Whether you are searching on behalf of a loved one or for your own needs, beginning your research for senior housing in Florida can be daunting. Where do you start from, and how do you decide what’s best for your needs? Read on to find out a step-by-step approach you can follow when researching your options!
Determine Your Current and Anticipated Needs
It’s important to make sure that your current needs are being met, whether you require help with personal care, medication management, continence management, or anything else. However, you don’t just want to think about the present. There’s always a possibility that your needs could evolve in future – does the assisted living community you are considering offer the services you may need should that happen?
Work Out Budget and Location
How much can you afford to spend on senior living each month? Keep in mind that many retirement communities provide everything residents need under one monthly rent, including meals, housekeeping services, chauffeured transportation, and more. If you are planning on selling or renting out your home to cover these costs, you will need to do some calculations here.
Location is another important factor to consider. Would you want to move somewhere close to where you are currently staying, or to another state to be nearer to family? While location is definitely critical, do not let it take precedence over the services and amenities a community is able to provide.
Now that you have an idea what you want, it’s time to start shortlisting communities and reading up more about them. Find out what residents and their family members have to say about each place on your shortlist before narrowing it down further. From here, it’s time to reach out and schedule a tour of each campus.
During your tour, pay attention to a few important aspects, such as whether residents are well-groomed, how team members interact with them, what the meals are like, and more. This will give you a better idea if the place can offer everything you are looking for. Getting a friend or family member to go along with you can provide you with a valuable second opinion. Take the chance to ask about floor plans and find out where you will be staying if you decide to move in.
Before committing to a decision, it’s always best to schedule a second tour at a different time, such as during a weekend, so you can get a full understanding of how life is like in the community. For instance, what recreational activities are on offer? How do things look like when senior management is not onsite?
Make the Move
If you have decided that Discovery Village At Deerwood is the partner in care for you, we look forward to welcoming you on campus! Before moving in day, our concierge team will be in touch to see if they can assist with moving arrangements, and you will receive a warm welcome on the day itself!