May 12, 2017

If you’ve recently made the decision to move yourself or a loved one into a retirement community, you may feel overwhelmed at the number of retirement living options. While starting your search can be daunting, follow these guidelines to help you find the perfect living arrangement for yourself or a loved one.

Ask for recommendations

Like any important decision, it’s helpful to ask family, friends, or professionals for their recommendations. The Internet can also provide a wealth of information about retirement living, offering dozens of websites and blogs that can help you learn more about the different types of senior living options, and how to begin refining your search.

Determine what type of community fits your needs

Just as no two individuals are exactly the same, neither are retirement living options. As you research, keep in mind your needs for care, your level of desired independence, and financial concerns. Because retirement communities can vary in their size, appearance, cost, and services, it’s best to determine what your personal needs are first, and then look for facilities that meet your unique requirements.

Visit potential living options

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential living options, it’s time to go visit and take a tour. Seeing the facilities where you or a loved one will be staying can help make the decision much easier, and meeting the staff and care professionals can provide peace of mind. If you cannot travel to take a personal tour, most retirement communities also offer online tours, so you can see the campus without having to leave your home.

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