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  • 1. Choosing the Best Independent Living Facility for Your Loved One
  • 2. Searching for Independent Living • Searching for a new home for an elderly loved one can be overwhelming • If you are equipped with the right tools, your search can be less trying • The following items are the steps you should take to find the best independent living facility for your loved one
  • 3. Step One: How Much Help Do You Need? • Independent living facilities are geared towards those who: – Are more autonomous – May need simple help with activities of daily living • Differ from skilled nursing care, which caters to people who may have Alzheimer’s disease or need a higher level of care • Discuss your loved one’s care needs with your family doctor • If you know the type of care needed, facility staff won’t be able to talk you into more costly and unnecessary services
  • 4. Step Two: Include your elderly family member in the process • Value their opinion • Transition may be difficult • Understand their needs, values, and preferences • Empower them to aid in decision-making • Not all people are active later in life • Find a community that values your loved one’s individual preferences
  • 5. Step Three: Decide what you can afford • Independent living facilities range in price from state to state and depending on the type of community • Choose the best option based on what you can afford • Facilities that cater to the affluent are not necessarily the best
  • 6. Step Four: Tour the facility • Take a tour after hours – Marketing staff is gone – Employees not expecting guests • Dinner time on a Sunday allows you to watch how staff interact with residents • Talk to some of the residents • Check the kitchen, rooms, and grounds to ensure they’re kept up to standard
  • 7. Step Five: Go for the “community” feel • Your loved one should feel that they’re moving into a welcoming new home, not an institution • Transition is difficult • May equate leaving their home to a loss of independence • Many facilities employ staff with degrees who understand the feelings your loved one may be going through – Social workers – Gerontologists
  • 8. • Information in this presentation provided by gerontologist Melissa Shulz • is a free resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services • Visit for more information on senior housing