How to Choose a Senior Care Community

Caring for an aging parent or loved one is challenging. Eventually the time may come for you to move your relative from their home into a senior care community, but where do you begin?

Start by creating a list of must-have factors and amenities. With this list, you’ll have your loved one’s priorities top of mind as you search for the perfect senior care community. Here are several things to consider before looking for a new home for that special person.

1. Location

If your loved one lives far away from you now, do you want to keep them where they are, or do you want to relocate them closer to you? If your relative is in good health and has a strong support system in their current location, they may feel more comfortable moving to a senior care community near home. If your loved one has health problems and is alone in their neck of the woods, they could benefit from moving closer to you. 

2. Cost

Before you create a budget for your loved one’s new home, you have to figure out who will be paying for it. Does your relative have savings or a life insurance policy that will pay for their life in the senior care community? Will you be paying for it out of pocket? Will it be covered by Medicare? Set a budget for your search after you figure out where the money is coming from.

3. Independence

What level of independence does your loved one need? Do they need constant supervision and medical care, or merely a safe community of peers? If the former, ask the manager at the senior care community about what kind of supervision your loved one will have. If the latter, ask what options residents have if their health declines.

4. Services and amenities

The services and amenities that your loved one needs will depend on their lifestyle and health. Does the senior care community have aids on call 24/7? What is the food like? Does the community have transportation shuttles to bring its residents to medical visits and grocery stores? What kind of activities does the community offer for socialization?

Consider how your loved one lives currently and find a community that lets them retain that lifestyle. 

5. Special needs

If your loved one has special medical needs, look for a senior care community that knows how to handle them. There are communities made especially for seniors with memory problems, disabilities, and other needs, so do your research.

Consider all of these factors before you begin your search for the perfect next home for your aging loved one so that you find a senior care community that they’ll feel comfortable, safe, and stimulated in.