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Trying Out Assisted Living with a Short-Term Stay

Try out assisted living with a short-term stay. Seniorly explains that assisted living communities offer short-term stays so your loved one can see if they like it.

By Arthur Bretschneider · Updated Dec 4, 2022

Wouldn’t it be amazing if finding a new home in a Senior Living community was as easy as finding a new mattress? When you buy a new mattress, not only do you have the chance to take your time and try out as many as you like at the store, but if you do eventually take that leap and actually purchase one, stores often have a 30-day return policy in the event your new mattress isn’t quite perfect. Here are some ideas for how to make finding Senior Living as easy as finding a new mattress that’s just the right fit for you. 

First, let’s forget this idea that Senior Living communities are what they were in the past. Today, retirement communities come in all shapes and sizes and are vibrant, socially driven homes for your or your loved one’s next stage in life. There are all types of Senior Living communities, from language to affinity based, and yes, even super luxurious ones. Researching available communities near you and starting with a general idea of what sounds appealing is a great place to start looking. 

If you or your loved one is an Independent senior looking at the option of Senior Living, we have a great idea for how to find out if it is the right fit. Most Retirement communities allow for a short-term stay of a few days to a few weeks. Why not use this as a chance to try it out? Getting to stay at a place before calling it home is a great way to determine fit, plus it can help you or your loved one get to know residents and staff without committing. At the end of a short term stay, you or your loved one may decide a place is not a fi. The goal is to find a place where each resident is comfortable and happy in their community, and any experience will help lead to that goal. 

Picking a local community to try out with a short-term stay can be a great chance to have a little vacation. A chance to socialize with new faces, have housekeeping and meals provided plus engaging daily activities will often be a welcome change for you or your loved one. It is a chance to meet new friends and or even blossom a new romance. Short-term stays can also be a fun way to try new foods and activities and can lead to new interests and passions in life.  Often it will also be a necessary first step to realizing that retirement communities can be fun places, and not as scary or different as we may think. If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try out a senior living community in Honolulu or Palm Desert? A short-term stay can also be a fun way to see new places and relax while testing out the experience of living in a retirement community. 

Short-term stays are not for everyone, and seniors with memory care issues may have a harder time adjusting to new places and require higher levels of care. But for those seniors who are independent and looking for their next stage in life, we think a short-term stay is a great option to try out different places, meet new people, and get to know their communities from the inside. Getting a chance to try before you commit is a great way to determine long-term outcomes. So why not give it a try and see if you can find a little fun on your path to the perfect fit? 

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Arthur Bretscheider
Arthur Bretschneider is CEO and Co-Founder of Seniorly. As a third generation leader in the senior living industry, Arthur brings both deep compassion and a wealth of practical experience to his work at Seniorly. Arthur holds an MBA from Haas School of Business and has been featured in the New York Times and Forbes Magazine as a thought leader in the senior living space. Arthur is a passionate and vocal advocate for improving the lives of older adults through community, and believes strongly that structured senior living environments can positively impact the aging experience.
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