One of the first questions to ask yourself is what issues are driving the move? If overall health of one parent has changed recently, his or her needs may weigh heavily on the selection of a senior community, but the needs of both parents should be considered. When one parent requires supportive care while the other doesn’t, the situation can impact the quality of life and health of both. This might be the case if one parent has the tendency to want to “do it all” for the other, but at the detriment to their own health. So finding a senior community that provides not only a variety of care options but also the ability to meet varying social needs will be able to bring you peace of mind and your parents a successful transition.
Make a list of what you need to look for.
It’s helpful to make a list of what services are required and desired for each parent. For example, if one parent has dementia, finding a senior community able to provide that specialized care is important. One parent may be in good health and would greatly enjoy participating in activities and meeting new people. Keep in mind that needs do change over time so finding a community that can offer a comprehensive range of services can let your parents adjust to changing health. It’s important to realize that changes in health are not always for the worse. Access to supportive services can have a profound impact on a health condition, resulting in an improvement in an individual’s overall health, as the story of this one family illustrates:
Learn from others who have explored senior services.
Meet Joe and Ann. Joe suffered a stroke and following rehabilitation he required assisted living services under the recommendation of his physician. Joe and Ann selected The Arboretum, in Menomonee Falls. The Arboretum offers independent and assisted living options as well as dementia care services.
While they opted to stay with their own physician instead of using The Arboretum's Medical Director, they both appreciated health monitoring by professional nursing staff, the security of having staff at hand if needed, and wellness services offered. On-site occupational and physical therapy for Joe was a big advantage and convenience.
Over time and with the help of the services available at The Arboretum, Joe's condition improved. As a matter of fact, it progressed to the point that he no longer required The Arboretum's assisted living services. While he and Ann continued to live at The Arboretum independently, they took comfort in knowing that if either one of them needed assistance down the line, it was readily available.
Let senior care professionals help you
When trying to find the right community for parents requiring different levels of care, it is possible to find a senior community that will meet their varying needs. If you and your parents have begun to talk about moving, visit a few senior living communities to see what they are really like. There really is no better way to work through this process together, than to visit and ask questions. Senior living services consultants are skilled professionals who can help you determine exactly what is best for both parents. Such a consultant can guide you to the best outcome, one in which each parent gets the individual care he or she needs and the assurance that their spouse is in the right place, too.
If you are a caregiver and need advice regarding care options don't hesitate to contact Elder At Home at 401-475-7705