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MAKING THE RIGHT DECISION: WHEN IS IT TIME FOR RESIDENTIAL CARE?

January 25, 2024 / By admin / No Comments

When you or a loved one is aging, there are a lot of unknowns. You know a lot of what could happen, but nothing is certain.

You want to plan for the future, but honestly, it’s hard to know for sure what will happen.

 

Why “Waiting” to Move Isn’t Always The Best Option

 

Most people think the right time is when independent living is no longer safe…in other words, they wait until they really “need” it.

But waiting isn’t always the best option. Why? The truth is, there are a few reasons:


Reason #1 – Waiting Leaves You Scrambling for Care.


No one wants to try to move after an accident or in the middle of a health scare…
but that’s exactly what happens when you wait.


Reason #2 – Waiting can Impact the Value of your Home.


As people’s health declines, they let home maintenance and care “slip,” 
often devaluing their home value in the process.


Reason #3 – Waiting can be a Health and Safety Hazard.


Accidents frequently happen in the home and when alone, and could have
otherwise been prevented.


Reason #4 – Wait Lists


Similarly, when they wait, people find themselves stuck with nowhere to go.

Waiting lists are a reality at many senior homes! (It’s important to know that many facilities have wait lists.)


Reason #5 – Rushed Decisions Aren’t The Best Decisions


Further, being in need of a facility can cause rushed decisions, which aren’t always the right ones.

 

Plan For More Than Just the “Next” Step

 

You can make the best plans, but the reality is you simply can’t know what you’ll need and when. That’s why it’s important to think about your next steps with the full continuum of care in mind.

A continuum of care refers to a full range of health needs being provided for—from medication management and transportation to skilled nursing and memory care.

Ultimately, you give yourself peace of mind by choosing an Assisted Living facility that can continue to support you…no matter what life brings.

By choosing a facility with a robust range of services, you don’t have to keep planning for some unknown next step.  Instead, you can stay at the place you’ve come to know as home while getting the care and assistance you need (even when your needs change!)

 

How to Afford Assisted Living

 

Keep in mind that thinking about the next step is more than just thinking about your future care needs. You need to consider what you can afford.

The more time you have to plan, the lighter the burden of how to finance Assisted Living is.

By considering Assisted Living prior to being in absolute need, you’ll be able to make lots of smart budgeting decisions like: 

• Learn what’s covered by your insurance

• Work out your monthly budget

• Identify a state-subsidized option if needed

• Prepare assets in preparation for your move


The fact is, if you wait to look at Assisted Living until you’re in desperate need, you won’t have time to do any of those things with the careful consideration they deserve.

 

The Next Step Is Closer Than You Think

 

While aging might feel unknown, you can take control and feel empowered about your future by planning for the move.

Prepare for the transition before it’s the only option, and make sure to identify a senior home like Mary Wade that can support varying needs whether that is some simple daily support or full nursing care.

With some advance planning, you can take the next step with confidence.

The best part is, you will have peace of mind knowing that no matter what the future and aging throws at you, you’ll be ready!


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Mary Wade offers a full continuum of care on its campus. That means that whether you need a little or a lot of support, we’ve got you covered. Mary Wade’s expert staff’s priority is to help our residents age with dignity. We support you through all the evolutions of your healthcare needs.
Learn more about Mary Wade today.

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