SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS

NEEDS, WANTS & CONSIDERATIONS

Making Choices About Where You Want To Live

As you age, determining whether to stay in your home or move into a different kind of housing environment is difficult in many ways.  No matter who you are or what your situation may be, it often means making major changes to accommodate your changing needs.





Housing decisions are emotional, complex, confusing and difficult  - not just for seniors themselves, but also for their families. There are several things you should take into consideration when the time comes to talk about senior care and senior living arrangements

Taking the time to think about and discuss needs and possible choices before you face an urgent or emergency situation helps to ensure you can make the right decision for you and your loved one if or when the need arises.

  1.    You may want to ‘age in place’ at home

  2.    You want maintenance-free independent living

  3.    You may need an assisted living environment 

  4.    You may want to anticipate the need for help providing       care for yourself, your partner or loved one in the future.                       

7 Reasons Older Adults or Their Families Consider a Move

  1. 1. Concerns about Older Adults’ increasing needs for ‘specialized care’ of some type (i.e., physical fragility, sleeplessness, difficulties with activities of daily living, incontinence, wandering, wandering, confusion and memory-related diseases, difficult demential behaviors, tube feeding, skin care treatment, debilitating illness or disease inability of caregiver to continue meeting the person’s long-term care needs, etc.)

  2. 2.  The person can no longer attend adult day care.

  3. 3.  The family cannot provide the necessary 24/7 care needed.

  4. 4.  The care required is beyond the ability of the current caregiver or  requires a professional, skilled or managed caregiver

  5. 5.  A major health crisis or medical event necessitates a transition to a more accommodating living environment

  6. 6.  The decline or inability of the current caregiver to continue to meet the person’s long-term care needs, etc.

  7. 7.  Current or future financial considerations necessitate a change.

It’s Your Life and Your Future.


  1.   You should know what housing choices are out there and available to you.


  1.   You should also know what your specific desires, preferences and realistic housing options are.


  1.   Your family and loved ones should know your desires, as well as their concerns and desires for you. 


  1.   Your family also needs to know their capabilities and limitations about housing and caring for you themselves.
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The ElderCare Locator


The Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging.


The Eldercare Locator is your first step for finding local agencies in every U.S. community


These agencies  help older persons and their families access home and community-based services like transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services - even when you live at home.


For telephone assistance, call

1-800-677-1116


Link to the ElderCare Locator

IDENTIFYING & DISCUSSING

HOUSING NEEDS & PERSONAL PREFERENCES

Today Seniors have many choices and options in housing.                      Each Senior housing option has its pros and cons.

Changing medical, health and care needs are good reasons for Seniors to consider housing options and plan for the future.

Aging in place and moving in with family top Senior Housing choices.

Getting assistance with non-medical home care and activities of daily living (ADLs) helps Seniors remain at home and independent longer.

Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Homes, CCRCs & Special Care Units are also housing options for Seniors.

Making future housing decisions are complex, emotional processes - for older adults, their children and loved ones and their younger families.  It takes time, planning and a good deal of preparation.

Whatever decision you make, everyone needs to understand - and remember - the safety, dignity, comfort and contentment of you or your loved one as they age is the ultimate goal.

As we age, many people put off planning for senior living and the care we may need later on. 

We put off planning because we don't think they'll need it; or because we want to save our assets for our children and believe that government subsidies will cover any care they need.

The good news is senior living residences are available at a variety of price points - and there are several options available for paying for living options as you age and your health and care needs change.
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