Things to Do Before Moving Into a Senior Living CommunityMay 2, 2022
In the United States, 12 million persons aged 65 and over live alone, and 61% of those adults desire to remain in their own homes. Because of this desire to remain at home, transferring into an assisted living or independent senior living facility might be frightening or stressful. Having a game plan for the transfer will ease the adjustment and assist you in integrating into your new community more quickly.
Guidelines On Choosing A Retirement Home
The tips listed below can help you find the right retirement home.
Determine your requirements.
Create an objective list of the required services and support a simple plan for the future. Maintaining freedom, obtaining assistance with bathing and dressing, managing medications, and maximizing safety. Understanding what is required in advance can assist in defining budget and choice.
Establish a budget.
How much money can be spent for a retirement community cost? For example, many of your current homeowner expenses like meals, utilities, and taxes will be included in monthly fees. Additionally, while you plan, keep in mind other available financial options, such as the Aid & Attendance benefit for veterans and surviving spouses or long-term care insurance. Avoid overlooking any resources that may be of use to you and your family.
Determine a location.
The real estate adage, “location, location,” holds true. Is it worthwhile to remain in one’s current neighborhood? Is its proximity to a large medical facility critical? Or is this a repositioning of seniors for the benefit of adult children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren? Which location qualifies as “it”?
Make a wish list.
Which services and amenities are a “must-have”? Your list should include any requirements that are non-negotiable in making this move for example, a community that accepts pets or has a comprehensive wellness program. Additionally, you should construct a “wish list” of desired amenities, such as a guest suite on-site for visiting family members, a fitness center with a pool, or an in-house branch of a favored bank.
Conduct an online search for senior living communities in the specified area. The community’s website should provide information about its services and amenities and its continuum of care and life enrichment programs. Several communities offer general information about healthy aging, caregiver assistance, independent living residences and elder life. Make a list of communities you’d like to learn more about or visit.
Make initial contact.
You can narrow down a lengthy list of suitable communities by calling or contacting them. Prepare a list of questions depending on the needs, desires, and budget identified. Preliminary contact can help you narrow your selection while also indicating which places will require in-person visits.
A personal visit is beneficial when it comes to making an informed selection. What is the relationship between residents and staff? What is the community’s mood? Are residents actively engaged, silently seated, or otherwise hidden? Are there any safety features, such as railings, grab bars, or emergency call systems, visible? Is it sanitary? Is the décor current? Does it have the feel of a home? Are you received promptly and amiably? Inquire and take notes plus consider having a friend or relative along to assist you in seeing everything.
Transitioning to a senior living community can appear to be a daunting task. Taking it step by step and being strategic with your move will help alleviate stress and ensure a smooth transition. We hope the steps above help you understand what to look for when choosing a retirement home for yourself or a loved one.