If you’re ready to downsize your responsibilities and increase your opportunities for connection and community, a retirement community is a fantastic option. Not every retirement community is created equally! There is a wide range of quality in every senior living market. It is important to do your research, narrow down your top candidates and take a tour. This will allow you to ask questions and see the community for yourself.
At Daystar Retirement Village in West Seattle, WA, way, we relish welcoming new residents to our thriving community. Every new member brings something new and exciting that shapes our community’s vibrant dynamic. We are confident that you’ll agree after your tour!
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most important questions to ask after decades of tours. Prospective residents have brought up genuinely great questions, and some questions should be asked more often so that everyone starts on the same page. We’ve added a few more than the ten in our title, but we hope you’ll appreciate our inclusive list of questions in order to enhance your experience on your senior living tour.
Top 10 Questions to Ask on Your Senior Living Tour
1. What makes this place unique?
You can draw your own conclusion about the feeling of a campus when you visit, but it is also important to know how the community sees itself. What do they highlight as selling points? Do they match your observation?
2. What does a typical day for a resident look like?
Walking through a typical resident’s day will help you decide if you can see yourself living it.
3. Tell us about your staff. What are your hiring and training policies?
Senior living staff must be thoroughly vetted and trained according to state guidelines. Who is CPR certified? How is the community staffed at night? What duties do staff perform on-site?
4. How do you handle emergencies and unexpected situations?
Enquire about emergency weather procedures, evacuation plans, infection control, COVID-19 and other contagious disease protocols. If you're considering assisted living, ask how individual emergencies such as health crises are monitored and addressed.
5. What are the top 3 amenities residents use most often?
You can be sure your tour guide will highlight the amenities. Asking about the top three amenities will give you an idea about the community's character. Is there live entertainment and intellectual presentations? Do they encourage health and wellness through activities and fitness classes? Is transportation provided for outings and events? Do residents enjoy meals together in the community dining room? Are there lounges, libraries, card and game rooms for residents to enjoy?
6. How are prices calculated? What is included?
What is included in the base price? Are there additional charges? Are there one-time or re-occurring fees?
7. What services are on-site? What transportation services are available?
Is there a movie theater, beauty salon, or mobile library that visits? Is there a fitness center on campus? Does the facility host other services provided such as dental, vision, hearing, footcare and therapy services? What services will come to you? Does the community offer regular transportation to the grocery store or provide transportation for doctor’s appointments?
8. How is maintenance handled?
Find out how maintenance concerns are reported and addressed. Keep a keen eye out on your tour. Everything should be functioning and in good repair.
9. What is your policy on my specific concern?
Some people have unique circumstances that make or break the fit of a retirement community for them. Some FAQs from prospective residents include:
Pets- Are pets allowed? What pets are approved? Is there a pet fee?
Cars- Can I bring my vehicle?
Visitors- Are there set visiting hours? Are overnight guests allowed?
Cooking- Can I prepare my own meals?
Wi-Fi- Do you have Wi-Fi? Who has access?
Religious Services- Does this community have a religious affiliation? Do they host regular religious services or transport to them?
10. What are your meal plan options?
If possible, plan to enjoy a meal during your tour. This will provide you with an idea of the meal and service quality. Find out about meal plan customizations. Are there multiple dining rooms? Al a cart options? Are meals served at specific times only?
How to Decide on a Senior Living Community After Your Tour
After you’ve toured communities, it’s time to collect your thoughts. A reputable senior living community will not apply excessive pressure to sign a contract on the spot.
Reflect on the pros and cons of each place, and don’t underestimate the importance of the climate and overall feel. You deserve a community that feels right to you. Consider talking about each visit with a trusted family member or friend. Sometimes it helps to hear your thoughts aloud and gain outside perspective. Never hesitate to call the community with addition questions or to request a second tour.
Premium Senior Living in West Seattle
Daystar Retirement Community in West Seattle is committed to providing premium senior living options to empower our seniors to get the most from their golden years. We’re ready to shine during your personal tour. Reach out today to see for yourself!