Independent living is an excellent choice for healthy active seniors who want to enjoy a carefree lifestyle without all the responsibilities of home ownership. When touring independent living communities, it helps to be prepared so each can later be compared on a level playing field. Here are some of the most important things to look for and questions to ask to make the most of your search.
1. Overall cleanliness
From the moment you begin touring independent living communities, keep an eye out for how well-kept everything appears. Start with the outdoor areas. Are the lawns mowed, gardens weeded, and paved areas intact? Are areas like walking paths well-groomed and free of obstacles? Are areas for play like pools and courts clean and well maintained?
Indoors look for signs of good housekeeping procedures like clean floors, walls and windows in common areas. In apartments use your white glove to ensure everything is pristine. Ask about whether apartment housekeeping, maintenance and repair are included in the monthly fees. After all, why leave home unless you can count on a clean and well-maintained new home? Learn more about all independent living has to offer in our blog, “The Benefits of Living in an Independent Living Community.”
2. Housing options
Another key concern to examine is the housing options. Many seniors are surprised to learn that the best luxury independent living communities offer choices that far exceed what was available in the past. When touring independent living communities be sure to ask about different size apartments and their floorplans. When touring each housing option take note of how well-lit each apartment is, how modern the appliances are, and whether each has access to a balcony or patio. Also important are accessibility and safety so be sure to ask about such conveniences as under cabinet lighting, grab bars and walk-in showers and other touches that make life easier. Also ask what utilities are included and if linen service is provided.
3. Community culture
Touring independent living communities should also include a look at the culture of the community. For example, does the community seem open and welcoming? Are people smiling and actively engaged? Does there appear to be a lot going which shows residents have plenty of choices to stay active and involved? An overall feeling of a vibrant living lifestyle, much like that of the best resorts, speaks well of all the amenities and services offered, but most importantly to the satisfaction of the residents.
Another essential aspect for many seniors is whether or not pets are welcome. At Sonrisa we welcome pet owners and their furry friends and make it easy to reap all the perks of being a pet parent described in our blog, “The Wellness Benefits of Pet-Friendly Senior Living Communities.”
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4. Fitness opportunities
Active seniors who want to stay that way appreciate the importance of physical fitness. When touring independent living communities ask to see the fitness center, note the quality of the equipment, and ask about personal trainers. For those who prefer other fitness opportunities, ask whether there are classes like dance, yoga, and Pilates, and water fitness classes, and if there are outdoor areas for walking, running or just enjoying nature within the community. At Sonrisa we offer an onsite fitness center, resort-style pool, fun games like bocce ball and pickleball, as well as local options as noted in our blog, “Staying Fit During Retirement in Roseville.”
5. Dining options
Touring independent living communities should also include asking about and experiencing dining options. High-end communities like Sonrisa Senior Living offer not only chef-prepared meals in an elegant dining room, but also casual outdoor dining at the Bisto Café or poolside, as well as our Lobby Lounge and Bar, and for those who love mastering the grill, an outdoor barbeque area. We know nutrition is key to longevity and all our meals are prepared to meet the changing dietary needs of seniors. Learn more in our blog, “Why Good Nutrition in Older Adults Is So Important.”
6. Social activities
One of the other essential aspects of aging well is socialization, something that begins to wane as the years go by at home. That said, make it a point to observe social activities taking place when touring independent living communities. Everything from simple card games to meetings of resident interest clubs to classes and group outings should be commonplace. Be sure to ask about entertainment as well, such as local musicians and speakers, movies and other activities like those on our calendar. There should be something for everyone every day!
Touring independent living communities is the best way to ensure you find the perfect fit. Contact us today to learn more and schedule a tour! Download our free Guide to Independent Living to learn more.