25+ Questions to Help You Evaluate a Life Plan Community

Posted by Presbyterian Homes on Oct 23, 2019 3:30:01 PM

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A life plan community is a large investment with a large return.

It can influence your health care, social circles, home, and day-to-day life. With such a wide-ranging impact, choosing a life plan community is a serious decision that deserves careful deliberation.

But if you’re considering continuing care, you likely already understand this. You’re a planner. You appreciate the importance of having arrangements in place well in advance to support your changing needs and levels of care as you grow older.

As such, you’ll likely have a long list of evaluation criteria to find the right fit. And a quality provider will be there to welcome any questions may you have.

Recommendations When Building Your Evaluation Criteria

When creating your list of questions to ask a potential life plan community, consider first jotting down the categories in your life that are most important to you.

Common categories to include might be social wellbeing, personal comfort, and physical health, for example. But you may want to add others that are important to you such as “creative expression” or “cultural considerations.”

Now, add any relevant questions you have to each category. Feel free to add a miscellaneous category for questions that don’t have a home. You may want to review the collection of miscellaneous questions periodically to see if a common thread develops and deserves a new category.

Approaching your evaluation this way will paint a detailed picture of how a life plan community can continue to support the areas in your life that are most important to you.

Here are some sample categories and questions to get you started.

Social Wellbeing

  • Is there a calendar of activities available?
  • How many people participate in the activities or community events?
  • What is the average resident like? What is their background?
  • What percentage of the residents live in the independent living community versus assisted living residences?

Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing

  • How will my spiritual needs be met here?
  • Do you have to have a specific religious affiliation to be admitted?
  • Are there mental health services available on campus?


  • How will you support my independence?
  • Are any means of off-campus transportation provided?
  • How are transitions to assisted living decided?

Physical Health

  • Are there exercise facilities on campus?
  • Are there any age or medical restrictions?
  • What are your onsite medical capabilities?
  • Are medical stays covered?

Financial Considerations

  • How much will it cost to secure my stay?
  • Is the organization financially stable?
  • How much of the entrance fee is refundable?
  • Can I afford it?

Personal Comfort

  • What are the dining options?
  • What services are offered to make my life easier?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • What campus amenities are available?
  • What is the surrounding area like?
  • Do they take care of all maintenance needs or only exterior maintenance needs?


  • Is the organization an accredited life plan community?
  • What is the procedure if I have a complaint?
  • Is there a waitlist?
  • Does the organization operate on a for-profit or not-for-profit model?

Only Accept the Total Package

It’s possible to largely maintain the same quality of life you have now well into your later years. And The Moorings of Arlington Heights has worked hard to take into consideration every component of your wellbeing into account to achieve just that. 

We invite you to take a closer look at The Moorings from the comfort of your own home. Explore our villas and apartments and picture yourself living here.


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