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Q: What do I need to ask about assisted living before I move?

Posted August 27, 2014 in Advice Column, Pleasant Hill

A: As a resident of assisted living, activities are more important now that we have “aged.” It’s not easy to move into a new environment. Not everyone is comfortable meeting new people and making friends. The activities schedule is the perfect venue to help smooth the transition.

Before you decide where to move, meet the person responsible for activities. Interview him or her. Ask about his or her job and the activities offered. Are activities the same every week? Are residents’ talents are utilized? Are they flexible with the schedule? Open to spontaneous requests? Ask questions that are meaningful to you. If you don’t like the answers, it may not be the place for you.

Activities are the social center of the community to keep it active and connected. The focus should represent the needs and interests of the people in the community. Take a close look at the activities calendar before you make your final decision. Bingo and crafts are good staples, like meat and potatoes, but it’s the desserts on the activities menu that complete the meal. And ice cream; lots and lots of ice cream.

Information provided by Sue Comito, resident of Courtyard Estates.

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