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Questions to Ask About Assisted Living in Manhattan

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It’s little wonder that so many older adults seek to stay in the city and age in place. Luckily, there are a number of assisted living options for those with a passion for city life.

Assisted living communities are a wonderful option for older adults who need a little extra help with the tasks of daily living. This may include help remembering to take medications, assistance with showering and personal hygiene, or help with dressing and grooming.

This ensures that residents can enjoy an independent or semi-independent lifestyle for as long as possible. Most assisted living communities offer 24/7 onsite staff, emergency call buttons, numerous amenities and event programming, and more.

When choosing a community that’s right for you or a loved one, your choice may come down to personal factors, such as preferred location, state of health, or simply one’s overall “feeling” of a space.

However, to assist in making this decision, it’s recommended that you ask the same types of questions to the communities you are evaluating. This ensures that you are making a direct comparison of living situations.

Questions About Assisted Living in Manhattan

Aerial view of Central Park and surrounding ManhattanWith a huge variety of options to choose from, it’s essential to do your homework when choosing an assisted living community in Manhattan.

1. What kind of experience and training does your staff have?

It takes a team of skilled staff members to make a community safe and welcoming. Ask about current requirements for staff and continuous training opportunities they offer.

2. Do you create individualized care plans?

Most assisted living communities require an initial assessment prior to admission. This is used to create a care plan that is customized to your or your loved one’s specific needs.

3. What types of apartments are available?

Studio apartments, one bedroom, two bedroom — terrace, or no terrace? Most communities offer a variety of options designed to suit almost every taste and budget.

In addition to reviewing floor plans, request to view a model of the apartment(s) you are interested in so you can get a sense of the space.

Privacy is another concern. Ask whether the apartments or suites are private — or shared with another resident. You’ll want to know whether this applies to bathrooms, too.

4. What is included in the monthly costs?

Don’t make assumptions about what is and is not covered in the monthly fees at a particular community. Ask for a precise description and breakdown of costs for additional services.

5. Could I speak with some current residents?

There is no better way to learn about a community than by speaking with its residents. Many residents are happy to discuss what they enjoy about living in a particular community. If a community liaison isn’t willing to connect you with a resident, this may be a red flag.

6. What additional services are available if the care needs of a resident change?

As we age, our care needs often change. Ask about the availability of skilled nursing care or memory care at each community. How is the transition handled should you or your loved one need more care in the future?

7. What types of amenities are on site or nearby?

Close proximity to a salon, fitness center, or restaurant is a given in Manhattan — but it’s even more convenient when you don’t have to leave the building.

Check to see whether the amenities you or a loved one prefer are included at the community. Many communities can also arrange for resident transportation to nearby locations.

Ask, too, about social activities and programming at the community. Social engagement is critical for health, and a major benefit of assisted living is the ability to socialize with neighbors and meet new friends.

Do the activities go beyond basics and include opportunities to learn about and discuss stimulating topics? Are cultural programs — art, music, or theater — available? Think of what you or your loved one would enjoy taking part in.

8. What makes your community unique in Manhattan?

With a number of assisted living communities to choose from, each should have a good idea of what makes it unique. It could be location, amenities offered, the care philosophy, or something else. Sometimes this feature can help one community stand out in your decision-making.

Additional Observations

As you tour the community, ask yourself the following additional questions about your first impressions. It may be useful to take a notebook with you to record your thoughts, or open a notes app on your smartphone to jot down impressions.

  • Am I greeted warmly? Do I feel welcome?
  • Do staff and residents appear to get along well? Do staff call residents by their names?
  • Does the atmosphere feel positive?
  • Does the residence look, smell, and feel clean?

First impressions matter! However, before you make your final decision, be sure to schedule a second visit — preferably on a different day of the week or at another time — to ensure that your impressions remain the same.

If you're ready to learn more about luxury assisted living in Manhattan at 305 West End Assisted Living, contact us today to request more information or plan a tour.

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