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7 Questions to Ask On Your Senior Living Community Tour

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As you or your loved ones reach the golden years, the decision to transition to a senior living community may become top of mind. The array of options available can make this decision overwhelming, but one of the most effective ways to gauge whether a senior living community is the right fit is by taking a tour. A guided tour can not only give you a firsthand look at the facilities and amenities, but it also offers an opportunity to ask important questions. 

Here are seven questions to ask during your tour: 

  1. What levels of care are offered?
  2. What amenities and services are included?
  3. What is the staff-to-resident ratio?
  4. How is medical care handled?
  5. What are the social and recreational opportunities?
  6. Can you explain the cost structure?
  7. What is the resident’s involvement in decision-making?

Why Choose Senior Living?

Whether you’re a senior looking to embrace a maintenance-free lifestyle or looking to find a loved one an environment with access to ongoing care, a senior living community may be the right fit for your family. 

It’s important to note that not all senior living communities provide the same level of care, services, and amenities. When choosing a senior living community, it’s important to do your research and make a decision with the individual’s physical, emotional, social, and financial needs in mind. 

Seniors may decide to make the transition into a senior living community for a wide range of reasons, including: 

  • Healthy & Safety: As we age, we may require more assistance with daily activities and medical care. Senior living communities often provide on-site medical services, emergency response systems, and trained staff to promote residents’ health and safety.
  • Social Interaction: Seniors can experience feelings of isolation due to various reasons, such as the loss of a spouse or friends, limited mobility, or living far from family. Senior living communities offer a chance to socialize with peers, engage in group activities, and build new friendships.
  • Maintenance-Free Lifestyle: Maintaining a home can become increasingly challenging as people age. Senior living communities usually take care of maintenance tasks, including housekeeping, lawn care, and repairs, allowing residents to enjoy a more hassle-free lifestyle.
  • Memory Care Services: For seniors dealing with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or other cognitive impairments, senior living communities with specialized memory care units provide a safe and supportive environment tailored to their unique needs.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that there is staff available around the clock to assist with emergencies or other needs can provide peace of mind for both residents and their families.

7 Questions to Ask On Your Senior Living Community Tour

Touring a senior living community is an important step in determining whether it’s the right fit for you or your loved one. Asking the right questions can help you get the information you need to make the best decision for your family. 

1. What Levels of Care Are Offered?

Senior living communities typically offer various levels of care, including:

It’s important to understand the different options available and whether the community can accommodate changing care needs over time. If you’re currently independent but foresee a need for additional assistance in the future, inquire about the transition process between these levels of care.

2. What Amenities & Services Are Included?

Amenities and services can greatly enhance the quality of life in a senior living community. Ask about the range of activities, social programs, fitness facilities, dining options, transportation services, and other offerings available to residents. Understanding what’s included can help you determine whether the community aligns with your preferences and interests.

3. What Is the Staff-to-Resident Ratio?

The ratio of staff members to residents is a key indicator of the level of personalized care that can be provided. A lower staff-to-resident ratio generally allows for more individualized attention and better quality care. During your tour, inquire about the number of caregivers available, especially during peak hours, and ask about the training and qualifications of the staff.

4. How Is Medical Care Handled?

Medical care is a crucial aspect of senior living, especially for those with existing health conditions. Ask how medical care is provided within the community. Are there on-site medical professionals? Is there a partnership with local healthcare providers? Additionally, inquire about medication management and how emergency situations are handled.

5. What Are the Social & Recreational Opportunities?

Maintaining an active and engaged lifestyle is essential for overall well-being. Inquire about the variety of social, recreational, and cultural activities available to residents. Are there organized outings, fitness classes, hobby groups, or cultural events? A thriving social environment can contribute significantly to the enjoyment of life in a senior living community.

6. Can You Explain the Cost Structure?

Understanding the cost structure of a senior living community is crucial for budgeting and decision-making. Ask about the monthly fees and what they cover. Are there any additional charges for specific services or amenities? Inquire about potential fee increases over time and how the community handles financial matters in case of changing circumstances.

7. What Is the Resident’s Involvement in Decision-Making?

Residents should have a say in the decisions that affect their daily lives within the community. Ask about the resident council or any other avenues for residents to provide feedback and influence policies. A community that values resident input may be more likely to foster a sense of belonging and satisfaction among its residents.

A senior man with a cane smiles and laughs while sitting outside with a nurse and other seniors.

Finding a Senior Living Community

Choosing a senior living community is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. Taking a guided tour is an invaluable opportunity to experience the community firsthand and ask essential questions. By asking intentional questions, you can gather the information needed to make an informed choice that aligns with your or your loved one’s lifestyle, preferences, and needs. 

Ultimately, the goal is to find a senior living community that not only meets your physical and medical needs but also provides a vibrant and fulfilling environment to enjoy your golden years.

Your Senior Living Partner

At The Villages at the River Club, we are proud to offer a faith-forward approach to senior living. Our independent living community offers a wide range of services and amenities, including a library, theater room, and golf membership to The River Club Golf & Learning Center. Contact our team to learn more about our community or to book a tour.

Written by Lisa Klasen

“It gives me pleasure to help our residents live a life of independence, love, and joy here in our community.”

Lisa has lived in Clarksville for over 10 years and is originally from the Nashville area. She went to college at Central Michigan University, where she graduated with a liberal arts degree (psychology major).

Lisa has an eclectic work background and started her career in the human resources/training/development arena for several service-oriented companies such as Hyatt Hotels and The Forum Group (Senior Living Communities). Later in her career, she switched to real estate sales for local custom home builders for about 15 years in Indiana and Tennessee. Recently, Lisa has worked as a sales and marketing director for a local independent living community, a skilled nursing facility, and an assisted living/memory care facility.

She lives with her 4 “boys”: 2 dogs and 2 cats. She still holds her real estate license and also does professional photography during her time away from The Villages. She hopes to use her photography skills to market our beautiful building and wonderful family of residents and staff here. She looks forward to getting to know everyone!

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