The Move into Senior Care

Most people do not like to move, and many older people do not want to move out of their homes and into a long term care facility. The move into senior care can be very emotionally difficult for a senior as they are overwhelmed with the thought of adjusting to a new environment. Older couples may decide to move when they are ready to down-size into a retirement community, or they may plan a move early on in their life so that when the time comes they are prepared.

The move can be a challenge for the aging adult as many times this move is necessary due to a health problem or an accident. Sometimes people consider moving into long- term care once their spouse dies. As there are many options to choose from for senior care choices, it is advisable to be as educated as you can be on the different types of care. If you are caring for your loved one, talk with them about what they would like, need , and wish to have regarding their future care.

Each living arrangement has its individuality, its benefits, and its drawbacks. Remember that the most comfortable environment for a senior is one that they can receive all of the medical, emotional, and physical attention they may need in the current stage in their life. If your loved one needs help doing daily tasks, or they find their house upkeep is getting difficult to maintain on their own, consider home care services and home care maintenance services. These in-home care services will help your loved one age at home more conveniently. If you or your loved one think that their house is too big, not safe enough, or just need to move, consider finding retirement communities or retirement homes in your area. This is a good choice for aging adults who are able to do daily tasks and don’t need a lot of help with in their daily life. Another option for long-term care is assisted living facilities. These are a good option for a senior who needs help moving around, help with meals, or a senior who needs assistance. Nursing homes help seniors who may have fallen, have had hip replacements, or need medical attention. These are comfortable facilities for seniors who need the extra medical attention. Many people may also choose Continuing Care Retirement Communities when they move because they can have continued care specific to what they need.

There are so many care options, housing options, and services your aging loved one will need. It is a good idea to start preparing talking about moving, or homecare options as soon as you can. Too often, a caregiver finds that their loved one is unable to talk about care options because they have been suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease or another illness. Other times, caregivers may find it very difficult to talk to their aging loved one about senior care, moving, or aging, because their loved ones believe that they can do this by themselves. If this happens, remind your loved one that you want the best for them, and unless they discuss these important matters, you may not be able to make them as comfortable as they should be, and you need their help!

When it is time for your loved one to move out of their home, knowing what facility your loved one would benefit from is the first step in finding long-term care facilities, or at home care services. Geriatric Care Managers (GCM) are available to help caregivers and their loved ones find the best option, so if you are still having difficulty finding the right facility contact a GCM in your area.

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