Exploring Assisted Living as an Option

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Decisions With Assisted Living

Is Assisted Living The Correct Choice?

Dear Maryellen,

My mom is 85 years old and has been incredibly independent. She has been a snowbird and has continued to drive to date. However, for the past few years her memory has gotten worse and her management of her meds is becoming a concern (i.e. she’s forgetting some days and double dowsing the others – that is if she remembers at all). She has some assets and Long Term Care coverage. My question is this: What do I do now? Do I bring her to an ALF, have a Plan of Care suggested and begin the coverage or do I do something at home. I’m confused, concerned and worried. Please Help.   -Dan

Dear Dan,

It is difficult for anyone to give up their independence and especially hard for seniors. I would suggest that you visit assisted living communities and decide where you think Mom would be most comfortable. You can get all the information needed, and when you are comfortable, bring Mom in for lunch or dinner. Since she is a snowbird, you may also suggest that you’d like to have her close so you can see more of her.

Suggest a trial stay so she can see what it is really like before making a final decision. She doesn’t have to give up her home or apartment until she knows that assisted living is for her. Ninety-nine percent of our “trial” stays remain with us at The Bristal.

Most licensed assisted living communities accept Long Term Care Insurance. The community social worker is a good resource. They can help answer any questions you may have.

At an assisted living community, Mom can experience new friendships while knowing that staff is available when and if needed.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of any help.

Maryellen McKeon


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