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Is a CCRC for you or your loved one?

Below are a number of considerations to help you determine if a move to a CCRC is for you. Print out this guide to take with you when you visit a community.

What to look for when visiting a CCRC

The following is a service checklist to help guide you. Determine whether each service is included in the fees or is available for an additional charge.

I want to remain independent as long as I am able.
Barber/beauty shop
Laundry facilities and services.
Kitchen appliances (kitchen or kitchenette in unit) ___________________
Bathrooms (full private bathrooms in units, step-in showers).
Handicapped access.
Guest accommodations
Parking (garage, carport or in the open)
Scheduled transportation
Meals (number per day and ability to meet special dietary needs); tray service (if ordered by a doctor) ___________________
Telephone services
Safety Features (emergency pull cords or call systems in apartments, fire sprinklers & smoke alarms, ample lighting).
Security System
Exercise programs, including recreational activities.
Staff (available 24 hours a day, helpful, appropriate ratio, strong management reputation
Housekeeping (linen availability)
Dining Facility (proximity to apartment, cleanliness)
Facility (overall appearance, maintenance)

Have you requested

Resident as guide?
Lunch with residents?
Tour of entire community?
Guest suite available for overnight stay?

What was your feeling when you toured the community?
Was there activity in the main lounge?
Was mealtime in the dining room pleasant?
Were any residents using the activities room?
Were any residents using the exercise facilities?
Was there activity in the library or other common areas?
Are carpets and furniture clean?
Are amenities operating?
Was staff friendly and respectful?
Did staff know residents by name?
Have the common areas and apartments been designed to allow you to live as easily and independently as you would like?
Other observations you feel are important?
What percentage of the apartments have been rented and are occupied?
Is the management staff experienced? Effective? Friendly and personable?
Does the community have a good reputation in the local community?
Your thoughts and feelings about your visit:
Although you may have additional questions and insights, please use this as a guideline to assist with your initial tour and information gathering.
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