Moving to a Senior Living Community? Add these 5 things to your “to-do” list!

check mark, list, boxes, check list, to-do list A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List

If you or a loved one are preparing to make a move to a senior living community, your head is undoubtedly buzzing with errands to run, appointments to make, and papers to complete before the big day. In the flurry of tasks, there are often a few simple but essential things that get overlooked.

Remember to get these five items squared away before the bustle of moving day – you’ll be pleased you did!

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5 Things You Need to Know About Memory Care

A version of this article originally appeared on Angie’s List.

Ibrain, knowledge, understand, memory, memory care, alzheimer's, dementiaf you’ve ever known someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that there is no cure or simple way to overcome it. Since the memory loss can alter personality and/or abilities to perform basic everyday tasks, a special kind of supportive care is often required. Loved ones must learn to adapt their interactions and expectations, which can be emotionally and physically draining.

Thankfully, there are specific types of communities that cater to people with memory loss, and they can be a life saver for the individual and their loved ones. Memory Care communities provide supportive care in a secure environment. Caregivers are present 24/7, and they are specifically trained not only in caregiving, but in working with people who experience memory loss.

So what else is there to know about Memory Care? Here are five biggies:

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Family Dynamics during a Move to a Senior Living Community

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Multi Generation Family Enjoying Picnic TogetherEvery family has their quirks – good and bad. There’s the one family member who never ceases to voice their opinion. There’s the one who keeps quiet and lets the others dominate decisions. There’s one who just doesn’t seem to understand where you’re coming from. And then there’s you, feeling completely overwhelmed by it all.

As a leader in the senior living industry for over 100 years, we’ve seen our fair share of unique types of family dynamics. We understand that moving to a senior community can be a tough decision and a stressful time, and rightfully so – it’s an extremely important life change. More often than not, those unique family dynamics can increase the strain. Pat Tomczyk, Certified Social Worker on our campus since 1998, shares three tips for dealing with and embracing unique family dynamics. Continue reading

What’s a Level of Care?

So the decision has been made. You or a loved one have decided the time is right and you’re moving to a senior living community. You’ve looked into all the benefits and you’re ready to move full speed ahead.

Hickory Facebook Lady biggerNow, you review your brochure from your community of choice and review that part with all the different costs. There’s one cost if you’re moving to the independent living, there’s another cost if you need something called ‘basic assistance level of care,’ and a page of additional costs if you need more.

So do you need a level of care?

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