The decision to make the move to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) is exciting. This is the place where you will have endless opportunities with more friends, more fun and less worry.
While there are plenty of ways to do research when making the decision of what senior living community to move to – including online searches and reviews – there really is no better way to get a feel for the community than by going to see it for yourself.
If you decide to tour communities on your list of potential homes, it’s important to know how to make the most of the trips before you get there. Your time is valuable and choosing a CCRC is not a quick decision.
After giving countless tours, we at Springpoint have pulled together some recommendations on things to do to make the most out of your tour at a senior living community.
Make a List of Questions Before Your Visit: Take inventory of what the most important things are for you to find out while you’re there and create a list of questions. Whether it be about the available services or what a typical day looks like, this is your time to have any questions you have answered. And remember, there is no question too absurd when it comes to confirming comfort in your potential new home.
Have a Conversation with a Resident: Residents are experts when it comes to the lifestyle offered at the community, since this is the place that they call home. There’s much to learn from a heartfelt conversation discussing their likes, dislikes and daily routine within the community.
Stay Open-Minded: While touring a community, be sure to have an open mind. Going in with any preconceived notions can influence your experience, whether that be good or bad. Ask about offerings (even those you may not think you’d have interest in) and view more than one floor plan.
Participate: Pretend like you’re a resident while you’re there! Ask if there are any activities happening during the day and ask if you’re able to join. This way, you’re able to get a better feel of what your life would be like if you moved. Also, stay for a meal. The quality of the food and offerings can be an important factor in your decision-making process.
Take it All In: Viewing a potential new home is exciting, but it can also feel overwhelming at times. You may get a lot of information during your tour, so take a notebook for jotting down important details or take photos with your cell phone. This will keep you from forgetting crucial information later.
More and more often, seniors are recognizing the many benefits of moving to a Springpoint community. With eight CCRCs located in New Jersey and Delaware, we’re sure you’re able to find a good fit to call your home. While on your tour, we’re happy to answer any questions you may have and discuss our contract options available that will best suit your needs.
Don’t just take our word for it, though. Come see for yourself! We invite you to contact us today to schedule your personal tour.