As we get older, so many of us make the transition from being cared for by our parents to becoming the caregivers. As our parents age, we take on more and more responsibility for their medical care and general wellbeing. If you’re reaching that point now, here are some tips from our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ, on how to get ready for this new life stage:
- Communicate early on. Talking about elder care doesn’t need to be a serious and lengthy conversation from the start, and you don’t need to take on everything yourself. Instead, chat with parents early on about what they envision for themselves and what you can do to help them achieve their plan. This gives you an idea of what they expect without placing all the pressure on your shoulders in an instant.
- Gather information. When care decisions aren’t urgent, it’s the perfect time to make sure that all the necessary information you’d need to make care decisions is organized and at hand. This means gathering insurance and finance information, making copies of parents’ insurance policies, benefits, Medicare coverage, and retirement accounts, as well as contact information for their doctors.
- Legal preparation. It’s important for your parents to have legal documentation in place to determine their care and wishes, and that you are aware of what these documents contain. Some important documents include an up-to-date Last Will and Testament, Living Wills (these determine end-of-life and healthcare wishes), and durable power of attorney documents that determine medical and financial decisions in the event of incapacity.
- Financial planning. Elder care costs can be significant, so it’s important to know where your parents stand financially and what you can do to help minimize the impact of these costs. This includes developing a financial plan to pay for healthcare, housing or caregiving, as well as Medicare planning.
- Research your options. Thinking about caring for your elderly parents can be overwhelming — after all, most people have little personal experience in this area. Research is key in not only understanding the costs and planning involved in caregiving, but also in understanding and discovering the care options available.
Affordable independent style living for seniors at our assisted living community in Camden County, NJ
Collingswood is part of the United Methodist Communities’ network of high-quality, non-profit assisted living communities specializing in independent style living for seniors. With an experienced care and assistance team, scalable services customized to each resident’s needs, and a lively social calendar, we focus on providing essential resources that promote independence and quality of life.
To find out more about United Methodist Communities or our assisted living services, please visit our website and contact us at https://collingswood.umcommunities.org to book your visit today.
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Moving into an assisted living community is a big commitment and it’s important you and your loved ones feel confident, comfortable and happy with the community you select. Here are some helpful questions to ask when researching different options and help narrow down your search to the right choice:
- Where is the assisted living communitylocated? Is it close to friends and family? Does your loved one know the area and enjoy it? These questions will help narrow down your geographic search. If your loved one likes the area and has good social and family connections in the neighborhood then the move is likely to be an easier, more positive adjustment for everyone.
- Can we take a tour? An onsite visit is a great way to meet the staff, find out what they offer and get a general feel for the community. Ask about their services, what the culture is like and what a typical day includes. If your loved one is in fairly good health, don’t skip the more advanced care facilities. In planning for the future, it’s best to ask about dementia and Alzheimer’s care, as well as palliative care, so that you have well-rounded knowledge of all the services they offer.
- How much does it cost? The cost of assisted living is one of the biggest variables when looking for the right community, especially as healthcare costs have increased dramatically in recent years. As a not-for-profit, United Methodist Homes is committed to being good stewards of our finances and controlling costs. Care costs are calculated after an assessment and based on individual needs and requirements. Our Fellowship Fund supports our charitable mission and helps to keep our residents in our communities.
- What are my priorities? This is a question that seniors and caregivers need to ask themselves to help narrow down their search. Does your loved one have Alzheimer’s or dementia? Is he or she looking for a lively, involved community? Do you want a facility that only provides independent living services or one that can meet your loved one’s needs whatever the future holds?
- What is the reputation of the facility? In order to make an informed decision it’s important to conduct the necessary research. Be sure to check reviews and find references, and of course, take a tour yourself.
Quality care at United Methodist Homes of NJ
At United Methodist Homes of New Jersey, we prioritize the quality of life, independence and dignity for all our residents. With services designed to meet your loved one’s needs, even as they change, we offer seniors a chance to build a life within our active and welcoming assisted living communities. With a wide range of services and care options, we can assist seniors with anything from day-to-day support to skilled nursing and advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia care.
For more information on our assisted living communities and services, please contact us today or visit www.umh-nj.org.
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