When is the right time to move? Consider these tips

| Scott Saffert and Lola Amendt for The Catholic Spirit | February 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

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Marianne and Dennis have lived in the same home for their entire marriage of 62 years. They raised children, re-modeled living spaces, celebrated holidays, hosted parties and created loving memories in their home.

But, Dennis’ health has become unpredictable and the couple has begun the conversation with family to plan for their future. This emotional discussion can be daunting as the couple’s desire to stay in familiar surroundings seems difficult to overcome.

At St. Therese Southwest in Hopkins and The Glenn senior housing in Minnetonka, staff members partner with families to work through the question: “When is the right time to make a move?”

Factors in moving

The timing is different for each individual situation. It may be a loved one’s significant health change that is propelling the need for assisted living or care suites. It may be the need for peer interaction to combat social isolation or the convenience of supportive services and a dining experience to monitor health and encourage good nutrition.

The journey of memory loss can be a factor in choosing senior living to support the person and family. No matter the situation, those who have already made a move to a senior community often reflect, “I wish I would have done this sooner.”

So when is the right time to move to a senior community, and how do you choose one that is right for you? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Location. Select a location close to family and friends. Their capacity to continue to provide support and encouragement will be important.
  • Budget. Assess your financial situation, including monthly income and expenses, and available assets. Utilizing a financial adviser or case manager could also help to assess eligibility for various benefits available to seniors.
  • Services. Prioritize the kinds of services and amenities that are important and necessary to you. Having access to a range of health care, housekeeping, laundry, beauty salon and maintenance services, as well as having a wide range of activities to choose from, are all considerations for getting the most out of your new community.
  • Spiritual care. Being part of a community with strong ties to local faith-based organizations can provide you with the pastoral care activities and faith support you have come to rely on. Mass, interfaith services, Bible studies, Rosary, an on-site chapel and individual consultation can be considerations when making a move to senior housing.
  • Transportation. If you are still an active driver, heated underground garage parking will be an important perk, especially in Minnesota! If driving is no longer an option, seeking a community with regularly scheduled transportation to shopping, entertainment, medical appointments and special events will keep you connected to your active lifestyle without the burden of vehicle maintenance.
  • Benefits. Living in a community with peers and expert staff who can support your independence can bring you peace of mind in knowing that someone is there when and if you need assistance, resources, advocacy and just someone to listen.

Every senior is unique in bringing their goals and life experiences to their later retirement years. It is never too early to have a conversation about senior living. The more children and parents are engaged in expressing their concerns and discussing goals, the better prepared the transition can be navigated when that time comes.

Saffert is assistant campus administrator for St. Therese Southwest. Amendt is assistant campus administrator at The Glenn. For more information, visit The Glenn by St. Therese Southwest 5300 Woodhill Road, Minnetonka, on March 3 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. for the presentation “Exploring Senior Housing Options and How to Make the Decision.” RSVP to (952) 345-4404.

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