Ideally, you’ll give yourself plenty of time to choose a retirement residence. You’ll have to weigh several variables before making a final choice, and it’s best not to feel rushed during the process.

Here are top five tips from our team at Greystone Manor:

1. Choose a Location

At any point in life, you’ll have preferences about where to live, and your senior years are no exception. Will you or your loved one want to move closer to family? Do you prefer a small town or big city setting? Once you know the general area you desire, you can identify communities in that location.

2. Decide Which Amenities Matter Most to You

Senior communities offer amenities to help residents stay active and nurture social connections. Many communities plan social events and have on-site amenities like fitness centers or walking trails. Make a list of the amenities that fit your lifestyle. The list will help you evaluate senior living communities.

3. Think About Long-Term Needs

You or your loved one may be active now, but medical needs could expand down the road. For this reason, some retirement communities offer different levels of care. At some point, you may need assisted living with medical support instead of simply food service and housekeeping. A community already equipped to meet evolving medical needs could spare you from needing to move if your health deteriorates.

4. Examine the Costs and What’s Included

Ask for detailed information about what monthly fees cover and don’t cover. Also look at the contract terms in regard to if or when fees can go up. A clear understanding of the costs prepares you to make effective comparisons of value among different communities.

5. Visit the Communities

On-site tours are a crucial step before making a decision. You’ll get to find out for yourself if a place feels right for you.

Tours at Greystone Manor

Our senior living community in Maple Ridge, BC, welcomes the chance to show off our amenities and grounds. Our residents have their own general store, movie theatre, chapel, and much more. We have a choice of apartment suites and park-like landscaping.

Contact us to schedule a retirement home visit today.