Ideally, the process of choosing an assisted living community is one in which a senior can participate, taking place at a point in life during which they are still active and aware. In a perfect world, the senior would be able to visit various communities and choose one that suits their preferences, needs, and desired lifestyle. When there is ample time for weighing various options, seniors are able to select an assisted living community that feels like home, one where they can connect with other like minded residents and can envision a purposeful life.
However, it’s not unusual for the move to an assisted living community to result from an unexpected occurrence. Whether it’s a medical emergency or a sudden change in circumstances, there are often situations in which the decision needs to be made on a tight timeline.
It can be extremely difficult to find yourself faced with making such a life-changing decision for your loved one. In the midst of a crisis, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of assisted living communities available. However, there are a few tips that can help alleviate some of the burdens during this trying time:
Consider Senior Living Options
Many families assume that a nursing home is the only available option for their loved one, but there are actually several different community styles to consider. Depending on the senior’s needs, medical conditions, and other factors, you can select a community option that will provide the ideal balance of support of independence to suit their situation. Assisted living, an independent senior living community, memory care or full-time nursing care are among the various choices.
Determine a Budget
If you haven’t already evaluated finances, now is a good time to do so. When dealing with an unexpected crisis, it’s not unusual for family members to be unsure about their loved one’s finances. However, it’s extremely helpful to know their financial situation when considering options for senior living communities.
Utilize a Professional Senior Placement Service
For most families facing unexpected circumstances, the search for assisted living is a rushed, high-pressure situation. Finding housing for your loved one is an immediate need, especially when they have specific medical needs to consider. A senior placement service can help you quickly research your options and locate the best possible fit, taking factors like budget, medical conditions, and location into consideration. You’ll save yourself considerable time and hassle, and there are even placement services that come at no cost to you.
Home at Last Senior Placement Services, Clearwater/ST. Pete/Tampa
If you’re facing the challenge of finding an assisted living, memory care community for your elderly parent or loved one, Home at Last Senior Placement Services is here to help. You don’t have to go through the process alone; our caring, experienced staff can offer guidance and assistance every step of the way. Instead of spending hours researching your options and trying to find communities that fit your loved one’s needs, let Above and Beyond take care of it for you. Our emergency placement services come at no cost to you and eliminate the stress and time of doing it yourself.
For more information about our free placement services and how we can make a difference in the life of your loved one, contact Home at Last Senior Placement Services today.