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Is someone in your life considering a move to a senior living community? As one of the biggest life changes for an older adult, it warrants careful research throughout the decision-making process. It’s best to start the process before the need arises. Elderwerks Educational Services’ offer complimentary information and referrals to older adults, seniors and their families in navigating the various senior living and care options available to them. When starting the process, here are some tips to keep in mind:

1. Consider the budget

Perhaps more than ever, cost is a consideration in selecting a senior living community. For each property being considered, seniors should find out exactly what’s included and what expenses are considered extra. Typically, additional fees will be required for services such as hair care, special trips, classes, or extra personal care. Once a new home is chosen, the contract should be reviewed by an attorney.

2. Make a list of desired services and amenities

Seniors and any friends or family involved in the process should make a list of the services and amenities they are seeking, along with any questions or concerns, and use it list to compare each potential community visited. Elderwerks also recommends seniors consider their medical issues, physical limitations, budget, and location requirements before deciding on the communities to tour.

3. Plan a visit

While a lot of research can be done via phone and online, nothing can replace a first-hand visit to a potential new senior living community. Take a few moments to look around. Chat with residents about what they like and dislike about living there and ask as many questions as possible. A tour is also a good chance to meet the staff, who will be responsible for the older adult’s daily care, and decide if it’s a place you can call home.

Today’s wide range of senior living options has something for everyone in terms of care levels and costs. After a careful analysis of what’s needed and research on what’s available, an older adult can look forward to enjoying the next chapter of their life in a senior living community that perfectly suits them.

Elderwerks Educational Services : 251 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine, IL 60067: 855.462.0100 : https://www.elderwerks.org/

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