Searching for the right personal care community for your loved one can be overwhelming at first. Exton is home to a rapidly growing and vibrant community of retirees, which means there are plenty of great senior living options.
If you’ve narrowed down your search to personal care communities, rather than independent living or in-home care, you’re already on your way to finding the ideal community for you or your loved one. Here are some other things to consider on your search for personal care in Exton:
Location is a top consideration for any move, but it’s perhaps especially important for a personal care community. You’ll want to make sure the community is located near friends and family, as well as any of your loved one’s favorite restaurants, shops, and parks. You should also consider proximity to your loved one’s hospital or medical provider of choice. In case of emergency, a nearby hospital can make a life-saving difference.
Public Transportation Options
Readily available public transportation can offer some much-needed independence for residents who no longer drive. When selecting a personal care community, ask about the transportation options. Many communities offer transportation to and from points of interest, such as banks, churches, and grocery stores. But if you or your loved one wants to visit a favorite restaurant or shop in town, nearby public transportation is essential.
Most personal care communities offer the same basic services, but the best ones offer a long list of amenities, from gourmet, restaurant-style dining to on-site clinical services like podiatry and dental care. Make a list of your loved one’s must-have amenities and see which communities can provide them with the lifestyle they want. If they’re interested in pursuing a particular hobby or would like to have access to on-site gardens and green spaces, make sure the community can accommodate those requests. Most communities have an activities and events calendar that can give you an idea of the social life they can provide.
Affordability is an important consideration, especially for seniors on a budget. Personal care costs can add up, certainly, but so can the costs of staying at home. Seniors living in a community no longer need to pay for many household costs, such as a mortgage, insurance, taxes, lawn maintenance, and transportation costs.
If you or your loved one has been paying for long-term care insurance, that will significantly help offset the costs of senior living. You can calculate what you or your loved one is paying now and see how it compares to personal care by using our Senior Living Cost Calculator. You might be pleasantly surprised by how affordable it can be to retire in luxury.
If you are still unsure whether your loved one can afford to live in a personal care community, you can contact the team at Arbor Terrace. You may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or elsewhere that can decrease the monthly cost.
When narrowing down your options for personal care, perhaps the most important aspect is the most ineffable. If you’re struggling to decide between two or three communities, it makes a great deal of sense to visit them all, if possible. By speaking with staff and residents and enjoying a meal in the cafeteria, you can get a better idea of whether the community feels like a potential home.
Beginning Your Search for the Best Senior Living in Exton
Trying to find a personal care community that checks all the boxes in terms of level of care required, affordability, amenities, and dining can be an overwhelming experience for seniors and their loved ones. If you’re looking for more advice on selecting the right community, check out our guide, “Finding a Safe & Comfortable Senior Living Community.”