Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (3)
Many seniors reach a point in their lives where they simply can’t manage all their daily tasks alone. When that day comes, for most families the best move is to help them find a quality senior living facility where they can make a new home.
You want your loved one to be happy, and many seniors are resistant to the idea of leaving their home behind for assisted or senior living at first. If you take time to find the right facility, the transition will be much easier and your loved one’s chances at long-term happiness will be greater.
To make the right decision, you should take a few steps that can help you hone in on the right senior care facility for your loved one.
1. Figure Out Your Budget
First things first, you need to know what you can afford. Sit down and do the math. How much does your loved one receive each month in social security? Do they have a pension or VA benefits or long-term care insurance? How much do they currently have in their retirement accounts? If necessary (and feasible for you), how much can you and other loved ones contribute?
2. Research Your Options
Be sure to check out websites that include the following information:
• Pictures of the common areas, grounds, rooms / floorplans and more
• What amenities are included
• What current and past residents have to say about their experience / testimonials
• What’s available in your price range
• What specialized services / activities are offered
3. Tour the Facility
Your research will help you narrow down your options, but you shouldn’t make a decision based on internet research alone. The only way to really get a feel for a facility and ensure it’s the right choice for your loved one is to go visit it together.