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The best time to discuss and investigate senior community is before you need one, not when you are in crisis.  

When is placement appropriate?  

  • Family member needs specialized care.
  • A senior community is the only setting where care needs can be met.
  • Family is no longer physically or emotionally able to provide care.
  • Post-hospital rehabilitation.
  • All other alternative have been exhausted round-the-clock care is required.
  • A senior community is more cost effective.

Who should be involved?

  • The family member who needs care.
  • Primary caregiver and other family members.
  • The POA (Power of Attorney) for healthcare and finances.
  • An elder law attorney.
  • Health care (doctor) and social service professionals.
Types of Communities:
  • Assisted Living
  • Supportive Living
  • Alzheimer's & Memory Care
  • Skilled Nursing Facility 
  • CCRC - Continuous Care Retirement Community which has independent living, assisted living and a skilled nursing facility on the same campus  

How to begin:

  • Identify the needs of your family member.
  • Get recommendations from Elderwerks.
  • Research skilled nursing facilities online at  Keep in mind the star rating is not the best way to pick a nursing home.  You must tour.  Rehab is not the same as long-term care needs.

Collect information:

  • Is the facility licensed by the state?
  • What level of care and services are provided?
  • Does the skilled nursing facility have certification by Medicare/Medicaid on all beds?
  • Does the community generally meet the needs of your family member?
On site visit and move-in:  
  • Observe the atmosphere/attitudes of the staff.
  • Observe the appearance of the residents.
  • Is the building clean, pleasant and generally odor free?
  • What are the living arrangements/options?
  • What does the average routine in a day look like?
  • Ask for a daily and/or weekly menu.
  • Does the community charge for activities?
  • Ask to see the state inspection report/survey.  BE REALISTIC!
  • What are the procedures on move-in day?  

Seek counsel from organizations that can help you on how to handle this difficult day. Elderwerks, and The Alzheimer’s Association are available to help. 

Contact Elderwerks

Finding assisted living or other types of aging care can be overwhelming. Let our dedicated team help you navigate your options.

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For your complimentary, person-centered assistance or help touring a senior community, call an Elderwerks Advisor today at 855-462-0100.


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