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Tips on How to Prepare for the Journey to Senior Living

Whether you’re seeking senior living options for yourself or a loved one, you likely have questions about how to get started on your search. What criteria should you consider? How far away are you willing to move? What amenities would make it feel more like home? The journey to senior living can be smoother if you take the time to do your research. Below, The Village at Southlake offers an informative guide to senior living to help Lexington, SC seniors and their families plan for the future. We’re here to assist you with tips on how to prepare for senior living, so that you and your family make the best decisions possible. Please let us know if you need additional resources.

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Consider What You Need Now – And Also in the Future

Make a list of the type of senior living care and support needed currently and in the future. Understanding your needs (or your loved one’s needs) upfront is essential to making an informed choice. Will assistance with bathing, dressing, cooking, transportation, and medication management be necessary, or are you looking for more independent senior living options?

Either way, The Village at Southlake can accommodate. Residents enjoy a carefree lifestyle without worrying about maintenance. Our all-inclusive independent living options range from apartments to custom-built cottages, each furnished with modern appliances and amenities. Our friendly staff is available around the clock to respond to medical emergencies and offer assistance with day-to-day living. Residents enjoy three delicious home-cooked meals a day and an active social calendar.

Set a Monthly Budget for Your Loved One’s Senior Living Care

How much can you afford to spend on senior living care each month? Many active adult communities include utilities, meals, and more in their monthly fees to make it easier to set and follow a budget. Financial aid may be available for veterans and their surviving spouses. When establishing your budget, be sure to explore all of your senior living financial planning avenues. Check out our frequently asked questions section. to learn more about what’s included in life at The Village at Southlake.

Make a Wish List of Your Desired Amenities and Location

Location is usually among the most significant factors when exploring active adult living communities. Most active adults not only want to be close to their families but also near emergency medical care facilities. However, some seniors are just looking for a picturesque, peaceful place to retire. What amenities are most desirable to you, and which ones are you willing to do without for the right location? Create a wish list of desired amenities, and then compare this list to the active adult living communities you’re considering. It will help you narrow down your choices. For the record, The Village at Southlake offers numerous amenities to help seniors lead an active lifestyle with all the comforts of home.

Visit Websites & Read Online Reviews – Don’t Forget Facebook!

You can tell a lot about a place and its quality of care by visiting its website. Not only will you want to browse its offered services and amenities, but you’ll also want to check out its online reviews. See what current residents and their families have to say about life in the communities you’re interested in, and be sure to look at their social media accounts for additional photos and comments.

Ask Around for Recommendations From Friends or Family

While online research is useful, there’s no substitute for firsthand information and testimonials from people you know. Ask around your community for active adult living recommendations, including your local clergy or family physician. Talk to trusted friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers. Chances are, at least one person you know has been through this process. They may suggest places or questions to ask that you hadn’t yet considered.

Make Preliminary Contact and Then Go Visit in Person

Once you’ve narrowed the field, reach out to the senior living communities that have piqued your interest. Plan on taking a virtual tour or scheduling time to visit in person. When you visit, observe how the staff interacts with the residents. Does it feel like home? Do they offer engaging activities that encourage active senior living? Does it seem safe and well-cared for with emergency call systems, modern amenities, and beautiful landscaping, or does it seem outdated or neglected? Take notes if that helps you remember details about each place later.

Ask Around for Recommendations From Friends or Family

While online research is useful, there’s no substitute for firsthand information and testimonials from people you know. Ask around your community for active adult living recommendations, including your local clergy or family physician. Talk to trusted friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers. Chances are, at least one person you know has been through this process. They may suggest places or questions to ask that you hadn’t yet considered.

Learn More About The Village at Southlake With a Tour Today

As one of the most scenic senior living communities in Lexington, SC, The Village at Southlake would love to welcome you to our beautiful garden homes and spacious apartments. Please contact us to learn more about the perks of living in our community or schedule a tour to view our state-of-the-art amenities for active adults in person. We can also schedule virtual tours from the comfort of your home. With more than 50 floor plans to choose from, we’re confident we have options to suit everyone’s needs.

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