When asked where they would like to live in their 80s and 90s, most Americans will say “at home”. There is an idyllic image of staying in a home where children have been raised, holidays have been celebrated, and memories have been made. Aren’t we all most comfortable at home? It is the place where we feel secure and safe. But as people are living longer, health complications may interfere with these plans. As we age, we may experience decreased stability, limited sight, and impaired dexterity, all of which may lead to falls, and ultimately, a dangerous living environment.
For seniors living alone, this problematic scenario may be even more difficult as feelings of isolation and depression set in. In fact, studies have shown that seniors experiencing loneliness are more at risk for heart disease, stroke, and even mild cognitive impairment. The fact of the matter is, as we live longer lives, we are more likely to need additional support.
Admitting that an eventual move into a senior living community might be in your future can be a challenging concept. It might feel uncomfortable to admit that you can longer manage your life at home. Senior living is a topic most families do not discuss until the need is an emergency and imminent. Oftentimes, the choice is made by an adult child because they can no longer care for their parent. Or a loved one is being discharged from a hospital and the family is told that they are no longer safe living at home. In many of these scenarios, the senior themselves does not have the opportunity to choose their community. This creates an incredibly difficult decision for the adult children. Is this what mom would want? Will she be happy here? Am I doing the right thing?
The stress and burden this creates for families is unnecessary. Just as we would prepare for the future with a medical directive and will so that family members are not making decisions about our lives for us, the choice of a senior living community can and should be made now so that we can be mentally, financially, and emotionally prepared to take that step when the time comes.
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