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.