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 WELCOME TO THE 2020 SENIOR HOUSING DIRECTORY
Above all, remain calm. Take a deep family and friends, sell, donate, or simply
 breath, hold it for five seconds, let it out. Repeat.
The decision to make changes in living arrangements comes with a plethora of emotions and memories. Outside influences, medical and safety concerns, and finances create additional challenges.
You are not alone in wanting to live out your life with vitality in your own home; the home you’ve worked for years to own and to make just the way you want. It’s full of memories but suddenly it seems there are new risk factors for falls, burns, isolation, and much more. What can you do?
Options such as making physical adjustments to the home and/or inviting someone to come into the home for assistance can make your home a viable option into the future.
However, it may make more sense to right-size your housing arrangements
to something that is all on one floor, a
bit smaller, or even to a community that eliminates the need for upkeep and yard maintenance. The reality is that a shift in living arrangements will likely occur, es- pecially as more and more mature adults retire, or the illness or loss of a spouse means that household tasks can no lon- ger be accomplished without assistance.
If you are finding yourself in this position then now is the time to start visiting area senior living facilities and to claim the driver’s seat of making choices for yourself and not having them thrust upon you. Bring along a friend, family member, or trusted council to help you evaluate what you see and to determine if it will meet your future needs. You don't need to make a decision after one visit, or even two. Narrowing your scope of interest makes it easier as you continue your search.
Once a decision to move has been made there are many things that you and loved ones can do to make the transition go more smoothly. Realistically, if you own your current home then you probably haven’t moved in years and you have accumulated many household items, possibly even some from children and grand children.
Begin by making choices regarding what you want to take to your new living space. The rest can be sorted later based on items to return, share with
toss. Now might be the time to choose to give certain items as gifts to avoid issues later. Then invite loved ones to come and help you sort so they can take their personal items if they want them.
Independent facilities will require some furniture, but not nearly as much as the your current household. Even if the community is furnished, consider packing some special pieces anyway. You will appreciate having a few reminders of home.
Next consider key items that may be needed throughout the year such as blankets, pillows, and other bedding; clothing, shoes, and slippers for all weather types; toiletries, towels, etc.
Be sure to choose favorite personal items. These sentimental objects will help you feel more comfortable and at home in your new space. Books, photographs, and small knick-knacks are perfect because they are easily portable while still carrying strong memories. If you can’t live without the molding with the kid’s growth chart, take it with you and hang it in your new home. (Don't forget to replace the missing piece.) Better yet, just take
a photo.
If the current home will be put up for
sale, your realtor will likely encourage that some items are left in the home and may suggest a staging consultant to help with preparing the home for the quickest sale. When sold, consider a household sale or auction with the remaining items.
Whether it’s a change in care needs, from medication management to dementia; deciding what to ask when considering a move to a facility; ways to cover care costs; legal definitions;
or caregiving concerns, you now have a tool that can make evaluating your options easier. Read on to find out how.
Please join me in thanking all the organizations and businesses in this issue that helped to bring this compre- hensive look at housing options to you. Be sure to tell them you saw them in the 2020 Senior Housing
Directory.
Wishing you well on your journey, Sherii Sherban, Publisher
Table of Contents Page
Welcome ..........................................................5 The Housing Option For You......................... 6-13 When to Start the Caregiving Conversation . 14-15 Caregiver Guide to Success ....................... 16-17 Independent Living Listing ...............................18 Home Care Listing ..........................................19 Adult Day Care / PACE Listing..........................20 Assisted Living Listing ............................... 20-21 Skilled Nursing Listing.....................................22 Make Long-Term Wishes Known ................ 24-25 You May Want a Real Estate Attorney ...............26 Design Your LTC Solution Checklist............. 28-31 Covering Costs For Care............................ 32-33 Resources by AAA Region................................34 Dementia Explained and Care Solutions...... 36-37
Staff
Publisher ................................ Sherii Sherban
Advertising Consultants................. Pat Fosdick Sally Goss
Artists ................ Keith Sherban, Rick DeRuiter Administrative Assistant....... Christyn McCleary
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                                HOUSING OPTIONS & LISTINGS • COVERING COSTS FOR CARE
MEMORY CARE • ADVANCE CARE & LEGAL PLANNING • CAREGIVING CONCERNS
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