6 Important Features to Look for in a Senior Living Community

Here are 6 important features to look for that will play a significant role in finding a community that best fits your or a loved one’s needs.
6 Important Features to Look for in a Senior Living Community

As the old adage goes, “There is no place like home.” Whether you or a loved one are searching for a Senior Living community that provides Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care services, here are 6 important features to look for that will play a significant role in finding a community that best fits your or a loved one’s needs.

Types of Care Provided

Every resident of a Senior Living community has unique needs. While some seniors want the care free lifestyle that Independent Living provides, there are others who require assistance with the Activities of Daily Living, or are coping with the effects of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

As you consider the Senior Living options available to you, be sure that the services offered are an appropriate fit for the level of care needed. Many quality Senior Living communities offer a no obligation consultation conducted by experienced professionals who can help match needs with services offered.

It is also imperative to learn about a given community’s commitment to resident safety and security.

Physical Surroundings & Accommodations

Everyone should feel comfortable in their home, and this is especially true for seniors, as many of them come from a residence that they have lived in for many years.

As you consider the Senior Living communities available to you or a loved one, be sure that the property’s physical characteristics are appealing. Many communities maintain landscaped outdoor settings with seating, inviting common areas, a restaurant-like dining room, and sometimes a library or movie room.

In addition, many communities offer a variety of living accommodations, including one or two-bedroom apartment homes. Look for ample space, natural light, updated decor, and a bathroom that is able to accommodate a wheelchair or walker.

Dining Options

One of the most important aspects of any Senior Living community is its food. Top quality communities offer a variety of delicious and nutritious meals, all served in a restaurant style dining room. Residents gather together at meal times to enjoy each other’s company and a wide range of food options.

Some properties even have a vegetable garden, where residents can help grow and harvest some of the food they eat each day. As you evaluate Senior Living communities, ask for sample menus and try a meal before making a decision. Many communities also offer specialized meal plans to accommodate residents’ health conditions or nutritional needs.

Independent, Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care Amenities

One of the key benefits of living in a Senior Living community are the amenities that are offered to residents. In addition to top quality meal service, other popular amenities include housekeeping, laundry services, transportation, and many social events and activities. Some properties even have an in-house spa, a beauty salon/barber shop, and are pet friendly.

Pricing Considerations

Choosing a Senior Living community that is financially sustainable for a resident is of utmost importance. Monthly costs will depend on a variety of factors, such as the type of personal living space chosen, amenities offered, and the physical location of the community.

Be sure to have a candid discussion with the community’s representative about your or a loved one’s finances. They may be able to help connect you with financial resources such as Veterans benefits.


Pet Friendliness

Many seniors love animals and still might have a pet in their home. As you consider various Senior Living communities, find out if they are pet friendly. Some seniors want to bring their pet with them to live when they move, so it’s important to know whether they have that option in the new community.

Frontier Senior Living is Here to Help

Choosing a Senior Living community that best fits a resident’s needs is very important. The highly knowledgeable and experienced staff at Frontier have helped many families find the right Senior Living community that best fits their loved one’s needs.

If you would like to learn more about the communities and services that we offer, we invite you to visit, take a tour and speak with our friendly and compassionate staff.

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