Independent Senior Living: Advice for Finding Senior Care Services

Whether you are the child of an aging adult or you yourself are looking to take the next step in your post-retirement life, there are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing what level of care you may need.

For children of aging adults, there is a list of questions that need to be answered about the current state of your parent’s health when considering the type of care they may need. Below is a convenient list of Frequently Asked Questions and some potential Answers. Remember, every person’s needs are unique, so use this as a guide and visit with us in person for a more comprehensive assessment of your parent’s needs.man and woman doing paperwork at table

Caring for Aging Parents FAQ

  • Mobility, Can my aging parent move around easily and keep up with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, or using the restroom?
  • Nutrition, Can my aging parent prepare meals? How often do they shop for groceries or cook?
  • Hygiene, Can my aging parent take care of his/her personal needs including bathing, shaving, and dressing?
  • Housekeeping, Can my aging parent keep up with household chores, such as vacuuming, cleaning, laundry, and changing linens?
  • Toileting, Are my aging parents able to use the toilet without physical assistance on a regular basis?
  • Medications, Does my aging parent know when and how to take each medication?
  • Mental Status–Does my aging parent have the mental capacity to reason and organize daily events?
  • Behavioral Status, Can my aging parent cope with feelings of depression, anger, or fear? Are you sure their actions pose no physical danger to them or others?

Caring for Yourself FAQ

The above questions are equally important to consider if you are looking to continue your Independent Living lifestyle in a new home, or if you suddenly require varying levels of assistance with activities of daily living. Additional questions must be addressed when you begin to actively search out a senior living home.

  • Do you want an independent living care facility that has a flexible schedule or one that is more structured?
  • Do you want to stay geographically near family and friends?
  • Do you want an independent living care facility that offers recreational activities and social programs?
  • Would you prefer an independent living care facility that provides transportation to doctors, shopping, and other places?
  • Do you want a facility that serves meals, or would you rather cook your own meals?
  • Do you want a facility that can help with basic activities of daily living like bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting?

There are also a number of factors to consider beyond searching out the amenities associated with senior care homes, such as does the facility offer a continuum of care so you can age in place while having the varying levels of care available to you?

Other senior living questions to consider:

  • What are the financial considerations I need to make?
  • Does the senior care facility accept Medicaid, private insurance, Medicare?
  • Which hospital systems in the area does the senior care facility partner with, if any?
  • What is the Medicare.gov rating of the facility?
  • Are there rooms available, or do I have to be on a waiting list?
  • If so, what are my senior living options while on the waiting list?