*This image was taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic
If you were looking for a senior living community when the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, there’s a good chance you don’t know where to turn. You’re not alone. Many families are in the same situation, but there are steps you can take now to prepare for senior living, even during the quarantine.
Within days, plans of moving to a safe haven were disrupted by visitor and admission bans, but that doesn’t take away your need for senior living. Right now, the senior living industry is taking strict and unprecedented measures to keep all current residents healthy during this time, causing a delay for new residents’ ability to join communities.
Steps families can take to prepare
For the thousands of families that are struggling to keep their elderly parents and grandparents quarantined at home until they can place them safely in a senior living community, here are a few steps that you can take now in order to be prepared for re-opened doors and lifted admission bans.
1. Take this time to continue your research
Yes, communities are closed to visitors but their websites are a huge resource of information and guidance. Visit the Senior Lifestyle resource center to read articles with valuable insights on caregiver burnout, the cost of senior living and when is the right time to sell your home. Community-specific pages are your go-to place to find out more specific information about the services and amenities provided.
2. Take a virtual tour of the community
Technology has given us an immersive way to experience our communities, see an apartment that fits your budget, and meet the community’s team members. Senior Lifestyle offers personalized FaceTime tours – take this time to schedule yours today!
3. Visit their Facebook page
There are plenty of exciting things happening on social media during this time. Communities are hosting virtual tours, virtual events, and Facebook Live segments. Click the ‘like’ button to join in the fun and start to become part of the family!
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4. Deposit on the apartment that best fits your loved one’s needs
Take this time to deposit on the apartment of your choice and gain the first right of refusal for the future. In preparation for an influx of new admissions, it’s wise to secure the apartment that best matches your budget and space requirements. At Senior Lifestyle, this is refundable. You will still need to have your loved one assessed prior to physical move in, however making your deposit can bring you the security of knowing you have an apartment held for you or your loved one.
5. Review the admission packet
Once you’ve made your deposit, review the admission packet in the comfort of your own home during this time. This is a great time to iron out the lease agreement to ensure you understand the fine details and ready to go when you are able to take financial possession of the apartment in the upcoming weeks.
Connect with a community near you
We are prepared and ready to help you and your loved one during this time. Please reach out today to schedule a virtual tour and secure your new home for the future. Call or visit your nearest Senior lifestyle community to continue the process with us!