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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 are 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 decided 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 required care. Options include assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing. These considerations are based on medical conditions, daily living requirements, and other factors your community can help you assess to find the right place to call home. 

Research & 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 staff's cleanliness, friendliness, welcoming, resident engagement, and overall atmosphere. Does it feel comfortable and safe 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 significant. 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 of 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 seek a caring home for a loved one, involve your parent in decision-making. Discuss the options with your family and consider their preferences and input. Their comfort and happiness should be a priority when 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.

Every individual's situation is unique, and it's essential 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.

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