If you or an older loved one are considering the independence of an independent living community, you’re probably asking yourself: which one? Well, the best way to find an answer is to ask questions, the more the better, but also the right ones. Because every senior has their own desires and needs in a senior living community, it’s best to consider what their ideal living situation is. Here are a few questions to get you started:
While some communities provide comprehensive bundles of amenities and services, others work on an à la carte basis. So it’s best to find out right away which of the two the community offers. Many seniors are surprised to learn that residing in the right community can actually save them money compared to homeownership.
Many communities offer a wide range of dining options, from dining halls to cafes and private rooms for special occasions. This variety ensures that you will always find a comfortable place to have your meals, and a variety of meal options. It’s also important to ask if they’re able to cater to your dietary needs and if they offer meals for special dietary requirements like low-sodium, vegetarian, paleo, or gluten-free.
It’s best to find out what activities are available during the week and see if their offerings match your likes and interests. Keep in mind that the selection of activities should include things you or your loved ones enjoy doing, plus a variety of new activities so they don’t get bored. Of course, even if a senior living community provides excellent care, seniors can still become lonely and bored if they don’t find anything interesting to do.
Even if you or your loved one still drives, it’s still good to ask about the community’s transportation services. There are communities that offer exclusive van services that can take residents to grocery stores, doctor’s offices, banks, and other places of interest. They may also offer other options like coordination services whenever you need to go to a location not covered in the transportation area or make a trip to a specialist.
It’s important to know whether or not the community has any visiting clinicians that have space within the independent living community. It’s common to find dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists, and doctors services that visit the community, so be sure to find out about it. Furthermore, other screenings and vaccinations may be available too.
Asking the right questions will only give you the right answers and once you’ve found a community that provides what you’re looking for and what you need, you’ll be on your way to a new life in a great community. To find out more about Ingleside Senior Living, visit our guide here: Choosing the Best Senior Living Option.
Ingleside’s Life Plan Communities in the Washington metropolitan area are committed to engaged living, giving residents access to a complete continuum of care as their needs change over time. Contact us to find out more and schedule a visit today.