Senior Living for Mom and Dad – The Three C’s

Senior Living for Mom and Dad – The Three C’s

Posted on August 7, 2013 by ECR Louisville in Assisted Living, Blog, Caregiver Education, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Rehabilitation Center, Retirement Communities

Seniors who arrive at the decision to move out of their homes and into senior living communities face a number of challenges beyond the emotional ordeal of leaving home.  Questions of their health and their ability to take care of themselves now and in the future, their personality and finances all play a major role in such decisions, and will influence the type of facility chosen.

There are a number of considerations to take into account when selecting a senior living community. Three C’s – cost, community and care – are all important to take into consideration when selecting a facility.

Here are the 3-C’s to evaluating senior living:

– Cost Contrary to many senior’s opinions, senior living can actually be less expensive than remaining at home, allowing seniors to stretch out their financial resources. Each facility has a unique cost structure, and it’s important to understand it. Note, too, that costs can vary state-to-state. Ascertain what’s included in the base rate and what extra expenses there might be or what additional services will cost. It is important to consider what the costs will be for a senior today, as well as in the future – since their medical needs will evolve.  Also important to consider are funding sources – private, Medicaid, VA. Different facilities are eligible for different levels of funding, and seniors should have a complete picture of costs today and in the future.

– Community
Consideration should be given to a senior’s personality and interests. Whether it’s physical fitness (walking trails, exercise areas, yoga and fitness classes) or social activities (visits to the theatre or casino, games, plenty of places and opportunities to socialize with family, friends and fellow residents), the community should match a senior’s desired lifestyle. If they have special needs (such as visual or hearing impairments), is the facility adaptable to those needs? Can residents keep a car or pet?

– Care
Food and medical care are very important to a senior’s health and wellness. Check out the frequency and choices of meals available to residents. Some facilities offer buffet-style dining while others offer formal table service. Most offer three meals daily, though some do not. Some communities can accommodate special dietary needs, but potential residents should make sure the food meets their needs and their taste. Senior living facilities can also provide physical therapy and rehab services to residents – either in-house or through relationships with local rehab centers. Some facilities have nursing care available on premises.  Seniors with specific health requirements should make sure their senior living community can adequately meet their needs.

About the Author

Susan May is the Director of Community Relations at Sacred Heart Senior Living in the Lehigh Valley. She is responsible for marketing, public relations, assisting with referrals, admission criteria and the care needs of each individual. Sue provides emergency response training to staff and coordinates in-house educational seminars for residents and the public. She also educates audiences on long-term care housing options. Sue’s background includes Emergency Care, Home Health Care, Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and has been certified as a Personal Care Home Administrator. She is passionate about her role in Personal Care and serves on local Health Care Initiatives and with groups affiliated with Sacred Heart Visiting Nurses, Lehigh Valley Hospital and the Aging in Place Coalition. She is involved with the Chamber of Commerce, the Parish Nurse Coalition and is a Life Member of HCFAS.