30 Questions to Ask on a Senior Living Tour

The best way to discover if a senior living community is the right fit for your parent or loved one is to visit. If you’re embarking on the journey to find personalized care for a loved one, Orchard Ridge Residences is here to be a resource for you.

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Coming prepared with questions for our associates will empower your decision to find the best care in Dalton, GA.

Does my loved one need senior living?

Personal care is the opportunity to stay social and active while receiving medical care. As a top-rated service in Georgia, it’s a cost-effective solution to enabling seniors to live independently. It doesn’t provide the higher level of care that assisted living might, but it does offer the individualized services and activities they need.

Is your loved one:

  • Missing medication times?
  • Experiencing weight fluctuations?
  • Having issues with bathing or grooming?
  • Feeling lonely or isolated from social situations?

Answering yes to any of these questions could indicate your loved one can benefit from our services. At Orchard Ridge Residences, if we can’t provide the level of care you need, we’re more than happy to help you find trusted third-party care partners who can.

Can people with Alzheimer’s benefit from personal care?

Memory care is an additional service we offer for those living with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The Grove at Orchard Ridge is the only standalone, secure memory care community in Dalton.

Memory care provides your loved one with access to specialized team members, engaging activities, and a calming environment. Folks exhibiting symptoms of memory loss can live a dignified life in our program.

How do I find senior living near me?

Now that you understand a little more about the services available to seniors at Orchard Ridge Residences, we would love to give you a tour of our community. The tour is not just a chance for us to show off our beautiful building and outdoor walking paths. Tours are your chance to interview us and let us gain your trust.

What questions should I ask on a senior living tour?

A typical day in senior living includes:

  • Three restaurant-style meals
  • Exercise and wellness programs
  • A calendar program of activities, games, social gatherings, and special events
  • Check-ins from a licensed nurse on call 24/7
  • Housekeeping and maintenance services
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Medication management
  • On-site rehabilitation

With all that daily activity and care, your loved one will come into contact with many new faces, services, and amenities. Use this chart* to help you decide if Orchard Ridge Residences is suitable for your situation:

Areas of concern30 questions to ask on tour
Daily life
  1. How do residents interact with each other?
  2. How do the team members interact with each other?
  3. How many residents live there?
  4. Do residents enjoy the food?
  5. Does the community provide for special diets?
  6. Do associates monitor the health of residents?
  7. What are your visitation hours?
  1. What are the residents’ favorite activities?
  2. How many activities do they do per day?
  3. Who is leading these activities?
  4. Are there activities for all ability levels?
  5. What kind of special events do you have?
  1. Is the community clean?
  2. What steps does memory care take to prevent wandering?
  3. Is it accessible for my loved one?
  4. Can my dad bring his furniture?
  5. How often do they get to go outside?
  6. Does the community involve the family?
  7. In case of an emergency, where is the nearest hospital?
  1. How will my mom pay rent?
  2. What forms of payment do they accept?
  3. Does the community accept VA Benefits or long-term care insurance?
  4. Is pricing all-inclusive?
  1. Do associates enjoy working with residents?
  2. What training do associates complete?
  3. Who will my loved one interact with the most?
  4. Is the care team small or large?
  5. What is the staff to resident ratio?
  6. Are associates available to provide 24-hour care?
  7. What level of care can my loved one expect?

*As this guide is not medical advice, we recommend consulting with your loved ones’ primary care doctor for additional questions regarding their health and changing their lifestyle.

As everyone is different, make special notes of the services you think your loved one will need. Our community is a resource for families, and we can’t wait to show you how we can improve your loved ones’ lives.


When can I take a senior living tour?

Take a tour whenever you would like! Contact us today to set up a visit and start the journey to improving the lifestyle of your loved one.

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