Finding the perfect senior living community takes time and effort. You must research communities, schedule tours, meet with community directors, evaluate your finances, and choose the ideal community.
Choosing a senior living community is a big decision, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the massive number of choices and the differences in services and amenities offered at individual communities.
You’ll find that some communities offer basic services and amenities, while others offer upscale amenities such as pools, spas, luxury living spaces, and personal concierge services. Of course, you want to enjoy retirement (and you should) with as many luxuries as possible, relaxing by the pool, socializing with friends, freedom from worries while traveling, and taking up new hobbies.
You’ll want to have a realistic expectation of costs and available options. Senior living communities cost an average of $4,500 per month for assisted living care, depending on where you live and the services and amenities offered.
Before you start researching and visiting senior living communities, take the time to evaluate the services and amenities that are must-haves vs. those that would be nice but unnecessary.
Here’s what you should consider when determining your needs from your wants in senior living:
Determining Your Needs in Senior Living
Needs are what you need to survive. We all need food, shelter, water, and sleep to survive. In addition, we all have needs that are unique to our individual preferences and lifestyles. We should consider these needs whether we’re buying a car or choosing a senior living community.
Your personal needs when evaluating senior living communities should include:
- Personal Care: Seniors who need assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) like bathing, toileting, dressing, medication administration, or eating need senior living communities that provide help with personal care.
- Nutritional Needs: Do you or a loved one have specific dietary needs (special diets, food allergies) critical to managing a health condition? Make sure you select senior living communities that can accommodate special dietary needs.
- Memory Care: People with memory issues need specialized care offered at senior living communities like Vitality Living.
Determining Your Wants in Senior Living
We’d all like to live in a community with an Olympic-size swimming pool, personal concierge services, five-star meals, a personal trainer, private transportation, and luxury living spaces. But do you need these services and amenities to enjoy life? Probably not!
For those who don’t have unlimited money, we must consider what’s truly important to us to live a fulfilling and happy life.
Making a Choice
Now that you’ve determined your needs and wants in senior living, make a list that includes your needs on one side and wants on the other. Evaluate both and choose with consideration to your social expectations, budget, and health,
You’re choosing your new home, and you want to make sure you select a community that meets your needs and wants. Your needs and wants are unique to you, and there’s no correct answer, so make sure you take an honest assessment of what’s most important to your health and happiness!
If you need help or have questions about senior living, download our informative, free Family Decision guide to learn more.