So, the time has come for you or your loved one to move to a senior living community. Whether you or your loved one need to downsize from a large home or if they need Assisted Living or Memory Care, you now need to help them find their new home. Chances are you’ve never had to do this for yourself or a loved one before. You’re stressed out and confused you may not have much time to decide. What should you do??
Bucks County Children’s Museum
At the Bucks County Children’s Museum in New Hope, kids have a place to learn and explore that is all their own. The museum’s 10,000-square-feet of fun is also a place where play and education meet, The facility offers hands-on, interactive and educationally based exhibits for children and families to engage in lifelong learning experiences while enjoying each other.
When children and families are away and seniors are alone, home health care agencies provide valuable services, such as helping seniors stay safe and assisting them to complete their daily tasks and activities of daily living.
I first understood the importance of the services that aides provide when I worked as a Social Service Coordinator at a subsidized senior living facility. Though residents living in this building envisioned being able to live independently, many were not thriving. Emerging health problems, social isolation, and mental health issues, among other factors, greatly limited many of the residents I saw on a daily basis.
When you begin to look for senior living, you’ll soon find out that there are all sorts of options to choose from. These options can be confusing and overwhelming, so here they are in plain and simple terms! Independent Living (IL) communities are geared for seniors who do not need any assistance in their daily living. These communities offer cottages and/or apartments for rental. Activities that are offered will vary between communities, communities may offer a great deal, while others will offer some activities and others will offer no activities. As far as meals are concerned, some communities will offer a meal(s) while others will not. The amenities offered by the community will impact the price you pay.
Who’s in Charge?
Part 1 of this series told the story of my 88 year old mother-in-law, Aggie, and the 2-year struggle she faced to make the changes she clearly had to make. Then, in our second installment, we found Fear of the Unknown is the biggest obstacle to thinking about moving: The process of moving looked Overwhelming to Aggie… as it does for many of us.
Most seniors are able to age in place in their homes for many years, but there comes a time when one’s quality of life is better in a senior living environment. Sometimes a fall or significant memory issues can trigger the transition to senior living, but the most difficult circumstances occur when seniors have no triggering events. Families often wonder ‘for how long is it safe to allow mom or dad to live at home’? Are you worried about a loved one and think they may need Assisted Living? Here are some signs to that can indicate the time has come.