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Senior housing got your head spinning? With so many choices and pros and cons to each, it can be difficult to figure out how to get the best care for your aging loved one.
Here are 3 important aspects of the senior housing search to keep in mind.
1. Understand how much care your loved one needs
From round-the-clock care to more independent housing, it’s important to consider all options and choose what matches the needs of your loved one.
For older folks who feel fresh as a spring chicken, it makes sense to stay right at home or join active adult communities where all residents are of the same age group. At Sun City by Del Webb in Huntley, Illinois, seniors age 55 and up enjoy separate single-family homes in a community equipped with luxury amenities and shared spaces such as tennis courts.
On the other side of the spectrum are options like assisted living communities that help seniors with things like housekeeping and cooking, but offer limited medical services. For those who need skilled nursing and full monitoring care, nursing homes are the best choice.
You can get help in finding the best housing solution for your loved one by using consulting services like Amada Senior Care in Colorado Springs, that can direct you to the best options in your area.
2. Consider all the expenses and finance options
Whether it’s hiring a caregiver to check in on your mom a few times a week or moving into a specialized care facility, there will be some sort of cost associated with senior care.
For a one-bedroom space in an independent living or retirement community, you can expect to pay an average of about $2,750 per month, according to Genworth.com. Cost rise to about $5,000 a month for specialized memory (or Alzheimer’s) care. At Amada, coordinators can help find different sources of aid you may not find yourself. The last thing you want is to move your loved one into a high-end community only to have them run out of money a few months later, explain Amada’s Ken Jenson.
3. Keep any special preferences or needs in mind
Aside from specialized care for illnesses like Alzheimer’s, it’s also important to think of some of the smaller details. If your mother can’t live without her cat, you’ll need to make sure the home you choose allows small pets.
Having certain amenities may also skew your decision from one option to the other. A pool in the facility can be a major bonus for seniors who may need it for physical therapy, while large living quarters can help one transition from the 5,000-square-foot house they’re used to down to something much smaller.
Find the best caregiver for your loved one with the help of a great home service provider like Amada Senior Care in Colorado Springs. For more about hiring one of Amada’s staff of 250 (and counting!) caregivers, visit AmadaColorado.com or call (719) 377-9121.