Senior Living Communities: When it’s time to move and how to know.

Making a move into a senior living community can and should be an exciting time in an elder’s life, as well as their families. Most seniors that you talk to might say “I am just not ready yet” in reference to moving into a senior living community. So, the questions arise.  When should one be ready to make that move? When is the right time? How do you know?

After working various positions in the senior living environment, I have seen and heard it all. Just like any big life decision, if one waits for the right time, the right time is never going to happen. Waiting until it has become a crisis situation can make the process harder, because the elder may have no say in the matter. The family is generally forced to make a hasty decision without being fully educated on what types of care are available for their loved one. The move normally happens quicker, and tends to cause extra stress on the whole family. Moving into a senior living community like Cedarhurst should be a happy and exciting time in a senior’s life. To ensure it is, one must prepare and know when to make the move.

How does one know when it is time to seriously consider a senior living environment? Following are some questions to consider:

  • Is it difficult to complete common daily tasks such as laundry, cleaning or personal care?
  • Has it become the norm to fix less wholesome meals such as a microwaving frozen box dinners?
  • Is one’s house a danger? Are there steep stairs and clutter?
  • Is one shut in? Spending the majority of each day indoors with no social interaction?
  • Is one experiencing boredom? Feeling like one’s quality of life has diminished? Like nothing is left?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, then it may be time to start considering looking into different senior living communities to know your options.

Cedarhurst offers something different. A social environment filled with friends and love. Three seasonal, healthy and fresh meals a day with restaurant-style dining. Housekeeping and laundry services. Assistance from CNA’s and nurses whenever needed. Help with medication, if needed. Spa rooms, laundry rooms, game rooms, a large gathering room with a grand piano and full library. Enclosed courtyards with raised flower beds and gardens. Varied options for apartments. Unsurpassable memory care from extensively trained and passionate staff members. But, most of all we take the time to really get to know our residents and their families. We want to know their favorite hobbies, music and meals to ensure that they are living their life to the fullest each and every day.

Make the decision while there is time to do research and pick the right senior living community for that fits the needs and desire of the entire family.