4 Things Important Tips To Know When Seeking Senior Housing

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Now more than ever, early Gen X'ers and late Baby Boomers are seeking senior housing for their aging parents. From assisted living for seniors to nursing homes, where do you start? Assisted Living Expert Anita Kramer shares tips that are critical to remember when searching for adult assisted living.

People are living longer. The century long expansion in the world’s population that is 65 and older is the product of dramatic advances in medical science and health lifestyles. Currently 13 percent of the U.S. population is ages 65 and older, up from 4 percent in 1900. As baby boomers turn 65 in high and higher annual numbers, it is estimated that one in five Americans will be over age 65 and about 5 percent over 85.

All this calls for growing care and services for the elderly population and pre-planning for lifestyles in the future.

The senior housing industry has been growing dramatically over the last fifteen years as many adult children, especially daughters who have usually been the main caregiver for aging parents, are now in the workforce and unable to provide the attention to their parents needs, whether physical or social.

There are a number of things to be considered when choosing lifestyle alternatives.

Tip #1, Location. Keeping your parents close to home should not be the number one consideration. Although important that the community be convenient for family and friends to visit, being close to amenities that they need and trust will make their senior living experience so much better.

Alternativeforseniors.com is making it even easier for families and healthcare professionals to find the location information they need with refined location search. By focusing research in a larger geographic area, there may be communities and services that best fit the needs.

Tip #2, Type of Community. Visiting to make sure that the current residents have similar interests, backgrounds and values will allow for a more enriching life in the golden years. Many communities invite prospective residents to tour their community and enjoy lunch with the community which is a wonderful way to ascertain if the culture is a fit. Many communities offer a week-end stay to experience more fully what the community has to offer.

Tip #3, Staff. Is the staff appropriately dressed, personable and outgoing? Does the staff members treat each other in a professional manner?
Does the staff call residents by name and interact warmly? The answers to these questions will determine quite a bit towards whether the community is right for your loved one.

Tip #4, Medical Needs. Does the community have on site medical supervision? If not, is there an agency that is associated with the community that can help when needed?

The print and nationwide online directory Alternativeforseniors.com provides detailed listings on Independent Living, Senior Apartments, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, Alzheimer’s Centers, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Home Care and other services in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio. The directories assist families by separating the options by level of care or service and geographic area making it easy to use and understand all options at a glance.

Alternativeforseniors.com mission is to provide seniors, families and healthcare professionals with the resources and tools they need to make educated, informed decisions and to understand the options available to them,” said Anita Kremer, president of Alternatives for Seniors. “Whether family’s needs are immediate or planning for the future, the information and tools provided is of great value.”

Alternatives for Seniors has been publishing a comprehensive print and online directory resource for senior housing and services since 1992 in nine market areas (in the states of California, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, and Ohio).

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