The needs of your aging parents are unique and will continue to change over time. As you explore the option of assisted living for your parents it is essential that you make sure their current and future needs will be met. They can receive a wide range of help in an assisted living community. If your parents are still relatively independent, they can get intermittent or regular help in assisted living. When their needs intensify then they can receive the frequent or constant help they require. Keep reading for a detailed description of each level of help.
Senior adults often need the assistance of loved ones to decide when it is time to get more help with daily tasks. As an adult child of aging parents, you are in a unique, and sometimes difficult position. You may have to start taking a more active role in helping your parents with important decisions. One of the biggest decisions your parents will make as they age is where to live during their golden years. You can help them determine when it is time to move into assisted living by keeping an eye out for a few telltale signs.
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.
"A new partnership model will provide more reliable, high-quality care with greater transparency to the region’s rapidly aging residents," said Nita Sommers, president of Honor Care Network, a new partner of Eskaton.
Honor recently announced that two of the leading home care agencies in Greater Sacramento— Live Well at Home by Eskaton and Indecare —have joined the Honor Care Network, a growing partnership of home care agencies dedicated to improving the quality standards of home care.
Decreasing mobility is a fact of life for many seniors. There are a variety of factors that can lead to limited mobility including injury, recent hospitalization, obesity, and arthritis. Decreased mobility can then lead to other issues for seniors when it starts to impair their ability to do everyday activities such as getting out to see loved ones, cooking, and physical self-care. If you have a senior in your life with limited mobility, then you know how difficult everyday tasks can become as mobility decreases. One option for seniors with limited mobility is assisted living. Assisted living communities are designed with seniors in mind and can accommodate those who have decreased range of motion all the way to those who have limited overall mobility.
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.
The aging process is different for each person. Your needs may be significantly different than those of someone who is the same age as you. This variation makes it difficult to establish guidelines for senior living communities based solely on age. In order for a community to cater specifically to senior adults there does have to be a minimum age, typically 55 or 62 depending on location and services. But, your age is only one element you need to consider as you think about moving into a senior living community.
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