Finding an assisted living community that matches your budget, lifestyle, and health requirements can seem overwhelming. If you are struggling to find a place to start your search, picking up the phone is the first step in setting up a tour of assisted living communities in your area of choice. A tour is a wonderful way to experience the community firsthand while hearing about the programs and services available.
While on your tour, you will be inundated with information. It is wise to take notes so that you can keep the communities straight when you return home to narrow down your choices. Along with your note pages, have a list of questions prepared that you ask during your tour. Prepare your list of questions before any tour, and address each question at each of the communities you visit. The answers can help you choose your final few communities to continue the interview process with. Here are a few of our suggestions to get you started with your own questionnaire.
Assisted living is the ideal retirement strategy for many seniors. These supportive communities can preserve seniors’ independence by offering them the help they need in a safe setting. For seniors who live alone or no longer drive, the rich variety of activities in assisted living can offer a new lease on life, with infinite possibilities for new friendships, new hobbies, and getting (or staying) active. Many seniors are happier in senior living, and some report that the transition to senior living is the best decision they ever made.
Choosing an assisted living community is one of the most critical decisions a family can make, given that the wrong choice could have far-reaching ramifications for your parent or other elderly loved one. In this blog post we try to shed a little light on some of the pitfalls families fall into when looking for senior living and provide some resources for families who are concerned with making the best possible choice.
Caring for an ailing senior can be exhausting work that leaves caregivers burned out. As a senior’s needs change, you may find yourself continually adding support services such as in-home aides, daily check-ins, and home modifications. Although these services can improve your loved one’s quality of life, they’re not always enough. When a senior has a progressive medical condition or serious health needs, assisted living or a nursing home may be the best option.
You’ve spent years helping Mom or Dad cook and clean and get to appointments, and now it’s clearer than a cloudless day -- your beloved parent needs more support than family, friends or even home care services can provide. If this describes your situation, you may feel a little troubled, wondering whether a nursing home is the only choice, or if there is another reasonable alternative.
In many cases, the answer is yes—there’s a senior living option called assisted living that can often provide just the right amount of support and independence for a senior.
Like most adult children, you probably want your parents to live their later years at home – that option might come off the table, however, if your Mom or Dad struggles with dementia.
Thankfully, there’s a great alternative for seniors who can no longer cope on their own because of cognitive impairment. Assisted Living Memory Care communities can actually improve the quality of life for people with dementia, helping them to function at the highest possible level for the longest possible time. Here’s a brief rundown on this senior living option.
If you are starting to look at senior care communities, it is easy to get overwhelmed and a bit intimidated by the cost of assisted living. After all, as you or your loved one age, there is a fixed income to worry about, along with possibilities of money to pass on to children or favorite charities. How can you find an assisted living community when the monthly costs can seem so high?
When you allow yourself to take a step back and look at an assisted living community as a true investment into your health, livelihood, and quality of life, you are able to better assess the price point. Take a look at what excellent assisted living communities offer, and how it can positively affect your aging journey.
When determining what senior living option would be best for you or a loved one, you may find yourself thrown into a world that you have minimal experience with. How can you tell if whether you will need to choose assisted living or skilled nursing, memory care services or independent living?
It is best to understand each subset of senior living in order to make the most informed decision and the wisest investment. In an effort to shed some light on assisted living communities and help you find assisted living options that will truly work for you, we have compiled some things to keep your eye out for when touring and investigating an assisted living community.
After years of living in a beloved home, making the decision to downsize can be emotionally difficult to say the least, but once a senior is ready to relocate, there’s yet one other crucial choice to make—namely, where to go. Although there are various housing options, two of the most popular ones for older adults are independent living and assisted living communities.
So what are the difference and how can you understand them?