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What to ask when touring a senior living community

Making the decision to move into senior living involves several steps and plenty of research. Although it may seem like a bit of work to get to this point, there is still a bit of “homework” that needs to be done when narrowing down your list of potential communities. Specifically, deciding what to ask when touring a senior living community. 


Asking the right questions can save you time and effort down the road.

It can be overwhelming when you visit different communities. You may feel overwhelmed, dazzled, impressed, or even nervous. Any and all feelings are perfectly normal -- this is a big life change for you! 

That’s why it’s important to have a prepared list of questions ready to ask when touring a senior living community. Of course, you can always ask additional questions, and you may skip a question or two if the topics are covered, but having that roadmap helps you stay on task and collect as much information as you need to make the important decision of choosing a senior living community. 

To help you get started, here is our recommended sampling of what to ask when touring a senior living community: 


How much does it cost to live here? 

First and foremost, you’ll very often want (and need) to know how much it’ll cost to live in a particular senior living community. By this stage of the process, you have a budget in mind. Now’s the time to make sure that you don’t fall in love with a particular community, only to find out after the fact that it’s outside of your budget. Definitely aim to ask this question early! 


Do you allow pets? 

If you have any furry or feathered friends who will be joining you in your new senior living community, you’ll want to be sure that pets are welcomed.


Is there somewhere to park my car (and does that cost extra)? 

This is another logistical question that some individuals forget, but it can be an important one. If you’re especially active and drive a lot, you’ll want to be sure there is somewhere to park your car. More specifically, you may want to know if you have a garage or lot parking, and if/what may cause extra in regards to parking as well. 


What kinds of amenities do you have? 

This is one of those “open-ended” questions that will likely have several follow-up questions coming afterward. The level of amenities and activities available in senior living communities (like here at Winnwood Retirement Community) will vary widely between communities, and you’ll likely want to clarify the details to be sure that the amenities or activities you’re seeking are available. 

Because this question is likely to elicit some in-depth responses, you’ll want to be sure to have a pen and paper handy (PRO TIP: Or even your smartphone to record a video of your tour!) to take notes. It can be a lot to remember, and your memory may have a hard time remembering which amenities and activities are at which senior living community. 

Consider bringing along a friend or family member who can help you remember, take additional notes, or even ask supporting questions to help you get an even more well-rounded set of responses. 


Can I speak to or meet some of your residents? 

One of the best ways to get a feeling for a particular senior living community is to meet with some of its residents. Ask to either speak to or talk briefly with some residents to ask them what they like about that community, what they wish was different, if they’re glad they moved there, and any other questions that are important to you.

If a particular community is hesitant to make an introduction to some of their residents, that may be a sign that community isn’t right for you. 


We invite you to ask plenty of questions while you tour Winnwood Retirement Community.

Please, ask away! We want you to be sure that your new residence here meets all your needs. And we’re confident that it will! To schedule a tour and see for yourself, contact our team today.

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