Tours Offer Insight Into Senior Independent Living Options

Are you considering a move to independent senior living Denver? If so, touring a variety of residences is a crucial part of reviewing options and deciding on compatibility.

Brochures, pamphlets and websites are an introduction to any living facility. They can give a first impression and help you decide which factors are important to you. Is the home in a community and neighborhood where you could be comfortable and happy? What transportation is available? Does the facility meet government codes for safety? How much does it cost?

Answering these basic questions about location, affordability and services will narrow the field. Then it’s time for a field trip to see the homes in person.

A tour will give you a chance to see if the residence has a compatible atmosphere.

Prepare questions to ask on the tour. Don’t be afraid to refer to your checklist, which also will prompt remembering factors that are important to you. Start with the questions below and get some personal experiences:

  1. What type of apartment or rooms would be available? Can I see a model?
  2. What food service and dining options are available? Stay for a meal to find out how you like the food.
  3. What services, such as laundry, and amenities are included?
  4. Are there activities or programs planned?
  5. What are the policies about visitors and overnight guests?

Spend time talking with residents to learn the inside scoop on living at the facility. How do they and staff interact?

Another important factor is whether the facility has options you might want or need later, including assisted living or memory care units.

Jot down impressions in a notebook. What did you like? What didn’t you like? The record will help jog your memory when the time comes for deciding on your next home.

A visit to a senior living residence is a chance to find out answers to your questions, including “Would this be a good fit for me?”