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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SENIOR LIVING
Independent Living, Assisted Living & Memory Care. What's best for you?
This stage of life can be complex and highly emotional
“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”– Albert Einstein.
When beginning your search for senior living options, there are a few steps you can take to help narrow down your choices and find the right community for you:
1) Personalize their space: Help your loved one decorate and personalize their new living space with familiar items from home such as pictures, artwork, and favorite decorations. This can help them feel more comfortable and create a sense of familiarity.
2) Create a routine: Establishing a routine can help create a sense of structure and normalcy. Help your loved one establish a daily routine that includes activities they enjoy, such as exercise, socializing with friends, and pursuing hobbies.
3) Encourage socialization: Loneliness and social isolation can be a common concern for seniors living in a community. Encourage your loved one to participate in community activities, events, and programs to help them meet new people and make friends.
4) Stay connected with loved ones: Make sure your loved one stays connected with family and friends outside of the community. Regular visits, phone calls, and video chats can help them stay connected and feel loved and supported.
5) Advocate for their needs: Stay involved in your loved one's care and advocate for their needs. Make sure they are receiving the care and attention they need and that their concerns and preferences are being heard and addressed. This can help them feel safe, secure, and valued in their new home.
1) Start early: Give yourself plenty of time to sort through your belongings and decide what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of. Don't wait until the last minute to start downsizing.
2) Make a plan: Create a plan for how you want to downsize. Break the task into smaller, manageable chunks and set specific goals and deadlines for yourself.
3) Sort your belongings: Go through your belongings one room at a time and sort them into three piles: keep, donate/sell, and discard. Be honest with yourself about what you really need and what you can do without.
4) Get help if you need it: Downsizing can be overwhelming, so don't be afraid to ask for help from family, friends, or a professional organizer.
5) Be mindful of space: Keep in mind the amount of space you will have in your new assisted living facility and be mindful of what you will be able to bring with you.
6) Consider sentimental items: Sentimental items can be difficult to part with, but try to limit the number of these items you keep. Consider taking photos of sentimental items you can't bring with you to your new home.
7) Stay organized: Label boxes clearly with the contents and room they belong in. This will make it easier to unpack and get settled in your new home.
8) Stay positive: Downsizing can be an emotional process, but try to focus on the positives of your new living situation and the benefits it will bring.
1) Determine your loved one's needs: Assess your loved one's care needs and preferences, including any medical conditions or mobility issues they may have. This will help you narrow down your options and find a facility that can meet their specific needs.
2) Research facilities: Look into assisted living facilities in your area, either through online research or referrals from friends, family, or healthcare providers. Consider factors such as location, cost, services, amenities, staff credentials and experience, and reputation.
3) Visit facilities: Schedule visits to the facilities you are interested in and bring a list of questions to ask the staff. Pay attention to the cleanliness, safety, and overall atmosphere of the facility, as well as the staff's interactions with residents.
4) Talk to residents and their families: Ask to speak with current residents and their families to get a sense of their experience at the facility. This can provide valuable insights into the quality of care and quality of life offered.
5) Check licensing and accreditation: Verify that the facility is licensed and accredited by the appropriate state or national agencies. This can provide assurance that the facility meets certain quality and safety standards.
6) Consider the future: Anticipate future care needs and ask about the facility's policies for transitioning residents to higher levels of care if necessary.
1) Private pay: Assisted living can be paid for out-of-pocket, either through personal savings or contributions from family members. This is often the most expensive option but provides the greatest flexibility and control over the care received.
2) Long-term care insurance: Some long-term care insurance policies cover the costs of assisted living, depending on the policy's terms and coverage limits.
3) Veterans benefits: Veterans and their spouses may be eligible for a variety of benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, including the Aid and Attendance pension benefit, which can help cover the costs of assisted living.
4) Medicaid: Medicaid is a federal and state program that provides assistance with healthcare costs for low-income individuals. Some states offer Medicaid waivers that can help pay for assisted living for those who meet certain eligibility requirements.
5) Reverse mortgages: Homeowners who are at least 62 years old may be able to use a reverse mortgage to access the equity in their home to pay for assisted living. This option can provide a source of income without having to sell the home or move.
6) Personal care agreements: Also known as caregiver contracts, personal care agreements are legal documents that outline the care services to be provided by a family member or other caregiver in exchange for compensation. This can be a way to help pay for assisted living costs while allowing the loved one to receive care from a familiar person.
“If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.” – Eleanor Roosevelt