Assisted Living or Dementia Care Placement Can Help Caregivers
Mike McClernonMay 6th, 2020
When a senior begins a new life in an Assisted Living community, I often hear, “My mother’s life changed for the better when she was placed in an Assisted Living community. So did mine!”
The daughter of a woman I placed in Assisted Living told me, “This past year has been a transitional one for my 88-year-old mother. She lived alone in a condo, her health began declining, she was less able to drive, and I became concerned about her falls. She became socially isolated. More of my time has been performing tasks for her. It became clear that a move to Assisted Living would help us both.”
As a senior advisor, I know the work required to care for an older adult living independently; shopping, doctor’s visits, home-related tasks, social needs, etc. It is like being a parent again, with dual houses and lots of specific needs associated with the elderly added on.
The woman quoted above continued, “With Mike’s help, we placed my mother in a beautiful Assisted Living community, chosen with her needs and finances in mind. Within a week, she was happier and enjoying her new place. Over time,, she looked healthier and rested, was walking with less pain, and receiving PT. She got to know the staff and made several new friends. Her new doctors are all in the building. She has access to bus trips to the library, supermarket, local attractions and can sign up for short personal trips. And the best part – someone else was helping her with all of these tasks, and I could go back to being her daughter!”
Senior home advisors do not charge seniors or their family members for their services. We are compensated by the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities into which we place seniors. We know each community’s services, social environment, apartment layout, and level of care. We build trusting relationships with these communities so that, in turn, we can serve as trusted advisors to our senior clients and families. We also work closely with a client’s estate planning attorney, financial planner and/or insurance advisor to determine how the senior will pay for their new home setting.
Assisted Living or Memory Care/Dementia Care placement is a Great Next Place to live for many seniors. As a professional in senior placement, I know that it can bring wonderful benefits to the rest of the family, too.