Determine what type of community is right for you. There are increasingly different types of housing. If you move into a retirement community, will you be okay with another move if you need assistance in the future? Would you be more comfortable staying in a community that has all levels of care? Would you be able to hire outside caregivers so you can remain in independent care longer?
2. Determine where you want to live
Interested in moving to the dryer climate or always wanted to move into the city? Geat senior living options are available throughout the state. Most people choose to remain close to the community they currently live in or move to be closer to their children.
3. Review your financial picture
Communities vary in price and Medicaid policies. Having a clear picture of your finances now and how they will change over the next 10 to 20 years will help ensure that you can remain in the community you choose, and will affect the type of care you choose. If it looks like you may run out of money for assisted care, make sure to include communities that take Medicaid. Always keep in mind though, that there is no guarantee that any given community will continue to accept Medicaid. If you have questions about Medicaid, speak to an attorney and seek the guidance of a financial planner to help you plan.
4. Solicit outside help with your search
A referral company understands the ins and outs of the communities; they can help you narrow your search, and arrange for tours and visits. Working with a reputable company is important. If you opt to work without a professional, seek help from friends or family.
5. Narrow down your options
Put together a checklist of what you are looking for in your next home. Determine your needs, wants, and must-haves. Here are some things to consider when choosing a community: atmosphere, physical appearance, medication and healthcare, resident apartments/living spaces, services provided by the community, policies (smoking, drinking, pets, walkers, etc.), terms of the agreement.
Provide your checklist to the senior housing referral specialist you are working with or keep it handy as you make calls to prospective communities. Keep in mind that you may need to increase the radius of your search to get a good feel for what is available to you, especially if your care needs are high.
To improve the likelihood of finding the most appropriate services available, contact Choice Senior Services, LLC at 800-757-0921. Choice is supported financially by the senior housing and care industries, so there is no charge for their help.