Common Questions About Senior Living

When you’re ready to tour a senior living community, it’s important to prepare yourself. Although your senior living professional will be able to show you around the community, they may not address all of your questions unless you ask them.

You should be prepared with questions to ask on your visit about staffing, living spaces, activities, health care, nutrition, and whatever else may come to mind.

We’ve put together a list of 16 questions in several categories that you might find helpful while visiting a senior living community. Take these with you and ask them if they haven’t already been answered for you. That way, you can make your final decision with confidence.


  1. Are staff members onsite 24/7?
  2. Are staff members subjected to background checks?
  3. Is the staff trained on elder abuse and neglect?
  4. Does the community have a policy to report suspected abuse?

Living Spaces

  1. What room types are offered?
  2. Are your rooms furnished or unfurnished?
  3. Can residents decorate and personalize their own spaces?
  4. Is internet access provided? Wi-Fi?
  5. What is your pet policy?
  6. Is housekeeping included?


  1. What types of activities are available to residents, and how often do they occur?
  2. Is there a posted schedule of events and activities?
  3. Are residents actively encouraged to participate?
  4. Do you provide transportation to the grocery store?
  5. Are there opportunities to interact with the surrounding community, such as scheduled outings or volunteering opportunities?
  6. Is live entertainment part of the activities schedule? If so, what kind, and how often?

Making the move to a senior care facility is a big decision for everyone in the family.  It is important your loved one understands the reasons for the move and feels comfortable with the facility you have chosen.  This will make the transition easier and more comfortable for all.

At Huntsville Health Care Center, we are patient and goal-centered.  When skilled nursing is required, we help achieve full and lasting recoveries because our team is committed to giving each resident the undivided attention they deserve in order to achieve successful outcomes.

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