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Moving on: Tips for Selecting a Senior Living Community

By Patricia O’Dea-Evans, MS, RN, LCPC, CCM

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Final Thoughts

Like everyone, older adults are sometimes fearful of change, and may be unsure about making a major lifestyle decision, such as moving to senior housing.  Luckily, many facilities offer short-term (called respite) stays that can last for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months.  The goal is to allow potential residents to “try out” the community to see if it’s a good fit.  We find that respite stays can also help convince older adults of the benefits of actually making a commitment to move.

When seeking senior housing, eldercare referral services such as A Silver Connection ( can be an important resource.  Employees are generally experienced in the full range of senior housing and care options, including retirement communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, supportive living and skilled nursing.  A busy referral service will typically work with literally dozens of older adults and their families each month to help each find a senior living community that meets their specific needs.
With just a bit of up-front work, an older adult can look forward to enjoying the next chapter of their life in a senior living community that perfectly suits his or her needs.


Patricia O’Dea-Evans is co-president of A Silver Connection (, a free eldercare referral service for seniors and their families specializing in senior housing and care options.  She is an RN, Geriatric Care Manager, and Certified Case Manager who also serves on the Illinois Department of Aging, Public Health, and Healthcare and Family Services’ Older Adult Services Advisory Committee.


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