhelpful, double-talk or won’t answer specific questions – those are a red flag.
Each community has its unique features and personality, so it’s important to consider those that fit you best. By creating a list of your needs and wants, asking questions and touring the community, you’ll feel confident with the decision you make.