If you are beginning to start the process of finding a retirement community that meets your expectations and lifestyle, a tour is an excellent way to narrow down your choices. Not every retirement community is the same, which means you’ll want to ask the right questions in order to determine if one will suit you better now and in the future.
Here are the questions you should be asking when touring a prospective retirement community.
What Amenities Do You Offer at Your Retirement Community?
When it comes to senior communities, it’s all about the amenities and lifestyle. Be sure to ask about amenities available, including types of wellness resources, entertaining spaces and any other maintenance-free perks that come with the monthly fee. You’ll want to find amenities that will make meeting your health and lifestyle goals more convenient, like walking trails, a pool, yoga studio or even a bocce ball court.
May I See a Menu?
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of living in an exceptional retirement community is the ability to grab a delicious meal with friends any time throughout the day. While you can certainly cook in your cottage home or apartment, you can easily choose to skip the hassle of shopping, chopping, and sauteing and instead meet in the dining room, bistro, cocktail lounge or another dining area of the community. Ask to see a menu so you can get a glimpse of the options served. Or, better yet, ask if you can schedule a time to enjoy a meal at the community.
What Programs Are Happening Today?
An exceptional Life Plan Community makes meeting new people and fostering friendships with neighbors a part of daily life. How can you determine if the community you are touring is exceptional? Ask what events and programs are happening today or this week.
Look for a community that features a variety of programs and events, like live concerts, wellness lectures, creative workshops and excursions into the greater community. If possible, observe a program in process to see if residents are chatting like old friends.
What Types of Care Are Available?
Determine what types of advanced care are available on the retirement community’s campus. Ideally, you will have access to a variety of care options so that you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your future needs are in good hands, should you ever need it.
Can I Come Back?
Even the most thorough tour can leave you with unanswered questions. If you enjoyed your time at a few particular communities, ask if you can return to meet other team members, enjoy a meal in the dining room or attend a social event to see if you mix well with the other residents. An exceptional community will invite you to return and welcome you warmly, even encouraging you to bring along a family member to experience the community with you.
When you are ready to begin touring communities in the Shreveport area, ensure The Glen is on your shortlist. We’d love to show you around and answer any questions you might have.
Good luck with your retirement community search!