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Making an in-person visit to communities you’re interested in is highly encouraged. You’ve most likely conducted initial research online or over the phone and are now ready to take the next step and see the community first hand. Fieldstone Communities are open seven days a week and able to accommodate busy schedules to meet with you whenever it’s convenient. Life in a senior living community is bustling, and there can be a lot to take in, especially if this is your first time visiting. Here are some things to be on the lookout for from arrival to the time you depart.
- Take along a friend or family member, especially one that may also be actively involved in the decision-making process. An extra set of eyes can expand your perspective.
- Never underestimate the first impression. How does the community feel, smell, and look when you drive to the entrance and walk through the front doors? Does the receptionist or community staff member greet you right away?
- Does the community relations director first offer to sit down in a comfortable area to talk before starting the tour? An excellent tour will always begin with time spent sitting and talking, which demonstrates they want to build a relationship.
- When you see common areas in the building, are residents actively engaged in activities? Are you introduced to staff and residents along the tour? At the very least, the person showing you around should acknowledge everyone they pass along the way.
- If your loved one joins you on the tour, does the community staff person address and talk directly to them? Even though it may be a family member making the final decision, pay close attention to how they communicate with and treat your loved one.
- Experiencing an amenity can give you a glimpse of how your loved one would enjoy life at the community. If you tour during dining hours, are you asked to stay for a complimentary meal? Food is an integral part of everyone’s life and experiencing a community’s dining program is an appropriate gesture. Do they offer a variety of nutritious choices with senior-friendly options, such as sugar-free desserts, low-sodium entrees, and comfort foods?
- Before leaving, you should once again sit down with the community staff and ask any questions not addressed during the tour. They should also provide you with take-away information such as additional brochures or a copy of the monthly newsletter, and other resources that can help you make an informed decision.
And remember that touring a community doesn’t obligate you to move your loved one there. But it can help you weigh the pros and cons, and aid you in making the right decision.
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