As our loved ones age, at some point many of them can no longer live on their own. It’s never too early to start planning for how a senior member of your family will live when they are unable to take care of themselves. We can even plan for our own retirement in the same way.

What should we think about when planning for senior living?

  • We are living much longer than we once did. Take into consideration various facets of what will be needed depending upon physical and mental health. Will a wheelchair be necessary for your loved one? Are they able to plan and organize for themselves or will they need help?
  • Involve the whole family in the planning process. Have discussions about senior living with your senior family member while they are still able to make decisions for themselves. Don’t make aging a taboo subject within the family.
  • Younger members of your family should also help by adding their opinions. We all grow old and by making the process easier it can help with fears that the younger members of the family may have about aging.
  • If you are making plans for where you will live as a senior, think of your nearby relatives as your support system. Get ideas from them and find out how they feel about where you should live as you age. Though you may not agree with them it will help you to know where they stand in regard to senior living areas.
  • Don’t be too proud to admit you cannot afford the most expensive retirement home. Life’s circumstances may lead you to not being able to live where you desire. Discuss this with family members and search out living areas that are suitable.

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