A new year begins today. For many, this fresh start is promising, hopeful, exciting, like you’re standing on the edge of something never seen or done before. Others may be perplexed, anxious, fearful about the changes you foresee — or the changes that have already taken place.
If those changes include a decline in an aging parent, spouse, relative or friend, you might be wondering what comes next, when to act, where to turn.
You’ve thought about assisted living. You’ve wondered if there is an option for bringing help into your loved one’s home. You’ve worried about how to pay for it all. The thoughts are overwhelming though, as is your sadness about the decision-making process ahead.
First of all, recognize that this is a difficult life transition for everyone involved, including the person you’re concerned about. Change is not easy, but it can also be a very positive thing. Hold on to that.
Second, talk to your loved one about these changes; find out what their thoughts may be regarding the need for more care at home or in a different setting.
Next, come up with a plan together. Search for assisted living, home care, or senior housing online (you can do so right here on our site). Make a list of the providers and communities that stand out to you, and call for more information, visit in person, and ask lots of questions before taking the next step.
From all of us at SeniorsforLiving.com, have a happy 2013, and know that we’re here to support you through your senior living transitions!