You’ve spent a lot of time browsing the internet and reading up on all that different assisted living community have to offer. But it’s one thing to read articles on the web and browse through some carefully curated pictures. No, in order for you to truly make a well-informed decision, you need to go down to the community with your own eyes and explore fully what the community has to offer. There is so much to witness that mere pictures or words simply cannot capture or express. Not only that, but going down to the community will allow you to take note of things that the websites have missed or omitted. For all these reasons, it is very important to take your tour of the community very seriously. In order to help you brainstorm things that you want to take note of for yourself, we have listed down several features to expect from assisted living in Jacksonville, FL.
By going down to the community itself you can have a good understanding of its general geography. By this mean that you should not only take note of the grounds and landscape, but also its proximity to town or other areas of interest that you would like to explore. For instance, if you love the beach, then ideally you will want to make sure that transportation is readily available for a beach day out. If you’re someone who enjoys a nice morning stroll, have a look at their grounds and scenery. If you’re going to be looking at the same view every day, make sure it’s a view that you enjoy.
Take the chance to talk to some of the residents. Join in some of the programs if possible. Something pictures cannot capture is the warmth and closeness of the community. You also get a chance to see how staff interact with the residents. Ideally, you would like to see some level of closeness and friendship but also professionalness. You will want to know that the people around you are great fun, but also ready to respond in the event of an emergency.
Have a look at the amenities offered by the community you’re visiting. If you’re someone who loves swimming, maybe check out if they have a pool (and if they do, whether they have lifeguards on standby). Check the quality of the facilities and how often they carry out upkeep and maintenance. This can be helpful in determining how dedicated the community is to the safety of its residents.
Ultimately, take your time to enjoy the tour. Take some time to pen down some areas that are important to you before going, to keep things fresh in your mind and take notes during the tour if need be. Be prepared to walk around and ask plenty of questions. No amount of planning can prepare you for everything though, so if something catches your interest or an idea pops in your head, feel free to ask your tour guide whatever is on your mind.
If you’re interested to see what we have to offer at Discovery Village At Deerwood, check us out here! We boast incredible state of the art facilities like an outdoor pool and gym. We also run an exclusive senior living program for our residents that covers everything from housekeeping, to dining, transportation.