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4 Steps To Choosing The Right Community That Meets Your Loved One's Needs

Now that the holidays are over, has life really returned to normal for you? Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years are usually the times of year when families take extra notice of Mom, Dad, Grandma or Grandpa’s behavior since they are spending a lot more concentrated time together.

Did your senior loved one seem extra forgetful? Was her house less tidy than normal? Were your parents bruised from falling or wearing clothes that didn’t appear clean? Are you thinking and rethinking about something an elder said to you that didn’t make sense but you originally brushed it off because you were rushed?  

Now is the perfect opportunity to evaluate whether it’s time to have a discussion about Independent Living, Assisted Living or Memory Care options. Capital Senior Living has grown to become one of the largest senior living providers in the United States and offers affordable housing and an enriched lifestyle to thousands of seniors. Our team of professionals provides quality care in each of our unique communities. From The Amberleigh in Williamsville, NY to The Waterford at Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, TX and Villa Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, CA to Veranda Club in Boca Raton, FL, our thoughtful features, modern amenities, spacious floor plans, exceptional services and myriad recreational opportunities reflect our commitment to your loved ones no matter what stage of life they are in.

Before approaching your loved one about the opportunities, here are 4 things you should look at when researching or visiting a Capital Senior Living community near you.


One of the biggest differences your loved one will appreciate when they reside at a Capital Senior Living community is their dining experience. Rather than having to cook for themselves, residents are treated to healthy and hearty meals prepared by trained chefs and made from the finest ingredients. The frequency of meals and snacks throughout a day varies by community and service with some communities serving breads, desserts and other treats that are usually baked onsite daily.  Many of our communities put a special emphasis on buying locally when quality produce and products are available.

Some questions you might ask when talking with a friendly representative from one of our communities:

  1. Can you taste/sit in on a meal to determine if your loved one will enjoy?
  2. Is the food that is being served visually appealing as well as tasty?
  3. Does food have to be served in a dining room or can a senior request room service?
  4. What are the nutritional facts about the foods being served?
  5. Are there multiple food options available at each meal so a senior can choose what they are in the mood to eat?
  6. Are there private dining facilities in the community so your loved one can invite family and friends for a meal from time to time?
  7. Are special dietary requests honored?


Once a loved one is safely and happily settled in one of our communities, it will be imperative that he or she feels there is freedom to go out and shop, dine, see a movie, etc. Depending on the level of care needed, your senior loved one may have access to courtesy transportation. Many of our communities also plan weekly or monthly outings that encourage resident camaraderie.  

Some questions you might ask when talking with a friendly representative from one of our communities:

  1. Can my loved one bring a vehicle to the community? If so, where can he/she park it? Are there any additional costs involved with my senior having a vehicle?
  2. Is there a calendar of community outings readily available?
  3. Does the community provide courtesy transportation to local restaurants, attractions, venues, medical appointments, etc.?
  4. Is there public transportation nearby in case a loved one desires to get out and no courtesy transportation is available in the community?
  5. Are there discounts for public transportation available for seniors residing in a Capital Senior Living community?

Quality of care/life

To give you peace of mind, it will be imperative that you ask as many questions as possible about how your loved one will be taken care of. Our Capital Senior Living communities offer care plans that are tailored to individual needs.

Seniors who choose Independent Living options do not require around-the-clock care but have services such as special nutritional counseling, additional housekeeping and laundry assistance and medication reminders at their fingertips — depending on the community they live in.

Those who need a higher level of attention may take solace in Assisted Living options that still give them great flexibility but offer a little extra help. Medication management, escort and transfer assistance and incontinence care are among the services that may be available at the Assisted Living community near you.

If you feel your loved one needs professional care in a secure, positive, failure-free environment, Memory Care services can be requested. This option provides the right Alzheimer’s care so caregivers can be relieved from everyday demands.

Some questions you might ask when talking with a friendly representative from one of our communities:

  1. How does the community handle emergency and non-emergency situations?
  2. Is the community in compliance with state and local licensing requirements?
  3. Does the community feel homey to you?
  4. How often is housekeeping provided?
  5. Will my loved one be able to easily get around? Is there wheelchair access? Do bathrooms have assist rails for convenience?
  6. Are there personal security systems or monitored community security systems? Are emergency call buttons handy?
  7. Can my senior bring his/her belongings with him when he moves in? What is allowed/not allowed?
  8. Is there memory care programming or pet and music therapy?


Our dedicated and professional staff members understand that all residents have individual needs and preferences. That’s why they meet with every resident and their families prior to move-in and then periodically as needed to evaluate and meet ongoing care needs.

Some questions you might ask when talking with a friendly representative from one of our communities:

  1. Will staff make time to talk with loved ones when there is a concern about the senior?
  2. Is there access to a licensed nurse?
  3. How many staff members will my loved one interact with on a daily basis? How often during the day?
  4. Do staffing patterns change from day to night?
  5. Can you meet with caregivers before making a decision?

We welcome new residents to the Capital Senior Living family each and every day. We would be truly honored to care for your loved one after you’ve made the decision to move forward with finding a community that best suits all needs. Schedule a tour today and see for yourself the Capital Senior Living difference.


This blog post was originally published on January 12, 2015.

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