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Special Advertising Section Top Five Tips For Choosing a Retirement Community Whether you are wisely planning ahead for your future retirement address, or doing the legwork for a loved one, there are a few practical points to ponder: 1) You are paying for people! While there are retirement communities in every shape and form, it's not the bricks and mortar that will take most of your retirement dollar, it's the staff who will take care of you. You have a right to inquire about the executive chef's background, the nursing director's credentials and the selection philosophy used in hiring employees — housekeepers, servers, maintenance technicians, chauffeurs, recreation directors, etc. 2) Is the community a certified CCRC (Continuing Care Retirement Community)? Moving to a campus where there is no provision for your future health needs is like moving to a town that has no fire station. Most folks hope they will never need skilled nursing care, or rehab therapy, or the fire department, but you sure sleep better knowing it's there! 3) Ask the opinion of those you trust! When you visit the community, check into old friends from church, work, or your clubs and organizations who are already living there. Ask them if you may see their residence or just inquire about how they like the staff, the food, the responsiveness of maintenance, the health services and the social events. Do they feel at home? Are they glad they moved? 4) Eat a meal, or two! Is the service prompt? Ask what percentage of the food is "made from scratch". If it isn't, it reflects on a lack of expertise of the kitchen staff or a lack of priority for good food. Not only is most "scratch made" food better, it's better for you! And, don't forget to check the menu variety (number of entrees, soups and sides). 5) Check out the organization. How long has the management staff been on the job? High turnover can signal problems that trickle down to the customers. Also, is the parent organization held accountable? Public companies are held to a high standard of scrutiny. Moving up to better care and services is a big step. Be a wise consumer and buy the very best for your retirement dollars! For more information about The Forum at Brookside, call (502) 2453048 or visit GREATER LOUISVILLE HEALTH GUIDE 2013-14 27

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