The decision to move into a senior living community is as individual as the person making the choice. Though there is no clear-cut template or step-by-step instructions on the exact time to know when to consider moving, there are however some signs that can help make the initial conversation, such as assistance with meals, medication management, extreme loneliness and inability to upkeep one’s home.
Choice is a key word when this type of conversation comes up. There are choices with type of assistance needed, meals, the location of the community and overall choice of which place best suits you or your loved one’s physical and emotional needs.
While every senior living community is different, typical services include:
- Housekeeping services
- Assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, toileting, and walking
- Access to health and medical services
- Alzheimer’s and memory care
- Staff available to respond to both scheduled and unscheduled needs
- 24-hour security
- Emergency call systems for each resident’ apartment
- Exercise and wellness programs
- Medication management
- Personal laundry services
- Social and recreational activities
Here’s a helpful checklist for evaluating different communities and weighing the options. Making the choice to move is usually unsettling and uncomfortable for both you and your loved one, where many seniors worry about loss of independence and control so we suggest families visit together.