Michelle Murphy, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Garlands of Barrington, knows a thing or two about senior living. And, after dedicating the majority of her career to it, she also understands her clientele.
Our blogger spent a few minutes asking some of the most poignant questions older adults wonder about when they are considering making a move to The Garlands. Here’s what Michelle had to say.
When should people start looking into senior living options?
It is never too early to start researching. There are many misconceptions out there, and it is good to get up-to-speed early and take the time to make an informed decision.
What are the benefits of transitioning to a senior facility versus aging-in-place in your current home?
The peace of mind that comes with easy access to additional care and the socialization aspect that communal living offers are two benefits that are unique to senior living.
What are the key considerations in determining the best senior living option?
Funny, you should ask! We just asked our members and their top 10 reasons for choosing The Garlands are listed on our blog: READ THE GARLANDS TOP 10
What are some of the distinctive attributes of The Garlands that set it apart from the many others?
The Garlands is really one-of-a-kind! It is privately owned, the aesthetics are very unique, the management team is stable, and The Garlands various pricing choices compare favorably to other options.
Also, The Garlands is a “destination retirement community” that attracts people from both near and far. In fact, 50 percent of Garlands members move from well outside the immediate service area in search of an option that meets their expectations for quality.
What are the most important/popular amenities seniors are most looking for these days?
Everybody is looking for something different, which is great because The Garlands offers ample choices, several alternatives, and customization options to satisfy a variety of lifestyles, price points, and personal preferences.
What is your number one recommendation or word of advice to seniors and/or their adult children when going through the senior living selection process?
Do your homework, compare apples to apples, and visit. As you narrow down your selection, spend time getting to know the staff and residents. These are the people who will become not only your neighbors but your very good friends.