You know you are getting old when you are looking after one of both of your parents, and it’s time to search for a residential care facility because they can’t manage living by themselves. As we boomers age, a sad development is a spouse or significant other experiencing deteriorating health who needs a fulltime care facility. Having friends who have gone through this, searching usually comes down to which facility looks the best, for the cost, and convenience for visits.
A great reason to be a senior in Fort Wayne, or in Allen County, is due to the great resources available to seniors and their families if they need help, or guidance.
Notably, since Allen County is in “Area 3” it is served by the Aging & In-Home Services agency of Northeast Indiana (260) 745-1200 which is a ‘private, not-for-profit social service organization serving seniors and persons with disabilities of all ages since 1974.
Andrea Gallagher, CSA, president of Senior Concerns has some helpful advice about a residential care facility, “Along with buying a new home come mounds of paperwork that must be signed. Most of us review documents in detail for accuracy and completeness because we recognize that we’ll be held to their terms and conditions. Some even hire an attorney to triple-check everything.
“Do seniors or their loved ones take the same precautions when signing residential-care-facility contracts? Whether you’re the senior or the responsible party, the complex journey to entering a care facility can be daunting.
“So many of the activities along that path are emotionally challenging: accepting that living on your own is no longer the best option, saying goodbye to cherished household items, selling your home, finding the right facility to live in, leaving neighbors and friends, parting with a beloved pet. With all that to deal with, it’s easy to see why we may be tempted to simply sign the contract as quickly as possible.
Gallagher says reviewing the contract is a vitally important step in the process.
Everyone considering moving to such a place should treat this transaction with the same level of importance they would a home purchase. Time and energy up front can prevent a world of complications later on.
Most seniors and family caregivers are unaware of the resources that can help them to be savvy shoppers when it comes to residential care. To ensure that you find just the right senior community, Senior Living has gathered web links, resident reviews and helpful articles to assist you in your search.
We have written several articles about the problems of retirement and aging and we intend to write more:
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