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Senior communities can vary quite a bit from one to another. If you are considering moving to a senior community like the one that we have in Vernon, British Columbia, we can give you a few hints on what to look for.

Location

Look at the location. You may want to be near shopping and other activities. Or near a hospital or near green areas. This varies from person to person.

Amenities

Take a look at the building or buildings and see some different rooms. See how the rooms are designed and appointed. The building should be clean and in good repair.

Levels of Care

Inquire as to levels of care. For example, should your care needs change, is the community equipped to handle your increasing needs? Or would you have to move? There is a great benefit to choosing a senior community with several levels of care.

Activities

A senior community should have a calendar full of activities and staff who organize the activities. Ask about that and ask to see their monthly calendar.

Staffing

Ask about the ratio of staff to residents and find out if the community is staffed 24 hours per day. This is important and one of the great benefits of living in a senior community.

Laundry

Ask about laundry services. Do they offer them? Is there also the option and facilities to do your own laundry?

COVID-19 Protocols

Find out about their COVID protocols. Senior communities should be following strict provincial guidelines. Ask any senior community what they are doing to keep residents safe.

If you are considering the move to a senior community in southern BC, then definitely consider ours in Vernon.

The Hamlets at Vernon is an assisted-living and long-term care community in Vernon, BC, Canada. Designed to take the worry out of senior retirement home living and following the tenets of Christianity, The Hamlets at Vernon offers compassionate care in a beautiful environment.

If you have any questions about this article or would like to talk to us about our community, please call us at (236) 426-1488.