You’ve supported your loved ones’ wishes to remain in their home, but now the time has come for them to transition to a supportive living environment. The process of moving a parent into senior housing can be very stressful. Whether this transition becomes necessary due to safety concerns, a decline in health or a spouse passing away, the first obstacle that often comes up is getting a senior to agree that this type of housing is the best option for their well-being. Accomplishing that goal and managing all of the emotions involved requires compassion, empathy, skill and insight.
Life Care Legal Counselors has helped many people and their parents successfully transition to senior housing. Here few tips about managing this process:
- There’s no such thing as starting to plan too early. Waiting until a health crisis or other unfortunate event forces this transition will make the process much harder to manage and limits your choices.
- A full assessment of a senior’s current situation is the best starting point. This includes financial resources and the type of care that’s needed. You can then calculate the total cost associated with staying in the current place. Once you have that figure, you can compare it to different community senior housing options.
- Be ready for an extended process. Many seniors take more than a year to go through this process and move into new housing. During this time, be sure to look at the wide range of options that are available.
Life Care Legal Counselors will be happy to use our expertise to guide you and the senior in your life through this transitional process.