September 27, 2022

5 Tips For Starting Your Search For a Senior Living Community

Newton Village - 5 Tips For Starting Your Search For a Senior Living Community

An independent or assisted living community can be the answer to a prayer for many over 55. Facilities will differ in amenities, location and cost, so it is smart to begin your research early. If you or a loved one are considering transitioning to a senior living community, here are 5 tips to keep in mind.

1. Make a list of your needs and desires. Consider your “must haves”, such as a facility that accepts pets, offers 24/7 monitoring services, or is close to family. You should also list what you would like to have, like on-site guest suites for visitors, meals, housekeeping or a fitness center.

2. Establish a budget so you know what you can afford. Determine which of your current expenses will be included in monthly fees, like meals and utilities. Remember to factor in additional financial resources, such as long-term care insurance.

3. Consider acceptable locations. If you absolutely need to stay close to home or close to a major medical center, you can narrow your search to accommodate those needs. For instance, Newton Village is close to the hospital, the clinic, the library and the grocery store.

4. Do various types of research. Search online for senior living communities in your desired location that fit your budget and accommodate your needs. A facility’s website should describe amenities, services, the continuum of care provided, and any available life enrichment programs and activities. Family, friends, neighbors, physicians, or a local clergy member may also have insight to help you with your search.

5. Make preliminary contact and arrange for a visit. Seeing a facility in person will go a long way in helping you decide if it is the right choice for you. Bring a relative or friend for a second opinion. Watch to see how residents and staff interact, and look for safety features that are important to you, such as handrails and emergency call systems. If it feels like it could be your next home, your search is over!

For more information, please contact:

Newton Village

110 N. 5th Avenue W

Newton, Iowa 50208

641-792-0115

www.newtonvillage.org