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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. SeniorHomes.com
    • Information in this presentation provided by gerontologist Melissa Shulz
    • SeniorHomes.com is a free resource for seniors and families searching for housing and care services
    • Visit http://www.seniorhomes.com for more information on senior housing