How to Start the Search for Senior Living
Is your loved one ready to move into a senior living community? Finding the right senior living community comes with its challenges, but there are many steps you can take to ensure you get the most information to make an informed decision. Read below for a list of first steps you can take to start searching for the right senior living community for your loved one.
If you have found a community that interests you, check online to see what residents and families have to say about the community. Websites like Caring.com or SeniorAdvisor.com have many communities listed and organized to assist your search.
Plan a Tour
First, verify that the community you are interested in is currently offering tours. Getting an inside look at the community and hearing from the employees is the best way to get the information you need. In-person tours give you a real feel of the community, as opposed to virtual tours.
List the Must-Haves
Which services and amenities are “must-haves”? Include on your list any features that are non-negotiable for your loved one – such as the ability to bring pets or the availability of a comprehensive wellness program. Moreover, you should create a “wish list” of what you want, such as an on-site guest suite, a fitness center with a pool, or an in-house bank branch.
Establish a Budget
Depending on the location, senior living costs can vary. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this includes housing, meals, maintenance, and entertainment. Make a realistic budget for your loved one’s monthly expenses after reviewing their finances. Also, remember that long-term care insurance and VA benefits may be able to aid the cost.
Seek Professional Advice
You don’t have to do it on your own. It is possible to lose a lot of money and emotional energy by making mistakes. It can be challenging to negotiate community contracts due to their length and complexity. Before you sign any contract, be sure you understand it all. An attorney can help you look it over and explain anything you are confused about.
At Brooksville Health Care Center, we have many care options, such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, and long-term care, to meet residents’ needs. With our quality care, residents are able to achieve and maintain the highest possible level of function. Contact us to find out more about our community.