Be Prepared to Ask QuestionsCertain situations and signs may indicate it might be time to consider alternative living arrangements. Generally speaking, families and seniors begin to consider alternatives when it becomes difficult for the elderly family member to carry on important activities of daily living without significant support and assistance from others. Some of the challenges elderly adults can face as they age include loss of vision, poor balance, memory loss or forgetfulness, fatigue, loneliness, dementia, or a physician-prescribed move to a care setting.
Whether your needs are immediate or long-term, planning for senior living can seem daunting. The Assisted Living Federation of America developed a Nine Point Program to help you find a senior living community that's right for you!
1. Sharpen Your Focus On This Important Decision
Before you start your search for senior living options, ask yourself these key questions:
You may quickly realize that you know very little about long-term care options. That's why you're visiting this site - and that's normal. Most seniors and their families are in the same boat early in their decision process. But there are some ways to identify a well-run senior living community that's right for you. View the Checklist for Evaluating Communities.
WHAT is Assisted Living?
The Assisted Living Federation of America defines assisted living as a long-term care option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with everyday activities such as meals, medication management or assistance, bathing, dressing and transportation. Some residents may have memory disorders including Alzheimer's, or they may need help with mobility, incontinence or other challenges. Residents are assessed upon move in, or any time there is a change in condition. The assessment is used to develop an Individualized Service Plan.
GLOSSARY of Terms
CNA who? ADL what? CCRC why? Being informed is the best step to finding a community that is right for you or your loved one. Learn the terms used in senior living.
COST of Assisted Living
If you haven't planned for senior living care, you aren't alone. Few people do - either because they don't think they'll need it or because they want to save their assets for their children and believe that government subsidies will cover any care they need. This doesn't mean they can't afford suitable care; it just means the choices may be more limited. Fortunately, just like the variety in settings, styles, and amenities, senior living residences are available at a variety of price points. If you think you can't afford it, you may be surprised. Learn more.
ASSISTED Living Checklist
This 10-page brochure includes a thorough discussion of assisted living and answers such questions as: Who is the typical resident? How is the industry regulated? And what is the cost of this long-term care option? It also includes information on resident agreements and a useful checklist covering such topics as environment, services, contracts, costs, activities, and other more in-depth questions.
It's the perfect "leave-behind" piece for all your prospects! Pricing includes shipping and handling. Produced September 2009. This product is also available in the store in a package of 500, 750 and 1000. Learn more.