Researching Retirement Communities
You may come to the decision that providing the best possible care for an aging loved one means mean finding the best option outside of what family caregivers can provide. Starting the conversation with your loved one about moving into a supportive care community is the first step – and it should happen sooner rather than later, before a health crisis occurs. You can also begin by gathering information online, but ultimately, taking a tour and asking certain questions during your visit is the key to making a decision you can be comfortable with. When you visit Hamlet, we think you’ll find it’s easy to envision a future here – and we’re happy to help with any questions you have about how to pay for senior living.
As with many sensitive topics, beginning the discussion about moving to a retirement community is often the hardest part. These open-ended conversation starters may be able to be used in everyday conversations:
- “How has it been for you living at home alone? Do you feel safe by yourself?”
- “I know you’re taking a lot of different medications. Would it help if you had someone to remind you about taking your pills?”
- “You’ve always been so independent that I know it’s hard for you to ask for help. But if it were readily available, what could you use help with?
- “You’ve said you get bored alone in the house all day. Have you thought about whether you’d like to be around other people your age in a retirement community?”
At Hamlet, we are here to help adults, children and families with answers and information. Please call us if you need assistance or would like to learn more. And read our blog post Signs It’s Time To Move To An Assisted Living Community to to look out for these 5 key warning signs.