Seniors are traditionally independent, private, and painfully thrifty. They see their worlds shrinking. Living spaces, daily tasks, social activities keep changing. Driving, new doctors, remembering dates, appointments become challenging.

SOMEONE start the conversation about Senior living options!

SOMEONE start the conversation! START! Discuss facts and myths of each type of living community. Be informed.

INDEPENDENT LIVING

FACT: Ages 55 and older choose to live safely with peers in these communities. As a rule independent living has only non-medical assistance on site. MYTH: It’s depressing. FACT: Activities, socialization, and travel fill residents’ days. MYTH: Independence is lost. FACT: Being free of household chores, most living expenses, and home maintenance brings MORE independence. MYTH: Social events are lacking. FACT: Activities range from upward of four daily.

ASSISTED LIVING

Each Community is State regulated. Three meals and a medical staff are required. MYTH: Residents cannot manage cares. FACT: Residents, their families and physicians drive cares. Staff follows directions and can assist but not manage cares. Residents are free to come and go, some are still driving. Assistance is required with at least two activities of daily living. MYTH: There are no social activities. FACT: Residents are more engaged. Programs such as fitness, cards, music, crafts, and book and bible studies are offered. Weekly trips to parks, recreational areas, and sporting events are common. MYTH: Residents have no independence. FACT: Residents have a voice and clearly defined rights.

LONG TERM CARE

Skilled medical care, including therapy, is provided. Nurses are staffed and present around the clock. Residents may receive rehabilitation or post-surgical care and return home when goals are met. MYTH: It’s a hospital. FACT: Unlike hospitals, Skilled Care Facilities offer mental stimulation, activities, and social events. MYTH: Residents have no rights. FACT: Residents are protected under the law. Both they and their family are entitled to be involved in decisions. MYTH: Care is inadequate. FACT: Skilled Care Facilities undergo stringent internal quality assurance checks and are accountable to both State and Federal Government regulatory agencies.

Each Senior is different emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Be proactive. Enlist the help of a non-biased professional who understands not only community resources, but the need for Plan ‘A’. Contact a Transition Consultant such as Bridge to Better Living®.

….now, start the coffee.