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How do you choose a senior living community?

You probably start with personal experience or search the internet. Don Mangers, Executive Director at Plum Landing, recommends choosing an area with a friend or family member nearby. Moving out of a longtime home can be a scary thing but having someone in close proximity who can visit occasionally will help with the transition.

Now that you’ve narrowed down locations, you will need to consider the services you want or need. Assisted living means you’re going to need help with one or more activities of daily living. Skilled nursing typically involves help and professional medical care. Independent living communities like Plum Landing in Aurora are appropriate for residents who can take care of themselves but no longer want the hassle of meal preparation, housekeeping, and maintaining a home. Meals are typically one of the top considerations when choosing a community.

“After managing Plum Landing for over 20 years, I’ve learned that it really is all about hospitality and treating others as you’d like to be treated. Make sure you understand the options,” Mangers advised. “If meals are included, ask how many and at what times of the day.”

Apartment sizes may vary, and some will have a full kitchen, like Plum Landing, while some may have only a sink and microwave. While every apartment at Plum Landing includes a balcony or patio, that’s the exception not the rule.

Ask what type of transportation is available, and if there is an additional cost. Plum Landing offers scheduled shopping trips and other activities at no charge, and private local transportation for a small fee.

Every community has different financial requirements. Most independent living communities are private pay, which means you pay for everything out of pocket. Plum Landing currently offer two types of leases - a month to month lease with a 30-day notice or a Guaranteed Rate program to lock in your rate for as long as you live here with a 60-day notice.

Once you narrow your choices down, plan to visit each one in person if you can and take note of your first impression. Good luck on your search. If Plum Landing can be of any help to answer your questions, please contact Arelis Flores, Marketing Manager, at 630-896-5031 or e-mail arelis@plumlanding.org.

Plum Landing : 495 North Lake Street, Aurora, IL 60506 : 630.896.5031 : www.plumlanding.org