Deciding to move to senior living is a huge first step, but there’s much more to consider. Specifically, how to find the right senior living options. From the type of community to the features, services, and amenities available the choices may seem overwhelming initially. That’s why determining your senior living needs and wants before you research communities is essential. By prioritizing what’s most important upfront, it’s much easier to find the right fit. Here’s how.
Often it’s a specific need, like a health concern, challenges living independently, or simply wanting freedom from chores and home upkeep that prompts a move to senior living. And by assessing your current situation at home in the chart below, you’ll be able to more easily determine the type of community that would be right for your senior living needs.
Many people don't realize that there are several types of communities, each designed to support different senior living needs and wants. With your specific needs in mind, now consider what each type offers.
Now that you’ve determined the type of community, based on your senior living needs, you can focus on what you want to get out of the experience. The options are endless, so we recommend categorizing your wants as must-haves, preferences, or nice-to-haves. Keep in mind that basics like meals, housekeeping, maintenance, scheduled transportation, and activities will typically already be included in the monthly fee. We’ve identified some of the most popular features, services, and amenities to help you more easily narrow down the specific community that fits your senior living needs and wants best.