Make the Right Choice

By - October 22nd 2013.

Three steps to help you select senior living and care services

Talking about senior care doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable process. The following are three simple steps to help you approach the topic with tact and compassion.

Step 1 – Consider the needs, wants, and resources of the individual.

Prioritizing Needs and Desires
There are many factors that come into play when considering senior services and accommodation options. This includes changes in physical and mental capabilities, financial concerns, and social support. These aspects help establish what an individual needs; however, it’s just as important to gauge what an individual wants when discussing accommodation options.

When broaching the topic of care and accommodations, remember to be open and honest about what is absolutely needed. If you will ultimately be making the decision on behalf of someone else, remember to evaluate all of the options from their point of view, not just your own. If ever you’re unsure about anything, don’t hesitate to seek the advice of a professional.

Take a Realistic Look at Resources
While finances are never a fun topic of discussion, you’ll need to consider what level of savings and investments are available to help pay for your loved one’s care. The cost of senior care can fluctuate dramatically, depending on the type of care that is required. In cases where the individual qualifies for government-funded care at a long-term residence, the cost can be quite low. With that being said, residents that qualify for government subsidies will still be responsible for the cost of accommodation. The cost of private retirement housing facilities varies depending on the type of accommodation and level of service provided.

Step 2 – Evaluate your options.

Now that you know what you’re looking for and have a better understanding of your budget, it’s time to start weighing your options. First, determine which type of seniors housing is best suited to your loved one’s needs. Start by referring to the definitions in this article . This will help you get a better grasp on the types of properties you should be investigating.

Once you have found a list of potential providers, it’s time to start vetting them. First, visit their websites to see what kind of amenities they offer. Some providers will include photos and virtual tours of their facilities. Don’t hesitate to call and request additional information.

Step 3 – Visit potential providers.

Once you’ve narrowed your list of potential properties down, it’s time to schedule a tour. During your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to visit with front-line workers, support staff, and residents. Visit with several properties in order to compare the atmosphere and offerings.

Learn what to look for when visiting a retirement residence or long-term care home .