What to Look for in a Senior Community

Narrow your search

  • Is the community in a town or community that you like or have heard good things about?
  • Is the location convenient for family and friends to visit?
  • Is the area safe, with a low crime rate?
  • Is it a well-respected company you trust?

Next, narrow by community

  • What level of care is right for you? Our friendly sales representative can help you determine if independent or assisted living makes more sense for your situation.
  • Is the community close to shopping, restaurants, a medical center, and other services?
  • Are there other levels of care available, such as assisted living, should you need it?
  • What are your must haves in a community?

Ask preliminary questions when you call

  • What services and amenities are included in the price?
  • What services are available for additional fees?
  • What types of payment do you accept?
  • Do you have any programs to help with the transition process?

About the community

  • Is the neighborhood quiet and pleasant?
  • Is covered parking available, and is it free or is there an additional charge?
  • Is there easy access to public transportation? Is transportation provided?
  • Are the buildings and grounds clean, spacious, and well maintained?
  • Are the common spaces in the community pleasant and appealing?
  • How many rooms are available where you can visit with other residents and with visiting family members?
  • How extensive are the outdoor areas for recreation, exercise, and visiting?

About the apartment units and fees

  • Do the accommodations include a wide range of housing options, including smaller apartments or studios should you wish to downsize?
  • Are there handicapped-equipped units, should you need one at some point?
  • Is there adequate storage space in the unit, or is additional storage provided?
  • Are dogs, cats, and other pets allowed and, if so, are there limits on type or size?
  • Will you be allowed to have visitors at any time and overnight, or are there curfews or other rules?
  • Will you be required to have renter’s insurance?
  • Are housekeeping services available, and at what price?
  • Which maintenance issues are you responsible for and which are included with the unit?
  • Are the fees transparent and easy to understand or is there an ala cart price structure?
  • Is there a meal plan, and how flexible is it? If so, what are the dining facilities like?
  • Are the leases month to month or do you have to sign for a whole year?

About food, activities and social life

  • Will your visiting family members be invited to join you for meals?
  • Is there an extensive, varied schedule of classes and activities, including some that interest you?
  • Are there evening events, such as movie nights and performances by local theater, dance, and music groups?
  • Is there a gym or fitness center?
  • What types of additional recreation facilities are offered?
  • Is there a private dining or community room available for family and other large events?
  • Are there religious services in the community or nearby?
  • Is there a barbershop and beauty salon in the community or nearby?

About community staff

  • Are the staff friendly and do they make you feel welcome?
  • Is there an activity director or staff members charged with organizing and leading activities?
  • Does the community provide in-home care companions in case you need assistance in the future?
  • Is there an RN, LVN, or CNA on staff?

Have additional questions? Contact us today!

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Please Contact:
Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert & Co.
(516) 637-0597

Matt Friedman
Tanner Friedman Strategic Communications
(248) 762-1430