Visiting senior living communities may feel overwhelming. How do you even know where to start? What to ask? These questions can help you decipher what life in each community will look and feel like and help you find the place you want to call home.


  • Is the community a place you could imagine calling home?
  • Is the community attractive? Would you be proud to live here?
  • Are the community grounds, landscape, and building exterior well maintained and inviting?
  • Are there different apartment home/cottage floor plans to choose from?
  • What is the lighting like at the community? Is it natural, calming and inviting?
  • What does the community smell like?
  • Is there an apartment home that you could see on your tour?
  • Is the community interior well maintained (freshly painted, clean carpeting, comfortable furniture)?
  • Are there common areas for residents to entertain and socialize?
  • Is the community easy to navigate and accessible to less mobile residents?
  • Is parking convenient?
  • How do you feel in the community? Do you feel calm, welcome, and excited about the future?


  • Is the community located in a desirable area with conveniences nearby (grocery stores, pharmacy, public transit, hospital, etc.)?
  • Does the community have a unique location that makes it more desirable (near a university, park, beach, etc.)
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Does the community offer all the amenities you’re looking for (concierge services, a gym, pool, theater, spa, etc.)?
  • Is the food/dining service to your satisfaction?
  • Do residents seem to be engaged in social events and taking advantage of community amenities?
  • How does the food taste?
  • How often are the menus changed?
  • What times are the meals served?
  • Is there a cafe or bistro option? What about a coffee shop?
  • How are meals served (buffet style, restaurant, etc.)?
  • Is there an extra charge for certain amenities? If so, which ones and how much will they charge?
  • Do the apartment homes have cable TV?
  • Does the community have wireless internet?
  • Is there a computer room?
  • Are there onsite classes or lectures for residents?


  • How do the staff members treat each other and residents?
  • Do the residents seem happy and living their best life?
  • Was the staff able to answer your questions clearly and sufficiently?
  • Was the management team well-staffed, experienced, effective, friendly, and personable?
  • Ask to review any sample contracts or any agreements the community would have you sign before move-in.
  • Will residents need to move if needs change over time? Or, is the community able to meet a wide range of needs?
  • What exactly is included in the monthly service fee?
  • What is the best way for you to make a payment?
  • Will a payment reminder be sent by the community?
  • Is there a grace period for payment?
  • How does the community handle utilities? Who will pay for them?
  • Are there certain visiting hours for friends and family?

We know our communities are great. We know because our residents tell us. But, the truth is, there is no such thing as a perfect community. It doesn’t exist because the perfect community looks different for each person. The needs of each resident are as different and unique as our services and offerings. That’s why we encourage every one of our future residents to stop by for a tour, ask questions that will help you gain a greater understanding of community life, and, ultimately, find the one that will best fit your retirement lifestyle. Bring this checklist with you and stop by any of our communities today.