An independent living home is part of a larger active senior community designed for those who either don’t need or only require minimal assistance. At Northfield, our independent senior living community is vibrant. Thanks to our numerous amenities, residents live a lifestyle where they are free to pursue their interests in retirement without being concerned about the everyday chores of maintaining a house. However, for families, it can feel daunting deciding on what qualities to look for in an independent living home. Fortunately, we can guide you through what to consider when your parents have decided to transition to a community like Northfield’s.
Where to Start: Questions to Ask
Independent living homes and communities come in all sizes. It makes sense to learn as much as you can about the options your parents have to choose from so you can help them make an informed decision. Finding the right retirement community comes down to two things–what services are provided and does the location feel comfortable. The first question is practical, the second more personalized.
First, the best way to guide your research is by making a list of questions to have answered. Some things to consider include:
- How safe is the community, and does it provide around-the-clock security?
- Is the staff experienced and knowledgeable?
- Is the housing modern and updated?
- Do the homes have an emergency communication system in case of an emergency?
- How close is the community to shopping, hospitals, pharmacies, parks, and other services and places of interest?
When you and your parents begin looking for an independent living home, getting answers to these questions from the communities you are considering can go a long way in helping make your decision.
Does the Location Feel Right?
A second point to consider is how the community feels to your parents. One way to discover if a location is right for you and your family is by scheduling a tour. This way, you can explore the grounds yourself to determine if they fit your parents’ needs. Not only should your parents feel comfortable, at home, in the space, but they also need to feel comfortable with the staff and other residents. Virtual tours and phone calls aren’t enough to know if a community will be a good new home. In communities like Northfield, we encourage and welcome tours. This way, you and your parents can get a sense of what their time with us will look like day-to-day.
What About Pets and Visitors?
A third thing to consider is how a community accommodates pets and welcomes visitors. Many of us have pets, but not all communities can accommodate our furry friends. Sometimes, there are restrictions on the size or number of pets a family can have. Some communities require an additional fee, which can be either a one-time deposit or a monthly fee. Having a pet also means needing to have plenty of outdoor space for them to enjoy. Therefore, it’s important to find out just what the pet policy is for the community you’re interested in. Also, in retirement, your parents will want to have you and your family come to visit them. Discover if the communities you are considering can accommodate visitors and for how long.
Independent Living at Northfield
If you’re looking for an independent living home for your parents, look no farther than Northfield. Our independent senior living community is one of the best options available. When individuals enter our community, they discover Northfield in Brownsburg, IN offers the most thorough and exceptional senior living services offering regular activities, housekeeping services, extensive dining services in our community, transportation so residents can get around as they please, and an active health and wellness program.
Our courteous and respectful staff want to make residents as comfortable as possible and as engaged in the community as they wish to be. This means providing options. Also, we encourage family members to get involved. Find out what we have to offer by contacting us at 844.334.1490.