WHEN IT’S TIME TO MOVE

FROM HOME TO ‘HOME AWAY FROM HOME’

Easing the Transition From Living At Home to Senior Residential Living Or A Care Community

When you and your family agree that the time is right to move into living facilities that can better accommodate your needs, these tips can help make a smoother, less stressful transition.

So much of what is best in us is bound up in family.

However you need to approach the subject, focus on the needs, desires, health and safety of your loved one - now and going forward. 

  1. Discuss your concerns gently, honestly, openly and with respect. 

  2. Listen to their concerns and wishes. 

  3. Do your best to honor their wishes as you work to accommodate their health and safety needs and other best interests.

  4. When the choice is made, do your best to make the transition as comfortable for them as possible.


  1. 1.Plan Ahead:  don’t wait until a medical emergency or living crisis happens. 

  2. Knowing what your options are ahead of time helps to reduce the chaos, confusion and trauma of a move for both an older adult and the family.  A careful comparison of available choices helps everyone gain insight into finding the most appropriate setting and level of care your loved one needs.

  3. The investigation process offers the Older Adult – and the family – a sense of control over what often feels like an uncontrollable situation.


  4. 2. Try to come to a decision and agreement as a Family.

  5. Discuss the issue, your concerns and your loved one’s changing needs in a family meeting whenever possible. 

  6. When you are dealing with an older adult with a cognitive disorder like Alzheimer’s, you or your family may have to make a decision without their participation.  It is still a good idea to discuss and explain what is happening with your loved one to prepare them and calm their fears of the unknown.

  7. When there is conflict or confusion, it helps to include someone like a social worker, a case manager, a hospital discharge planner, financial planner or a spiritual advisor in your discussions. 









3.  Identify the Older Adult’s specific housing needs.

•What level of care does she /he need?

•How much independence and privacy is the right level for your loved one?

•Does your loved one have any physical or cognitive impairment that requires attention or assistance?

•What are your loved one’s likely future needs?

•Is a smaller or larger facility likely to work better for your loved one?


4.  Start Your Search For Senior Housing In The Right Place

    A good place to begin searching for elder housing and/or caregiver                      support programs in your area is your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA).   You can find housing and support program options at the website (FreeElderCareSurvey.com) their short 2 minute survey which will return many options for you or by calling:(303) 841-3990 if calling please allow time for the phone interview (15-20 minutes) during standard business hours.

    The Area Agency on Aging offers the following services:

•A list of licensed facilities in your area

•Licensing regulations for your state

•Contact information for your long-term care ombudsman

•Contact information for Medicare and Medicaid in your State (MediCal in California).

Check with you local office on aging about elder housing options and other available resources.

Discuss you concerns with you loved one - always with honesty, care and respect.

Planning and making decisions about aging parents have the best results when made they are made proactively (before a crisis).  They should involve all family members.  The discussions need to be open, honest and respectful.  They should cover various care options and examine the resources available to cover the costs.

However you need to approach the subject, focus on the needs and desires of your loved one. 

  1. Discuss your concerns openly and with respect. 

  2. Listen to their concerns and wishes.

  3. Do your best to honor their wishes as you work to     accommodate their needs.

  4. Do your best to make the transition as comfortable for them as possible.

Some community organizations offer families help finding housing for their loved ones. 

  1.     Check with your church or synagogue, your local senior     center or city/county Senior Services office. 

  2.     You might also consider hiring a Geriatric Care Manager to help you organize your thoughts and priorities regarding a senior living transition.  Geriatric Care Managers’ services include helping families locate appropriate housing and care services for their loved ones.  To find geriatric care managers near you, learn about their expertise, services and costs, visit the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers or call (520) 881-8008

However you need to approach the subject, when you focus on the needs of your loved one, and discus your concerns openly you can make choices that will accommodate their needs and your concerns.  That done, it will help ease any transition that may need to happen.
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