What to Expect When Touring Senior Living Communities Today


When it comes to healthy aging, quite honestly, there’s a lot to do. You’re supposed to make sure to keep your body active and your brain engaged all while maintaining your social connections as well. Sure, the benefits to your overall well-being are worth the effort, but retirement is supposed to be a time with less responsibility on your plate, right? Well, it turns out that in senior living you can have your cake and eat it too, so to speak. Here’s how programs like our Vivid Life make keeping active, engaged, and connected easy and fun! 

Benefits of Healthy Aging 

Good things happen when you focus on healthy aging. In addition to feeling better overall, which in and of itself is a win, other benefits of keeping active, engaged, and connected include:  

  • Improved ability to do everyday things ​ 
  • Reduced impact of illness and chronic disease​ 
  • Enhanced mobility, flexibility, and balance
  • Improved sleep
  • Increased energy level
  • Reduced feelings of depression and stress
  • Increased feelings of happiness and self-confidence
  • Reduced risk of cognitive decline 
  • Increased mental adaptability and cognitive reserve 
  • Improved memory recall and problem-solving skills 
  • Improved concentration and attention to detail  

How Senior Living Can Help 

At home, particularly when living alone, it can be hard to stay as active, engaged, and connected as you’d like. From lack of opportunity to lack of motivation to lack of transportation to mobility challenges, and more, it’s tough, we get it! That’s why we created the Vivid Life program in our senior living communities. It’s composed of three parts: Vibrant Body, Vibrant Brain, and Vibrant Connections. Here’s what each entails:  

Vibrant Body We offer amenities such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, a pool, walking trails, gardening opportunities, and even a dog park to help you stay active. A sample of activities includes:  

  • Walking club – Daily walks at different outdoor locations using pedometers to measure steps. 
  • Yoga – At least once per week for gentle yoga, and once per week for mindful breathing. 
  • Fitness classes – At least two times per week using a variety of hand weights, resistance bands, and circuit-type exercises. 
  • Tai Chi – At least once per week with a live instructor. 
  • Non-traditional exercise – Dancing, gardening, etc. at least two times per week. 
  • Physical games and sports – Golf, putting, bowling, croquet, bocce, and ping pong available daily with organized events one to two times per week. 

Vibrant Brain We offer monthly calendars filled with classes, events, creative arts, and enrichment opportunities to help keep you engaged. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Visiting lecture series – Twice per month with topics such as cultural, historical, local interest, career-oriented, etc. 
  • Creative art series – At least one per week with a theme that runs 3-6 weeks, such as poetry writing, storytelling, painting, digital photography, etc. 
  • Learning series – At least three times per month with an emphasis on learning something new such as foreign language, sign language, technology, hobbies, etc. 
  • Games – At least one time per week and may include poker, bridge, Scrabble, etc. 
  • Mindfulness – A meditation class once per week and gratitude discussion group twice monthly. 
  • Church service – At least once a week through visits by local churches. 
  • Stress reduction – At least once per month class that offers deep breathing exercises, nature walks, music appreciation, spa-type treatments, etc. 

 Vibrant Connections We offer resident-led clubs, social events, outings and volunteer opportunities for any interest to help you stay connected. A sample of activities includes: 

  • Outings – At least twice per month and may include going to concerts, art shows, museum visits, theatre productions, etc. 
  • Intergenerational programming – At least once per month and focuses on building relationships between young adults/children and residents. 
  • New resident welcome party – At least once per month to formally introduce all new residents, and includes ice breakers, social games, etc. to encourage connection. 
  • Philanthropic program – At least once per month provide residents the opportunity to give back to the community, such as volunteering for a local food bank or pet shelter. 
  • Resident-led clubs – May include game clubs, professional clubs, common interests, etc. that meet at least monthly.  

What’s more, it’s all right outside your door (or transportation is provided offsite) and all in a supportive environment with home maintenance, housekeeping, and restaurant-style dining freeing your time to make it even easier to stay active, engaged, and connected. 

Learn more about Vitality Living’s Vivid Life programs. Or find a Vitality Living community near you today to schedule a tour. 



No matter how good something looks on paper or how well someone describes it when faced with a big decision, you just have to see for yourself. Choosing a senior living community is a prime example of this, which is why a tour is essential. To really know what life is like in a senior living community, you need to experience it firsthand. Until recently, most tours were done in person, which wasn’t always convenient or feasible for some families. However, now when touring senior living communities, you also typically have virtual options. Which is best? Here are the pros and cons of each.

Touring Senior Living Communities In-Person

Ideally, you’ll want to tour two to three senior living communities before making your final decision. To tour in person, you’ll need to contact the community to schedule the day and time that’s convenient for you. They’ll ask you some questions about your needs and what you’re looking for so they can tailor the tour experience. Tours typically take approximately one to one and a half hours.

You can expect to tour the grounds along with a residence for the level of care in which you are interested such as independent living, assisted living, or memory care. For the latter two, you’ll also learn more about the daily care you or your loved one will receive. You’ll also be able to meet team members as well as residents and learn some details on the social, enrichment, and fitness opportunities available along with the amenities. 

During the visit, they’ll ask about your needs and wants and answer any questions you may have.

Pros of In-Person Tours

  • You can get a true feel for the environment using all your senses
  • You may have the option to participate in an activity or a meal depending on the time of your visit
  • There may be spontaneous opportunities to engage with residents and families

Cons of In-Person Tours

  • Takes a significant amount of time (travel, plus the tour itself)
  • Transportation to the community may be a challenge for some
  • May limit out-of-town family who want to be included in the tour
  • Some families may be more hesitant to ask questions face-to-face

Touring Senior Living Communities Virtually

A virtual tour is scheduled in much the same way as you would for an in-person one – by contacting the community directly or scheduling through the community’s website. You can expect much the same experience as well in terms of getting an inside look at a residence and learning about the care and amenities offered, plus all the opportunities to enjoy life to its fullest. 

Connecting online for the tour is usually pretty easy. You’ve probably already been on a few virtual calls with your family during the pandemic, and this is very similar! And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions, too.

Pros of Virtual Tours

  • More convenient if you or your loved one has mobility challenges or is recovering after surgery or illness 
  • Additional peace of mind during cold and flu season, and/or if you or your loved one is immunocompromised 
  • More flexible for out-of-town family members 
  • Saves time and potentially money as well if travel is necessary

Cons of Virtual Tours

  • Not as much of an immersive experience as an in-person tour
  • The community has more control over what you see and what you don’t

Check out our guide on Choosing the Right Senior Living Community for more information. Or, contact us today to schedule your virtual tour!

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