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What to Look for in a Senior Home

February 28, 2021

Choosing a senior home is not a decision to be made lightly and for some it may even prove somewhat nerve-wracking. It’s a big step and finding the accommodation that best suits you might take some time, but it is worth not rushing so that you know your choice is the right one. You will want to ask plenty of questions and gather information before deciding. This way, you will know that all your needs will be met, and your experience will be a pleasant one.

Here are some ideas of what to look for in a senior home.

  • First Impressions. What is your first impression when you visit the facilities? Is the building well-designed? Is it both attractive and functional? Do the grounds appeal to you? Does it seem secure and well situated? Is the location convenient for family visits?


  • The Staff. Given the amount of interaction you may have with the staff, you will want to take a moment to observe them in action. Are they warm and welcoming, or professional but cool? Do they seem happy to be there? Do they know the residents by name? 


  • Services and Amenities. You should make a list of all your needs and desires in order to see if the home can provide for them. Maybe you will need assistance with certain daily or weekly tasks. It’s important to know what you need, what you want, and what you can do without. 


  • Physical Activities. If you enjoy staying active, you will probably want to know that there are courses and activities available to you. Do they have comprehensive wellness programs? 


  • Education. Are there opportunities to take courses? What is offered? Are the courses held on-site or elsewhere? 


  • Food. Are you hoping to cook for yourself, or do you prefer food service? If the latter, does their menu appeal to you? Does it offer many choices? If you have special dietary requirements, are they easily accommodated? 


  • Medical Services. Whether or not you need regular care and assistance, you will probably be comfortable knowing it’s readily available. Are there nurses on-site at all times? Is your doctor able to visit you if need be? If your health deteriorates, will you need to move to another residence? 


  • Accommodations. How large is your suite? Are you able to bring all of your favourite things? Is there enough space for you to feel comfortable?

There are many wonderful senior residences to choose from, but not everyone will be a perfect match for you. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you are looking for so that you can see if the residences you are considering are a good match. Make safety and comfort your priorities. Talk to the staff and other residents, who will be your best measure of whether the environment is a positive one. Prepare your questions in advance, and don’t hesitate to ask them or others that come up during your visits. After all, this is a big decision and not one to make lightly.

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