Six Things To Ask Yourself When Choosing An Older Adult Community

Joan Patterson, left, and Sheila Brinsmead became close friends after moving into Fish Creek

Joan Patterson, left, and Sheila Brinsmead became close friends after moving into Fish Creek

The best time to research an older adult community either for yourself or a parent, is when you don’t need one. Time is on your side, and the pros and cons can be weighed without the stress of a time constraint. Searching when a crisis occurs not only limits your choices, but decisions can easily be made without thorough consideration for the results.

For more on this, refer to our article on tips for moving to an older adult community.

Besides the usual questions about cost, size of the suites and amenities, there are other questions that should be asked that can have a big impact on your quality of life.


1. I may be healthy now, but what happens when I experience a health crisis? How will the community respond to that?

United ensures that a health issue is well managed, and provides residents with the peace of mind that such a crisis won’t force a move away from the community.

2. Will I be separated from my spouse if one of us develops health issues?

Con and Dorthy Irving chose United partly because of its philosophy not to separate couples due to illness

Con and Dorthy Irving chose United partly because of its philosophy not to separate couples due to illness

Husbands and wives want to stay together, no matter the health issues they face. United communities focus on supporting the close ties that spouses have by ensuring they remain together if they choose. We find that the two often participate in programs and activities, which support the general well-being of both.

3. Will I be locked away in a separate wing should I develop dementia?

Research has shown that those with dementia do better when included within the general community population. At United, all residents are encouraged to participate in every program and activity. None are excluded, and there are no locked wings. Check out our article on dementia care.

4. I want to continue to enjoy life and learn new things. What activities and programs are offered, and are they offered on my terms or yours?

Living a full life in your later years is a focus at United communities. Activities are designed around the interests of the residents. The art studios, for instance, are open 24 hours and residents are free to come and go as they please. Take a look at our latest program guides.

5. What about meals? Is there assigned seating or other restrictions?

A United community is your home, and just like your home, we don’t put restrictions on meal times. You can eat what you want,  when you want and with whom you want. Our kitchens are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, and we feature an all-day menu. Read more about meals in this article.




6. What is your gut reaction? Do you feel comfortable and welcome or does the community feel more like an institution?

This is your new home and it should feel that way. Your former home didn’t feel like a medical clinic, so why should your new home? While your medical needs are important, we ensure those are provided in the privacy of your suite.

Photos by United Active Living and Sherana Productions. Video by Sherana Productions

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Imagine! Live the life you've always dreamed of at one of our United Active Living communities. Please contact us today to learn more about our two communities Garrison Green or Fish Creek

Do you know a friend or family member who could benefit from living in a United community? Send them a link to our website or blog, or arrange a tour. We are happy to help! 

To learn more about life at United’s Garrison Green, watch this short video.



  • warren krock says:

    What is the Cost per month to me, I am a Veteran and a senior, still quite active and can look after myself, I am 87 years old and need to find a place to live out my remaining years.

    • Garry says:

      Hi Warren. I’ve passed your question along to one of United’s reps. He/she will get back to you. Thanks for asking!

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