Ask the experts: Resident tips for taking your tour
Taking a tour of a community during an independent senior living search is one of the most important steps in deciding the best place to call home. And from the moment you walk into a Holiday Retirement community, we want you to feel confident, comfortable and welcome.
Whether it’s your first or 15th tour of a community, knowing where to start can sometimes be difficult. What questions do you ask? Where should you look first? Should you come back and visit more than once?
Every person who comes to visit one of our communities has different needs and wish lists when it comes to finding a new home, and no question is off limits. The good news? Nearly all of our residents have been in your shoes – and when it comes to subject matter experts, you won’t find any better!
So, where to start? Take some tips from our very own residents - J.P. and Jean Rorie, residents at Holiday Retirement’s Renaissance Sherman in Sherman, Texas, and Herb Klions, a resident at Holiday Retirement’s Copley Place in Copley, Ohio.
Get down to the details
Both J.P. and Jean agree that no detail is too small when it comes to asking questions and learning more about a community. “Find out more about the services available for your future support needs,” says Jean. “Transportation, what’s included with your rent, food, community amenities and activities are all important things to learn more about when making your decision.”
Herb left no stone unturned on his tour, making sure everything from physical appearance of the buildings to examination of floor plan options met his expectations!
After all, a tour of a new community could turn into a new home for you or a loved one, so be sure you learn as much as you can!
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Hear it from more than one person
A member of our amazing Holiday staff will likely be leading your tour of a community, but J.P. and Jean recommend you talk to as many people as you can during your visit. Each person you talk to can offer different insight into life at the community. Current residents can speak on day-to-day experiences, general managers and/or executive directors can answer specific questions about finances, and maintenance and housekeeping staff will help you get a better idea of the services they offer.
“The staff at our community is very friendly,” says J.P. “And everyone should have the chance to see that and see how our residents all look out for each other.”
Personality fit with staff was also an important aspect for Herb. “Having a certain degree of rapport with management and staff, as well as judgement of integrity is key,” he said. “And you should be sure to talk to as many managers and staff as available on your tour.”
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What comes next?
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and take notes on the tour,” says Jean. Having detailed notes to refer back to can be extremely valuable when making your decision and taking the next step. Choosing independent senior living is an important decision, and Jean insists you shouldn't “wait on someone or something else to make the decision for you. Don’t wait so long that you don’t get to enjoy a wonderful place to live.”
Herb also emphasized the importance of taking notes, as well as suggesting potential residents stay in a guest room and eat a few meals in the dining room to get a sense of the life inside and outside the apartment.
“But remember you can’t bloom in your room,” says J.P. So ask as many questions, talk to as many Holiday team members and spend as much time consulting with family members as it takes to make sure your decision is the right one.
Now that you’re armed with a few questions, now it’s time to ask them. Schedule a tour at a community near you today! And while you’re at it, download our handy tour tips checklist to take with you!