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Searching for Senior Housing

By: Darleen Mahoney

Scooters 'N Chairs


Searching for Senior Housing? We can help. The decision to start a search for senior housing for a loved one or even for yourself can be a very hard decision and very confusing. Where do you start? What type of senior housing is right for you?  You may realize that it’s very tough navigating the senior housing landscape with so many options, locations, levels of care available, and what payments are accepted or not accepted.

Here are a few tips to get you started to help clear away the senior housing “clutter”:

Know what type of housing you need- you cannot begin your search until you know what is going to best suit your needs now and in the future.

  • Retirement Community - residential community for older adults who are able to care for themselves. 
  • Continuing Care Community - offers multiple levels of care within one community 
  • Assisted Living Facility - facilities that offer care for those needing assistance with daily living 
  • Memory Care Facility - specifically designed with safety and programs for those with cognitive disease. 
  • Home HealthCare - this is an option to be considered in a home environment, help could include personal aid, but expand into healthcare needs such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and skilled nursing.

Budget- Decide on what type of budget you have each month. If you have financial limitations, seek financial resources for help and guidance. There are quite a few, so do not despair.

Location- This is a great opportunity for you to venture into new a new section of town or even move across the country if you so desire. Deciding what area you want to live is a great next step.

Must Haves- Make a list of non-negotiable items that are important to you in your next living environment.

Visit a Senior Living Website- To get a great birds eye view of all of your options, visit as many of them as you can on a website like SeniorLivingGuide.com , review all of the options in your search criteria, locations, and amenities. Visit their websites and social media links keeping a list of the one’s you would like. You will then be able to contact them to schedule a visit.

Contact Your Senior Community List- Call each community on your narrowed down list to schedule an appointment to visit each one you are interested in. Make a list of questions that you would like answered before scheduling your visit.

Visit Your Senior Community List- Once you have your visits scheduled and you are in the door, this is when its important to pay attention to not just what the marketing person is telling you. Look around and take in everything that you see. Do you like it? Does it make you feel at home? Take a few minutes to chat with the residents and staff. Take notice of how clean the community is and if you think that this community or facility is a good fit for you.

The biggest questions are going to be affordability and if you can picture yourself living there. Is this your next home?


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