I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
What to Ask When Choosing a Senior Living Community Back
When considering senior living for yourself or a parent, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Making an informed decision that best meets you and your family’s needs and desires is vital when there are so many options when it comes to senior living. Finding the right community that fits your needs will provide a sense of hope and security as you begin your next chapter in life. It is a big decision that requires a lot of information. Asking better questions, big and small, will get you the most complete answers; which will allow you to make the best possible decision. Here are a few questions to consider as you search the internet, talk on the phone, or tour a senior living community:
1. Tell Me About the Accommodations Senior living communities vary in the accommodations they offer. What are the floor plans? How much privacy can residents expect? What personal belongings can residents bring? When are visitors allowed and can they stay overnight? What utilities are included in the rent? Is Wi-Fi available and reliable? Ask if you can tour a model unit and see if you can envision your belongings in it.
2. What Kind of Care and Service Do You Provide? Senior communities specialize in certain care for their residents. It is important to know the types of accommodations the community you are interested in provides. Many senior communities offer independent and assisted living only, so there are no rehabilitation, memory care, or nursing home options on site. This is important to consider if, at some point, you or a loved one needs to transfer to skilled nursing or memory care in the future.
3. What Activities are Available? Having an appealing range of activities both inside and outside of the community will make life much sweeter. Are there activities that catch your interest? Will you be able to learn, play, worship, or socialize in meaningful ways? Don’t forget to ask about any eligibility requirements for activities the community offers.
4. How is the Staffed Trained? A big part of finding a great community is knowing that you will have a kind, friendly, knowledgeable, and trained staff available to help you. If is important to ask what training and qualifications each staff member needs at every level. You may be interacting with certain staff on a daily basis. Who are they, and what experience and training do they have? What kind of additional training and continuing education do the staff participate in?
5. Tell Me About the Food! This question should probably be number one! Ask to take a tour of the dining room, look at the menus, taste test the food! Many senior communities offer all-day dining services with several meal options. If you have specific dietary needs, it will be important to discuss these concerns and questions.
6. What are the Costs? Asking direct, specific financial questions will help you determine if a senior community is a good fit or not. Ask about the base price (per month or year), how often these prices increase, and any additional costs for any amenities.
7. How Does the Community Communicate with Residents and Family Members? You don’t want to move in to a senior community only to feel detached and isolated. It is good to know how the community relays information to residents and family members so you can stay in touch. Do they have a facebook page? Do they send out regular newsletters? Do they have a website, email, or a blog? How does the community reach out to family when there is important information regarding medical care?
Don’t be afraid or feel shy when it comes to asking lots of questions. Involve those you trust and care about to help you with this important decision. When you ask questions you need answers to, you will be able to find a senior community that fits right along with who you are and what you need.
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.