What should you look for in an Adult Community?

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Jan 15, 2016

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If you are contemplating a move to an adult living community for the lifestyle, support and peace of mind it offers, you may find the selection process a bit daunting. There is a great deal to think about it is, after all, your future you are planning. The truth is the process can be a rewarding one resulting in a better understanding of what you require and what you want, bringing about a gratifying lifestyle change.
Before you begin, take into account your current needs and possible changes in them over time, as well as your financial situation. Once you have done that, you can start looking at your options. Information on communities can be easily attained by visiting their websites, or calling and requesting brochures. When you have narrowed down your possibilities, schedule visits at times that are convenient for you spacing visits out enough to avoid information overload.
Below is a handy initial evaluation checklist that will help you quickly slim down your options. It includes topics that you may not normally think to consider, and allows you to more easily compare one community to another. After each visit, ask yourself:
? Is the location close to shops, doctor's offices, a pharmacy, and other destinations important to me?
? Is the location convenient for family and friends? If the facility is not in my town, are there hotels nearby for when family visits?
? What living arrangements are available apartments, private rooms, shared rooms?
? What are the fees and what is included?
? Are the buildings and the grounds well-kept and attractive?
? Are the common spaces pleasant and appealing?
? How many rooms are there where residents can spend time with each other and with visiting family members?
? Are the dining rooms clean and attractive? Can the community cater to specific dietary needs or special requests?
? Do I like the food? Can visiting family members join me for meals?
? Is there a private room available for family celebrations or private family dinners?
? Is there a posted, varied schedule of activities and events, and do they interest me?
? Did I feel comfortable during my visit? Could I see myself living there?

In addition, visit the communities you are partial to more than once. To be sure you are getting the complete picture; stop in, without an appointment, at various times of day. Lastly, take your time so that you are sure to make the best lifestyle choice for you.
Editors Note: This article was submitted by Elizabeth Dupree. Elizabeth Dupree is a Senior Director of Community Relations with Benchmark Senior Living Continuing Care Retirement Communities and may be reached at 203-323-2323 or by email at edupree@benchmarkquality.com.

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