If you’re ready to start exploring your senior living options, you’ll want to gather the best information to make the right selection. Moving into a senior living community is a lifestyle change, so it’s important to do your homework and ask the right questions to determine if a particular community is right for you.

Before you take a tour, use the resources in this section to prepare. You’ll want to know what types of amenities are offered, what levels of care are available to meet current and future health needs, and who to talk to for recommendations and referrals to potential communities. Then you’ll want to ask yourself what you really want for your future lifestyle. It’s all about finding the right fit, a place that’s right for you, where you can flourish in the years to come. 

For helpful tips to start your senior living search—from the definition of a continuing care retirement community to questions to ask on a tour—click “Where Do I Start?” If you’re a family caregiver or a professional who works with older adults, information in this section can help your clients and loved ones through the search.