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How to Review Independent Living Options for Your Parents

Woman and child review independent living options

If you have parents who are retirement age looking at senior living options, it can be overwhelming. Independent living can be a great option for your parents. It can mean that they have to spend much less time dealing with the hassles of home maintenance and they can spend more of their time doing things they enjoy. But how do you find a community that’s right for them? We’ve got a few key tips for you so that the process isn’t so overwhelming and you can have the peace of mind that you’re doing your best to find your parents the best possible options for their golden years. The Ventana community is designed around the idea that our members should have plenty of options so that they can enjoy whatever lifestyle fits them best. Contact our team today to learn more about independent living in Dallas, Texas.

Reviewing Independent Living Options

Here are a few things to consider when reviewing various senior living communities.


Ask people you know. You might be surprised by how many of your peers are going through the same process with their parents right now as well. They can share the experiences they have had at communities you may also be considering.


It’s important to get a grasp of the full experience in a community. Have your parents take advantage of the communities that will allow them to spend the night, sample a meal, and experience other key amenities. There’s no better way to know if it feels like home.

Staff Credentials

Check the website for team member bios, especially those that you or a loved one will interact with daily and will provide any health care. You want to know that your parents will be in capable and caring hands.

Ask the Residents

Who knows better than the ones already living there? Ask the community team if you can chat with residents or their families about their experiences.

Check Reviews Online

Reviews are really helpful, and it’s something your parents may not know to do. Remember, that sometimes only the best reviews are shared on a community’s website. So be sure to check other sources like a local business bureau website.

Compare Costs

It’s important to know what your options are, especially if you will be helping to manage the cost for your parents. Compare what amenities and living options are available in each community and how those options compare to the cost of living there. If your parents have a specific budget, then limit your search to what you know they can afford.

What to Look For in Senior Independent Living

Every person has different needs and different expectations for their retirement. Only you and your parents will know what you are looking for. Look at what additional types of care a community offers, outside of independent living. Some additional care options you may want to make sure are available are assisted living and memory care as well. In addition, it’s smart to go in with an idea of your parents’ budget so you can factor in all costs when considering the options. Decide what amenities are important to them and make sure the communities you are looking at offer these as part of the living costs. Lastly, a community’s reputation goes a long way. Look at how long they have been open, and what other residents, family members, or past staff members have to say about their experiences.

Ventana Has Senior Living Options in Texas

At Ventana, our residents become part of a tight-knit community of peers—a true extension of their family. You can have the confidence knowing they are well taken care of as they move on to the next phase of their retirement life. Our community is made up of a diverse population from throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond. All of our residents are here because they—and their families—want to live life well. Our goal in everything we do is to meet the needs of our residents and their extended families.

We offer a number of senior living options, including:

  • Independent Living
  • Assisted Living
  • Memory Care
  • Respite Care
  • Life Care

Contact our team today at 214.225.6197 to learn more about senior living for your parents in Dallas, Texas.