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Archive for November, 2011

Easing the Transition from Home to Assisted Living

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

You’re likely making the move to assisted living for a reason.  Not too many people wake up one day and think, “I don’t want to live in my gorgeous mansion anymore; I’d rather live in a senior assisted living facility!”  You are probably facing the same problems that many people deal with as they age, such as an inability to continue supporting a household, medical problems, or even a mental or physical issue that renders you unable to properly care for yourself.  And whether you are without the support network of a family, you don’t want to be a burden, or you simply want to keep some measure of independence, an assisted living facility may provide for all of your needs.  But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy.  So here are just a few tips to help you find the place that’s right for you so that you can make your transition a little less difficult.

  1. Find a place that suits you. Certainly you’ll have to locate a suitable facility in terms of your particular needs, but you should also find a place where you think you can live out the rest of your life in comfort and happiness.  This could mean staying close to home and the family you love.  Or maybe you’re one requirement is that you can retain a family pet.   You might require a room with a view of the ocean and a saltwater breeze.  Or perhaps what you really want is to remain active, mobile, and independent (but still have access to assistance).  You need to decide on your priorities and desires before you even start looking to ensure that you find a home that suits your wants as well as your needs.
  2. Ask about services. It is imperative to know what kind of services you’ll have access to when you move into a particular facility.  Do they have an on-site clinic or do they offer a nursing staff for round-the-clock medical care?  Will you have your own room?  Your own apartment?  Your own house?  What is the level of privacy?  Is there a gym and/or swimming facility provided?  What about personal trainers or a nutritionist?  Can you arrange for inexpensive housekeeping, cooking and grocery services?  If your mobility is limited or you suffer ongoing medical conditions, these are the kinds of questions you need to ask so that you don’t move in and then find yourself without essential services.
  3. Ask about activities. We all need a reason to get out of bed in the morning.  For some people it’s enough to have a laptop and Internet connection, but most of us crave human companionship (and many seniors are still very active).  So find out if there are planned activities provided by the assisted living facility (for example, mixers, dances, movie night and field trips), or if there is access to other activities like swimming, golf or tennis.
  4. Stay connected. One of the most important parts about moving into a facility is that you don’t feel like you’ve been completely torn away from your old life.  You need to make sure that the facility you choose provides access to phone and Internet (or allows cell phones), has ample visiting hours (or even allows guests), and provides information or even services to assist you in travel.
  5. Know your options. When it comes to assisted living, there are several options for seniors housing that come with varying levels of service and freedom, from senior communities to nursing homes.  If you want to choose the one that is best for you then you should know about all of them so that you can make an informed decision.

This guest post has been brought to you by Evan Fischer at Comfort Life.

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