What to Look for in Senior Living Communities

Did you know that a majority of the properties in Piedmont Housing Alliance’s management portfolio are senior living communities?

Our portfolio currently consists of senior living communities in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle and Nelson counties.

While all of our communities have different requirements for qualifying to live in them, there are some basic things to consider when you or a loved one are looking for a senior living community in which to live.

First, carefully evaluate what is included in rent. Each family and individual has different needs based on costs, transportation and various other factors. Consider whether any utilities are included in rent, whether or not lawn care is included and whether the community is close to public transportation or if an organization such as Jaunt services the community if you have transportation needs.

Also consider the location of the property. How close do you want to be to family and friends? How close is it to work or other places you go frequently – such as a place of worship, your doctor’s office or even your favorite places to shop.

Possibly most importantly, ask questions about what types of resident services are offered at the community. Resident services are direct services that your community manager provides in an effort to make your community a great place to live. These services can include anything from financial classes and coaching to health screenings and social activities. A good resident services program can increase financial stability, decrease stress and improve the overall health and well being of those who take advantage of them.