Assisted Living

4/16/2014 | By Seniors Guide Staff

For some, moving to a retirement community is a well-planned and researched life change.  For others, the decision to move to a retirement community may come at a moment of crisis.  It is highly encouraged to take a tour of several retirement communities in the area to find the right fit for you or your loved one.  When visiting a retirement community, take note of things you see around you.  The staff, other residents – even the area of town the community is in.

Below are questions to ask when visiting a retirement community, and specific things to be on the look out for.

What Types of Care Levels are Offered?

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care
  • Skilled Nursing Care
  • Continuing Care (CCRC)
  • On-Site Home Care
  • Respite
  • Rehabilitation


Is there an entrance fee?  If so, how much?

What is the daily/weekly/monthly fee?

What is included in the daily/weekly/monthly fee?

What services are provided?  Are there additional costs?

Is there a volunteer program?

Payment Methods Accepted

  • Private Pay?
  • Private Insurance?
  • Long Term Care Insurance?
  • Medicare?
  • Medicaid?


Do you have an activity program?

Do you have an Activities Director?

Is family encouraged to participate?

Are the activities posted?

Is there a common area with a TV?

Is there a beauty/barber shop on site?

What to look for when visiting a Retirement Community:

Is there staff around?

Is the staff friendly and helpful?

Is the staff accessible to residents and their families?

Is there someone available 24 hours a day?

Seniors Guide Staff

Seniors Guide has been addressing traditional topics and upcoming trends in the senior living industry since 1999. We strive to educate seniors and their loved ones in an approachable manner, and aim to provide them with the right information to make the best decisions possible.

Seniors Guide Staff