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Top Questions To Ask on Your Senior Living Search

When researching senior living options, it’s important to be prepared. Asking the right questions can help pair you with the best community for you or a loved one. Make sure to consider the care support services you may want now or in the future. View our helpful guide below to see a comprehensive list of questions to ask in your senior living search. 

General questions: Learn about the community.

What type of community is it? Is it a Life Plan Community (Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC))?

  1. What are the qualifications for becoming a resident?
  2. What is the cost of your community?
    1. Is there an entrance fee?
    2. Is there a monthly fee? 
    3. What is included in the monthly fee?
  3. What is the contract type here?
    1. Type A (Lifecare)?
    2. Type B (Modified)?
    3. Type C (Fee for Service)?
  4. How does the community communicate with families about a resident’s well-being?


One advantage of living in a senior living community is the maintenance-free lifestyle. Discover what services and amenities are available to residents. Some examples are listed below.

  1. What services/amenities are offered?
    1. Housekeeping?
    2. Landscaping?
    3. Laundry?
    4. Fitness Center?
    5. Pool?
    6. Spa?
    7. Salon?
    8. Library?


Staying active and social is vital for our mental and physical well-being. Search for a community that has a multitude of activities for residents to take part in. Some examples are listed below.

  1. What programs are offered?
    1. Group fitness classes?
    2. Resident clubs?
    3. Lifelong learning programs?
    4. On-campus/off-campus events?
    5. Volunteer opportunities?

Living options:

Ask about the living options available, keeping in mind the important factors to you such as size, number of levels, patio space or pet-friendliness.

  1. What living options are available and what are the features of each?
    1. Cottage Homes?
    2. Apartment Homes?
    3. Hybrid Homes?
  2. What floor plans are available?
  3. Do residents have the option to choose finishes and upgrades?
  4. Is a garage or parking included?
  5. Is private outdoor space included?
  6. Are pets allowed?


Look for a variety of dining options on campus, with options that are both delicious and nutritious.

  1. Do apartments have full kitchens? 
  2. What are the dining options on campus?
  3. When is dining available on campus?
  4. Does the dining team accommodate special diets for allergies or other dietary needs?

The Area:

Find out what’s nearby—local museums, art galleries, dining and shopping can make for a great day trip.

  1. What are the local attractions?
  2. Is transportation available?
  3. Do you schedule any off-campus programs with local attractions?

Safety questions:

Make sure to address any safety concerns you may have.

  1. Are team members available 24/7?
  2. Is there a generator for backup power, and what does the generator power?
  3. What do you have in place for bathing/bathroom safety?
  4. Do residents have access to an emergency alert system?

Future care questions:

A Life Plan Community will offer the full continuum of care. Keep in mind that even if you are searching for independent living now, your needs can change, and it may be helpful to have other healthcare options available on campus.

  1. What health care services are provided on campus? What does each service provide?
    1. Short-term Rehabilitation?
    2. Assisted Living?
    3. Memory Care?
    4. Nursing Care?
  2. What happens if I need additional services? What is the pricing for additional care?
  3. What does my insurance cover? What insurances are accepted?
  4. What is the ratio of staff to residents during the day/night?

Contact The Summit today to learn about the offerings at our life plan community.