8 Things to Look for When Touring an Independent Living Community
When touring independent living communities, you might want to bring a list of questions and things to look for to help you choose the right retirement community for you. Ready? Let’s get started!
Touring independent living communities: 8 things to look for
Well-maintained exteriors and interiors
Pay attention as you approach the entrance to the community. Do the grounds look well-maintained, freshly manicured and tidy? As you walk through the inside halls and common areas, do they seem in order? You’ve most likely always taken pride in keeping your home clean and well-organized, so see if that is what you are finding while touring independent living.
Friendly interaction between staff and residents
How people greet one another, whether there are smiles and hugs—it can tell you a lot when you’re touring independent living. Take a moment to absorb the vibe. Do residents seem relaxed and content? Do staff members seem open and available for friendly conversation?
A range of choices of floor plans
Obtain a copy of all available floor plans and take a peek at as many as possible. Can you see yourself living there? Check the bathrooms for safety features that matter to you. Is the kitchen arranged for easy use when entertaining? What other features matter most to you?
At Avalon Park, each apartment has its own washer and dryer, which might be a “must have” on your list. And our array of floor plans include a charming one-bedroom apartment that’s just right for a single person who desires comfort and style.
Pleasant dining experience and appealing menu selections
Enjoying a good meal is one of life’s greatest pleasures, and it should be high on your list. Ask if ingredients are locally sourced. Make sure dietary restrictions are easily accommodated. Are menus frequently updated? Be sure to have a meal or two in the community so you can get a feel for the overall experience.
Inviting outdoor spaces
Fresh air is good for everyone. Touring independent living is a great way to see if there is an inviting patio where you can gather with friends and family, enjoy happy hour, or simply enjoy some quiet meditation after a busy day. And remember: you don’t have to mow the grass or sweep the leaves—just enjoy!
Resources for fitness
Investigate how many options residents have to stay fit and active. For example, senior-friendly exercise equipment that helps build cardio health. Classes and instruction in building and maintaining strength and balance. Inventive ways to combine fun with workouts, such as chair aerobics or Zumba. Visiting a community will give you a firsthand look at how serious the community is about helping you stay active and fit while pursuing lifelong wellness.
A full activities calendar that’s always being refreshed
Senior living is your invitation to take full advantage of the newfound freedom independent living gives you. So you want to be sure you’re considering a lifestyle that is filled with engaging, stimulating ways to enjoy every day. Be sure to ask for a calendar of events and see what appeals to you.
Residents often enjoy live music, movies, art classes, special outings, card games, walking clubs, lectures, volunteering, happy hours, discussions and just about anything else you can think of. While touring independent living, drop in on a few activities, and talk to residents about what they most enjoy about life there.
Availability of supportive care if needed
Even if you don’t need it now, it can be reassuring to know that you can arrange extra support in your apartment if needed so that you can age in place and continue to enjoy all the community has to offer. At Avalon Park, we call it supported autonomy, and it gives you access to an on-site supportive health services provider who can coordinate and deliver supplemental care services, right in the comfort of your home.
We’re here to help you.