Finding the perfect retirement community is one of the most important decisions you can make. As with any care facility, you or your loved one should schedule a visit before making any decisions. During that visit, tour the grounds, talk to residents, and make sure you get all your questions answered. Here are a few simple questions to start with:

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    Is the community located in a desirable area with conveniences nearby (grocery stores, pharmacy, public transit, hospital, etc.)?

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    Are the community grounds, landscape, and building exterior well maintained and easy to navigate?

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    Are there different apartment/cottage floor plans to choose from?

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    Are pets allowed?

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    Does the community offer all the amenities you’re looking for (concierge services, a gym, pool, theater, spa, etc.)?

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    Is the food/dining service to your satisfaction?

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    Is there a monthly schedule of activities?

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    Do the residents seem happy and well cared for?

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    Was the staff able to answer your questions clearly and sufficiently?

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    Was the management team well staffed, experienced, effective, friendly, and personable?

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