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How to Choose the Right Community for You or Your Loved One

Choosing the right senior living community to call home is an important and emotional decision. At Traditions, we understand the gravity of this decision, and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Whether your family is seeking Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Memory Care, you’ll find a place to call home in a Traditions community. 

How to Choose the Right Community for You or Your Loved One

Begin by assessing your or your loved one’s needs. If you’ve begun the process, chances are you’ve made the decision that you, your parents, grandparents, aunt, uncle, friend, or another loved one are ready to move or need care beyond what they can receive at home. That’s a great start! You’ll need to work with your community to determine the appropriate level of care that is required. Options include assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing. These considerations are based on medical conditions, daily living requirements, and other factors that your community can help you assess to find the right place to call home. 

Research and Evaluate Communities 

Once you’re ready to find a new home, start your research. Carefully researching and evaluating communities will help you find the right place for you or your loved one. Look for senior living communities in your area that align with your family's needs. Consider factors like location, services offered, and included amenities.

Schedule visits to your shortlisted senior living communities. Take note of the cleanliness, friendliness, and welcoming of the staff, resident engagement, and overall atmosphere. Does it feel like a comfortable and safe environment for you or your parents? 

You can also seek professional advice or experiences of those close to senior living. Consult with healthcare professionals, geriatric care managers, or social workers specializing in senior care. They can provide valuable insights and guidance based on your parent's specific needs and circumstances.

If you feel comfortable in a community, the next step is very important. You’ll want to review the community’s licensing and accreditation carefully. Check if the communities you are considering are licensed, accredited, and compliant with state and local regulations. This ensures they meet quality standards and will provide appropriate care for you and your family.

Assess Financial Feasibility

Selecting a comfortable home for you or a loved one is not only a complicated and emotional decision; it’s one of the biggest financial considerations your family will make. Ensure you understand all the costs associated with each senior living option, including monthly fees, additional services, and potential future expenses. Evaluate your financial resources, insurance coverage, Veterans Aid and Attendance, and long-term care benefits to determine affordability.

Prepare for the Transition

If you are seeking a caring home for a loved one, make sure you involve your parent in the decision-making process. Discuss the options with your family and consider their preferences and input. Their comfort and happiness should be a priority in choosing a senior living community.

Once you've chosen a senior living community, create a transition plan. Coordinate with the community staff to ensure a smooth move-in process and make any necessary arrangements for medical care, personal belongings, and paperwork.

It is critical to provide emotional support for your loved one. Moving to a new living arrangement can be emotional for your parent. Offer support, reassurance, and understanding throughout the transition process.

Follow up and stay involved. Regularly communicate with the senior living community staff to ensure your parent's needs are being met. Visit and spend time with your loved one to maintain a strong connection and monitor their well-being.

Remember, every individual's situation is unique, and it's important to tailor the path to your specific needs and preferences. Consulting with professionals in the field can provide further guidance and support throughout the process.