Blue Ridge, VA, offers a plethora of high-quality assisted living apartments that are catered towards providing you and your loved ones the most comfortable and vibrant life possible. Assisted living can come in many different forms, and to find the right arrangement for you, it is imperative to carefully tour the different senior living communities in your area. From the right recreational activities to your ideal meal, here are six tips that will help you get the most out of your tour and aid in your hunt for your ideal senior living community!
Figure Out What You’re Looking For
Before you choose your new home, it is important to first know what you are looking for. Ask yourself questions like how much space you need and the types of facilities you would want available to you. Write down your preferences and keep them in mind when you are touring the community. Whilst you are on the tour, make sure to address each of your preferences and determine if the community can meet your needs. This will help ensure that you are happy in your new home for years to come!
Have a Meal
As the saying goes, ‘the way to the heart is through the stomach’. The same can be said for someone that is looking for their ideal assisted living community. A good hearty meal is an unparalleled pick-me-up that can turn a bad day into a good one. Furthermore, the food served will not only affect your mood, but will also govern your nutritional intake. Hence, it is crucial that you have at least one meal at your prospective senior living community to figure out if the food they serve is sufficiently nutritious and suitable for your palate. Mealtimes are also one of the most social times of the day so while you’re having your meal, you make sure to also socialize with the residence. When touring our facilities, make sure to visit our Sensations Dining Room to get a taste of both the food and the crowd!
Chat Up the Residents
This brings us to our next tip: talk to the residents. Who better to ask about what life is like at the community than its current residents? It is one of the best ways to get a feel for your life will look like within the assisted living community, and it will help you kickstart friendships with people who may become your future neighbors. Make sure to ask them questions like what their experiences with the team are like, and what they like most about living there.
Join an Event or an Activity
Most senior living communities offer a range of activities and events that often become the highlight of life in an assisted living community. From baking classes to bingo nights, the choices are limitless, and it is important that you find something that suits your fancy. As such, you should schedule your tour during an event or an activity. This will allow you to witness how the team interacts with the residents as well as experience how the activities and events will be hosted. You will even get a chance to interact and bond with the current residents and the team! At The Park Oak Grove, you may check out our Celebrations Activities & Events which fill the calendars of our residents with endless fun and entertainment.
Take Note of the Safety and Security Protocols
It may be easy to overlook the safety and security protocols of the community when preoccupied with dining and social experiences, but make sure that you do your homework on the protocols of your prospective assisted living community. Ask the team what their emergency and evacuation plans are, and whether the apartments include security features that will keep you safe in harsh weather conditions or a medical emergency.