Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit - page 18

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As Ame r i ca ’s popu l a t i on
continues to age and live longer,
children and family members may
at some point face the decision of
eventually moving a loved one into
a senior living community. While
moving is never easy, this can be
especially difficult for someone
who has lived in one place for
decades. Therefore, the decision
to re-locate a loved one should be
well planned and well thought out.
Many senior communities offer
independent living, where you have
your own private apartment with the
option of having a kitchen. Many
residents in independent living
Choosing a Senior Living Community
Questions to Ask
communities still drive their own
car and cook their own meals.
Some independent communities
offer additional assistance with
activities of daily living, which can
range from medication reminders,
bathing and dressing assistance,
and mobility assistance to services
provided by visiting physicians,
podiatrists, dentists, and many
other medical support services,
inc luding Phys i ca l Therapy.
Many times, these services are
provided on-site through third-
party professional resources.
Respite care and short stays
are an option in some senior living
communities, where seniors can
stay for just a couple of days to
sample the community or have a
place to stay in a private apartment
while family caregivers go on
vacation or need a respite from care
giving for a short period.
Seniors in need of advanced,
around the clock monitoring will
find that level of care in licensed
assisted living facilities or skilled
nursing facilities, which are often
referred to as nursing homes.
When is it time to consider
senior living for a loved one?
• Their refrigerator is empty or
filled with spoiled food or your
loved one is losing weight.
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