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By Patricia OíDea-Evans, MS, RN, LCPC, CCM
Making the move to a senior living community can be
one of the biggest life changes for an older adult.
Thankfully, todayís wide range of eldercare options
means that there is literally something for everyone in
terms of care levels and cost.
The key to finding the perfect senior housing solution
involves a careful analysis of whatís needed and
research on whatís available. Here are some tips for
A good first step is to get the senior and any friends
or family involved in the process to make a list of
preferred services and amenities, along with any
questions or concerns. The list can then be
used to compare and contrast when visiting potential new
Like most professionals, we recommend that clients
consider only those facilities that are licensed by the
state in which they are located. Licensing ensures
that employees have undergone background checks, that
they are fully trained and are held accountable for all
that they do.
Licensed facilities also require signed contracts prior
to move-in. All contracts are different, and
each building has its own unique set of rules, which can
vary regarding such issues as deposit refunds, contract
termination, and even personal property insurance. We
advise clients to make sure that everything is in
writing, and that they understand it all. We also
recommend having an elder law attorney review the
Recent downturns in our nationís economy mean that
perhaps more than ever, cost is a consideration in
selecting a senior living community. For each property
being considered, itís important to find out exactly
whatís included, versus what costs extra (usually
services such as hair care, special trips, classes, or
extra personal care).
Of course, paying for care is frequently a concern.
Veteransí and Social Security benefits tend to be
overlooked, but can help with eldercare costs for