Choosing among senior living communities or staying at home is an important step in your/a loved one’s life. With so many senior living options out there, it’s easy to feel inundated by all the different options.  This post is intended to help you make informed decisions, considering the various care options available so you can make the right choice for your family.

Questions Seniors Should Ask

  • What if I get sick?
  • What will happen to my spouse?
  • What quality of services do I hope to receive?
  • Are others worried about my safety?
  • What if I can no longer drive?
  • Can I still maintain my home?
  • Will I be cared for/live with my children?
  • Will I be a burden to my family/friends?
  • Do I have enough money to last me the rest of my life?

 

Options

  • Make no changes: Stay in place or even move to a smaller home
  • Hire Community Services: Adult day care, meal programs, friendly visitor programs, etc.
  • Home Care or Live-In Companion: Help with personal care activities by nurse at home
  • Assisted Living: Daily activities like bathing, dressing and using the restroom
  • Join a rental retirement community: Operates on rental fee basis
  • Respite Care: Short, inpatient stay in a nursing home
  • Join a continuing care retirement community (CCRC): Senior community with different levels of care available

 

Comparative Questions To Ask After Visiting Facilities

  • Did I/we feel welcome and comfortable?
  • Can I make my own schedule?
  • What are dining options like?
  • Was the community clean, secure and well-maintained?
  • Was the staff welcoming? Will I have same staff or does it change day to day?
  • Will I have privacy when I have visitors or personal care services?
  • What’s included in the monthly fee?
  • Can I see myself enjoying the lifestyle here?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Will I have transportation available?
  • Did the residents seem to interact with each other and enjoy it here?
  • Do I like the activities/programs offered?
  • Will there be freedom to make choices like when I get up, bathe, eat?
  • Is it the right distance from my family/friends?
  • Is it possible to spend a trial stay here?

 

For more extensive information, visit Medicare’s website.