Transitioning to Assisted Living Blog

When you or a loved one is questioning whether transitioning to assisted living may be the right next step, The Bristal offers the resources you need to make an informed decision. We are sure you and your loved one may have many questions, such as, How do I know my loved one needs help? What housing options are available? How do I talk to my loved one about these options? This is why we offer resources to make this lifestyle change as seamless as possible.

Downsizing & Selling Your House: Tips for Senior Citizens

Posted by: The Bristal

Selling your house can be an overwhelming experience for anyone. Downsizing and organizing the house can come with additional emotional and physical challenges for senior citizens. You’ll have to decide what to do with a lifetime of possessions; what should be donated, discarded, sold, kept or stored? It can be daunting.

Here are a few tips to help you downsize and prepare your house for sale:

Get started: Create a timeline and keep a folder with all your lists, notes and phone numbers. Set realistic expectations and determine if you need to enlist help. You may tire or become easily … read more

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Activities At Assisted Living: Not Just Bingo

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

Over the last year, it has become obvious to me that my mother needs the support of a senior living community. She is isolated and alone a lot of the time. While it hasn’t been easy to accept, I really believe selling her home and helping her move is the right decision. The problem is my brother. He is opposed to even discussing the idea with her. My brother thinks she will be even more depressed around “old people” who don’t do much more than play Bingo and watch television in the lobby all day. His attitude is … read more

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Medication Management: Service Offered in Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

Mom takes a variety of medicines and has mixed them up on several occasions. The last one ended with a trip to the Emergency Room. She gave us quite a scare! My sister and I know she isn’t safe living alone any more. I believe an assisted living community might be the best thing for her, but my sister thinks she won’t get help with her medicines anywhere except a nursing home. Is that true?  -Angela

Dear Angela,

I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s trip to the ER. It must have been so frightening for you, your sister and … read more

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Veterans Benefits For Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

As you consider assisted living for your loved one, your first question might be: Can we afford it? Your second question should be: Are there any government benefits that can help us meet the costs of assisted living? The answer is “yes” if your loved one is a Veteran or the surviving spouse of a Veteran.

Many Veterans don’t realize that they may be eligible for benefits from the Veterans Administration. The Aid and Attendance benefit is a non-service connected pension benefit for Veterans or spouses who need assistance with the activities of daily living, such as bathing, feeding, grooming … read more

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Seven Things to Know About Assisted Living

Posted by: The Bristal

Like many issues related to aging, assisted living is a topic most people don’t pay much attention to until they need it. Then finding the answers to all of the questions that typically come up may feel overwhelming. As we head in to the time of year when families are more likely to be visiting older loved ones, we thought we would share a few pointers on what assisted living is and also what it is not.

1. Not all assisted living communities are created equal. Don’t assume if you’ve visited one community that you know assisted living. … read more

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Moving Elderly Parents: Assisted Living Close To Family

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

My parents have finally agreed that it is time to move to assisted living. Our next hurdle is deciding where to move them. Should we move them somewhere near their home or to an assisted living community closer to us?  -Steve

Dear Steve,

Great question! And one The Bristal communities receive quite often. For many years, retirees from states like New York, flocked to Florida and Arizona. But in recent years, we’ve noticed the snowbirds are less likely to stay put in those warmer states. Instead, they are choosing to move closer to their adult children. And also, let’s face … read more

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Assisted Living: Encouraging Family Visits

Posted by: Maryellen McKeon, Senior Vice President of Operations

Dear Maryellen,

We recently moved my mother to an assisted living community after several years of struggling to keep her safe in her own home. I thought we could count on friends and family to visit her there. But she has had surprisingly few visitors since she moved in. What can we do to encourage people to visit?  -Sharon

Dear Sharon,

The transition to assisted living often takes a few months for residents, as well as for their families. People may be reluctant to visit for a variety of reasons and I suspect one might be fear. Many people think assisted living … read more

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Decluttering and Transitioning With Seniors

Posted by: The Bristal

Dear Maryellen,

I am in the process of moving my parents out of their house and into mine. They have lived in their house for over 40 years and have accumulated a whole lot of stuff. I don’t know where to start! Can you offer any advice on how to make this process a little bit smoother?   -Pauline, North Woodmere, NY

Dear Pauline,

Moving can be extremely stressful and overwhelming for anyone. When you add downsizing and transitioning to a family member’s house the experience can be very emotional. But with some planning and a head start it can be done. … read more

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