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What Types of Senior Housing Should I be Considering For My Aging Relative?

In last week’s article, we listed some important questions to consider in helping an aging

relative decide whether aging in place at their home might be the best choice for them.

While that may be the best option for many, and there are certainly steps you can take in

some cases to ensure it works out, staying put is not the right choice for everyone.

Depending on your relative’s mental and physical health and the safety and accessibility of

their own place, the time may come to have a conversation about transitioning to one of

several senior housing options. The possibilities may be overwhelming and cause decision

fatigue for some care givers, which is why some geriatric care management companies,

such as Senior Steps, offer free consultation calls to discuss your parent or relative’s

specific needs and situation.

Options to be considered can include variations of the following:

  • A Retirement Community would be the easiest transition for elderly people who do not require constant care but suffer from isolation and may need more socializing and better accessibility in their environment. In most retirement communities, senior citizens live fairly independently with access to grocery stores, clothing and supply shops, entertainment locations such as theaters and golf courses, etc. There are many types of retirement communities, many of which offer organized activities for socializing and leading an active lifestyle with people of the same age group.

  • Assisted Living is a great option for older adults who need a higher level of care but can still carry out some of their daily activities, such as using the toilet, bathing, and dressing themselves, on their own. These types of facilities offer around-the-clock professionals to provide care and supervision, as well as services like meal delivery and cleaning to create a healthier environment and lifestyle for your relative. One of the great features of assisted living is a scheduled daily life, which, in a good facility is structured with physically and mentally engaging activities supporting a healthier lifestyle.

  • A Nursing Home is a more drastic change in living situation for most people and is recommended for elders who are unable to perform basic activities of daily living and require 24-hour care and supervision. SNFs, or Skilled Nursing Facilities, are the choice to consider for adults whose aging relatives may suffer from severe dementia and mental confusion, frailty that may cause falls or injuries, serious illness requiring constant care, and strong difficulty with mobility. These types of facilities are equipped with experienced professionals who can assist with daily healthcare needs, such as administering injections, feeding, and monitoring one’s vitals, as well as assisting with personal hygiene.

Because this is an important and difficult decision for you and your relative, Senior Steps, Inc

offers an in-depth assessment to evaluate your relative’s needs, their current situation, their

finances, and their coverage in order to determine the best option for them. Please call us

for a free consultation to get more information.

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