Senior Communities

What to Look For In Senior Communities

     Make a list of questions for your appointment and go have lunch at several places with your loved ones. Walk around and talk to staff and residents,        check for:

1.    Cleanliness and smell of apartments, dining rooms bathrooms, stairways, community living areas, computer area, game and craft room?

2.    What activities do they offer: different groups seniors can join (needlepoint, painting, gardening)?

3.    Medical teams on staff, safety measures – how often do the check on your loved ones, in house Dr’s etc.?

4.    How many pull cords do they have, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors in each room or apartment?

5.    Do they have emergency generators for elevators, back up emergency plans?

6.    How many levels of care do they provide? Is there an extra charge (in house EMT’s or do they call the fire department) how far it is to the nearest hospital of your choice?

7.    Some not all places provide low income rates, or Aid and Attendance for Veterans and their spouses.

8.    Extra cost for amenities (hair, nails, massages).          

9.    Meals (can you join them for meals and how much extra is it for family members and friends).

10.  Do they have special holiday gatherings that you can join in with them, church services, (antique car shows, BBQ’s, outside speakers, happy hour,  dancing, trips to casinos and shopping?

11.  Do they have private dining rooms for family parties, can they provide food (at an extra charge) or do you have to bring your own in. (These are wonderful and so helpful, some even provide           luncheons (extra charge and please tip staff) for funerals so their friends at the complex can join in and say their goodbye’s. Usually this is inexpensive and the residents are more at peace             and grateful you thought of them so they can share their grief with you as they become and extension of your loved ones families when you are not there.

12.  Theaters in house, walking groups, do they bring in outside speakers and entertainment. Exercise rooms, swimming pools, outdoor activities?

13.  Transportation: How far can they go for Dr. and hospital appointments? Can you go with them?

14.  Who pays monthly expenses are electricity, gas, phone, cable, TV, internet included.

15.  Make sure their facility is close to your home as you will be the ones to visit them and take them to dr. appointments if it is out of range of the complex to take them when they stop diving. 

16.  Do they have underground parking, carport extra charges.  

Senior Living

American House Communities                                                Abbey Park                                                             Grace Point Living Brighton    

Hartland Assisted Living
                                                          Fostrian Court                                                         Oaks of Woodfield                            

Woodhaven Retirement Livonia
                                              Brookdale Communities                                          Cranberry on the Lake MHC

Del Web Homes                                                                      Erickson Living Fox Run                                     Presbyterian Resorts 

Lockwood Senior Living
                                                           Providence Park Novi                                             Strawberry Lake Memory Care                     

Tranquility Estates                                                                   The Oaks of Woodfield - Grand Blanc                     Westlake Health Campus
Senior Centers 

City of Novi                                                           Adult Services of Novi

Clarkston-Independance Senior Center
                    Davison Senior Center              

Farmington Hills Senior Center
                                Livonia Senior Center                               

Hartland Senior Center
                                          Highland Senior Center                                       

Holly Senior Center
                                            Howell Senior Center      

Helpful Links of Milford
                                       Milford Senior Center                                     

Waterford Senior Center
                                    West Bloomfield Parks                                     

White Lake Senior Center
Southfield Senior Center

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