For many seniors and senior family caregivers, there comes a time when finding an alternative senior living option or assisted living community becomes imperative. Whether it’s to provide help with basic everyday activities or simply to provide more connection, making sure that you find the right new home is crucial for that senior’s health, happiness and quality of life.
It’s why Treemont Retirement Community wants you to understand the five “C’s” that every senior and/or family should consider when weighing the options for senior care and living.
Understanding costs and having a plan to cover them is a crucial factor when you’re searching for the right senior living option. One way that seniors and caregivers can offset assisted living expenses is to sell the senior’s current home. If you currently own a home, you can look up local home prices and information about the market, to see if this is a viable option for your family.
Average expenses and options for paying for senior care and living can also depend on where you are looking. In Houston and other areas of the country, seniors may be able to use their Medicaid or Medicare benefits to help with expenses. Although this only applies in certain situations, this is why it may also be a good idea to look into alternative financial help. For independent or senior living communities, you might also want to “Compare the Value” of what you are paying now vs the cost of an all-inclusive retirement community.
Aside from costs, you also need to think about the level of care and assistance needed. For example, seniors who can still carry out activities of daily living but just want more convenience may be happier moving to an independent living community. Most of these communities have age restrictions, which will keep seniors in the company of other adults who are 55+.
If, however, you or your senior loved one does need assistance with ADLs, then an assisted living community is a good choice. Even so, there are different types of facilities to consider. Each has a different level of care and some provide more specific care, so do your homework.
Once you have your choices narrowed down to a specific senior living option, you can begin looking for more specific features of each community. Thinking about these features is one of the keys to ensuring you will have good quality of life in your new home, and that you will not be overly stressed during the transition. For instance, you may want to stay active and fit.
If you do, there are many senior communities that are equipped with pools, tennis courts and other facilities that will make staying in shape fun and easy. These are mostly 55+ communities, but retirement and assisted living communities may also offer fitness rooms for seniors, as well as other amenities.
Social isolation can be a serious issue for older adults. This is one of the reasons why so many seniors and their families consider the transition into senior communities and assisted living facilities in the first place. Loneliness can have negative effects of mental and physical health.
Once again, this is why researching the feature and amenities offered by senior living options is so very important. Communities like those found at Treemont understand the importance of maintaining social connections and offer various activities to help seniors stay connected.
This “C” may be last, but it’s honestly the most important one. If you or your senior family member needs care or help with ADL’s, it’s vital to find a facility that will provide it with the respect and compassion deserved. In fact, if you click through any of the helpful links provided above, you will see that finding compassionate care is always a top recommendation when you are searching for a new home for a senior or yourself if you are an older adult.
Cost, care, community, connection and compassion. These are the things you truly need to keep in mind when researching your options for senior care and living. Not necessarily in that order either but checking these crucial features off of your list is a great way to make sure that you or the senior you love stays healthy and happy during their golden years.
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To learn more about Treemont , please call Linda, Lupe or Keri at 713-783-6820. For Nursing, rehabilitation or assisted living, call Kelli at 713-816-2033. Treemont is located in the Memorial / Westchase neighborhood at 2501 Westerland Blvd near Gessner. They are happy to have walk-in tours, including on weekends. For general information on senior living, click here.