Top Tips for Touring a Retirement Community

We get it – considering a move to a senior living community is a big decision! There are many options, including 55-plus neighborhoods and condos, continuing care retirement communities, or a community that offers some services and amenities, but no higher levels of care. Here is our checklist for touring a retirement community with the key areas that indicate quality senior living that will offer a vibrant and active yet supportive retirement lifestyle.

Engaging Lifestyle

  • People are out and about and are engaging with each other – and you
  • The Wellness Center is well-staffed and in use
  • Many of the residents match your level of function and energy

Getting Around

  • Immediate area has plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities nearby
  • Campus has internal and external shuttle services
  • Convenience shopping is within walking distance
  • Mass transit is available
  • Hospitals and health care professionals are nearby

Campus Grounds

  • Well-maintained grounds and building exteriors and interiors
  • Plenty of walkways – both open and covered – from residences to main buildings
  • Plenty of well-maintained common spaces and rooms to meet and gather
  • Resident events and programs are displayed in multiple areas – and they interest you
  • Apartments in the personal care/assisted living and health care neighborhoods are well-maintained

Residential Living Spaces

  • Updated residences or community is renovating and will share renovation plans
  • Residences have assistive features such as grab bars
  • Rooms are bright and spacious enough for your furniture
  • Parking is adequate


  • Friendly staff – and not just in the Marketing Office
  • Staffing levels are adequate – particularly in assisted living and health care
  • Staff is dressed and speaks professionally
  • Staff members answer questions knowledgeably and are enthusiastic about their work
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