If you’re starting your senior living journey, it can feel overwhelming in the beginning.  There are a lot of options, a lot of lingo and a lot of priorities to sift through.  What began as a subject you may have known little about may be shifting to information overload as websites offer resources, sales people ask questions and you still are looking to make a decision.

At Wickshire, we believe that the answer needs to be simplified.  Our years of experience cumulate with one goal: making life better by connecting people with community and purpose.  Your journey to finding a solution shouldn’t be difficult, so let’s simplify it.

Top 10 considerations for a senior living community:

  1. Cleanliness
    • Is there an odor? Are common areas and apartments well-kempt?
  2. Staff friendliness and engagement
    • Do associates seem happy and engaged? Do they greet each other and residents with a smile and by name?
  3. Resident engagement
    • Are residents out and about? Do they seem happy?
  4. Care levels offered
    • What care levels are offered? What are the limitations within those care levels (when would someone need to move for care reasons)?
  5. Safety and security for residents
    • What is in place to ensure the safety and security of the residents 24/7?
  6. Programming (including transportation)
    • Outside of the stereotypical bingo and bridge, what programs are offered that are unique? Is there an example of programming that is personalized based on resident want/need?
  7. Care Associate tenure
    • What is the average tenure of the care associates? Remember: the care associates are who residents will interact with the most
  8. Food quality and nutrition
    • Is the food good? Does the staff eat the food as well?  What accommodations can be taken to meet nutritional needs of residents?
  9. State survey information
    • What were the most recent state survey results?
  10. Affordability
    • What financial options are there? What happens if a resident exhausts their funds?

Many communities have bells and whistles, but looking at the most important parts of daily life at a senior living community will help you focus on what the right solution really is.