What to Look For When Selecting an Independent Living Community For Mom

this post answers the following questions
1. What are the factors to consider when selecting an independent living community?
2. Why it is necessary to find a living community that fits your budget?
3. Why it is important to find a living community location that is close to your home?
4. It is necessary to look at the living community employee ratio and experience?
5. Why consider their emotional and physical needs before putting them to a living community?

As the Baby Boomer Generation ages, so too has there been an increase in the need for more senior living communities. Our parents are aging and many times there reaches a point where options need to be weighed in regards to living arrangements after retirement. Nursing homes are not always the best answer as many older adults are fully capable of living on their own with help from time to time. If you are considering options for your mother you already know that it is not an easy decision. It is definitely something that the entire family needs to participate in so that the right choice can be made.

If your mother has reached retirement age herself and it has become apparent that living alone is not in her best interests then you have to sit down, as a family, and weigh your options. You have to take into account if your mother is fairly independent, can still drive and if she still wants an active lifestyle. A senior community would allow her to be around more independent older adults which whom she can have more in common with. There are several factors, however, that need to be considered when deciding which senior living community your mother would enjoy most. Some of these factors are:

  • Price
  • Location
  • Employee ratio/Experience
  • Physical Needs
  • Emotional Needs

Price is always a huge factor as some retirement communities can be very expensive. The idea is to find a retirement community that fits everyone’s budget but still has the amenities that make life enjoyable.

Location has to be easy on everyone. While it may be nice to consider a sun soaked community in a far state, it becomes very hard on the entire family if it is not within easy driving distance. Emergencies do happen and you do not want your mother to be too far away if she needs you or any other family member. So location and distance was very high on our list.

When researching and touring communities you must look at the employee to resident ratio. There needs to be adequate coverage of knowledgeable and trained employees. If there is high staff turnover then it is a very good indication that the leadership of the community may be lacking the cohesion necessary to run a facility.

Lastly, consider your mother’s emotional and physical needs. She may very independent now but she may not always be at the same level. It is important that the right community be balanced and offer a wide range of services to fit a variety of needs.

Senior living communities are great places for retirement and can offer a wide range of services for practically any needs.

Jillian Johnson is a professional marketing content writer who blogs on a variety of topics. Follow her @MissWritey.

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