When shopping for a new home – whether an apartment, a townhouse, a cottage, or a senior living community – take some time beforehand to make a list of your “wants,” your “needs,” and your “must-haves.” For example, most people these days would claim Internet access is a must-have. Some people might also require a spacious closet or laundry services, while others are more focused on gym equipment and exercise classes. As you browse potential retirement communities, make a list of the senior housing amenities that are most important to you. Your list will help you sort through your contenders until you find a community that feels like home.
Senior Housing Amenities
One of the first things you’ll notice as you tour potential retirement communities is the architecture. Assess the floor plan of the apartments, and seek out ground-level housing if possible (for greater safety). Spacious apartments are always coveted, and if you have a lot of clothes, you may want a walk-in closet as well. Nearly all residents enjoy the convenience of individual climate control as well as refrigerators, icemakers, microwaves, and private patios. Communal areas should be evaluated as well. Look for outdoor courtyards, gardens, and walking paths as well as inviting lounges, activity rooms, and beautiful dining rooms.
Housekeeping & Dining Amenities
Cleanliness is crucial, so housekeeping and laundry services should be at the top of your list. In addition, ask about scheduled transportation and transportation to medical appointments. That way, you won’t have to rely on the kindness of friends and family every time you schedule a visit to your doctor or dentist. Finally, enjoy a meal in the dining room to be sure it serves top-notch food.
One of the greatest aspects of living in a senior living community is the community itself. So although you may spend a lot of time assessing the apartments and private spaces, be sure to review social amenities as well. For example, what sorts of group activities are available? What does the community’s event calendar look like? Are there exercise classes and religious services? Social amenities can also include the availability of entertainment options, like TVs, DVDs, games, and computers.
Health & Security Amenities
To ensure that you are safe and secure in your new home, review the health amenities available. For example, you might ask about exercise equipment, wellness programs, and on-site nurses and medical staff. The retirement community might offer an emergency call system or emergency pendants as well. In addition, even if you don’t need them yet, consider the amenities that make day-to-day life a little easier. Daily living services include bathing assistance, dressing assistance, grooming assistance, and on-site beauty salons. Finally, don’t forget about security. Ask about the community’s security system, so that you can sleep safely and soundly.
If you’re looking for a new home in Tennessee, check out Hearthside Senior Living in Collierville. We offer a variety of valuable senior housing amenities, including a wellness program, exercise classes, an on-site beauty salon, beautiful outdoor courtyards, and so much more. To learn more about Hearthside Senior Living or to schedule a tour, please call 901-854-6590 or contact us online.