Do most assisted living communities provide resident parking?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    While many seniors moving to an assisted living community choose not to keep their car on the road, others feel that maintaining their car and driving regularly is a sign of their freedom and independence.

    If you intend to keep your car when you move, you'll want to make sure resident parking is available. Fortunately, most assisted living communities do provide resident parking. You'll also want to find out:

    • Is parking close to your apartment? Can you reach it easily?
    • Is the area between parking and your apartment well lighted in case you return home to the community after dark?
    • Are cars in a sheltered or enclosed area?
    • What sort of security is in the parking area?

    Most assisted living communities should provide well-lit, monitored (either by video camera or manned) parking areas for residents, as well as parking for visitors.

    In regions of the country that receive snow, assisted living staff will clear snow from your car and dig it out, if necessary, if your car is not in an area where it's protected from the weather. Keeping your car after you move to assisted living can be one way to maintain a sense of greater independence, but remember that transportation is available for residents if they can't, or don't want to, drive.