By Cara Lococo
Asking the right questions is key to finding the right aging care community. Cara Lococo, corporate director of sales at Masonic Communities Kentucky, suggests using her checklist on your visits.
Location and curb appeal
- Is the community convenient to shopping and medical care facilities? To family and friends?
- Does community include access to greenspace for residents? Is it wheelchair accessible?
- Are grounds well maintained?
- Is lobby clean and well lit?
- Is reception area staffed, and are you greeted promptly?
- Is check-in process simple, while also being secure?
Observing as you go
- Does your tour guide greet staff and residents by name?
- Are you able to view the majority of the community, or is your tour limited to a small number of highlights?
- Is the community clean and odor-free?
Observing other residents
- How does your tour guide interact with residents who have a need or request?
- Are residents enjoying the common areas?
- Do residents appear well-groomed and appropriately dressed?
- Are tables clean and set?
- Are dirty dishes promptly removed, and does the floor appear to be swept/ vacuumed following each meal?
- Do residents appear to enjoy their meal selections?
For more information, check out these Caring Considerations while you’re searching for the right aging care community for you or a loved one.