At first glance, searching for senior housing and care can be an overwhelming and daunting prospect. There are thousands of industry-specific terms, countless housing and care options, and a variety of different personal preferences that can make finding the perfect place difficult.
Like any other activity, a successful senior housing and care search begins with a clear and targeted approach. You don’t have to be an expert at senior housing to find the perfect place — just follow a few simple steps, and begin discovering thousands of housing and care options nationwide.
1. Learn the language — For some senior housing and care searchers, learning the different industry terms and housing types is the biggest obstacle. For starters, there are two main categories of senior housing: housing, which includes everything from apartments and homes for sale and for rent, and care, which includes all types of medical care. Both housing and care can be broken down further into a number of different types, all specializing in different things. For more information on housing terms for your search, explore After55.com’s senior housing glossary.
2. Sort and refine — Once you’ve discovered which type of senior housing and care you’d like to search for, the search results page allows you to go through and refine your search. Hone in on your perfect senior housing or care community by searching through the map view, refining your housing type search on the left sidebar, or in the top search box.
3. Experience the community — Get a better feel for prospective communities by exploring the interactive portions of their online advertisements. Discover community features, amenities and get a glimpse of resident life by watching a community’s video and viewing photos. Explore floorplans and WalkScore to see how each community will fit within your daily routines and habits.
4. Contact conveniently — Once you’ve found a few communities that fit your needs, be sure to contact them in whichever way you see fit. Most communities offer a variety of different options for contacting them, including local and toll-free phone numbers, an online form, or social media. Pick whichever methods best suit you, and begin discovering new communities in person.