Technology Has Given Us An Immersive Way To Experience These Communities
Usually, a tour of an assisted living community or nursing home is a must before deciding to move in; however, now with the coronavirus pandemic, in-person visits are often not allowed.
Assisted living communities, independent living communities, nursing homes and other types of senior living are connecting with families virtually in a variety of ways. Technology has given us an immersive way to experience these communities, see an apartment that fits your budget, and meet the community’s team members.
If you are struggling to keep your elderly parents and grandparents quarantined at home until you can place them safely in a community, here’s how to virtually find senior living options:
These often feature interviews with staff, residents and/or family members of residents as well as video of accommodations, grounds, meals and activities. Virtual tours are an excellent way to assess the ambience, activities, amenities, staff and culture in an assisted living community. These can be emailed or shared by an Assisted Living Locators Senior Care Advisor.
Communities are setting up virtual meetings so they can meet families and learn a little more about their situation and the senior. Having this ability allows the family and the community to connect at a very human level. In this age of social distancing, video conferencing enables the staff, family, and residents to really get to know one another.
Tours via FaceTime, Skype and other platforms
Sales managers show families their senior living communities in real time via Zoom. They can have a live conversation that is very interactive, while they’re showing families around the community via video.
Communities may be closed to visitors, but their websites are a huge resource of information and guidance. Visit the senior lifestyle resource section where you can read articles with valuable insights on caregiver burnout, the cost of senior living and when is the right time to sell your home. Community-specific pages are your go-to place to find out more specific information about the services and amenities provided.
Live chats for senior living communities are often available on their websites. This is a terrific way to get personalized and specific information – immediately. Simply go to the website and click on the chat box that will pop-up during normal business hours. A member of the staff will discuss such features as the amenities, dining options and activities; provide an overview of the residences and properties; as well as answer any questions.
Visit their Facebook page
There are plenty of exciting things happening on social media during this time. Communities are hosting virtual tours, virtual events, and Facebook Live segments. Click the ‘like’ button to join in the fun and start to become part of the family.
Certainly, making the transition to senior living is an important decision, but with today’s updated technology families can effectively explore senior care in the privacy of their own home. Virtually finding senior living options is also a key advantage for families that live in other states or other parts of the country.
Assisted Living Locators offers a FREE service for seniors and their families to help you explore and understand senior care options. We are prepared and ready to help you and your loved one during this time. Please reach out today to schedule a virtual tour and secure your new home for the future. An advisor will meet with you and your loved one for an in-depth assessment discussing your current situation and help you find assisted living.
Assisted Living Locators is your partner in finding the right senior living option. Click here to find a senior care advisor in your area today.