Choosing a retirement home is an incredibly important decision, and isn’t one that should be made lightly. It may be a decision that you don’t want to make at all, and that’s understandable. But at Rawlins County Health Center, we aim to create an environment and a space that you would be excited to call home.

If you’re looking for a retirement home for yourself or for a loved one, here are some of the top tips for choosing a home that you will love.

  • Location
  • Size
  • Services & Care
  • Staff
  • Price
  • Lifestyle


Choosing a retirement home is similar to looking for a home to buy in that one of the most important factors is the location. Not only the immediate surroundings, but also the amenities that are in the area, proximity to family, kids, and grandkids, and also how fast you are able to get to a medical center. Living in a retirement home doesn’t mean that you lose all sense of independence, so it’s important to have access to entertainment, people, and services.


In addition to independence, seniors should also be able to easily socialize with other people. Depending on your needs and desires, look at the layout of the community, how many residents live there, and if there are any community areas where people can gather and talk. This may not be on the top of your list, but if you choose a community based solely on services and staff, but there are only 20 residents, you may end up feeling lonely.

Services & Care

This is quite possibly the most important factor when choosing a retirement home. Get to know as much as possible the types of services and care that they provide, and if they have specialty services that you may need, such as a health clinic. Ask questions about meals, in-home care, dementia care, if they offer help with medication. Make a list of questions and requirements that you have before scheduling a time to visit.


The nurses, doctors, and even administrative staff can have a big impact on the culture of a retirement home. Make a point to visit the community during different hours of the day so you can interact with the various staff. Ask if you can sit down with some of the staff to get to know them and ask what they enjoy about the community. And most importantly, ask management what qualifications are required to work there, what training they get, and if they offer any continuing education. The care that you receive from the staff should be a top priority.


The price is a significant concern for many who are choosing a retirement home, so be sure to get specifics about how or if they will work with your insurance company. Ask for a detailed breakdown of what their costs include, as well as any fees. You may also want to speak with your insurance provider to make sure you have a clear idea of the full cost.


What activities does the community offer? Is there entertainment, such as restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping in the area? Is there a clubhouse where family can come visit? Are there scheduled events? Find a retirement home that suits your personality as well as medical needs.

Rawlins County Health Center has a retirement home, Prairie Plaza, that is minutes away from our health clinic. If you’re looking for a home that has top medical care, a beautiful surrounding, and fully equipped apartments, you’ve found the place!

Get in touch with our team today to learn more or to schedule a tour.