The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one – both emotionally and physically. Discussing the topic of senior living with a loved one can be overwhelming. Children and spouses resist this complicated conversation, as they may be unsure of a loved one’s reactions.

Making the transition to a senior living community is a big decision, with a lot of moving pieces to take into consideration. Whether you’re searching for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, making a well-informed decision is a must. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions to provide you with insight on what to consider when choosing the right path for you or a loved one.

Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Living


Should I Move into A Senior Living Community?

Planning to move into a senior living community can be a wise choice when preparing for retirement and beyond. Doing so ensures that your future needs are met and avoids the need to place burden upon family members. This is a large decision to make, and one that your loved ones should be a part of as well.

If you’re considering moving to a senior living community, we invite you to take a tour of Aviva to see all we have to offer. This experience can also help alleviate any concerns you or your family may have.

How Do I Know If My Loved One Is Ready?

Conventional wisdom says that we all want to stay in our own homes for as long as we can. However, as a family member or close friend, you are in the position to know when your loved one is ready to make the move to a senior living community.

The signs aren’t going to be the same for everybody, but there are things to watch for. These may include unusual changes to daily habits; problems keeping up with personal care, household maintenance or finances; depression or social withdrawal; and health needs that have escalated beyond your ability to cope.

Transitioning to an independent or assisted living community means having a plan for the future. If you think that the time is right, start the discussion with your loved one. Opening the lines of communication can make the process easier for all parties involved.

How Do I Choose the Right Senior Living Community?

No two senior living communities are the same. Each residence you explore will offer a unique set of services and amenities – which can make the number of options seem overwhelming. Preplanning and proactive research will help you narrow down options and choose a community that checks all of the boxes for you or your loved one.

Preparation can remove some of the anxiety and worry from the situation. The goal is to arrive at a decision that allows you or your loved one to feel comfortable with their new home – and your ultimate peace of mind.

What is the Difference Between a Senior Rental vs. Buy-In?

Aviva offers the services of a continuing care retirement community without the high buy-in fee. Choosing a senior living rental means more financial freedom and flexibility for the future by eliminating the large upfront investment associated with a buy-in community. At Aviva, our apartments are rented on a month-to-month basis, with a minimal increase each year. This makes the process of transitioning to different levels of care simple, if and when needed.

What if My Needs Change?

Aviva residents and their families take comfort in knowing our community will accommodate their needs regardless of what the future brings because we are the region’s only senior rental community offering a full continuum of care. Our campus includes 187 spacious independent living apartments, a 70-bed assisted living community with secure memory care, and a 45-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center.

We’re here to meet your changing needs.


Why Choose Aviva?

Aviva is truly one of the best-kept secrets in Sarasota when it comes to quality senior living – and the area’s only senior rental community offering a full continuum of care. Our commitment to excellence has helped us obtain a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We are a not-for-profit, mission-driven, non-sectarian senior living community offering all levels of exceptional living on the same campus: independent living, assisted living, secure memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation.

Residents and staff feel as if they are all part of one caring family – and this feeling is evident every day.

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