Tips for Making a Choice on Senior Living Communities

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Senior Living Communities: Tips for Making a Choice It’s one of those things that no one wants to think about until it’s a necessity and by then, emotions can get in the way of making a sound decision. Florida Moving Systems, Florida has some tips to help simplify the process of learning about and selecting a community that is best for you.

  Types of Communities 

  • Active Adult Communities are designed to offer older adults the chance to enjoy independent, active lifestyles, while providing easy access to a range of social, recreational, and educational pursuits. Often, such communities offer designated dining areas and clubhouses Generally, daily living and medical needs are not covered. Many active adult communities are age-restricted.
  • Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are designed to provide “assistance” to people who require help with activities of daily living (ADLs). An ADL may consist of medication reminding, bathing & ambulation. Accommodations within an ALF are typically studio “suites” with limited kitchen facilities. Some ALFs obtain an Extended Congregate Care (ECC) license which allows them to provide additional care services.  ALFs are handled on a rental basis with additional fees for higher levels of care.
  • Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer independent living with a combination of a private residence, services, amenities and care in return for a monthly fee and an entrance fee. Many compare living at a CCRC like being on a cruise ship since the services and amenities are plentiful. The maintenance-free lifestyle includes dining, social activities, housekeeping, transportation and maintenance services. Should care be needed, most CCRCs offer assisted living, Alzheimer’s memory support care and skilled nursing care on the same campus so that residents may continue to stay within the same community, close to their spouse, friends and neighbors, even as their care needs change.
  • Rental Retirement Communities are usually designed for independent living; however it is common that independent living and assisted living are combined.  On-site services and amenities are common including dining, housekeeping and transportation. The lease agreement at a rental community typically does not include the provision of a continuum of care.  This means that a resident who requires care must make separate arrangements for care services and pay for this care at market rates on a fee-for-service basis. If these services are not available within the community, the resident will be required to move from the community.  Some rental retirement communities offer short term leases arrangements for seasonal people.
Now that you have an idea of the different types of communities, here is a list of things to do.

Research: Make a list of the living options available in your hometown and what they offer.

Plan Ahead: It’s usually best to plan ahead and make decisions while your loved ones are able to physically and mentally able to assist in the decision making. Making the decision to move to a senior community while still active is usually the healthier choice because the senior can be more involved in the move and better equipped to adjust to the changes and thrive in the new environment.

Visit Various Communities: Schedule an appointment to tour the community. Pay Attention.

  • How do the grounds look?
  • Is the staff friendly?
  • Is the community clean and well-maintained?
  • Are the apartments nicely appointed?
  • Could you visualize yourself living at this community?
Ask Questions: If you don’t ask questions, you won’t be able to make an informed decision.

What Amenities are Most Important to you?: Make a list. Remember, that you are not just thinking about today, but more importantly, you are planning for tomorrow.

Evaluate Finances: There are a variety of financial arrangements available in senior communities. This includes rentals and entrance fee options. Learn the pros/cons of each. Understand what is included and what is “extra.” Ask about increases in fees and “what if” scenario if you outlive your assets.

Plan for Future Health Needs:

  • What levels of care are available?
  • Does the staff seem caring and professional?
  • Are current residents well cared for?
  • Are there activities for the residents who are receiving care?
  • What is the community licensed to provide and what are the costs.
Meet Residents: Ask what it’s like to live there.
  • Does it look like they are happy and engaged?
  • Do you feel at home in the community?
Dine at the Community:
  • How is the atmosphere in the dining room?
  • Is there a dress code for dinner?
  • Does the menu offer good variety?
  • Is the service attentive?
  • Can the chef accommodate specific dietary requirements?
Programs and Activities: Request and activities calendar.
  • Are there a variety of educational, social, cultural and fitness programs available?
  • Bridge groups?
  • Lectures?
  • Theme parties?
  • Can residents volunteer within the community?
  • Are special travel opportunities available to residents?
  • Ask if you can attend any activities.
Involve Family: Enroll other loved ones to review the options, they may offer a unique and helpful perspective.

Reputation: Talk with your friends, physician, attorney, clergy, trust officer or anyone else you can think of to learn about the community’s reputation.

Take your Time: Don’t feel rushed, but don’t procrastinate, either. Determine the kind of lifestyle you want for yourself and make the decision to enjoy it!  Don’t be one of those people who end up saying, “I wish I hadn’t waited so long!”

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Questions To Ask Before Choosing Your Professional Mover

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Tips for Selecting a Professional Moving Company

At Florida Moving Systems, Inc, we know there are so many choices when it comes to contracting a moving company. It is ideal to start contacting moving companies at least a month in advance. Whether you’ve asked your friends or checked the yellow pages, you’ll need to ask for more than just a quote to narrow the selection down to the right one to fit your unique needs.

Here is a list of questions you should ask a prospective moving company before you make your choice.

What is your first impression of the company? Was your initial contact professional? Did they return your call in a timely manner? Was your contact pleasant and interested in working with you?

1) Ask about the company’s profile.

  • How long in business?
  • How many employees?
  • Affiliations with the local chamber of commerce of moving associations
  • Rating with Better Business Bureau
  • Ask if the company is licensed and insured and ask for proof
  • Ask about the companies reputation and references – (you could also check the companies website for “testimonials”0
2) Ask for an in-home estimate.

3) Ask the salesperson to visit all of the rooms to be moved and be clear about everything that will be moved on the day.

4) Ask your salesperson the following questions:

  • How long has he or she been with working on estimating moves and how long with the particular company
  • Ask how long the move with take
  • Ask how movers will handle large or very valuable pieces
  • Ask how long it will be before you receive your property if you are moving long distance
  • Ask for written estimate and ask the salesperson to explain the pricing and any line items you don’t understand
  • Ask if a deposit is required
  • Ask what type of insurance the company offers
  • Ask about the company’s policy on loss or damage of your valuable
  • Ask about any variance in the estimate if the actual amount is over or under the amount you were quoted
  • Ask how the movers will protect your walls, carpets and furniture as it is being moved in and out
  • Ask if there is a minimum amount of hours for the move
  • Ask if the company offers any discounts (such as military or student discounts)
Pay close attention to how the manner in which your questions are answered. The salesperson should be willing to provide all of the information you require to make an educated decision.

If at all possible, make sure you are present to supervise the move.

Finally, when making your final decision, go with your gut. If you felt rushed or if questions were not answered to your satisfaction, it may not be the right choice.

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