What to Ask on a Tour?

A checklist of questions to ask and what to look for in a retirement residence

Booking a tour at a retirement residence nearby is the best way to research senior housing in Canada. You can ask questions about amenities, activities, services and senior care available. It’s also a great way to find out the cost of retirement communities if you’re comparing to home care fees. Use our retirement home tour checklist to make sure you collect answers about senior living.

Start by asking about routines and condo-style suites. Will seniors maintain their own independence or fit into a schedule? Find out what utilities and services are included in monthly senior living fees, such as cable, phone, Wi-Fi, housekeeping and laundry.Can you bring your cat or small dog live at your new retirement residence?

Amenities vary widely at retirement living communities in Canada. Some organize basic activities like bingo or local shopping trips while others offer aquafit, live entertainment, movie nights, guest speakers, hobby clubs and more. What active senior living programs are available? What kind of meals can you expect: tuna casserole or a seared salmon filet?

Senior care is important. An independent living retirement residence may or may not offer assistance with daily living activities such as grooming, showering or continence care. For those considering assisted living in Canada, you’ll want to ask questions about the care services, costs and qualifications of the staff. If you’re looking for the best dementia care, ask how they cope with dementia behaviours and engage seniors with Alzheimer’s in activities.

Use our retirement living tour checklist to make a decision that’s right for you.