There are so many senior housing types these days that in can be somewhat confusing to find the option that is best for you or a loved one. These are some helpful things to keep in mind when you start looking for a place.

Peace of Mind

With multiple senior living options available, how do you choose the right place?  Deciding on a senior living community or deciding to stay home can be a difficult decision to make, but considering the important factors below can offer peace of mind that you have made the best decision. This can be often overlooked, but finding a place you are comfortable with, free of worries can be integral to healthy aging. 

Think About What Matters

Life is meant to be enjoyed.  Choose a place that allows you or your loved ones to participate in meaningful activities and enjoy a rich social life.  Modern senior living communities offer amenities, such as fitness centers, gourmet meals, travel opportunities, beauty salons and outdoor living spaces.  Enjoy care-free living where you are not burdened by upkeep of a yard, home housekeeping or meal preparation.  Look for a community that can enhance your daily life.

Schedule a visit

An in-person visit will let you and your loved ones see real living arrangements, try meals and acquire an overall feel for the community.  It is also an excellent opportunity to meet and observe staff and current residents, as well as ask any further questions you many have.  Bringing a family member or friend along with you for a second opinion helps you remember all the details.  Many communities will invite you to spend an evening in an apartment home to make sure the community is right for you.

Plan for the future

You may want to choose a place that will be able to adjust care based on indefinite circumstances that may occur in the coming years.  Various levels of care ensure that each and every senior receives individualized care specifically for his or her needs. This can take a lot of the stress for the future away, if you know that you or a loved one may require some extra care in the future. 


Editor’s Note:  Our thanks to St James Place Retirement Community for this helpful article.  Call 225-215-4500 today to schedule a tour and visit