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What to Look for in a Seattle Senior Living Community

Posted by Daystar Retirement Village on Jan 1, 2023 8:00:00 AM

There are many reasons to consider moving to a senior living community. For example, you or someone you love is looking to downsize to a safer, more manageable space. Or maybe you or someone you love needs daily assistance or wants peace of mind knowing support is available should it be needed.

But it can be challenging to know where to begin when it comes to finding the right Seattle senior living community. There’s so much more than the aesthetics of a community to consider. From levels of care and amenities to atmosphere and wellness opportunities, Daystar Retirement Village wants to help you prepare for your senior living search. Below, our team highlights some key points to consider when searching for your ideal Seattle senior living community.

First, What Lifestyle Option is Right?

Senior living is not a one-size-fits-all option. Finding the right community for you or someone you love starts with understanding needs. For example, if you’re a retiree looking to lead a more active retirement without the worry of home maintenance and tasks, independent living offers that freedom. On the other hand, if Mom or Dad is showing signs they need additional support in their daily life, an assisted living community can provide it. 

As you start your search, you want to ensure that any Seattle senior living community you consider offers the lifestyle option or level of care that fits your or your family’s needs.

Second, Areas to Consider in a Community

We spend roughly 50% of our waking hours at home, so you want to find a community that you or your loved one is proud to call home, offering the amenities, conveniences, and services that make spending the day enjoyable and easy!

Dining Experiences

When researching or visiting a Seattle senior living community, spend extra time reviewing the dining options. If you have dietary needs, ask if the community caters to these restrictions, such as vegetarian options. In addition, ask if you can see a sample menu, how regularly the menus change, and if requests can be made for certain dishes. 

Dining is about more than the food, so explore the dining areas. Most communities offer restaurant-style dining so residents can engage and connect at mealtimes. But also ask if family and friends can attend meals as guests so you can plan special visits and meals with your loved ones.

Amenities and Activities

Think about your passions and hobbies or your favorite weekly events. 

  • Do you host a weekly poker night or dinner club with your friends? 
  • Do you love spending your mornings in the garden? 
  • Are you a fitness enthusiast, or have you always wanted to try a workout class?

Seattle senior living communities promote an active lifestyle through wellness opportunities, activities, amenities, and programs to create an engaging environment. When visiting different communities, ask residents and staff questions about available activity groups. While you’re at it, see if the community has a sample events calendar or activity schedule you can check out! 

Be sure to check out the on-site amenities as well. Many communities offer fitness centers, craft rooms, gardens, and more. At Daystar Retirement Village, our inviting parlors and recreation rooms, beautiful gardens, library, and activity and craft rooms provide plenty of opportunities to get in touch with your inner creativity and passions!

Convenient Services and Maintenance

After decades of home improvement costs, changing light bulbs, keeping up with yard work, and more, most retirees are ready for a change! This is why maintenance-free living is one of the largest drawing factors for senior living communities. 

While most, if not all, senior living communities handle maintenance, such as landscaping, apartment repairs, etc., ask about other services or features the community offers. For example, Daystar Retirement Village includes electric*, paid expanded basic cable TV, paid water, sewer, and garbage, optional housekeeping with bed changes weekly, and weekly laundry services (assisted living). (*Included in most units.)

Finding the right Seattle senior living community for yourself or someone you love is about finding a place to call home with the care, support, and services you need to lead a healthier, happier lifestyle.

At Daystar Retirement Village, we know that living a full life is important for finding purpose and happiness. If you’ve started your senior living search, we’re ready to welcome you with open arms to our vibrant community and are excited to help you take your first steps. Contact us today to learn more about our Seattle senior living community!

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