Learn how to navigate senior living, from what to look for in a community, how to finance, move in tips and more.
Mid-pandemic economic challenges have truly impacted the labor market, leaving many businesses struggling to find and retain qualified employees. Inevitably, the customer’s experience is impacted by the availability, or the lack of resources. Most business have been coerced to adapt by asking current employees to embrace additional responsibilities. This inadvertently contributes to burnout and more turnover. While it may deliver a product, the service experience continues to suffer. For most businesses, cutting service hours and expectations have become the norm to better balance business and personal priorities.
To a novice with no experience in Assisted Living, the amount of information discovered during the research can beoverwhelming. You will be offered a plethora of information on the community amenities, apartment options, square footage, pricing structures, level of care fees, and the list goes on. While these variables are important checklists to discerning clients, one question that is often neglected is “How much care can the community provide?”. After all, care, not amenities, is paramount. Does the community have the resources to meet the current identified needs, and under what conditions would the community require a discharge?
Memory Care Communities or Memory Care Neighborhoods in Assisted Living Communities are required to have increased safety measures to ensure residents are not able to leave the premises unattended. The most obvious safety feature is a set of secured doors that can be opened with a code that staff and visitors use. Some communities may even issue an access code to family members or frequent visitors.
For older adults, a fall is a serious event that can even be life-threatening. Seniors are at a higher risk for increased falls if they have any or a combination of atrophied or weaker muscles, poor balance, foot problems, vision and hearing problems and medication side effects. Why are falls common among the elderly? Falls in the senior population seldom occur without a precursor and falls can be a warning sign of new or declining healthcare condition.
Presumably all future residents transitioning to a senior living community will have to downsize. The downsizing is necessary to manage the square footage limitations of the new apartment, and to improve residents’ safety awareness Communities may have unique standards and recommendations on what to bring and what to avoid. The resources of Encore Senior Advisors can obtain and offer the specifics.
Transition trauma is a widely used term amongst community leadership during pre-move-in discussions and initial care plan meetings. It is also known as relocation stress syndrome. Often, the community may reference this during an initial care plan meeting to explain undesired resident behaviors following a move-in. We want to offer brief guidance on the unique challenges the resident may face following a move and offer insight on what should be expected from the community and the challenges impacting them.