Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 13
As America’s population 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 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, including Physical
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.
Choosing a
Senior Living Community
Questions to Ask
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