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Charleston, WV

Retirement Planning in Charleston, WV

Get all your questions answered

Weighing your senior living options can be a difficult and emotional journey. Your best strategy is to ask a lot of questions and gain an understanding of all your choices. Below is a partial list of topics to consider when you talk to sales counselors. You should feel free to ask anything that you feel is important. The sales counselor should answer openly. If not, it may be a red flag.


  • Ask about community ownership.
  • Find out how long the community has been in business.
  • Determine if the community is for-profit or nonprofit.
  • Ask if current residents have priority access to the continuum of care.


  • Determine if the entrance fee is refundable or non-refundable.
  • Find out what utilities are covered in the monthly fees and, likewise, which utilities are extra. (Examples could include cable, phone and Internet)
  • Ask what services are covered in the monthly fees, and likewise, which services are extra. (Examples could include housekeeping, maintenance, transportation and parking)
  • If the community offers a continuum of care, carefully research how the costs of future, higher levels of care are covered.


  • Find out how close the community is to doctors and hospitals in the area.
  • Ask about how close you will be to dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities.

Apartment Amenities

  • Determine if you want a patio or balcony in your apartment and see if these are available options.
  • If you plan to keep your car, ask about parking options.
  • If you need additional storage, ask what's available.
  • Ask about heat and air conditioning; find out if these are controlled by each apartment.


  • Ask if there is a dining program.
  • Find out if there are limits on choices and dining times.


  • Ask if there are fitness-oriented activities available.
  • Find out if there are spiritual, educational and cultural activities available.
  • Ask for examples of recent off-campus trips.
  • Ask if there is an activities director on staff.

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