Veterans Day is this weekend, and our communities are looking forward to honoring our heroes and their sacrifices for our country. In fact, you can follow any of our communities on Facebook to see photos and videos of how we're celebrating Veterans Day (and every day).
If you are looking for senior care for your elderly Veteran, keeping reading below for advice on finding the best senior community for your loved one.
WHEN IS IT TIME TO SEARCH FOR SENIOR CARE?
Making the decision to move Mom or Dad to a senior living community can be extremely difficult. Often, families wait too long to search for senior care, which can lead to a serious event being the catalyst for change.
Assessing your loved one’s activities of daily living (or ADLs) and considering the degree to which aging has impacted his or her physical and cognitive abilities can help. Learn more about questions you can ask yourself about your loved one, and seek opinions from professionals to help you make a well-rounded assessment.
Sometimes, seniors are resistant to conversations about moving to an assisted living (or other senior care) community. If this is the case, there are strategies to help encourage your loved one to be more open to the possibility.
WHAT OPTIONS DO I HAVE FOR TYPES OF SENIOR CARE?
Fortunately, there are many senior care options available to address varying levels of need.
Understanding the differences in each type of care can help you know where to start your search.
CAN MY LOVED ONE RECEIVE BENEFITS FOR BEING A VETERAN?
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “Elderly Veterans may be eligible for a wide-variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans.”
One option is Veterans Pensions, a tax-free monetary benefit payable to low-income wartime Veterans. Click here to learn more about this option and eligibility requirements. Click here for even more information about this option.
If you are looking for financial assistance to pay for your elderly loved one’s care, try PayingforSeniorCare.com’s Eldercare Financial Assistance Locator.
If you are looking for a planner/advisor to help you and your loved one understand what Veterans benefits you are entitled, learn more by clicking here.
HOW SHOULD I START A SENIOR LIVING SEARCH? WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?
After deciding what level of care your loved one needs, make a list of communities in your preferred geographical area(s). If you are searching for a senior living community in Tennessee, Georgia, or South Carolina, we’ve already got the lists started for you:
Be sure to take a tour of each community you are seriously considering for your loved one. Use your tour as a chance to observe the day-to-day life of residents and staff and take the opportunity beforehand to prepare meaningful and important questions.
During your search for a senior community, it’s important to be transparent about your loved one’s needs in order to ensure safety and develop a transparent relationship with their potential community. This way, your loved one can have a smooth, safe transition from living at home to joining an assisted living community.
Overall, safety should be the number one job for senior living communities.
WHAT IS THE QUALITY OF LIFE LIKE IN A SENIOR LIVING COMMUNITY?
A top-notch senior living community will have a thriving activity calendar. Additionally, your loved one should have other activity options available to him or her other than organized group activities. Make sure a staff member is on hand during your tour to talk to you about what your loved one loves to do.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE MOVE TO SENIOR LIVING?
You’ve found the perfect senior living community? Great (we hope it’s one of ours)!
A move to senior living means cleaning out and getting rid of lots of “stuff” we accumulate over a lifetime. Contrary to what you may think, this process is actually a freeing and positive experience for many.
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