The advantages of an assisted living community are many. Private residences, nutritious and delicious dining programs, on-site activities and the opportunities to meet and make new friends are only a few.

But choosing the right community can be a little overwhelming.

Most families aren’t experienced in what makes for a good fit or the features they should look for, but we can help.

Consider the following tips to guide your search:

The importance of touring an assisted living community

Many begin their senior living community search on-line or with recommendations from friends and family. Gaining broad knowledge will provide a good foundation about what assisted living offers, services typically available and the range of costs.

But after narrowing your list down to a few communities in your area, you’ll want to schedule in-person tours. This is the best way to decide where you will want to call home.

Touring an assisted living community: what to look for

Before you make your visit to an individual senior living community, it’s helpful to prepare as much as possible. Bringing along a list of questions or knowing the amenities you’ll want to discover can greatly help in finding the one that will best match your needs and preferences.

To help you in making the right decision, take a look at which features to look for when touring an assisted living community:

1. The right location to meet your preferences

What is your preferred community location? Downtown offering entertainment and restaurants within walking distance? Or on the outskirts and near shopping, medical centers and transportation options?

2. A selection of home types to choose from

When touring an assisted living community, remember your new home should not only fit your needs but also your lifestyle. Would you be comfortable in a one-bedroom or prefer two so you would have a home office, study or guest room when you have a visitor?

3. A wide range of activities planned monthly

If it has become more of a challenge to participate in activities that you once enjoyed, either because of planning, availability or lack of transportation, make sure your new community provides a monthly calendar of events and options to choose from.

4. Amenities that support your desired lifestyle

Are you an avid walker? Maybe arts and crafts are more your passion. Others may look for places that offer a swimming pool, or a cozy but well stacked library. When touring an assisted living community, make sure you find one that supports your interests.

5. Dining programs that meet your dietary needs — and please your palate

Eating healthy is another area where older adults may have found it becoming more difficult while living at home. An assisted living community takes care of that. Ask about having a meal during your tour so you can see and taste for yourself.

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6. Social events and other opportunities to easily meet and make friends

As we grow older, we may lose family and friends or find ourselves becoming more isolated. Opportunities to meet others and socialize often becomes more difficult. When touring an assisted living community, ensure there are several social events and possibilities to create new friendships.

7. Scheduled transportation so you don’t miss out

If you are no longer driving, you may worry that you won’t be able to attend entertainment events, medical appointments or go shopping without relying on others for rides. Make sure your community offers convenient transportation that you can use.

8. Safety and security features to help you relax and feel reassured

It’s not uncommon for older adults to become more concerned about their safety and security, especially if they live alone. It’s reassuring just to know that someone is always there if help is ever needed. When touring an assisted living community, inquire about any added safety features provided and the staff-to-resident ratio.

9. Staff that genuinely enjoy their work

Take note of the staff while you are touring the community. Do they seem happy while at work? Do they interact genuinely and enthusiastically with the residents? Take a few minutes to chat during your visit and determine how they would contribute to your quality of life.

10. Residents that are happy with their home choice

You’ll also want to pay attention to the other residents. Do they appear happy and content that this is where they have chosen to make their home? Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to meet others and converse with them about the pros and any cons of living there.

11. A welcoming community and grounds

When touring an assisted living community, take note of the impression made when you first arrive. Are the buildings and grounds well taken care of? Does the entry feel inviting to you and those you will have as guests? Are you greeted warmly and genuinely made to feel welcome?

The Charleston Senior Living Community

Locally owned and operated, we offer personalized care by our dedicated team members. Setting a new standard in Assisted Living and Memory Care, we don’t define our residents by their limitations or illness but instead believe in focusing on the positive and the possibility.

The Charleston Senior Community includes private apartments for assisted living residents and for those living with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Your loved ones will benefit from our attention to detail, routine health assessments, delicious dining and daily activity programs as we support everyone to live their best life.

Consider a few of our amenities:

  • Chef-led dining program
  • Community movie theater
  • Salon
  • Ballroom
  • Live entertainment
  • Outdoor patio
  • Social lounges
  • Housekeeping

If you or your family is thinking about Assisted living or Memory care, we hope you will consider The Charleston Senior Community. We are a trusted resource and are here to answer any questions.

We also invite you to download our complimentary guide, Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.

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