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Senior Housing Options – Making the right Choice

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Senior Housing for the Elderly

According to Harvard University, there will be an estimated 70 million seniors (65 and older) residing in the United States by 2030. Seniors make up around 25% of the home owning population, the largest rate of homeownership by age group. While the majority of seniors would prefer to remain in their own homes after retirement, not all homes are adequate to meet the health care requirements of seniors. There are many types of senior housing that provide the amenities and assistance that can promote independent living for seniors – which is right for you or your loved one? In order to decide which type of senior housing is best for your individual circumstances, you should first know a little about each type and your options.

There are five main types of senior housing arrangements, according to a list compiled by Harvard University.

  1. Assisted Living Communities – These types of communities offer a wide variety of arrangements for seniors who require some assistance with day to day living, but do not need full-time nursing care. They range from facilities that offer help with day to day chores such as housekeeping and personal hygiene to those that offer only meals and recreational activities.
  1. Independent Living Communities – These are most often age restricted communities where seniors who are at or over retirement age can reside. Intended for active and relatively healthy seniors, they do not offer in-home assistance, but often have easy access to groups, clubs, and sports activities. These types of retirement communities are very popular in the Southern and Western states.
  1. Shared Housing – This involves a senior who lives with an individual less than 60 years of age, either at the senior’s home or the home of the other individual.
  1. Supported Housing – In this scenario the senior resides in their own home, but with daily assistance from someone outside the home who is not a family member. A good example of this would be organizations such as FirstLight Home Care or The Home Care Team.
  1. Conventional Housing – This is by far the most popular choice of senior housing as far as the seniors themselves are concerned. The AARP has stated that according to polls, 90% of seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes if possible. In order to do this however, the senior must be in at least moderately good health and be able to take care of their day to day needs on their own. In many cases this is possible with minor modifications to the home, such as walk in showers rather than bathtubs or chair lifts for navigating stairs.

Which type of senior housing is right depends on a variety of factors. For those who have only minimal health issues, remaining in a conventional home may be a viable option. For those who require some assistance occasionally, but prefer to do most things for themselves, may want to explore the possibility of an independent living senior community. For those who need daily assistance with chores and personal grooming however, they may want to look more closely into assisted living facilities. In other words, each situation must be evaluated carefully and the wishes and opinions of everyone involved must be taken into account. Senior living options have made dramatic progress in the past several decades and no matter what level of care is needed, there are many facilities that will suit the needs of you or your loved one.  The Small Assisted Living Coalition would be honored to help you.  Please click here or call us at 813-857-2551.

Moving Elderly into a Senior Care Facility

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Tips for Retirement Living

Tips for making the move easier for elderly into a Senior Care Facility

Have you had the difficult conversation or “talk” with your parent or loved one about life and the changes that lie ahead?  If you are like many of us, this “talk” is often dreaded and can be challenging of sorts.  Moving your elderly loved one into an assisted living or senior care facility is not an easy talk to have with an aging parent. It is more likely to be met with less resistance when it’s handled gently, with empathy, care and love.

To help ease the transition, here are some tips to help make the decision easier for you and more acceptable to your loved ones.

Involve your loved one in the decision as early as possible. One of the first decisions will be what type of senior facility is right and then you can discuss which specific facility it will be. Choosing a facility can be done well ahead of time so your loved ones can visit from time to time and get to know some of the staff and residents. This can help ease the transition from home to a senior care facility since the surroundings will be unfamiliar.

When making visits to facilities being considered, be sure to dine at the facility so you and your loved one know what the food will be like.  Typically, having good food and having snacks available throughout the day that your loved one enjoys will help comfort them during the transition.

Get a schedule of planned activities and classes so you and your loved one can participate in activities. Let your loved one choose the activities that interest them. Knowing they won’t be left alone just sitting in their room or apartment with little to do will help keep their mind occupied and challenged and will also allow them to have fun.

When moving elderly parents into an assisted living, a nursing home or any senior care facility, giving them the chance to have input into the decision making process can make it easier. Be sure you approach it from the view point that you care about them enough to want to be sure they are not alone should something happen and you will be less worried about them knowing they are in good hands.  Enabling them to give input into what they like and dislike can be empowering and rewarding as seniors like to be heard. When moving your elderly loved one, on-going communication is critical especially when they don’t want to move.

Additionally, making sure they can take some furniture with them so the new living space feels more familiar often helps. Some facilities offer empty rooms or apartments so residents are able to furnish the space with familiar pieces to make it feel just like home which gives their new home that extra touch.

At the Small ALF Coalition, we understand the difficulties of moving an elderly loved one and would be honored to help ease the transition.  Please click here or call us at 813-857-2551 for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is It Time for Assisted Living or Nursing Home Care?

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Assisted Living and Nursing Home Senior Care

As our older loved ones age, they need more assistance and care. It may not be possible for them to remain at home but they are not ready to give up their independence either. Is it time for Assisted Living or Nursing Home Care? It may be the perfect answer to get the care needed while allowing as much independence as possible.

Assisted Living for seniors offers as much or as little assistance and care as each person needs. In every case, the focus is on the safety, health and comfort of our senior loved ones. Rooms in Assisted Living facilities are designed to allow residents to have some of their own furniture arranged the way they want it.  Some rooms are meant for double occupancy by a husband and wife or an unrelated resident as a roommate which can also be a cost savings alternative.  Seniors are able to live comfortably without the worry of being alone should something happen as help is available within minutes around the clock.

The services available to individuals residing in assisted living facilities varies.  If a resident requires help with bathing, personal grooming, getting dressed and/or getting the right medications at the right times, trained personnel are there to provide it.  If a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointment is needed, a car, van or bus is available to provide transportation.  Typically, vans and buses are usually outfitted for those with walkers or wheelchairs.

Delicious and healthy meal options are provided as part of the service so seniors are able to have good nutritious meals without having to do the work.  Seniors will have more opportunities for socialization than when they were in their own homes. Crafts, games and music as well as exercise programs are made available to those who wish to take advantage of the planned activities.  Outings to events, to the park for a picnic or just out for an afternoon of shopping are planned on a regular basis.

What is the difference between Assisted Living and Nursing Home senior care?

Nursing homes offer some of the same amenities to residents that they can take advantage of that are provided by Assisted Living facilities, however, nursing home facilities provide 24 hour care by licensed and registered nurses (clinical) while assisted living provides “communal living” and services to assist with daily living as needed.  Privacy is reduced and most residents are in smaller rooms that allow for little of their own furniture.  Residents in nursing homes are less able to be independent so staff, often nurses, do more of the care.  Assisted Living encourages residents to do as much for themselves as they are able to do.

What are the signs to look for when it is time for your loved one to move into an assisted living or a nursing home facility is a common question that we are often asked?  If your loved one is isolated from the company of others because they can no longer get out and about on their own, it may be time.  Also, not having good meals because cooking is not something they can do anymore or if they are having a hard time remembering which medications to take when.  If bathing, grooming and getting dressed are becoming too difficult to do on their own, assistance on a regular basis is appropriate.  All of these examples are signs that it may be time to consider assisted living or nursing home care.

Finding the right community based on your family needs is our specialty.  Regardless of what city or part of the country you are in, we will provide you with the best options and resources you need to choose the right type of care and residence for your needs.  Please contact us at www.smallalfcoalition/contact-us.

A New Beginning!

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Welcome to the official blog spot of the Small Assisted Living Coalition!

In this new Blog area, we will be sharing with you various experiences regarding Assisted Living Facilities, and how these experiences can be of benefit to you and yours! We know that the burden of placing a loved one into a home that is safe and secure is a big deal to you. And so, we believe that through these experiences that we would share with you, it is our hope and prayer that you will be blessed immensely, encouraged, and well-informed in making this often-hard decision.

Know today that we are here for you, and if you are in need of a professional consultation with us to help you determine a place that will fit your loved one, contact us today!

More is to come, so stay tuned!

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