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How do you know when it is the right time to to move into a senior living arrangement? Are there some solutions available to stay at home and age in place? Determining when it is time to look for an assisted living community can be a tough decision for seniors and their families. There are so many different options and communities to choose from and it can get overwhelming! Here are some things to consider:
1. How much care is needed?
It is really important to determine how much help you need and to be realistic about how much care your family is able to provide for you. Make a list of all the things you currently need help with on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Be as specific and thorough as you can. Next make sure to list who can help you on a long term basis. It is not going to be helpful in the long run if you only have care available in the interim or short term, and a few weeks or months will not be enough help. Once you have completed your list, you will have a better understanding of what your needs are compared to what you have covered. Make sure to bring this list in for your tour and we can help!
2. If you determine that you are not quite ready for an assisted living, then what are your other options?
Senior Apartments/Indepenent Living: The most independent option is a senior apartment complex with the security and some of the conveniences of living in an assisted living community. This is a much more independent option and requires that the individual is able to care fully for their own needs, but just want a "safety net" in case something goes sideways.
Senior Daycare: This option is a perfect solution for seniors who want to socialize and have fun, but may need assistance with medication reminders and some extra help. At Northridge Center, our daycare program has meals, activites, and a nurse close by to help if the need should ever arise.
At Home Care: Some seniors prefer to stay at home and have someone come in to help. Care is tailored to the senior on a one-to-one basis. There are more options for food choices and activites, but this can also be one of the most expensive options, especially if 24/7 care is ever required.
3. What is our financial situation and which option can you afford?
Before you can make a decision, you first need to be aware of your financial situation and what you can afford. This is not an easy thing to determine on your own and you may need to work with a professional to help you. Your financial planner is a great resource to help, but if you do not have one, let us know when you come in for your tour at Northridge Center and we can help steer you in the right direction.