Assisted Living - September 1, 2022

What to Ask Before Moving into an Assisted Senior Living Community

When looking into assisted senior living options, either for yourself or someone you love, you want to be thorough in your research. However, even if you know what you are looking for in a community and have narrowed down your options, asking the right questions can help you reach your final decision.

While you can learn a lot about assisted senior living communities from their websites, social media profiles and online reviews, moving to an assisted living community is a big step. Fortunately, touring communities and asking staff questions can give you a more in-depth look into your options.

To help you find the right assisted senior living community for your family, our team at Rivertown Ridge is sharing some questions you should ask before making your decision.

Consider Care & Support

The supportive environment and assistance are often the main reasons a person chooses to move into an assisted living community. Because of this, it is important to ask specific questions about the care services offered to ensure the community provides the level of support you or someone you love needs.

Some of these questions could include:

  • Are team members available 24/7?
  • Is care personalized to each resident?
  • What is the caregiver-to-resident ratio?
  • What happens if my health or care needs change over time?

At Rivertown Ridge, our customized assisted living services provide residents with the appropriate amount of care needed, supporting feelings of independence without taking away privacy.

Our assisted living services also help residents feel secure in their apartments because they know they can do the things they enjoy and get help at any time with things like housekeeping, chores and cooking. In addition, our assisted living support is available as needed, up to 24 hours a day, to keep residents comfortable and safe.

Ask About Accommodations

When you move into any new place, you want to make it feel like home. An assisted living community is no exception. If a community you are considering does not offer accommodations that align with your or your loved one’s desired lifestyle, it may not be the right fit.

Questions to ask about accommodations at an assisted senior living community could include:

  • What floor plan options are available?
  • Is the community pet-friendly?
  • Do the apartments or rooms come furnished?
  • Can the spaces be personalized?
  • What furniture am I allowed to bring, if any?

Rivertown Ridge offers a variety of spacious assisted living apartments, including one-bedroom and two-bedroom options. Each floor plan is designed to provide assisted living residents with the opportunity to maintain their independence while living safely and comfortably.

Inquire About Amenities and Activities

Life in an assisted senior living community is not only about the care and accommodations, though. It is also about enhancing a person’s overall quality of life – largely done through the amenities, activities and events that a community offers.

One thing to keep in mind is that even if a community offers an abundance of amenities, if they do not align with your interests or lifestyle, it is probably not the community for you.

With this being said, questions regarding a community’s amenities and activities could include:

  • What types of activities are offered?
  • Do activities ever change?
  • Do residents have any input on the activities offered?
  • Can I see an activities calendar?
  • What community amenities are available?
  • How often, if ever, are trips outside of the community planned?
  • Is transportation available?

At Rivertown Ridge, we approach our amenities in a similar way to our care services: tailored to each individual. With thoughtful consideration for the varying needs of residents, we offer a wide selection of resort-style amenities and engaging activities that contribute to the overall quality of life of residents and help them to explore the seven dimensions of wellness.


Many factors go into choosing the right assisted senior living community for your family, but by asking the right questions, you can find the community that offers everything you need and want to lead a safer, healthier and happier life.

To learn more about Rivertown Ridge and our senior living community in Wyoming, Michigan, we invite you to explore our website or contact a team member to start getting your questions answered!


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