When is the right time to move?
- Hard to walk? At risk for falls?
- Trouble preparing food or taking medication?
- Isolated, depressed or bored?
- Health problems (Poor Eye-sight, hearing, and more)
How do we begin the process?
Having the Conversation
- Talk early and often
- Voice your concerns
- Explore the types of care
- Appoint a key decision maker
- Put a plan in place
What kind of care do we need?
From independent living to memory care, finding the right senior living community all comes down to the specific needs and personality of your loved one.
Finding the Right Fit
Wide range of options available today:
- Independent Living (healthy & fit)
- Assisted Living (need help bathing or dressing)
- Residential Care Home (small home-like setting)
- Memory Care (extra security and specialists)
- Nursing Home (24 hour medical staff)
How are we going to pay for it?
Discover the many ways that people pay for senior living, from leveraging home equity to applying for Veterans Aid Assistance.
How to Finance?
- Home equity
- Bridge loan
- Reverse Mortgage
- Veterans Aid and Attendance
- Long-term Care Insurance
How do we find the right place?
The best way to figure out if a senior living community is right for your loved one is to schedule a tour, talk with the people who live and work there, and then trust your instincts.
Evaluating Potential Communities
- Schedule a visit
- Go during a meal
- Talk to the residents
- Watch the staff in action
- Trust your gut
Could Coronavirus impact my search?
Help Our Loved Ones Stay Safe Amid Coronavirus!
How do I keep my family and my senior loved one safe?
Keeping seniors from exposure is critical.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is still new, and healthcare organizations are doing everything they can to reduce its spread. Unfortunately, it currently seems that seniors are at the greatest risk of serious illness. To maximize prevention, elderly adults should have limited interaction with outside visitors. Whether it’s a caretaker, friend, or family member—anyone coming in and out of the house could pose a potential risk. To stay updated with the latest news, some resources include:
- Check the CDC and World Health Organization
- Contact your local Department of Public Health with questions about your city
- Stay in touch with Forever Home Placement Services to learn the latest in how the outbreak is affecting seniors
Expect constant change.
As tests become available and more data is collected, facts and percentages will be amended. In response, guidance for older adults and senior living communities will shift as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, according to the Interim Guide for Healthcare Facilities.
How are senior living communities responding?
Raising prevention standards.
The senior living industry—practitioners of already high standards of excellence and care—is putting an even greater premium on caution, prevention, and overall well-being during the coronavirus outbreak. New protocols for the elderly include:
- Strict limits on non-essential visits
- Extensive visitor screenings
- Frequent temperature checks
- Turning away anyone with known symptoms
- Patient quarantines when necessary
Consulting the Coronavirus experts.
Senior living communities throughout the country are reinforcing existing policies and procedures to actively combat the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, communities are instituting specific protocols provided by the CDC and World Health Organization to enhance cleaning and sanitization guidelines, with a particular emphasis on hand-washing.
What if my loved one is in a hospital or nursing home?
Consider a move to a senior living community instead of an extended hospital stay.
Patients may not want, or be able, to stay in hospitals for extended periods of time. Senior living communities are a strong extension of our national healthcare network and are working hard to prepare for the influx of elderly patients during this time. Some advantages include:
- The majority of our 17,000 community partners are open and taking new residents.
- Communities offer different levels of acuity support to support medically complex needs.
- Senior living can potentially prevent return trips to the hospital.
How do I get a sense for a community if tours are limited?
Tour and research communities in new, different ways.
Many communities are still providing in-person tours while taking important precautions, such as checking visitors for symptoms, taking temperatures, hand-washing and sanitizing, and limiting tours to smaller parts of their facilities. Depending on location and exposure risk, some communities have responded in creative ways to help families explore their facilities in a safe and easy way, including:
- Limited Touring Zones – gating a public area to serve as a dedicated tour zone.
- Offsite Meetings – hosting families in an offsite location, in dedicated offices, or conducting home visits.
- Virtual Tours – using the latest technology to facilitate virtual tours via your preferred device.
Communities understand how challenging this might be and are open to working with you to find the best approach for your family. Our team is committed to helping you learn about the different options, facilitate the right conversations and even coordinate logistics.