California is aging and the number of Californians 80 and older will grow by 65% in the next ten years. Eskaton Village Carmichael residents Karen Robison and Karl Bucholz sit down with Sacramento Bee reporter Mila Jasper to discuss their perspective of aging in California and their experience moving into Continuing Care Retirement Community.
As you start to investigate the different options for senior care you will find that there are many ways to get the help you need as you age. With so many available options, how do you decide which one is best for you? You have to weigh out a number of factors in order to make an informed decision. The types of care available, your physical needs, the cost of care, and your experience when you go on community tours can all be used to help you weigh the options for senior care.
Some aging adults struggle with the idea of moving into a senior living community. There are a lot of changes that come with leaving home and going to assisted living. These changes can be very positive for your parents. Many seniors find that moving into a senior living community provides them with peace of mind, opportunities for social interaction, and a whole host of desirable amenities. If your parents fail to see these benefits then they may be against the idea of making a move. If your parents don’t want to move into a senior living community there are some steps you can take to help them look at moving as a viable option. Start by listening to their concerns about moving. Spend some time talking about the benefits of senior living communities. And, accompany them on community tours once they open up to the idea.
A basic online search will reveal that the options for senior living communities in Northern California are numerous. There are independent living communities, assisted living communities, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities (and a few others not mentioned here). The number of options may have you wondering if there any real differences between these various types of communities. Or, are they simply different names to describe the same thing? There are, in fact, some major differences between the various senior living community options. Understanding these differences can help you know where to start looking for a community that works for you.
Topics: Independent Living
Choosing a senior living community can be an exciting process. Moving into a senior living community will allow you to meet new people, have new experiences, and get the help you need along the way. But, many seniors start the process of looking for a senior living community and realize they have no idea how to tell which one will be the best fit. If you find yourself asking, ‘How do I tell which senior living community is right for me?’ then you have come to the right place. Keep reading to learn about the elements to consider in order to discover the community that is the best fit.
Topics: Independent Living
There are a number of elements to consider as you help your parents navigate their options for senior living. In order to make a true comparison between staying at home and moving into assisted living you will have to delve deep into your parents’ monthly living expenses. You need to get a true understanding of what it costs your parents to stay home each month so you can appropriately compare it to the costs of a senior living community.
There is no one-size-fits-all path for navigating the aging process. It is a deeply personal experience you and your family will work through together. As your parents age, you will likely explore care options with them. Two of the main options that families consider for senior care are in-home care and assisted living. These are both good options for getting your parents the help they need. But which one is the best option for your parents’ particular situation? How do you choose between in-home care and assisted living? The first step in choosing between the two options is to learn the differences in what they offer.
Many adult children get involved in the process of helping their aging parents explore senior living options. At Eskaton, we are always happy to see seniors who come in with the support and assistance of their family. You can help your parents navigate the practical elements of the journey as well as any feelings that come up as they consider moving into a senior living community. As you begin the process of looking into assisted living with your parents, your first question is likely going to be, ‘Can my parents afford to move into a senior living community?’ This is an important question to have answered. Many people are surprised to learn just how many factors come into play when looking at affordability.
This is a common question that comes from adult children who are concerned for their aging mom. The statistics about older women who are on a fixed income show that this is a very widespread issue.
What type of place do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘senior living community’? If a bland, boring, one size fits all community is what comes to mind then you do not have the full picture of your options. High quality senior living communities can provide top notch care in an area you want to be along with resort style amenities. If you are looking for a senior living community that fits your needs there are more options than ever before.