Coming to the realization that a loved one requires assisted living is a difficult one. Finding the best senior living community means taking multiple factors into consideration. The community must meet their needs and budget. The process can be daunting, but it can be simplified by asking the right questions, preparing in advance, and having open conversations. The following steps can help you along the process.
- Have a conversation with your loved one
Discuss their desires and preferences about where they would like to live. You can make things easier by providing them a list of options. Talk about the different communities and reasons why they might be the right fit. Let your loved one be involved in the selection process. This can smooth the transition into assisted senior living.
Should your loved one resist the idea of a senior living community, pick a quiet moment, and share your observations, concerns, and feelings. In turn, listen, take note of your loved one’s concerns and preferences. Once you know their concerns you can help them understand why assisted senior living is a good option.
- Determining cost and living options
Cost is an important factor when determining the community that’s best. Find living communities that fit yours and your family’s budget. There are multiple ways to cover the cost of senior living. Some people have savings or long-term insurance. But in absence of those options, you can also consider:
- Social Security
- VA Benefits
- Cashing out a life insurance policy
- Consult a variety of sources
Discuss your ideas with a Senior Living Advisor during the decision-making process. When deciding, speaking with the people that know the ins and outs, of senior living can be quite beneficial. In addition, you can:
- Review the background of a community with the state agency that oversees Senior Living
- Read online reviews of local senior living communities.
- Prepare for the transition
Putting off an assisted living decision can be risky. Avoid accidents and medical problems by transitioning as soon as possible. Prior to moving your loved one into a senior living community, you should:
- Plan and coordinate the move by setting up a schedule so things go smoothly. This reduces stress on moving day.
- Have legal documents, medical documents, tax returns, or any other important information ready and kept in a safe place.
- Your loved one may need help prioritizing which personal items to take along with them. Be cognizant of their sentimental attachment to items when doing so.
In the end, finding the best options available is the goal. Whether your loved one chooses what they want for themselves or with your help, these steps can help everyone feel good about the decision.
If you are considering a nursing home or assisted living for a loved one in northern NJ, The Little Nursing Home of Montclair offers a cozy and calm atmosphere with the comforts of home. We are family-owned for over 60 years and run by experienced registered nurses. Call or email us for more info or to schedule a tour.
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