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How to Find and Research Senior Living Communities Near Me

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If you’re considering senior living, you likely have two main questions. What senior living communities are near me? What’s the right community for me? It’s easier than you may think to find information about senior living. However, there’s so much information available that it can quickly get overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Don’t worry; these tips can help make researching senior living easier.

Tips for searching for senior living communities near you

Assess your needs before searching for senior living

You may have any number of reasons to consider a move to senior living in Hillsborough Township, from a health incident to a worsening chronic condition to a desire for more social interaction to difficulty managing home upkeep. Often, it’s a combination of reasons, which is why it’s essential to assess your current situation at home before you start researching senior living communities. This will help you more easily determine the type of senior living community that suits your needs. So, start by answering these questions.

 Yes No 
Health issues or concerns?   
Mobility challenges?   
Cognitive challenges?   
Challenges performing daily activities independently?   
Concerns about maintaining the house and/or yard?   
Concerns about proper nutrition and/or preparing meals independently?   
Concerns about medication management?   
Transportation challenges and/or driving concerns?   
Safety issues in the home?   
Would you benefit from more social opportunities?   
Would you like to find a new hobby or learn something new?   

Identify the type of senior living care you need

Many people don’t realize that there is more than one type of senior living. But your options actually include independent living, assisted living, and memory care. It’s important to identify which type of senior living would be best before looking at communities because not all offer each type of senior living. Now that you’ve assessed your needs consider them as you read a brief description of each type:

  • Independent Living – Ideal for seniors who can still live independently as the lifestyle focuses on convenience and active living with home upkeep, restaurant-style dining, and housekeeping provided. Residents also enjoy a range of amenities as well as social and enrichment opportunities.
  • Assisted Living – Provides many of the same services, amenities, and activities as independent living. But you’ll also have assistance with daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, and medication management. Onsite medical care is also available.
  • Memory Care – Exclusively for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, memory care offers 24-hour support in a secure, nurturing environment with specially trained staff.

Download our Choosing the Right Community guide.

Finding senior living communities near you

Now you’re ready to find the answer to your question, “What senior living communities are near me?” As you research online, it’s important to be specific. We recommend you search by the type of senior living (independent living, assisted living, or memory care) that you determined fits best and your preferred location. For example, “assisted living in city, state.”

Next, visit the senior living community websites that come up based on your search. You’ll want to check out not only their services and amenities but also their videos, image galleries, activity calendars, and floor plans. Also, follow them on social media. You can expect most senior living communities to be active here, which is helpful because this is where you’ll get a true sense of their personality and what daily life is like for the residents.

Don’t forget online reviews when researching senior living in Hillsborough Township either, but consider them with a grain of salt in gauging the reputation of the communities you’re considering. You don’t want to base a decision on that alone but rather as part of the overall picture of the senior living communities near you.

Choosing the right senior living community near you

Answering the question of what’s the right community for you is not as cut and dry. However, in addition to your research, two other steps can help you decide. The first is to check with those who have firsthand experience with senior living in Hillsborough Township. This could include friends, neighbors, colleagues, those in the industry like your doctor or financial planner, and current residents of the communities you’re considering and their families, if possible.

At this point, ideally, you’ve found two to three communities that you’d like to tour. This will provide the most in-depth look at life in the senior living communities near you. To schedule your tour, contact the communities directly or through their website. Then, you’ll answer a few questions so the team can gain an understanding of your needs to personalize the tour experience. Good luck!

For more information on senior living in Hillsborough Township, download our Choosing the Right Community guide. Or contact us today for more information or to schedule a tour.

Click here to download our Choosing The Right Senior Living Community guide

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