Questions to Ask When Considering an Assisted Living Community

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When considering an assisted living community, finding one that fits your personal goals and needs can fill you with a new sense of hope and a give you a plan for the next stage of your life. And because more than 56 million seniors are making their wants and needs clear, there are many great options out there today. The key lies in choosing the right community for you.

Reading marketing materials, attending events, and touring communities are all important pieces of the puzzle. But the most important piece is getting answers to your individual questions. Assisted living communities are not one size fits all. By being proactive and asking about topics that are most important to you, you increase the likelihood of finding the perfect fit.

We’ve put together a list of questions we think you’ll find helpful that you can take with you on your visit:


Most assisted living communities offer a selection of home options for you to choose from. You’ll want to know what your options are and what’s included.

  • What are my home options?
  • Can I customize my home?
  • Are routine maintenance and repairs included?
  • Is exterior maintenance covered?
  • Who covers the cost of electric, gas, water, and trash pickup?
  • Is housekeeping included?
  • May I have pets?


Questions about affordability and pricing are at the top of everyone’s list when looking at assisted living communities. Being clear on the price is important.

  • What are your plans and pricing structure?
  • Do fees increase annually?
  • Is there an upfront fee or community fee?
  • What does the price cover? What items are additional?
  • Does the price change depending on level of care?


Most assisted living residences often feature kitchenettes. Yet, many prefer the convenience and ambiance of on-site, restaurant-style dining with a wide range of menu options. This promotes personal preferences, dietary needs, and cultural preferences, ensuring that residents have access to meals that suit their tastes. Most communities have trained chefs and nutritionists who design menus that prioritize balanced and nutritious meals. It’s important that the on-site venue aligns with your preferences to make your dining experience enjoyable.

  • How many meals are included?
  • May I look at the current menu?
  • May friends and family join me for dinner?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you offer private dining for special events?
  • Can you request meal variations or substitutions?
  • What types of dining venues are available?

Social & Wellness

Social interactions and staying active play a crucial role in the quality of life for residents. Housing options, dining, and community amenities are important, but don’t overlook a community’s social events, activities, classes, and outings.

  • What kind of events/activities/classes do you offer?
  • What does your life enrichment calendar look like?
  • Does your calendar change month-to-month?
  • What clubs do you offer?
  • Do you plan trips outside of the community?
  • Do you have a pool, fitness studio, and wellness center?

Care Services

Choosing an assisted living community that offers multiple levels of care means the convenience of aging in place with a community and care team you’re familiar with. It also means couples can often stay together on the same campus even when their needs are no longer the same.

  • What services or levels of care do you offer?
  • Can you continue to live in your home and access these services?
  • What is your staffing ratio?
  • Do your staff members have a certification or degree?
  • Do you have staff available 24/7?
  • Do you have an in-house physician?

A Few More Important Questions

In addition to the very specific questions above, there are general questions that help you to determine if an assisted living community is right for you.

  • How many residents live in the community?
  • What is the average age of residents?
  • Do you have security on-site, and is the community gated?
  • Does your community have a plan for hurricanes or other inclement weather?

The truth is, asking the right questions will empower you to make the best decision. But before you make your final decision, you have one more thing to do. While you’re touring, we recommend you chat with current residents. They can tell you better than anyone what life is like in their community.

Assisted living communities are as different as the people who live in them and the towns and cities they’re part of. Once you decide on a preferred location, you can start looking in the area. Communities like The Cabana at Jensen Dunes in beautiful Jensen Beach, Florida are sought after for their vibrant, independent lifestyles, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing help is there when you need it. To learn more about The Cabana at Jensen Dunes and all it has to offer, call 772-758-1003.