Independent Living

Key Questions to Ask When Touring an Independent Living Community

February 6th, 2024

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Choosing the right independent living community is a crucial decision that significantly impacts the quality of life of its residents. Touring facilities like Cristwood Park in Shoreline, Washington, and Crista Shores in Silverdale, Washington, become essential as you explore your options. To ensure you make an informed decision, ask these essential questions during a tour.

Independent Living Community Accommodations and Environment

Learn more about the living spaces available and inquire about different floor plans. Ask about amenities like fitness centers, communal spaces, and recreational activities. Inquire about additional services or perks that make Crista Senior Living unique.

Assess and understand the community’s organization and get a feel for its atmosphere. Ask about the social calendar, group activities, and opportunities for residents to engage with each other. Inquiring about any support services, such as transportation or housekeeping, provided by the community will provide better insight into the overall quality of life of the community.

Healthcare and Safety Services in the Independent Living Community

Learn about the healthcare services offered within the community. Ask about the availability of on-site medical staff, emergency response systems, and wellness programs. Prospective residents can inquire about the protocol for handling medical emergencies and the proximity to healthcare facilities.

Examine safety features put into place within individual living spaces and common areas. Learn about security measures, emergency preparedness, and staff training to understand security in the independent living community. Ask about the community’s commitment to creating a secure and comfortable environment for all residents.

How is the Dining Experience

When touring, explore the dining facilities and sample the quality of the food. Inquire about dietary options, meal plans, and the flexibility of dining arrangements. Ask if there are special events or themed meals to enhance the overall dining experience and increase opportunities to connect with others.

What is the Cost Structure

Learn about the pricing model and the breakdown of pricing items to understand the overall cost. Ask about how the community communicates potential fee increases to residents and inquire about any such increases. Always be aware of financial assistance programs or any discounts available and know the process to apply for them.

What is the Staff-to-Resident Ratio

Discuss the ratio of staff to residents to ensure adequate support is available. Inquire about the training and qualifications of the staff, particularly in areas like healthcare and emergency response.

Request to speak with current residents to gain insights into their experiences. Ask about their satisfaction with the community, the staff, and the overall quality of life. Also, take time to inquire about any challenges they have faced and how the community has addressed them.

Touring Crista Senior Living is an exciting step towards finding the ideal independent living community. By asking these key questions, you will leave the tour equipped with the information needed to make an informed decision that aligns with your preferences and lifestyle. Take the time to explore the community, engage with staff and residents, and envision the enriching life that awaits you.

We would love to meet you and take you on a tour of CRISTA Senior Living. Please contact us today!

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What People Are Saying …

I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.

CWP Family Member

CRISTA has been a warm, friendly atmosphere to be a part of these past two years. It encourages friendships that encourage a pleasant living environment.

Marty Victor, CWP

Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.

Resident's Daughter, Memory Care

Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.

I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.

I am so stunned by all the amazing people who live at CRISTA. The depth of their stories, their experiences are so powerful. They are fascinating and I learn something new every day! Such a wealth of intellect, experiences, and fun loving people. I love living here.

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