Transitions can be difficult, particularly for seniors with dementia. If your loved one’s dementia is progressing, it may be time to shift from assisted living to memory care. The decision can be a difficult one, since there is no single guideline for deciding when it’s time to make a change. Financial considerations can weigh heavily on your mind, too, since the higher level of care at a memory care community typically comes with a higher price tag.
Your retirement years are made for doing what you love, trying new things, and exploring favorite (and new) places. Your eventual move to a senior living community should not prevent you from achieving your travel dreams. In fact, a move to a senior community can actually make traveling easier.
It’s a familiar refrain heard at family discussions across the nation:
“When I’m old, don’t put me somewhere. I want to live on my own terms!”
Many seniors are terrified of ending up in a nursing home. They associate nursing homes with abandonment, old age, and uselessness.
The truth is that today’s seniors have many excellent options from which to choose—whether they’re able-bodied or ailing. Assisted living and nursing home communities no longer mean being confined to a rocker. Many are chock-full of activities, learning, and a sense of community. Even so, they’re not right for everyone. Seniors who want to avoid a nursing home but are no longer comfortable living at home should consider senior independent living communities. The perfect option for independent seniors with a commitment to adventure, this senior living option allows seniors to continue thriving, learning, and growing well into old age.
What should you look for when evaluating a senior living community? What questions should you be prepared to ask? In our recent Senior Living LIVE broadcast, we talked with Karen DeMarco, Senior Care Counselor at Arbor Terrace of Burnt Hickory, about the things you can do to prepare for a senior living community tour. Watch below or read through our transcript.
Are you preparing to move into your new assisted living community home? Congratulations! While this transition can seem daunting at first, you are close to enjoying a lifestyle and amenities that will keep you healthier, happier and more engaged. The key to a smooth transition to your new home is a smooth move-in process. With a bit of preparation, thoughtful packing and a positive attitude, you will soon be able to feel settled in your new home.
It’s heartbreaking when dementia interferes with a grandparent’s relationship with their grandchildren. Children may feel fearful of grandparents who have had dementia for most of the child’s life. Conversely, children who once had warm relationships with their grandparents may feel angry and sad. Some might not even believe that their grandparent can’t help their behavior.
Seniors report that social media helps them stay in touch with their family, learn about news in their community, communicate more effectively with loved ones, and reach out to people from their past. Many young people rely solely or primarily on social media to communicate about their lives, so seniors may have better luck chatting with grandchildren and children through social media than through more traditional methods.
Choosing a senior living community is a major decision, and one that should be carefully investigated. Unfortunately, many seniors or their family members are forced to make a quick decision in a crisis situation for a senior community that best suits the needs of the senior. Don’t find yourself unprepared or undereducated about your options. Instead, choose to make a plan for your next apartment before a medical emergency occurs.
Do you or a loved one in your life suffer from memory loss? Have you ever wondered if it's dementia, or is it just normal aging? Watch our episode of Senior Living LIVE as we discuss the difference between what should be considered "normal aging" and what would be the warning signs of actual dementia.