Posted on Mar 11, 2020 in Senior Tips
When you start researching suitable senior apartments, what you’re really looking for is a home-from-home.
Moving to any form of assisted living facility is a significant life change so you need to carefully consider all aspects of any potential senior living communities on your shortlist. This is not a decision to be rushed. Contracts can be lengthy and costs considerable so you want to find somewhere that feels just right.
Working out what’s essential for you to thrive in your new home needn’t be an uphill struggle. Enlist the help of family and friends to help you decide.
Do plenty of research. Look at your daily life. Work out your must-haves for your senior apartment.
Be clear about your budget and what you’re hoping to achieve for that money and then it’s time to start interviewing communities and arranging visits.
If you need help figuring out how to pay for a senior apartment, a wealth of financial information can be found right here.
Everyone has their own individual needs and preferences. What’s vital for you might not remotely important to others. All that counts is what you want.
Examine your current set-up. Ask yourself which aspects of your existing home are pivotal for you and which you could do without.
Which elements of your living arrangement don’t you like? Will your needs be different in two or three years from now?
The main thing is ensuring your essential needs are met head-on. You’ll need to socialize, eat well, and keep safe.
To help you, we at Landmark Senior Living compiled a list of things to help you decide on the most critical features of your new home.
Even if not all the following are applicable, going through this checklist should firm up what you want and what you don’t want in a senior apartment.
❏ Is there security on the facility 24 hours a day?
❏ Is there an alarm system in case of intruders?
❏ Is the facility well-lit at night?
❏ Are the fire-exits clearly signed?
❏ Do you need wheelchair access?
❏ Is the facility close enough for your loved ones to come and visit?
❏ Is it easy for them to find?
❏ Is there parking available?
❏ Will you be located near shops and community facilities?
❏ Is it quiet enough for your needs?
❏ Do you feel your dietary requirements will be catered for?
❏ Will you need three meals a day?
❏ Will you require food delivered to your apartment?
❏ What kind of menu do you prefer?
❏ Do you enjoy a variety of different types of food?
❏ Is the dining area inviting?
❏ Does the dining area smell fresh?
❏ Is it clean?
❏ Do you want to be allowed to invite guests to join you for dinner?
❏ Do you need a program of activities?
Which of the following activities do you enjoy?
❏ Indoor Gardening
❏ Computer games
❏ Jewelry making
❏ Day trips
❏ Will you require an on-campus salon or barber?
❏ How often do you hope to take part in these activities?
❏ Are you interested in resident clubs and committees?
❏ Will you want a say in how things are run in your senior apartment complex?
❏ Are you looking for volunteer opportunities?
❏ Will you need assistance with bathing and dressing?
❏ Will you require home visits?
❏ Do you need regular telephone calls from staff?
❏ Will you need housekeeping and laundry done for you?
❏ Is transport provided when you need it?
❏ Will you need any mental health support such as counseling?
❏ Will you require a pharmacy on campus?
❏ Is having qualified nursing staff available vital to you?
❏ Do you require voice-assisted technology in your home?
❏ What about other services? Do you need a podiatrist?
❏ Are you looking for an all-inclusive senior apartment?
❏ What’s your budget?
❏ Are you on a low income?
❏ Will you require assistance from the state to pay for your apartment?
❏ If so, what assistance are you eligible for?
❏ How do you intend to pay?
❏ Will you need a payment plan?
❏ What care assistance will you need to pay for?
❏ Do you have a deposit to put down if necessary?
❏ Is your mobility impaired?
❏ Will you need a ground floor apartment?
❏ Do you want to use the stairs?
❏ Will you need a lift if you can’t cope with the stairs?
❏ Will you need automatic doors?
❏ How much storage do you need?
❏ Are handrails around the apartment required?
❏ Will you need internet access?
❏ Easy to lock and unlock
❏ Do you prefer baths?
❏ If so, will you need a bath hoist?
❏ Or would you prefer a walk-in shower?
❏ Will you require raised toilet seats?
❏ Do you need easy-to-use taps?
❏ Will you want to do some cooking for yourself?
❏ Will you cook for others?
❏ Will you need a small dining area in your new home?
❏ Will you want an oven?
❏ What tea and coffee making facilities do you need?
❏ What happens to your trash? Do you need someone to remove it for you?
❏ Do you need a well-equipped kitchen area?
❏ If you will be cooking, how will you get your shopping?
❏ Do you have trouble sleeping? You may want to make sure that it’s quiet at night time
❏ Will you need blackout curtains?
❏ Do you require a raised bed?
❏ Will you require toilet facilities next to your bedroom?
❏ Do you get cold quickly? If so, you’ll need a well-heated bedroom.
❏ Will you need hard floors for a wheelchair?
❏ Do you prefer carpet?
❏ What clothes storage will you need?
❏ Will you want a TV in your bedroom?
❏ Will you want to keep your pet with you?
❏ Will you need assistance walking a dog?
❏ Is there an area for a dog to run around?
❏ Will any family members or friends come to visit you? If so, will you need room for temporary bedding for when they come to visit?
❏ Will you need a means of communicating regularly with your family via Skype?
❏ Do you have any family who can handle your financial matters if necessary?
❏ If you don’t have family, will you require your assisted living supervisor to handle your financial matters?
We hope this list helps you to take inventory of your essential basic requirements in your new home. Use this checklist every time you visit a new senior apartment to be sure you get everything that meets your needs. If you feel the time is right for a move to assisted living, contact us here at Landmark Senior Living and we’ll be delighted to give you a free tour of suitable senior apartments.