It can be hard to admit when you get to an age where you have trouble with tasks that were once simple. You do not want to burden anyone, but taking care of your home plus running errands is starting to become overwhelming. Maybe you've started to forget things and you're afraid of what might happen. What do you do?
Luckily, today's options for senior care are better than ever. It's easy to find a care plan suited for your specific needs.
First, identify which type of living arrangement fits you best. There are a number of different care options.
Types of Senior Care
– 55+ communities generally offer the most independence. You may rent or own your home within the community, and there are usually amenities and activities suited for your lifestyle.
– An independent living facility, or senior housing, also offers you the freedom and comfort of a private residence, but some assistance with daily tasks may be offered.
– Memory care facilities can help take care of you if you are suffering from Alzheimer's disease or have other memory-impairing conditions.
– Assisted living is a good option if you need a little more help with day-to-day chores. Usually meals, laundry, and cleaning are provided, but you still have your own space.
– If you require 24-hour medical support, nursing homes (now known as Skilled Nursing Facilities) have around-the-clock nursing staff to ensure you're always cared for.
– Hospice facilities offer compassionate, skilled care to make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.
Choosing a Facility
Once you decide which type of senior care is best for you, do some research to find communities or facilities you like. Factor in the location, the amenities you prefer, and what fits your budget. Narrow down the options to a small list.
It's very important to visit a facility's site before you make the decision to move there. Make a list of questions before you go. Some questions might include:
– Does the location match the advertising?
– How does the environment fit my lifestyle?
– What is the overall atmosphere?
– Do the other residents seem content?
– Are the public areas comfortable and clean?
– Is the staff friendly?
– Do the staff seem to listen to my concerns?
– Can my family easily visit?
– How close are my preferred doctors and hospitals?
– How much privacy and independence will I maintain?
No matter what level of care you need, chances are that you will find the perfect senior care facility for you. Be proactive, do your research, and be honest with yourself about your needs and abilities. Most importantly, find a place that makes you feel comfortable. At this stage in your life, you deserve to relax and let someone else help you.