December 10, 2018
The holiday season can be a great time to tour assisted living communities with a senior loved one. Here’s what families should know and consider.
If you and a senior loved one have been discussing a move to an assisted living community in the new year, the holidays can be an ideal time to start touring. While some families might be reluctant to broach this subject during the holiday season, there are reasons why they should.
Assisted living communities, like those at Legacy Senior Living, give older adults the support they need to live their best quality of life. An excellent way to learn more about these communities is by visiting in person.
5 Reasons to Visit Assisted Living Communities during the Holidays
Here are a few of the many reasons you and your aging loved one should make time to visit assisted living communities this holiday season:
- The halls are decked: Most assisted living communities go all out decorating for the holidays. Residents and their families usually participate in the fun which brings a festive atmosphere to the community.
- Seasonal activities abound: While assisted living communities are known for offering life-enrichment activities and wellness programs all year, the holidays are especially inviting. Local youth groups and community organizations often join forces with the staff to host choir programs, music concerts, open houses, game nights, and more. Potential residents can join the fun and get an inside look at what it’s like to live there.
- Visiting family can participate: Long-distance family members are often in town during the holiday season. Touring assisted living communities with extended family can give everyone a chance to ask questions and learn more about the options.
- Talk with resident families: Family members of residents often visit in greater numbers during the holiday season. This gives you an opportunity to ask them questions about their satisfaction with the community’s care and services. Their insight can be invaluable as you and your loved one try to make an informed decision.
- Beat the January rush: January is one of the busiest months of the year for assisted living communities. Families who have put off making this decision often feel a sense of urgency after spending time with a senior loved one during the holidays. Visiting in December allows staff members to spend more time giving tours and answering questions. It will also give your family member first pick of the apartments or suites that are available.
Before visiting your first community, take time to create a list of questions to ask during your tour. Making an informed choice depends on asking the right questions and being satisfied with the answers you receive. “5 Questions to Ask on a Senior Living Community Tour” can help you get your list started!