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I’m feeling a little discouraged after a friend told me about a waiting list at a retirement community I was considering. Should I just look somewhere else?

Written by  Emily Young

I would encourage you to still visit the community that you’re interested in. If you like it as much as you think you will, put your name on the waiting list. There are unknowns with waiting lists — but the one thing you know for sure is that you like the community. A place you’re comfortable calling home is worth the wait.

If you are on a waiting list, keep an open line of communication with the community. Keep them posted on when you would like to move in, how your health and care is progressing, and if you are worried you may have no choice but to go elsewhere. Communication is key.

Flexibility is also important. You may have to be willing to wait for several months or more to move in, or you might need to be ready to go if a space opens up earlier than you anticipate. Most communities will give you the first right of refusal, but keep in mind that if you refuse, you may have to wait several months longer.

“With all decisions regarding senior living and care, the most important thing to remember is to plan. If you start planning before there is a need, you can get on a waiting list and have a plan in place when the need appears.”

Emily Young, Admissions Director
Heritage Green Assisted Living and Memory Care
Lynchburg | 434.333.0503


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