Choosing an Assisted Living Community: Part 2

This article is part of our series on Choosing an Assisted Living Community

When deciding which Assisted Living Community is best for you or your loved one, comfort in the environment is an essential factor in the decision-making process.

About the Building

While visiting the building, imagine what it would be like to be a resident around and within the community. Is the building easy to navigate around? Does it accommodate wheelchairs and walkers? Remember, this isn’t just renting real estate, this is a lifestyle that you or your loved one will be a part of permanently.

Questions to ask can be:

  • Is the staff visible and available to residents?
  • Are the common areas clean and odor-free?
  • Is it easy to find your way around the building?
  • Is there a long walk from the apartments to the dining room & other common areas?
  • Is there a safe and accessible outdoor area for walking and congregating?
  • Do residents use the common areas or does it appear that most of the residents stay in their apartments?
  • Do the bathrooms have accessible showers?
  • Is there a built-in shower bench/chair?
  • Are there grab bars in the shower?
  • Are there emergency pull-cords in the apartment?

For Part 1 in this series click here.

If you are ready to start your senior living search, click here.

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