Finding the Right Care : Step 1

Before you get too far along with your search for senior care, it is important to take a moment, talk with your loved ones and make sure that you know what your individual needs are.

This means that you need to take a moment and think about what your own, individual needs and expectations are. Consider your priorities, beyond simply finding great care. Location of the care, costs, the atmosphere of the nuring home or care facility can all be very important.

Remember to use the right tool for the right goal. If you are looking for assistance with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or for a specific need, make sure you consider these in your search. For example there are search tool to help you find traditional nursing homes, Alzheimer’s and dementia care and even care for elderly veterans.

Elderly Couple Searching for Nursing Home

Finding the care you need is part of aging.

Knowing what you are looking for and what you want / need can help you to use any of the many online and offline search tools available to you to the best benefit. Listen to the advice of others, but knowing what you or your loved ones need will help to make sure that you are not caught up in what others may be assuming that you need.

Running in Circles

With the government budget in crisis mode, it is more important than ever to make sure you are planing ahead for senior living. This means that you should be aware of the benefits to expect as well as the savings you have to pay for assisted living.

Many programs require a tenant’s savings are depleted before allowing funds to be submitted.

Whether you are ‘ready’ will depend greatly on the cost of the facilities you select. Knowing this cost can help to set expectations and budgets.

Where to Look for Senior Living

In my last post, I spoke a bit about the nervousness many of us feel about assisted living faciliteis. I would like to talk now for a moment about what steps might be taken after you look past the initial fear.

There is no denying that assisted living is a big step, but like all changes, when done properly, it can lead to great advantages. Assisted living facilities can lead to better care and lower stress on everyone involved. This means that, if you pick the right facility, you can actually have better care and less stress.

But you need to choose the right assisted living option.

This means that you should plan ahead so that the decision is not rushed and everyone’s thoughts are considered.

When you are looking for the right assisted living option, consider location, cost, care needed, and feedback from reviews. Online sites such as http://www.assistedlivingsocial.com also offer helpful services that will quickly show you the options for senior care in your area.

Just remember, by planning ahead, you can find the care that is the best balance of everyone’s expectations.

Assisted Living and the Jabberwocky

I am sure you are wondering about the title of this post. Well, it seems that the assisted living and the Jabberwocky are actually more similar than you might think. At least in the minds of the elderly and families, they are both the big, vaguely scary things that make people disappear.

This, of course, is not true. Just like the mythical Jabberwocky from Louis Carol, assisted living facilities are not scary and do not make people disappear. The real fear is often a fear of old age, and of admitting that more care is needed than can readily be accomodated in daily life.

Once you move past these preconceptions, it becomes more and more clear that you are looking at an opportunity to work together with loved ones to choose the best options for care and assistance as part fo the aging process.