How To Choose The Best Living Options For Your Elderly Loved Ones
Several factors determine the ideal living option for your elderly loved one when a senior needs living arrangements outside the home.
Types Of Elderly Living Options
Today’s choices in senior living include several options, including independent living communities, specialized care at nursing homes or facilities focusing on specific needs such as Alzheimer‘s care.
Elderly individuals residing in an assisted living facility need some help with activities of daily living. The AARP explains that assisted living facilities allows your elderly loved one to stay as independent as possible, while offering assistance when needed.
Independent living communities focus on active seniors that meet minimum age requirements. They offer community social activities and provide relief from many duties such as household maintenance. Others allow residents to age-in-place, meaning that as your elderly loved one’s needs change, so will their level of care.
When To Plan For Choosing Living Options For Elderly Loved Ones
When considering living options for your senior loved one, discuss the issue and plan ahead of time, whenever possible. Adult children or other relatives sometimes fail to bring up senior living options because they are fearful that discussing living options with their elderly loved one will likely anger or hurt the loved one. The elderly loved one may already have considered living outside the home.
Elderly loved ones often need help deciding on the best living option due to factors such as not knowing how to obtain information or due to lack of skills to go online and research living options and locations.
How To Choose The Best Option
It is important to assess the senior housing needs of your elderly loved one before making a final choice on a senior living option. Consider your loved ones physical, medical, social, emotional and financial needs.
As always, remember to research the facility before making a decision.