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By Patricia O’Dea-Evans, MS, RN, LCPC, CCM
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
(www.asilverconnection.com) 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
(www.asilverconnection.com), 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