Navigating Senior Care Options: A 5 Step Guide for Families

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Does searching for a senior living community feel like you are lost with no map? Let us be your tour guide in the world of senior living. Here are our five key steps to navigating senior living options.

Does searching for a senior living community feel like you are lost with no map? Let us be your tour guide in the world of senior living. We created a guide to help you navigate through the various senior living options and find a welcoming home to care for your parent’s unique needs. 

Step 1: Assess

Start by assessing the wants and needs of your loved one. What types of amenities would they appreciate? As for care needs, consider any physical limitations or cognitive changes. After gauging their interests and care requirements, begin researching senior care communities that match your aging loved one’s needs and preferences.

Step 2: Consider Costs 

Financing assisted living or memory care services can be a significant concern for seniors and their families. Assess the costs associated with each senior care community, including monthly fees, additional services, and potential healthcare expenses. There are a variety of resourceful and creative options to pay for senior living. Look into available assets and resources, such as insurance options and government programs, which can make for an easier conversation about money. 

Step 3: Explore the Details 

Senior living communities offer more than care assistance. Many communities provide an abundance of opportunities for socializing, learning new things, and enjoying loved hobbies. Conversations about moving out of a long-time home can provoke emotional responses. Providing details about care assistance and financials, plus the fun lifestyle, allows for conversations with clarity and compassion. 

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Step 4: Go Sightseeing 

Once you have a list of potential communities, schedule tours to visit each community. Allot time for in-depth visits, and be prepared to discuss your loved one’s care needs. Take note of the atmosphere, amenities, and quality of care provided. Ask questions about staff qualifications, medical services, and activities available for residents. Take the opportunity to speak with current residents and staff members about their experiences. Touring the sites will give you unique insights about community culture.

Step 5: Pinpoint the Favorite

After gathering all the necessary information, carefully weigh the pros and cons of each community. Ultimately, choose the one that aligns best with unique care and lifestyle requirements, to ensure a comfortable and supportive environment.

Here at Chapters, our friendly team is happy to help your family navigate senior living decisions! 

Call our office today! 

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