Years ago, nursing homes were the only option for senior residential care. But, times have changed. As caregivers began to analyze and dissect the moral imperative of taking care of a loved one things began to shift. Now, society is inundated with multiple residential and home care options, which has caused confusion in the senior community.
“What a jumbled mess we’ve got,” Malcolm P. Slatko, CEO of Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services, told an audience at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. “We have created so many options, there are so many places to go that many of us just don’t know what to do. We also don’t know how to pay for it.”
Decipher the chaos
First, Slatko said, it is imperative to understand the options at hand, as well as the payment method. To comprehend the system, Slatko handed out a list of definitions, which we have provided for you here:
Know before you go
Once you understand the options, and before any decision is made, caregivers and their loved ones must first do their homework, according to Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham Senior Retirement Community.
“I always tell potential clients to research the communities they are interested in before making a decision,” she said. “Requesting a tour and making notes of you see and what you like will ultimately help you make the choice that is best for you and your loved ones.”
In the slide show presentation below, Fenske has provided what to look for and the subsequent questions to ask:
Despite your best efforts, it can still be a difficult journey. Remember, you always have a helping hand here at the Alzheimer’s Association.