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In Woodbridge, VA, there are a variety of options for senior living. With so many choices, it may seem difficult to decide which community is right for you. As you begin your search and tour communities, it is helpful to think about what is most important to you and make a list to guide you along the way. Each community will have its own unique features and personalized care choices. The questions below will help you identify the important topics to build your list, and walk you through how to choose a senior living community in Woodbridge, VA.

Who are the staff and current residents?

Being surrounded by caring and kind people can help you feel like you are part of a bigger community.   During a tour, take time to notice how staff members are interacting with residents and how the residents are interacting with each other. Does the staff make you feel welcome and comfortable, and how do they engage with residents? Are there residents out and about visiting with each other? Perhaps you will want to talk to some of the residents to get a better feel of the social atmosphere.

What amenities are important to you?

Most senior living communities in Woodbridge, VA offer plenty of services and amenities, tailored specifically to seniors.  Common spaces, such as living rooms, libraries, and clubhouses make it easy to socialize or cozy up with a good book.  In addition, housekeeping, laundry services, wellness centers, gyms, hair salons, concierge services, and chapels may also be available in some communities. If there are any amenities that are on your must-have list, be sure to write them down and communicate these wishes.    

Are there activities that are interesting to you?

Look at the community’s event calendar and see if there are events that sound appealing to you. Getting involved will help you connect with others and feel more at home. If there are a variety of events for small groups, large groups, and opportunities for scheduled outings, this is a good sign that the community offers a range of activities for you to enjoy. 

What are the dining options?

Food and nutrition may be especially important if you have dietary restrictions or need accommodations.  Large senior living communities usually hire chefs and dieticians, and you can ask to sample the food or see the menus to see what types of meals are offered. 

What about decorating, pets, visitation, and transportation?

Think about the other parts of your life that make you feel at home, and consider what else should be on your list.  Some communities allow you to bring your own belongings and furniture and decorate on your own and others do not. There are pet-friendly senior living communities in Woodbridge, VA  as well, and you may not have a pet, so consider if you would be ok with other pets around.  

Spending time with friends and family may be a top priority, and you may want to look for communities that allow visitors to come whenever they like and to eat together. Some communities offer spaces to book for special occasions and even allow overnight guests such as a visiting grandchild or loved one. Also, ask about parking options if you drive or transportation options if you do not.  

What are my requirements for on-site medical care or rehabilitation?

Depending on your need for daily help, it is essential that you find a senior living community that can provide the right amount of care for you. Asking questions about medication management and nurses on staff will be important to determine if the community can provide the support you need. Also, keep in mind that the incidence of dementia increases after the age of 65, and a community with a separate memory care area may be beneficial in time.  

Additionally, find out if the community offers group exercise programs or on-site therapeutic options like massage, physical or occupational therapy, or pool therapy.

Most of all, ask yourself if the community feels like a place you can call home. Ask thoughtful questions while touring, and keep in mind that this could be your next home!

Arbor Terrace Prince William Commons is a senior living community in Woodbridge, VA, offering exceptional care in assisted living and memory care. Please call 703-721-8801 to schedule a tour today! 

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Chris Harper

About the Author: Chris Harper

As the vice president of communications for The Arbor Company, Chris is responsible for digital marketing, public relations, technology and design.

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