When it comes to senior living Sandy Springs Georgia has much to offer. Because there are several resort-style communities to choose from, knowing what to ask as you evaluate each community is imperative. These questions can help you establish a baseline for comparing your living options and to understand what retirement living will look like in each community.
As you evaluate senior living communities, it's important to keep in mind that your parent or loved one's needs may change over time. Communities that offer varying levels of care - such as independent living as well as personal care programs can best accommodate short-term or long-term changes in needs.
Understanding that illness, surgery, or the natural aging process can lead to temporary or permanent changes in care level, having a clear understanding of the process in that situation can help you avoid surprises. Ask clarifying questions until you know what constitutes a change in care level, how that change, and financial impact will be communicated, and how often needs are re-evaluated.
Reviewing each community’s current activities calendar, which is often found online, can help you evaluate options and fit. Look for activities and events that are varied, aligned with your parent's or loved one's interests, and geared to engage residents physically, cognitively, and socially. It's also important to look for activities both within and outside of the community. The Sandy Springs area is just north of Atlanta and offers some of the best medical care, dining, shopping, theaters and many other opportunities to make retirement living a rewarding experience for any senior.
Each resident has different preferences when it comes to dining; some prefer to cook as they did at home, some prefer to dine restaurant-style in the company of friends, and some like to grab a quick bite on the go. Look for a community that offers a variety of dining options, and make sure you know which options are included in the quote you receive.
The best communities will ask in response, “How would you like to be involved?” Whether you want to call daily to touch base, attend appointments with your parent or loved one, or simply participate in the care planning process, the organization should be willing and able to accommodate most requests.
Many adult children share that one of the greatest challenges they face when their loved one is still at home is trying to get them to and from appointments safely while still managing their own daily responsibilities at home and at work. Seek a community that provides transportation to appointments and local establishments, like grocery stores, pharmacies, and shopping malls, for maximum convenience.
Many communities today are offering resort-style senior living, allowing your loved one to retire in comfort and luxury. Amenities you should look for include green space, walking paths, dining options, an on-site gym or fitness center, and salon.
Understanding visiting hours - if there are restrictions - and seeing the space in which you can dine together or gather can help you evaluate a community against your needs.
Remember to ask what's included in the monthly rent as each community is different. You may find that some communities have a lower monthly cost, but certain utilities, gym membership, dining, and/or activities are charged separately, while other communities have a higher, all-inclusive monthly fee. If you plan to cover some of the expense with long-term care or other insurance, you should also find out whether the community accepts your insurance and how that will impact the monthly fee.
In order to evaluate each community, run a quick search for "senior living near me" online, review the information available online, and schedule a site visit with those that pique your interest. During your site visit, ask the questions above and take note of the following:
Hammond Glen is a newly remodeled 194-unit senior living community located in Sandy Springs, Georgia near several top hospitals, restaurants, museums, and theaters. We provide living options for independent seniors as well as those who need assistance with personal care or additional levels of care. On-site amenities include a 50’s style café, beautiful lanai, newly renovated salon (that now feels like a real spa), movie theater, resident gardens, and much more. With 24/7 dining and a diverse calendar of physical, social, and spiritual activities, Hammond Glen is the perfect choice for resort-style retirement living in Sandy Springs.
*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, January, 2019.