Where do you start and what should you look for?
1. Begin researching in advance-before the need arises.
A good place to start is to ask family, friends and valued advisors for their recommendations and help with researching retirement communities. Waiting until the need arises can often result in hastier or short-term decisions that might fail to meet your long-term needs.
2. Determine which type of senior living community will best fit your needs.
It's important to understand the different types of senior living options and the types of services and care they offer. From continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) which require large, upfront entrance fees to "rental" communities, which offer similar services with the flexibility of a monthly fee—there is a community to fit every budget & lifestyle. Begin with a list of your preferences and needs and compare potential communities by taking into account location, specific care services, and additional onsite services such as physical therapy, amenities and activities.
3. Get to know the community
Whether you are taking a tour virtually or in person, you can begin to get a feel for a community's amenities, services and safeguards. But it's more than simply choosing a floorplan and supportive services—it's also about lifestyle. Ask about a community's fitness, art classes or other interests you may enjoy—or about the community's wellness programs. Have residents received their COVID-19 vaccine? What are the enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols? A retirement community can offer the peace of mind that there is an "extended family" to help provide support and care should the need arise.
4. Does a retirement community make sense financially?
When compared to the monthly expenses, delivery services, transportation costs, meal expenditures, and the upkeep of a house, many seniors have found that they actually spend less per month and gain countless additional benefits by moving to a retirement community. Take a few moments to compute what it actually costs you to live in your home and compare your present costs to the senior living community. Many communities offer a "Compare the Value Checklist" for your convenience.
5. Are the community's supportive care services accredited?
You can learn a lot with a personalized community tour, but how do you measure the quality behind the scenes? The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent non-profit organization that accredits providers of senior services. Accreditation provides you the assurance that high standards of quality care, service and safeguards are maintained. Make sure your selected community not only offers access to licensed supportive care and services, but is also CARF accredited.
32200 SW French Prairie Rd
Wilsonville, OR 97070