Tips for Touring a Life Plan Facility

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When you are considering a life plan community for you or a loved one, it is recommended that you visit and tour the facility before you make a final decision. By touring a facility and its surrounding community, you will be able to get important questions answered, meet and speak to those who live there, and see for yourself how the community cares for and supports its members.

This is a major life decision, so taking the time to get it right is crucial. Here are some tips that will help you get the most from your experience when touring a Savannah life plan community.

Prepare a List of Questions Before Visiting

When you visit a life plan community, you can quickly lose track of what it was you want to learn because there is so much to see. This is why it is important to prepare a list of questions you want to find answers to. Here are some to get you started:

  • What are the living spaces like?
  • What is a typical day like in the lives of the community's members?
  • What are the dining accommodations and meals like?
  • What is the gender ratio of the members?
  • What is the general age and health of the community?
  • What amenities and activities are available?
  • Am I able to have my own car?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • What are the regulations, if any, for family visitations?
  • Does the facility accommodate couples (if applicable)?

What to Look For During Your Visit

When you visit a facility or community, what you see will tell you a lot about the quality of life and care of its members. For starters, you will want to pay attention to the facility's security. Is there a receptionist to greet you at the front desk? Does the facility offer 24-hour security for its members?

You should also pay close attention to how the staff interacts with the other members. Does the staff treat the members with respect? Are their actions genuine or are they showing off for you? Ask some of the current members how they like living there and are they happy with their choice. In a quality facility, both the staff and members will be happy and interact with each other in a positive way.

When visiting the dining commons, you need to pay attention when dining. Is the dining room clean and tidy? Are the silverware and dinnerware clean? Is the food fresh and prepared properly? Are the other diners enjoying themselves? Is the facility able to accommodate people with special dietary needs?

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you have to ask yourself – can you see yourself or your loved one living here?

What to Take With You When You Leave

When your tour is over and you're set to leave, grab a copy of the facility's monthly calendar of events and a business card from the administrator/intake specialist. When you get home, look over the calendar to see what the month offers for the members. Are there any programs or activities that appeal to you?

If after touring the facility, meeting its members and staff, and having all of your questions answered, you think you would be a good fit in the community, then you have the administrator's business card to take your selection process to the next level.

Schedule a Visit to The Marshes' Savannah Life Plan Community Today

There's nothing quite like living on Skidaway Island, off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. This small, resort-like island is home to The Marshes, one of the leading Savannah life plan communities. At The Marshes, every day is like you're on vacation. From our lush and vibrant campus to our welcoming staff to our active and engaged members, The Marshes of Skidaway Island offers everything you need to enjoy life after retirement.

To schedule a visit to The Marshes of Skidaway Island, just call us at 800-889-6238 today. We welcome and encourage you to visit our luxurious Savannah life plan community. Come meet with our staff and members and sample the restaurant-quality meals in our community dining rooms. Come and see why we're not your usual retirement community.