As the decision to move into a senior living community is a big one that involves the entire family, you have to be sure you have made the right decision to provide a safe and happy environment for your loved ones. Moving to a senior living community is a drastic change for anyone, which is why it’s important to understand every piece of information about the place. Here at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, you and your loved ones can schedule a tour around our community by contacting us at 610.477.3936. During the tour, you can ask these few questions to get a better feel and understanding of the community.
What is the Quality of Life?
For this specific question, it’s best to ask current residents in the community to get their first-hand experiences. You and your loved ones should also pay attention to the variety of activities and events offered by the community, particularly wellness programs such as meditation. This shows that the community plays an active role in engaging the residents spiritually and improving mental health.
Other aspects to take note of are the community’s cleanliness, the sizes and styles of their accommodation, and the outdoor areas. The outdoor areas are especially important as nature walks can be hugely beneficial for your loved ones’ health, so nature walks should occur regularly. Ask if there are walking paths to ensure safety. The garden should also be well-landscaped so that your loved ones will be more motivated to head outdoors.
What are the Food Options?
It’s nothing new that following a nutritious diet is the key to living a healthy lifestyle, aside from having frequent exercises. It doesn’t hurt to ask what the assortment of meals served at the community is and whether they offer all-day dining. If your loved one has a food allergy or follows a specific diet such as vegan and vegetarian, do ask if the community accommodates these requests.
At Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg, our Sensations restaurant serves residents with a wide selection of international and local cuisines, all freshly prepared by our team of chefs. The dining experience is completed with friendly table service, beautiful tableware, and linen tablecloths.
How does the Community Communicate with Family Members?
Since your loved one will most likely live alone in a senior living community, you or your family members would like to keep track of their well-being from time to time. Ask what are the methods the community uses to update families of any changes. Is there an email list or newsletter? How does the community take note of any recommendations or feedback? All these questions ensure that no miscommunication will occur between the community and you and your loved ones.
Is there Adequate Care?
This question is particularly important if your loved ones are moving into an assisted living community. Doing so means that they require assistance 24/7, and ideally from a team of medical professionals and caregivers. Everyone has different care needs, so do make a mental note to ask the community whether they provide specialized care plans.