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The decision to move to a senior assisted living facility is never an easy one for seniors and their families. There are many steps in between merely considering the option and downsizing belonging and officially moving to assisted living facilities.
As in the case of many other important decisions, you and your family should carefully consider many factors before deciding on your senior living journey. To begin with, you need to consider not only the type of plan that you like to follow but also the resources that you will need to make your retirement life happy and comfortable.
At times, the road to senior living can feel difficult, but you need to remember that many others have completed the journey. It can be helpful to split the senior living journey into three phases- research, reaching out, and refining your decision. Let us understand these phases in detail.
Conducting research is very important to ensure a successful senior living journey. You will be able to find many senior living communities in your area and you need to find out what each community can offer you in your retirement life. If you are in search of a senior living community for your elderly parent, find time to speak with your parent and try to address their concerns about this decision. If you are looking for yourself, make sure to keep your family in the loop and ensure that they are aware of your preferences and wishes.
After doing your research, you need to reach out. Get in touch with every senior living community that meets your requirements and schedule a tour. Have a checklist to make notes about what each senior living community in your list can offer. After touring the different communities, review your notes and discard the communities that do not fit with your care needs, budget or expectations. After narrowing down your choices, you can schedule follow-up appointments and narrow your search until you find the perfect senior living community for you.
After finding the perfect senior living community for you, you need to prepare for the move. Remember to coordinate with the staff of the senior living community, and ensure that important details like medical documents, emergency contact numbers, etc are on file. Some of the senior living communities have dedicated teams that can help with moving.