Many times, medical concerns and complications happen more frequently as seniors age. Many seniors require the assistance of prescription or over-the-counter medications to combat symptoms of illness or pain. Even the healthiest of seniors can find themselves at the doctor’s office with an infection that requires antibiotics. However, with the addition of medication to a senior’s daily routine, some can end up taking medicines incorrectly.
You know that your mom would benefit from some assistance and socialization at a senior living community. However, you aren’t quite sure which would be best for her. Between learning about the different types of senior housing available in your town or community, you also must weigh your mom’s medical needs and preferences when making a decision that will keep her healthy and happy.
Caring for elderly parents requires a delicate balance: Adult children have to meet their parents’ care needs while navigating difficult emotions that result from role reversal, life changes, and loss of independence.
The emotional fallout of role reversal can lead to elderly parents resisting care or guidance—and it can lead to adult children feeling rejected or underappreciated. Ultimately, elderly parents “want to be cared about, but fear being cared for,” writes Claire Berman, the author of Caring for Yourself While Caring for Your Aging Parents.
Now that you have chosen your assisted living community, your journey is just beginning! It’s time to start downsizing and packing, determining what you would like to move into your new apartment and what you may sell, give away or put in storage. Perhaps you have even ordered change-of-address cards to mail out to your friends and family. You may be feeling a mix of emotions ranging from relief and excitement to nervousness or anxiety. But fear not; so much of your nervousness is due to the unknowns that come with your upcoming move-in process. Here is a bit of what you can expect as you begin the process of understanding assisted living and making your new apartment your home.
Would you be surprised to learn that most people who live in assisted living communities are in excellent, very good, or good health? Or that one review found that a fifth of assisted living residents were younger than 74?
Assisted Living is a wonderful option for seniors who are seeking a residence with medical professionals nearby, along with neighbors to visit with and healthy meals only steps away from their apartments. However, some seniors shy away from assisted living communities, choosing instead to stay at home for as long as possible. While aging in place at home can be a comfortable choice, there are situations when staying at home is simply not a realistic — or safe — option.
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.
Caring for an aging parent or loved one can be overwhelming and exhausting. If you find yourself in a caregiver type of role, whether living with your aging loved one or coordinating care from afar, well timed respite care can be a welcome relief for everyone involved. In fact, it can be one of the best and most important things that families can do to reduce stress and improve relationships.
Senior respite care can also be a good choice for independent seniors who will only need temporary help for reasons such as a recent illness or surgery that requires rehab care. In these situations, rehab from people who specialize in geriatric care can be a better choice for seniors than a one-size-fits-all solution that may be available at a traditional physical rehab clinic.