Homecare: Five Questions to Ask When Looking for a Senior Living Community in Durham

August 23, 2016 | By Lorenzo Mejia

Finding the right homecare when you retire can be daunting with the many choices in the area. Retirement communities are plentiful and each offer unique features that will be a little different than another one. Each retirement community has its own set of amenities as well as financial arrangements for its occupants. There are some questions to consider to find the right one for you.

Does it feel like me and could I call this place home? Talk to the current residents and ask about their move and how they like living there. More importantly, are they happy they moved there?
Does everyone seem happy? Acquaint yourself with resident life and see what activities are offered and are many people participating? Do the activities interest you? Ask for a community activity calendar to look over.
Is the food good?? Get to know the dining facilities in the community. Try out a meal and ask if you can dine with one of the residents. Many facilities offer marketing luncheons with information about community life. Ask to attend and find out what the dining options are since you will most likely be dining daily at the facility.
Are the homes or apartments the right size? Tour the residences and see what is offered and available. The better communities will have a wait list. It is a good idea to sign-up with a community to give yourself time to know them better and prepare for a move.
Lastly, do they have places for care if you ever need it? Communities offer independent living apartments and homes along with assisted living facilities and skilled nursing care. These are called Continuing Care Retirement Communities or Life Plan Communities. Many have a one-time buy-in which allows access to the health care center. These facilities allow for care if you should ever need it. Some places allow for in-home care so that you can remain independent at home with scheduled care on a daily basis.
Do you need an in home care giver for a loved one?
Acorn serves Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Pittsboro and other towns in the Triangle area.

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