SENIORS & FAMILIES: PARTNERS IN THE PROCESS
Any decision about senior living, whether it's a senior thinking about moving, or an adult child considering help for a parent, should include the entire family. These conversations require a leader or organizer (the one who starts the dialogue); and usually the person who most favors the change should be appointed. It's best when everything is "put on the table:" support, finances, timing, choices.
START WITH THE BASICS
Once you decide to explore senior living alternatives, the first consideration is geographic. Exactly where is the right place to live? This could vary based on weather, a dream location, or closeness to special relative. But once you decide this, everything else starts to come into focus. The next issue is all about services and care needs. Do you need someone to cook meals? Administer medication? Help with dressing and bathing? Or just a more social lifestyle?The third consideration is financial. What can you afford? This can be a huge question, as you have to consider things like retirement savings, your estate, outside assistance and other family financial needs.Finally, there's comfort. Just what feels like home? Within the spectrum of senior living, there is a lifestyle for every taste. At the end of the day, home is what we make it.On this web site, we provide profiles, checklists and other thought-starters to help you identify the right next step.