Individuals faced with the decision of choosing a senior retirement home should tour facilities, observe the cleanliness of each retirement home and pay close attention to the attitudes and friendliness of the staff. Seniors should also tour facilities during activities to witness opportunities to socialize with other residents.
A tour of a retirement home should include a comprehensive overview of the safety of the property and security available. Seniors should ask questions about cost, meal plans, outdoor areas and services available such as laundry, dry cleaning, beauty and maid services. Seniors should also ask for referrals from each facility and solicit reviews from family members of residents.