Anne Reeves, Owner of Elder Care Resources (www.youreldercareresources.com) and Lake George Assisted Living (www.lifeatlakegeorge.com)
The first article, titled “Senior Living or Assisted Living: Which Is Right for You?” bit.ly/ 2IBI2Yo
is written by Maryalene LaPonsie, Specialized Writer – Personal Finance, Retirement & Social Security and a Contributing Writer to U.S. News & World Report Money, (www.linkedin.com/in/maryalene-laponsie-47876626) and published by U.S. News & World Report (www.usnews.com). Maryalene’s previous work has been featured online at MSN, Yahoo, Fox Business and CBS News. This article highlights the differences between senior living communities, retirement homes, active aging communities, assisted living, and others and could be helpful to you as you begin to determine which solution will best suit your needs. She also makes it clear that determining the type of lifestyle you would like and focusing on your current and future needs will help you decide which option will be most appropriate.
The second article titled “Tips for Touring Assisted Living Communities” bit.ly/2n7d73e
is published by a Place for Mom. (www.aplaceformom.com). This article provides 10 helpful tips to use in your search for the right senior assisted living community. Tips such as visiting the community during an activity, eating a meal at the facility, and others will help you determine the type of environment the facility promotes and the level and quality of care you can expect.
Drawing on these 2 articles and my professional experience spanning two decades, I have listed 3 tips I would highly recommend to older adults who are beginning their future living community search:
- Determine the Lifestyle You Want – By knowing the lifestyle and type of environment that matters most to you it will be easier to focus on the right category of senior living community that will deliver on your expectations.
- Plan a Visit to the Facility You’re Considering – It’s very important to make a planned visit to the facility you’re interested in – ideally when you can observe or participate in an activity and also enjoy a meal. Be sure to plan at least 1-2 hours for your visit – so you will have plenty of time without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
- Ask Plenty of Questions – Be sure to make a list of all the important items you are concerned about before your visit so you’re prepared to discuss them with your community representative at the facility.
It’s important to know what your senior living options are and what’s most important to you when determining which type of living situation is best. It’s not an easy decision to move to a new environment, but visiting facilities you are interested in and asking plenty of questions will help you to be more educated and better prepared to make your decision.
My name is Anne Reeves. I’m the owner of Elder Care Resources and Lake George Assisted Living in Columbia, Missouri. I have 25 years helping older adults and their families choosing what care services and living options are best for their needs. I believe in being an advocate for my clients and helping ensure they are living their best lives. Feel free to reach out or connect with me at email@example.com