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Choosing a Nursing Home

J.D. Power asked people what mattered to them most… from the AARP newsletter:

Quality staff

Gaood service (bad service led to  warnings to 13 friends or relatives about this facility)

Delivering on promises: satisfaction decreased dramatically when service differed from what was in the contract

Those who used a referral service to find a hoe were generally more satisfied than those who didn’t

Convenient location was critical to residents.

Successful looking!

Aging in Place Help Seniors from Afar: by Elmer George

Use These Tips To Help Seniors From Afar

 

 

You consider yourself a good person, and you’re always willing to help others. There’s just something right about giving support when it’s needed. That’s why living far away from elderly parents or friends can be frustrating. You’re ready and willing to help, but the distance makes that impossible.

 

Not anymore. Thanks to modern technology, you can take care of seniors even though you live far away. Downsizing is great for many seniors, but to start, look at the different devices that let you help from afar.

Checking In Through Technology

In the past, you had to live nearby to check in on seniors and lend them a hand. These days, there are many technological devices that give you a hand in giving seniors a hand as well. The Senior Living Blog discusses these devices, such as:

      Wearable health monitors that send information to your phone so you can see the seniors’ health in real time.

      Health and fitness trackers to encourage seniors to stay active and keep exercising.

      Medical alert systems for the home so seniors can quickly get help in case of an emergency.

 

Monitoring the situation is a great way to help, but if the seniors have trouble with mobility, monitoring doesn’t do much. That’s when you need to look into mobility equipment. Although a cane doesn’t look very technological, you don’t have to see lights and screens for a device to be helpful for seniors. From canes to transfer devices, these can bring much-needed support to help the seniors stay independent.

Benefits Of Downsizing

Technology and devices aren’t the only ways you can help seniors living far from you. More and more, seniors are downsizing by selling their old home and moving into one that’s smaller. The benefits of downsizing include:

 

      Increased safety by moving into a place that seniors can handle.

      Saving money by having a lower housing payment.

      Moving into a neighborhood that’s more in line with seniors’ lifestyles.

 

As Redfin notes, seniors are probably looking at five types of housing:

 

1.     Buying a smaller house or condominium.

2.     Renting a smaller house.

3.     Moving in with family.

4.     Moving into a retirement community.

5.     Entering an assisted living facility.

 

You know the seniors, so you know their particular needs. Talk to them on phone or video chat and help them explore their options. When you have settled on a type, go online and do the preliminary housing searches in that area. Curate the list and give seniors links to the best housing options. You can also email realtors and ask if they have experience helping seniors downsize their home.

Helping With The Move

Speaking of experience with moving seniors, you can also look online to find a senior move manager in your area. These are professionals trained in helping seniors move into a new home. Whether the seniors are buying or renting, a senior move manager can help provide the on-the-ground help you cannot, such as:

 

      Working with the seniors to create a plan for their new home.

      Helping declutter and downsize.

      Give unneeded items to charities and non-profits.

      Finding a reputable and insured moving company.

      Assist with packing and unpacking.

      Helping decide where everything goes in the new place.

Start Helping Seniors Today

You can help seniors even if you live far away. Start by looking into devices and mobility equipment that can help. Then talk to the seniors about downsizing and look online for new home options. Once downsizing has been agreed upon, hire a senior move manager to make sure the process goes smoothly. You might not be able to be there, but your support can.

 

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SeniorGuidance.org

Well the headline for this says Assisted Living, Senior Housing, Senior Apartments but all I found was Assisted Living.  However, the site has great info about each state and city and various resources available there.  Also to get the costs one has to give them a name, email & phone number.  However, it does tell you the number of persons at each facility 

From their website:

There are many senior living options for aging seniors. At SeniorGuidance.org, we are dedicated to helping seniors, their loved ones and their caregivers to find appropriate senior facilities and communities that may be of interest to seniors who are looking to retire or need special care. Some people will want to retire in the state where they currently live, but some will want to relocate for numerous reasons – to be closer to family, for better weather, for better services or simply to make a change in their lives. Below you can see all senior living communites inside every state in the U.S. On each state page we have also provided you with various senior living resources such as: overview of each city, various supportive services available from the state and federal goverment, senior assistance programs, best places to retire in each state, notable places of interest for senior living, assisted living costs and much more. 

Elder Abuse Recognize it and know your rights

Specific definitions vary on what elder abuse really is, and those definitions continue to evolve. The WHO calls elder abuse “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. It can be verbal, physical, psychological or emotional, sexual or financial. It can also be neglect – either intentional or unintentional.

http://www.aginginplace.org/guide-to-recognizing-elder-abuse/

Aging in Place — safety tips

From: 25 Tips To Make Home Safe For Seniors (Especially Those Living Independently)

To maximize safety for seniors at home, we must ensure a long list of conditions are met in each room: you need to optimize lighting, minimize clutter, use safe furniture, ensure you have a reliable monitoring and alert system in place, and make it easy for them to get help fast, if needed.

Loss of balance, depth perception & ability to navigate around the house… all of these can contribute to falls.  Checkout their website about the time a person is incapacitated perhaps from a fall, and the percentage found alive.