How to Start the Senior Living Search

July 1, 2022 | Senior Living
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Whether you are looking for yourself or someone you love, starting the search for the best senior living communities may raise more questions than answers. Fortunately, your senior living search does not have to become a frustrating chore. By knowing where to look – and what to look for – you can find the right community to fit your family’s needs.

At Astral at Franklin, we take pride in offering dynamic and fulfilling senior living to older adults in Franklin, Indiana, and the surrounding areas. Our senior living community features lifestyle options for varying needs, including assisted living and memory care. As leaders in senior living, we also offer educational resources for individuals and families who are beginning their search for senior living communities.

Below, we provide you with some of the best strategies for starting your own senior living search.

Step 1: Determine Which Lifestyle Option is Appropriate

Before searching for senior living communities, one of the most important things to do is decide which lifestyle option best suits your needs or the needs of a loved one. Some senior living communities specialize in only one option, while others may have varying levels. For example, Astral at Franklin offers independent living, assisted living and memory care.

Independent living: As the name suggests, this lifestyle option is best for older adults who can safely live independently. Individuals interested in independent living often look for communities with engaging experiences and activities, a vibrant social scene, or amenities such as dining and housekeeping services. In addition, independent living offers freedom and opportunity for older adults, with many senior living communities designing events and programs based on the preferences of their residents.

Assisted living: This is a more supportive option, offering assistance with daily tasks such as mobility, bathing and personal hygiene. Residents in assisted living often experience greater freedom and independence than they would living on their own, as they receive the support they need while maintaining their autonomy and privacy. By removing the barriers that often prevent individuals from living full lives, assisted living opens new pathways and opportunities for residents.

Memory care: This lifestyle option is designed for older adults living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Trained and compassionate caregivers provide around-the-clock care and support to residents, allowing them to continue experiencing fulfillment and purpose while receiving support and care.

Whatever your preferences and needs, Astral at Franklin has the options for you. With exceptional independent living, assisted living and memory care options, we are here to help individuals enhance the next chapter of their lives.

Step 2: Determine the Right Location

When researching senior living communities, an important consideration is location. Some older adults prefer to live in a community close to where they currently live. This allows them to continue participating in activities and events within the city or neighborhood where they have established friendships and relationships. 

For others, they want to select a community closer to other family members or friends. In this case, you may need to expand your search parameters and plan to visit the community in person before committing to the move.

Step 3: Create a List of Preferences

While determining the right lifestyle option and location is essential to the senior living search, developing a list of preferences also has importance. Although you may not find a community that fulfills every item on your checklist, prioritizing your preferences can make the selection process easier.

  • Do you want a community that offers housekeeping and laundry services? 
  • Is it necessary that your community offer regular outings in the surrounding city?
  • Do you want a community that offers dining options? Or do you want a living space that allows you to prepare your own meals? (Or both!) 

These are just a few questions you can ask yourself as you’re conducting your senior living search. In doing so, you will make it easier to narrow down possible senior living communities until you find the right one.

When you are ready to start your senior living search, Astral at Franklin can help you with important educational tools and resources. And when you are ready to choose senior living in Franklin, Indiana, we are only a phone call away. Contact us today at (463) ​200-​7990!


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