This week Joan London blogs about her latest visit to the west coast in her search for senior housing. She made stops in Seattle and San Francisco, where she spent 11 days visiting assisted living facilities in the surrounding suburbs. The trip also served as a great time for her to visit with her children and grandchildren who live in these locations.
Working with Seniorhomes.com Care AdvisorsWhen she began her search, the number and variety of assisted living facilities overwhelmed her. So, Joan relied on Seniorhomes.com care advisors to help her with her trip. With their help, she was able to pick out communities in each location that fit her desired budget, level of care, meal plan, amenities, and social activities. In addition, the care advisors helped her make appointments to tour the communities during her trip. With over 38,000 assisted living facilities in the U.S., Joan was glad to have the Seniorhomes.com care advisors to help her narrow down her search.
What did she did learn about her search and herself?In her latest blog post, Joan covers what she learned about her search and herself through this latest trip. Here are her top three thoughts.
1. Geography, Climate and Ambiance of Location The climates of greater Seattle and the city of San Francisco apparently do not agree with my chronic arthritis. The cities south of San Francisco have warmer, dryer climates and are quite attractive. However, with my limited mobility for walking up and down hilly terrain, and the traffic congestion, unfortunately these locations are not a perfect fit.
2. Demographics of Residents Relocating to a facility filled with strangers is a major life change. Communities vary in the age, health, physical and social demographics of residents. At 67, I drive and function independently. I am seeking senior living compatible with my interests for daily living. It is too soon in my journey to make a decision on this point.
3. Staff and Facility Ambience I toured each facility and spoke with staff and residents. Everyone was extremely friendly and each community was attractive and clean. Because the layout and amenities of the Bellettini apartment models in Bellevue resemble my condominium, I felt most at home at this style of community.
To read more about Joan and her latest journey check out her blog post here.