How does a family transition from in home care to assisted living?

  1. Molly Dworken 10/16/2012 05:33PM

    Going from in home care to an assisted living residence is often a natural progression. While the original intention might have been for the senior to age in place, once the in-home assistance isn't enough, assisted living can be an even more cost-effective solution.

    Asking your senior loved one to leave the home he or she has known for many years can be hard, so take some time to ease into the conversation and explore options thoroughly. Ask a lot of questions, go on facility tours, and get a feel for the type of care options that are available.

    Because he or she is already used to having some help with activities of daily living via home care services, which could help ease the transition a bit since it's somewhat of a gradual change. The senior already has learned to trust their personal care and share their personal space with others, and has probably come to terms with the concept of needing assistance in the first place.

    Still, it's important that the senior as well as the family caregivers is comfortable with the chosen assisted living community, its staffers, the available amenities, and the overall feel and look of the place. Understanding the financial obligations is necessary, too, since assisted living can be expensive and is mostly paid for out of pocket.