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What’s Inside a Senior Living Apartment?

Posted by Conor Denton on Feb 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Senior living apartments are designed to meet the needs of aging adults. Think of them as standard or traditional apartments with added safety features. For example, a senior living apartment will likely have handicap accessible units that allow for wheelchairs to easily navigate throughout rooms and hallways. Showers have slip-resistant surfaces that decrease the risk for falls, and handrails that make entering and exiting bathing areas less strenuous. 

Elderly lady sitting in her senior living apartmentSenior apartments come in different sizes to meet unique needs and preferences. Studio apartments are generally the most open floor plan and have the smallest square footage. They typically consist of a large open space that has a “loft” feel. The bathroom has a door, but the rest of the apartment is wide and unobstructed. Larger apartments have multiple rooms, and some senior living communities offer town-homes or spacious condos for older adults needing ample space.


Questions to Ask During a Senior Tour

There are standard features that come with most senior living apartments:

  •  • Studio, One or Two bedroom options
  • • Choice of private or shared apartments
  • • The option of fully furnished apartments
  • • Large walk-in showers with safety features
  • • Individual climate control
  • • Common areas in the complex with TV and living room
  • • Community dining room with meals prepared 2-3 times a day
  • • Smoke detectors, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems
  • • Pharmacy delivery services
  • • Laundry rooms with washers and dryers
  • • Recreational and educational activities
  • • Transportation for shopping, medical appointments, and community outings
  • • 24-hour emergency call systems
  • • On-site nursing
  • • Daily housekeeping services


With the impressive list of amenities that assist older adults in living independent lives, it’s no wonder why so many of them choose to live in senior living apartments. But, choosing a retirement community is a major life decision - how do you select the right one?

After you speak to some senior living communities to get general information about the property, make sure to arrange a date and time to take a tour. Take notes of memorable features, staff friendliness, and special qualities that make the retirement community stand out.


Questions to Ask During a Senior Tour

  • What is your nurse to staff ratio?
  • Do you have specialized units for people with dementia and alzheimer's?
  • How often do nurses check on residents?
  • What types of meal plans do you offer for diabetics or individuals following a low sodium or cardiac-health diet?
  • When can I have visitors?
  • What activities happen on-site regularly?
  • Do residents go off-site to take community trips to the museum, library, etc.?
  • What measures are in place to keep me safe (call-lights, security monitors, etc.)?
  • Can my spouse and I room together?
  • How does the facility promote my independence?
  • What if I eventually need a higher level of care?
  • Do you have discounts for military veterans or promotional events happening?


Now that you know what’s inside a senior living apartment you probably want to know where to begin your search for them. Landmark Senior Living has been helping older adults find their next home for thirty years. We offer premier apartments at an affordable price. Call our dedicated and experienced team and set up a tour today at one of our seven unique senior living communities.


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Topics: Senior Living

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