Whether looking for yourself, or for a loved one, your senior living search is all about finding the lifestyle that matches your needs. There are lots of factors to consider: location, care options, atmosphere, dining, amenities and services, and more. At The Herrick House, we know how important this decision is, and we have some suggestions for questions you might ask as you tour each option in person or online.
What to know before your senior living search begins
When you picture retirement living in Beverly, Massachusetts, what comes to mind? Drab, dreary afternoons? Outdated furnishings and boring menus? If so, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.
Today’s modern senior living communities are buzzing with energy, engagement, and excitement. Residents are connecting in meaningful ways and enjoying a new emphasis on healthy aging and longevity.
Even more inspiring is how you don’t have to give up the feeling of home to get the personal attention and care that you want. For example, families who walk into The Herrick House often comment on how warm and inviting it is, with our smaller design that feels homey and familiar. That’s just how we planned it to be. Noticing how you feel when you enter an assisted living or memory care community can tell you a lot about what it’s like to live there.
Think about what you want
List what matters most to you, so that you are sure to ask for the pertinent information on your tour or phone call. We’ve put together a few questions to get you started; you might have more. Don’t be shy. You want to find the place that most feels like home. So, ask away!
• What levels of care are available?
Choosing a senior living community with multiple levels of care, such as assisted living and memory care, can offer great peace of mind. As needs change, you or a loved one will most likely not have to move elsewhere.
• What is the staffing ratio?
Some residents will not need that much daily assistance, while others require multiple interactions. Find out if a licensed nursing is on site 24/7 (as is the case at Herrick House). Also inquire about ongoing staff training.
• What is the lifestyle like?
After you visit communities, you will begin to notice each one has a unique style and personality. Some are more formal, while others are casual and relaxed. When helping your loved one make a choice of retirement living in Beverly, Massachusetts, consider their lifestyle preference.
• What is your staff turnover rate?
When staff feel valued and enjoy working in a community, they become part of the larger overall family and feel pride in helping each resident live as stress-free a life as possible. Ask about the turnover rate and meet a few staff members when you tour. At The Herrick House, we are proud to tell our visitors about the stability of our management team and staff.
• What is a typical day like for residents?
Take a look at the calendar of events. Drop in a few and see how many residents are participating. Do people seem happy and engaged? Are there opportunities for socializing in the afternoons and evenings? Are a good number of residents out of their rooms and joining others?
• What is included in the monthly costs?
Ask for a list of everything that is included in the basic monthly fee. Rent, utilities, cable, meals, life-enrichment activities, and housekeeping are usually part of the base fee at all communities. Group transportation services are usually offered at communities, and sometimes included in base rent.
Why your senior living search is so important
Retirement living in Beverly, Massachusetts, gives you lots of choices. Remember, you’re in a unique position to design what the future will look like for yourself or for a loved one. How you want your days to be. Where you’ll feel most at home and receive assistance that both motivates and reassures. Take your time.
The North Shore’s most trusted and referred to senior living community; The Herrick House is nestled in a beautiful and private wooded setting on the upper campus of Beverly Hospital. Its unique location offers easy access to physician, outpatient, and 24/7 hospital services. As a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, The Herrick House staff can connect residents and families to a comprehensive range of healthcare services.