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Five things to know before your parents move to assisted living

Tuesday, April 29 2014 3:24 AM

You know that living at home may no longer be the best option for your parents, and you want to suggest that they move into an assisted living community. Here are five things you should know to ease the conversation and help them see the benefits.

Assisted living residents set their level of care

Assisted living communities are licensed healthcare providers that offer housing, personal and supportive services. Your parents can meet with staff members to discuss possible care plans and choose their desired level of care. Knowing these details up front can help your parents see the move as a way to maintain their independence while also receiving the care they need.

Many payment options may be available

Assisted living costs vary by location and can be influenced by the chosen level of care and services. Before paying for assisted living privately, your parents may benefit from exploring other payer sources. For example, some assisted living communities accept Medicaid. If your parents have long-term care insurance, they should review their policy to see if it covers assisted living services. Veterans may qualify for an additional Aid and Attendance pension through the Veterans Administration that could cover some assisted living services.

Assisted living is community living

Your parents may feel isolated and lonely at home, even if they don’t want to talk about it. Moving to an assisted living community can help them connect with other seniors and fill the gaps in care they weren’t receiving at home. Knowing that 24-hour medical assistance is available can help them feel safer, and attending organized activities can keep them active.

Living units and amenities vary by location

Your parents needn’t feel limited by their assisted living space options. Apartment sizes vary between locations; floor plans often range from efficiencies with small kitchenettes to full-size apartments with complete kitchens. Amenities also vary between assisted living communities, often including things like general stores, transportation and housekeeping.

Assisted living isn’t the only option

Assisted living may be suitable for your parents, but it isn’t the only option. Many home care services are available for seniors who aren’t ready to leave home. Services at home could include personal care, housekeeping, monitoring of medication, nursing care and much more. Help your parents choose the best option by assessing their needs and evaluating the home care and assisted living services in their area.

Source: www.good-sam.com 

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