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Aging with Dignity: Is it time to move?

Deciding when the time is right for a transition into a senior living community can be a difficult decision based on several factors.

This post will present ways to make the act of moving a more positive experience.

“Moving your loved one from the house they’ve lived in for years to an assisted living community can be filled with joy and excitement to start a new chapter in a place where they can worry less about maintaining a house and do more living,” according to video host Jenn Adams. “It can also be a time of stress and worry for the entire family.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

Senior living communities are not what they once were:

Many people, specifically elders, have several misconceptions about senior living.

Most senior living communities are not the institutional nursing homes or “old age homes” that may have existed decades ago.

Communities today, ranging from retirement communities to assisted living – even today’s nursing homes – offer increased choices and greater freedom.

These communities are often action-oriented, independent communities, with private apartments allowing pets and with recreation and amenities, including: walking trails, entertainment and programs, libraries, bank branches, fine dining, etc.

“There really is so much to offer today,” according to the video. “There’s so much diversity in the community in terms of activity and people you’ll meet that, quite frankly, you’re not moving out of anything, you’re really moving into something.”

Visit several communities:

Prior to moving into a senior living community, be sure to visit several to get a full picture of where you or your loved one would be most comfortable. Be sure to consider all factors including costs, style, staff, activities, services, etc. when making your decision.

Seek help:

Don’t feel like you need to spearhead the process entirely. Hiring experts such as elder law attorneys, contractors, home health care assistants and senior move managers during the process can make a smoother transition.

Visit Nrrchamber.com for local reputable members within the Neponset River Regional Chamber offering these services. You can also contact 1-800-AGE-INFO or your local council on aging for additional help in navigating the process.

Whitney Place Assisted Living and Memory Care at Sharon, a SALMON Health and Retirement community, is a member of the Neponset River Regional Chamber of Commerce and Elder Care Alliance.

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