Developing a Plan for Senior Living
The process of moving a loved one from their home to a senior living community can be a difficult one. You might have difficulty convincing them that it’s time, or maybe you are having trouble finding the perfect situation for them. We understand that this can be an arduous process, that’s why we’ve created this helpful guide to choosing a senior living or retirement community that’s right for you or your loved one.
Before any conversation occurs, it’s important to take the proper steps to ensure that you are ready to move forward once that conversation takes place. Here are three things you can do on your end to improve the process and establish a plan for your loved one’s retirement living situation:
Define a Budget
Senior care is paid for out of pocket, so it’s important to get the finances in order and establish what kind of senior care is needed before starting research. The best way to create a budget is to lay out the following:
- Net income: It’s important to understand exactly where income is coming from, and how much. Be sure to include all forms of income such as social security, pension, or even investments.
- Expenses: Once you know how much money is coming in, the next step is to calculate the money going out. Start with fixed expenses (like a car or insurance) and move to any monthly expenses like medications or entertainment.
- Ways to save: If you find that the financial situation isn’t what you were expecting, find areas where cutbacks can be made. For instance, a car might not be necessary anymore if the facility provides transportation.
- Goals: Does your loved one want independent care? Do they need assisted living? What do you/they hope to get out of this? Understanding what kind of care is needed/wanted is one of the first steps in deciding what kind of care is needed.
Research, Research, Research
Once you’ve established a budget and determined what level of care is necessary, it’s time to start researching. If you are just starting the research phase, here are some initial things to look out for while going through online listings for local senior care facilities:
- Pictures of the outside and inside of the facility
- Detailed information about amenities and services offered
- Reviews from residents or family members of residents
- Pricing information
If you have a specific facility in mind, start by searching for online reviews. Now take that information and compare it to their competitors. Even if you think you’ve found the perfect community, it’s important to keep your options open and research all possibilities.
Schedule a Tour
Once you narrow down your choices to a few facilities, you should start scheduling tours. At this point, you may have already had the conversation with your loved one. If that’s the case, be sure to bring them along for the tour. After all, they are the one who will be living there!
If you haven’t had that conversation yet, try to tour as many communities as you can so you can see all the options first hand, rather than on the internet. Then you can go back to your loved one with confidence knowing you’ve already visited them.
Here are some helpful things to look out for/ask about when you tour a senior care facility:
- Caregiver training: Find out how qualified the medical/caregiving staff is. Is there round-the-clock medical care available?
- Transportation: Is transportation available? Most facilities offer rides to and from the store, but what about medical appointments or social events?
- Security: Is there a 24/7 security staff on site? Who will be monitoring the health of your loved ones after the main staff leaves?
- Social activities: Do they have an activities director who encourages seniors to socialize and interact? Ask to see their calendar of upcoming events.
In the end, the most important thing you can do is to find a community that both you and your loved one are comfortable with. Once you do, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you helped them improve their quality of life exponentially.
If you’d like a private tour of the Edwinola, contact us today to schedule one. Our caring team looks forward to meeting you and your family. Fill our our online form below or call us at (352) 567-6500.