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What Is the Best Way to Research Assisted Living Communities?

The variety of senior living options is always increasing, and it can seem overwhelming at times to be confronted with so many choices.

The variety of senior living options is always increasing, and it can seem overwhelming at times to be confronted with so many choices. It can be difficult to know where to begin when you’re starting your research on which assisted living community or senior care center will become your new home. Here are a few tips on starting your research on assisted living choices in Peoria, AZ.

Know Thyself

Make a list of things you know you absolutely need in your assisted living. This can include care you may require, like health history in your family, but also things you like to do. If you like to spend your time walking around the city, enjoying boutiques and shops, you may not be happy in a place that’s located in a suburban neighborhood. Would you prefer the company of a lot of people or a select few? Do you need or want to bring your four-legged friend along? It’s important to know what amenities and spaces you would enjoy before you start looking. This way, you will be able to ask more informed questions when you start touring your top choices.

While Touring …

Make sure to check the curb appeal of the home or community, including design details and how well the surrounding community is maintained. This is going to be your new home, and you will want to feel a sense of pride in a beautiful space rather than feeling irked that tasks are going undone. Does the outside of the building exude warmth and a sense of community? For instance, are there outside gathering spaces with benches and chairs, is it well-kept, and does it leave a good first impression? Inside the apartments or rooms, be sure to ask about personalization details, such as whether you can paint the walls or add extra shelves to the closet space. Make sure you take measurements of the rooms as well so that you know what kind of space you have available to you for your own furniture.

Spending Some Time

A community’s programming and amenities can also make or break your quality of life. How do you envision yourself spending your time once you move in? Be sure that there are ways for you to pursue your own hobbies and interests and ways for you to connect with others through them. Keeping yourself engaged and enriched lowers stress levels and makes you feel happier and more satisfied, so this is an important aspect to pay attention to. Ask to look at their activity calendar to see what they have coming up. If there isn’t a lot on the calendar, ask if it’s possible to add events, clubs, or activities. How about the physical amenities in the building? If you like to work out, is the gym up to your standards? Does the game room or common spaces have what you need to keep you interested? Schedule a tour with the Mission at Agua Fria if you’re looking for assisted living and memory care in Peoria, AZ. We’d love to answer your questions.