AGING, LIFE AND LEGACY
FINDING THE IDEAL SENIOR COMMUNITY
Retirement options are brighter and wider than ever before in history. Yet all those choices can sometimes only lead to confusion. So, our first advice is to clearly identify what you’re trying to solve, with an eye not just to next year, but to the next 5-10 years.
Read enough online reviews across a variety of platforms to glean a balanced view. Most brands supply a ready link to their public reviews.
On an initial tour, expect a lot of details. Take notes (download our Senior Communities Comparison Chart.) But try to focus on the overall ambience also. Begin to weigh value against cost.
If you like what you see and hear, return to your top two with your loved one for a more social tour. Revisit your preferred choices at different times of day on different days of the week.
Consider a trial stay to take Senior Living “for a spin and see how it feels.”
Talk it Up
When It’s All Said and Done
We hope that one place is MorningStar
EASING THE STRESS
When is it Time to Move a Parent to Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is the best choice if your parent or spouse needs more personal care than he/she can get (or afford) in the home or in an Independent Living community, yet doesn’t need 24-hour medical care and supervision. Consider these further determinants:
- Any recent falls?
- Driving mishaps?
- Bruises or cuts he/she doesn’t want you to notice?
- Prone to wander?
- Leaving the stove-top on?
- Struggling with failing eyesight?
- Poor balance?
- Wearing the same clothes day after day?
- Struggling with personal bathing and toileting?
- Dishes not getting washed?
- Home looking less tidy and more cluttered?
- Unopened mail accumulating?
- Losing weight?
- Spoiled or no food in the refrigerator?
- Unable to get to the grocery store?
- Calling/seeing friends infrequently?
- Alone more often than not?
- No longer attending church or other regular social activities?