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4 Things to Think About When Searching for Senior Living


It's important to consider many factors when planning ahead for senior living: cost, location, features and amenities, and perhaps most importantly, what would be best for the future resident. For example, if your loved one needs around-the-clock medical care, it's best to look for a community that provides skilled nursing services. Read on to learn some of the key things to pay attention to when deciding on the best senior living community for yourself or your loved one.

1. Location, Location, Location

Location is one of the most important things to consider when searching for a senior living community, both for residents and family. You’ll likely want to pay your loved one regular visits, and you may need to be available in case of emergencies, so proximity to family or friends should factor in. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure your loved one’s future community is located in a place they find comforting, whether it’s close to a city or deep in the countryside.

2. Amenities & Services

You need to make sure that a senior living community’s amenities and services are the right ones for the future resident. Think about the things in life that are most important to your loved one, and look for a community that will provide them. Do they love to be outdoors? Enjoy participating in games with others? Prefer a quiet setting? Delving into the on-site amenities and activities schedule can ensure a perfect fit. Most importantly, if your loved one has significant medical issues that require on-call support services, it’s best to find a home that has skilled nursing services. All of Brightwater Senior Living’s living options feature 24-hour support services.

3. Pricing

Whatever senior living community you choose should get you the best community and amenities at the price that fits your budget. Many senior living communities offer multiple living options at different prices. Make sure you balance your or your loved one’s needs against what you can comfortably afford. You don’t want to skimp on your living, but you don’t want to overpay for services you might not necessarily need.

4. Atmosphere

The company and culture you’ll experience is different for every senior living community. Make sure to visit the communities you’re considering before you make a decision and pay attention to how your loved one reacts to the other residents, the onsite staff, and the general environment. Only the future resident knows what’s best for them.

Good luck deciding on the ideal senior living community for yourself or your loved one. For more advice and tips on planning for the future, check out additional posts on the Brightwater Senior Living blog.

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