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Preparing to Visit Senior Living Communities

By: Commonwealth Senior Living / 12 Mar 2024
Preparing to Visit Senior Living Communities

There are several signs a loved one is not getting the support they deserve. It could be seen in changes in their behavior, relying more on others, or a decline in their overall wellness. It's important to recognize these signs so their needs are addressed effectively. When it comes to starting the conversation, you should be well-prepared. Researching options in the area, such as support services, healthcare providers, community resources, and senior living communities can provide you with the knowledge and information needed to guide the discussion. Starting the conversation with a better understanding of available resources while offering assistance can make a significant difference in how they view this process. Taking time to gather information and approach the situation with care and empathy can help ensure your loved one receives the support they truly deserve.

At Commonwealth Senior Living, we recommend proactively crafting a comprehensive plan for the future that both you and your loved one are comfortable with. By taking this step now, you can avoid the unnecessary pressure of making impulsive decisions during emergency situations. But before you start that important conversation with your loved one, you should research and visit a few communities. This approach enables you to make well-informed decisions and ensures a smoother transition down the road.  

As you begin your research journey into senior living communities in your area, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by what awaits. In addition to exploring online resources, such as community websites, here are a few tips to assist:

  • Talk to peers and family friends who have already made the move to assisted living. They will likely have advice on areas you haven't thought of, like choosing an estate sale company or support groups in your area. 
  • Talk to other adult children whose parents have recently moved to a senior living community. Ask the communities you are considering if they have current family members you could speak with. 
  • Consult trusted professionals such as ministers, priests, rabbis, or local senior support organizations. These respected leaders can provide comfort and guidance to you and your loved one during this time of transition. 

If you haven't visited a senior living community in a while, leave behind your old ideas. Senior living communities have truly evolved and come of age in recent years, offering a wide range of care options and amenities. Whether you're looking for a vibrant and active community or a more relaxed and peaceful setting, you're sure to find a place that feels like home.

When exploring different senior living communities, it's important to evaluate the lifestyle they offer. We've created checklists for choosing the right assisted living and memory care communities that will serve as a valuable tool to help you assess the various aspects of each community you visit. From the available activities and amenities to the quality of care and support, this checklist will guide you through finding the perfect fit.

Click the button below to request our Choosing the Right Assisted Living or Memory Care Checklist.

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