Choosing a Senior Living Community

Choosing a Senior Living Community

January 11, 2024
Brooke Holmes, Senior Care Advisor, Partner American Senior Home Finders

When home is no longer a safe place even with in-home care support, it becomes necessary to consider other senior living options. Making the decision to transition into a senior living community is not an easy one. It's a decision that often comes with mixed emotions and numerous questions. The good news? You don't have to go through the journey alone. Here is some basic advice to help you think through the process.

Recognizing When It's Time to Move

The reality is, as we age, our needs change. It's important to recognize the signs that indicate it might be time for a move, keep in mind this is even after addressing these concerns with in-home care solutions. These can include:
  • Frequent falls or injuries
  • Difficulty managing daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, or cooking
  • Isolation or withdrawal from social activities
  • Increased forgetfulness or confusion
  • Unexplained weight loss or changes in appetite

These signs suggest that it might be time for a change, a step towards ensuring safety, well-being, and quality of life.

Understanding Your Options

Senior living communities come in various forms. They range from independent living, which offers minimal assistance, to memory care that provides specialized care for individuals with Alzheimer's, dementia and other cognitive impairments. Then there is the model of a Residential Care Home which is a single-family home converted to accommodate assisted living. They typically have up to 6 residents living there with a small 24-hr care staff.

Key Factors to Consider

When evaluating potential communities or homes, consider the following factors:
  • Location: Is the community close to family and friends? Is it near medical facilities?
  • Services and Amenities: Does the community offer the services you need? Are there activities that match your interests?
  • Cost: Can you afford the community not just now, but in the future?
  • Culture and Atmosphere: Do you feel comfortable and welcome? What is the staff-to-resident ratio?

Also, when visiting potential communities, we suggest talking to residents and participating in community activities. This will give you a firsthand experience of what life would be like there.

The Role of a Senior Care Advisor

A local senior care advisor or placement specialist can be an invaluable resource during this journey. They have a comprehensive understanding of the local options available, and they can guide you through the process, offering personalized advice based on your specific needs and preferences.

They can also help you understand and navigate the financial aspects of senior living, ensuring you make an informed decision that aligns with your budget.

Moving Forward with Confidence

Choosing the right senior living community is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. By recognizing the signs that it's time to move, understanding your options, considering key factors, and seeking professional guidance, you can make a confident decision that best suits your needs.

About The Author:

Brooke is a partner with American Senior Home Finders. She has always had a passion for helping her community and society at large. In early childhood she was very involved and participated in social betterment activities and volunteer opportunities in places such as Thailand, South Africa, helping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and other world catastrophes. Through her humanitarian efforts she went in the direction of helping others, in any way that she could. In the business world this translated into Marketing and Management. Brooke has been fulfilling her passion for the past 10 years, bringing the best senior living and care solutions to families who need it.

About BrightStar Care of Carlsbad, CA:

BrightStar Care of Carlsbad is the #1 rated home care agency in San Diego, CA, by Home Care Pulse.  They offer a wide range of in-home support services, including companion care, personal care and skilled nursing. They also specialize in care for people with Parkinson’s and dementia.  Because BrightStar caregivers are trained and supported by a RN Nursing Director who watches over our clients and staff – something extremely rare for home care companies --  they can provide early detection and intervention when medical issues arise. In fact, BrightStar clients are 25% less likely to be hospitalized compared to clients of other home care companies.