Helping Mom and Dad Find the Right Home

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Last Updated on December 17, 2020

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It may be time to help your elderly parents find a retirement home. While this transition can be difficult for both you and them, you can do some things to ensure that you find a home that will meet all of their needs as they get older. Here’s what you need to do when trying to find the right home for your parents.

Have a Talk with Mom and Dad About What They’re Looking For

While you might have some preferences when it comes to the right retirement home for your aging parents, they will be the actual ones living in it. Because of this, you need to find out what they are looking for in a home. 

Go over their budget so that you know how much they can afford. Talk to your parents about their desired location and if they want to be within a certain distance to family members. Inquire as to what types of activities or events they’d like to participate in as well.

Spot Things Your Parents Could Overlook

Transitioning into senior living can be a very challenging time for your parents. They are about to embark on a huge change. This is why you need to look for things that they might not consider. Technology is something that a lot of older people fail to think about in these matters. However, the facility must offer things like fast wifi to guests and residents. It might seem trivial, but it’s a crucial factor in whether or not your parents can enjoy streaming services and reach out to family over video chat. 

While living at the retirement home, your parents probably still want to feel independent and not treated like children. Does the facility utilize independent living solutions for its residents? The facility your parents choose should allow them to be as independent as they’d like to be. Your parents shouldn’t feel confined because of their age. 

It’s also a good idea to find how what services they offer if your parents become limited in their mobility or ability to take care of themselves in the future. While this may be something that neither you nor your parents want to think about, there must be resources available if they do end up needing them.

Do Your Research

Some retirement homes offer an outstanding environment for the elderly, but others put profits before care. This is why you need to research retirement homes thoroughly. You want to make sure your parents end up in a safe and comfortable retirement community. Read online reviews, and keep an eye out for any problems that the reviewers have mentioned. If there appears to be a pattern of any kind, move on to another option. There are more than enough retirement homes to afford the right to be selective.

Visit Each Facility

You can get a feel for a retirement home by visiting it. During your tour, you need to pay attention to the residents. Do they all look happy and healthy? Make sure you ask a lot of questions and talk to as many people as possible. If something feels off or just doesn’t seem right, you should choose another facility for your parents. You really should tour each facility several times before making a decision. Try to visit them at different times of the day so that you can get a feel as to how they operate on a daily basis.

When it’s time for your parents to go to a retirement home, there are numerous ways that you can help them. By utilizing the information mentioned above, you can find a retirement home that puts you at ease while providing your parents with everything they need in their golden years.

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