Choosing a Senior Living Community

Five Star Premier Residences and Ceci Martin

The adage that “knowledge is power” holds true in finding the best senior living fit for you or a family member.   If you start doing research early, you will be much better prepared when a move to a senior community is the right choice.

Tips for finding the right senior community:
  • realistically assess your or your relative’s physical and mental health condition to determine what types of communities you should look at – independent, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing;  their doctor can help you with this and most senior communities have an evaluation process to help you with placement determination
  • financial needs – there are great options in northern Nevada for most budgets, bearing in mind that, as with many products, you get what you pay for in terms of services, amenities and dining
  • research all appropriate communities in the area on the internet or better yet, ask friends and professionals who they might recommend
  • if you call or visit a community that may not be the right one for your family’s needs, ask the sales professional there for any recommendations – we’re a tight-knit group of professionals in our area and most of us are glad to give suggestions and referrals
  • visit as many communities as you can – you may want to do some footwork on your own before narrowing the choices for your elderly relative to visit
  • questions to ask about a community include staffing numbers, what types of activities and classes are available, what systems are in place in case of emergency, staff longevity, turnover and retention rates
  • always try to have a meal (or more) at any community you may be seriously considering;  the dining experience is one of the most important aspects in senior living so you must try the food – it’s also a good way to get a sense of the ambience of a community and to observe how staff members interact with residents

Ceci Martin is Sales Director at Five Star Premier Residences of Reno, an exceptional senior living community in SW Reno.  She can be reached at 775-829-6320.

15 thoughts on “Choosing a Senior Living Community”

  1. My dad has been having a hard time taking care of himself. It makes sense that finding a good senior community would be beneficial for him! I’ll see if I can find one that isn’t too expensive.

  2. I like the idea of checking the activities. I feel like that would be something that could make life a lot more enjoyable. I’ll have to make sure to look for fun ones if I have to send my parents to a senior living community.

  3. It’s pretty interesting to learn about how you can ask nursing homes for recommendations if you don’t see a fit with them. My grandparents need to find a living situation fast because they can’t handle living in their home alone anymore. We want the best for them so finding a safe and affordable assisted living situation is a top priority right now.

  4. I liked that you mentioned you need to visit as many nursing homes as you can to choose the right facility for your loved one. My husband and his brother are thinking about a nursing home for their grandmother, and we are looking for advice. I will let them know about the benefits of having a couple of options to choose the one that suits their grandmother’s needs.

  5. I was unaware that it was important to take into account the dining experience, as doing so can allow one to scope out what type of community senior living may have. My significant other and I find ourselves interested in helping his grandparents get into an assisted living apartment, as they cannot perform many of the motor functions they used to be able to. I’ll be sure to get into contact with a professional to see how they can assist us in our time of need.

  6. I’m starting to get older, so I want to make sure that I have a place to live when I need help daily. It makes sense that I would want to find a good senior living community. I’ll be sure to find one that has high quality meals that I can enjoy!

  7. It’s great that you elaborated on asking what activities are available and what the turnover rates are. My grandma is starting to get worse with her dementia and our family is worried that she can’t handle for herself. We’ll have to research some living services around us.

  8. It’s important to realistically evaluate physical and mental health as you said. If they’re not able to live alone, then you should find another solution. Luckily for my grandma, she’s pretty active still. She just wants a place to move where it’ll be quiet and she can make friends. I’ll have to suggest she moves into an independent living community.

  9. It’s good to know that most senior communities have an evaluation process because I’m not sure if my grandma needs to be put in a nursing home or not. She’s been unable to do her everyday chores for a while now. I think that’s a good reason, right? I want her to be able to live without having to worry about not being able to do things.

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