Are you concerned about a parent or loved one living alone? Are you unable to provide the care and support they need? Are you unsure where to start or what questions to ask? If senior living communities are new to you, a little research and the tips provided here can get you started on finding a senior living community that’s right for you.
If it’s no longer safe or healthy to live on your own, moving to a senior living community can improve your quality of life. You’ll also make new friends and have more time to do the things you really enjoy. Here are a few more reasons why moving to a senior living community may be the right move for you or a loved one.
Safety you can rely on. Seniors have special needs to keep them safe, healthy and happy. At Mira at Maumelle, we ensure a safe and protective environment with daily wellness checks, emergency call systems, and enhanced cleaning practices.
Active engagement. Senior living communities provide residents with opportunities to stay active and engaged. You can count on your community to provide safe and fun ways to gather, celebrate and thrive.
Access to health services. Many senior living communities have on-site healthcare available to support aging in place while maximizing resident health and well-being.
Carefree lifestyle. At Mira at Maumelle, most of the chores and concerns that go with living at home are done for you. Instead of worrying about home maintenance or wondering what to prepare for dinner, residents can pursue their interests and enjoy a more carefree lifestyle.
Help with the moving process. If you’re considering a move to a senior living community, start your research early. Phone calls and virtual tours can make your initial search easier. Then visit the communities at the top of your list for a good look and a gut check. At Mira at Maumelle, we’re always ready to answer your questions so you can make an informed decision. Our expert team can help make your move go smoothly and safely.
You may have mixed feelings about the prospect of moving a loved one into an assisted living community or even know how to start the conversation. However, planning ahead can help you make rational decisions based on what matters most, rather than emotional decisions in response to a crisis. It’s important to understand when it might make sense to move a loved one to an assisted living community and what options are even available when living independently becomes a challenge.
While it may feel overwhelming to think about caring for someone with a debilitating illness or moving from a beloved home, having a plan can make the transition to assisted living easier — not only for your loved one — but also for yourself.
What to watch for
It’s important to be mindful of certain changes. Consider the following situations that might affect your loved one:
The Mira at Maumelle’s Assisted Living
When it comes to considering assisted living, you have options, depending on your loved one’s wants and needs. Residents might have an apartment or a private room with a common living area. Communities, like The Mira at Maumelle, typically help with activities of daily living and prepare meals
Additional services and amenities may be available, such as access to housekeeping and laundry, on-site medical care, transportation to off-site appointments, stores and cultural activities, social activities and exercise classes. Residents are encouraged to live, connect and thrive.
If you’re ready to take the next step and learn more about The Mira at Maumelle, give us call us at 501-387-7244
If the prospect of having to speak with an aging parent or loved one about moving into senior living conjures up a range of emotions, you’re not alone.
Before speaking with your loved one about moving into a senior living community, have the conversation with siblings or other relatives. Resolve any disagreements among yourselves so you can present a united front to your loved one.
Do your research
Start looking at the options available and think about how close or far they will be from family members and friends who will visit most or need to be available in case of an emergency. Compare the costs, services, levels of care and amenities offered at different communities. During your search, consider the culture and social atmosphere at each location. You’ll want to find a community where your loved one will feel comfortable — as well as one that best suits their needs.
Know what types of benefits your loved one has or is entitled to, including VA benefits, long-term care insurance or Medicaid. Does your loved one need to adjust their investments to access funds? Will an additional financial commitment from family members be necessary to supplement your loved one’s resources? You may need to consult a tax advisor or other financial professional to review assets and estate-planning strategies.
Having this knowledge at your fingertips can help you answer their questions and counter any objections they may have.
Be open and honest
While there’s no one-size-fits all way for families to start the conversation, here are some helpful tips.
Schedule time for on-site or virtual visits, interview staff and try to meet other residents to see which communities are a good fit for everyone.
Keeping your loved one involved in the decision-making process can help ease their transition into a senior living community. When they know that you have their best interests at heart, it can help strengthen the bonds between you.