Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2017 Summer/Fall Edition - page 18

Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Cleveland
Assisted Living
Moving into an assisted living residence is a good
option for individuals who need help with everyday
activities, like taking medicine or getting dressed, but
want to stay as active and independent as possible.
Many assisted living residences are affiliated with
retirement communities and nursing homes. This can
make the transition into assisted living easier as a
person’s needs change. All assisted living residences
feature single and double rooms. Some offer suites
and larger apartments for those residents who can
afford them.
Make Planning a Priority
Planning shouldn’t start in the middle of a crisis. It
starts by figuring out your preferences, understanding
what needs might arise and learning what the costs
might be to pay for the services you or your loved
one will need and want. To start the planning process,
consider asking yourself or your loved one the
following questions:
• Who is the one person I will depend on for support
as I age?
• If I need to move out of my home, where would I
most like to move?
• What’s the one thing I would like my loved ones to
know about my preferences as I age?
You can use the answers to put a plan into place by
meeting with your lawyer, taking a trip to the bank, or
buying a long-term care insurance policy.
Editorial provided by Greg Hadley at the American Association of Homes and
Services for the Aging in Washington, DC., (A.A.S.H.A)
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