Tips From Retirement Home Shopping to Moving In| Rockwall, TX
We all shop for items every day, but it’s not too often that we shop for a retirement home. So what are the tips you should keep in mind when you start
shopping for your loved one’s forever home? Here are a number of things to keep in mind:
Tips for scouting out a forever home for your aging loved one:
- Location. Location. Location. Choose a location that’s close to everything your loved one likes. It’s key to find a desirable location. As you get older, it’s going to be more challenging to get around. Eventually, driving will not be an option. So you want to choose a location that offers you easy access to the places you care about. For instance, if a grocery store or a pharmacy or a hair salon or barbershop is top on your list, make sure there’s one within walking distance. Memory Care patients are not allowed to leave the facility on their own for their safety but if you are in the area where you usually shop, seeing your mom and dad in between your shopping will become a routine for you.
- Single-story homes are ideal. Regardless of whether you’re looking at single-storied homes or furnished retirement homes, seniors are better off if they don’t have to navigate stairs. Even if you’re physically fit, there will come a time when going up and down stairs proves to be a falling hazard. Also, if you have a walker or wheelchair then your situation becomes dire where stairs are concerned. Yes, you could get a stairlift but why not take stairs out of the equation for good and only consider one-story dwellings.
- Handicap code approved. If you’re looking at group retirement homes too, always look at those that are handicap code approved with wider doorways and walk-in showers.
- Consider who your frequent visitors are. If your kids and grandkids will be visiting you often then make sure the place you choose has a room available for your regular visitors.
- Research the retirement communities. Your loved one will not know if they like a retirement community until they visit in person. Meeting and having conversations with the residents and the staff will help your loved one decide if he or she would like to live there. Find retirement communities that have hobbies your loved one likes. Plenty of communities offer arts and crafts, card games, bingo, exercise, yoga, meditation, and even golf. Find retirement homes that offer large hallways, entryways, bathrooms, etc. These features are essential especially if your relative has a walker or wheelchair or it’s clear they might need one in the near future.
- Know Your Relative’s Budget. Your loved one’s finances are key to knowing what they can afford monthly. Once you know how much he or she can spend, find a retirement home that’s within their budget.
- Maintenance-free is best: More than likely, your relative isn’t interested in taking care of a lawn, garden or pool. Keeping your relative’s backyard clear of maintenance is likely most appreciated. If they end up in a group home then you won’t have to worry about back, front or side lawns, trees or bushes.