Helpful Resources

Moving into a retirement living community is a major life decision. We put together a few helpful resources to help make decisions. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Helpful Info & Organizations

Here are links to a few helpful websites and organizations...

Compare Nursing Homes - www.medicare.gov
AARP Nursing Home Evaluation Checklist - www.aarp.org
Download a Nursing Home Checklist - www.medicare.gov
Leading Age National - www.leadingage.org
Leading Age of IndianaLeading Age of Indiana - www.leadingagein.org
Indiana Ombudsman-Fort Wayne - www.in.gov
Medicare and You - www.medicare.gov
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - www.va.gov

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Case Studies & Helpful Articles

Moving Your Aging Parent to a Retirement Community
While no two family situations are the same, there are several common scenarios that baby boomers face as their parents come to the point where it is no longer possible for them to live in their own home without assistance. The first is to have the parent move in with one of his or her children or another relative. The second is for a caregiver (family or paid) to provide in-home assistance. And the third is for the parent to move to another living situation entirely. We will focus on the third scenario... (From "The Life Transition Blog")

Home Away from Home: Relocating Your Parents
As your parent gets older, his/her care needs will change, and in most cases become more challenging. It's essential to develop a strategy for providing care, and this requires both practicality and planning. Consulting with a Geriatric Care Manager or social worker may be beneficial as you consider your options and what you will and will not be able to do for your parent... (From "FCA - Family Caregiver Alliance")

Should Your Elderly Parent Move into Independent Living?
As people age, they often look into relocating. When an elderly person still has the physical and mental capacity to live independently, but wants companionship with others who are their age, independent living could be a good option. Independent living communities promote seniors' active lifestyles while offering a secure environment and providing specific services and amenities related to elderly people's needs... (From "Agingcare.com")

Is Your Parent Ready for Assisted Living?
Moving into an assisted living facility can be hard for older adults, especially if they are accustomed to being independent and maintaining their own homes. The thought of leaving a beloved home that holds many years of memories can bring sadness and grief... (From "About.com")

9 Strategies to Help a Parent Who Refuses Care
Your mother resists in-home helpers, insisting you can wait on her. Your frail father won't stop driving. Your aunt denies the need for a personal care aide, in spite of her unwashed hair and soiled clothes. Your grandmother refuses to move to an assisted living facility "because it's full of old people." Sound familiar?...(From "Care.com")

Moving Elderly Parents: Convincing Mom and Dad
No matter what the age of your parent, Henry and other experts say now is the time to begin communicating about the future. If you open the lines of communication early on, she says, words like "nursing home" lose their sting later on. That's important, considering that most of Henry's clients approach her with little communication groundwork laid... (From "A Place for Mom")

Assisted Living: Weighing the Options
Assisted living residences are aimed at helping residents remain as self-sufficient as possible with the assurance of assistance when needed. A combination of housing, meals, personal care and support, social activities, 24-hour supervision and, in some residences, health-related services is usually provided. Assisted living facilities are a great choice for those who can't live on their own, but do not need nursing care. As needs change, these facilities offer different levels of care at different costs - and some are even associated with nursing facilities should your loved one eventually need full-time nursing care. (From "AARP")

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