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Choosing a Senior Living Facility during a Health Crisis

Senior and nurse

The transition from independence to an assisted living situation can be difficult under normal circumstances. When your loved one faces a health crisis and a major living change at the same time, things can feel even more challenging. Remember, you don’t have to handle the transition alone. You’ll find a wide range of resources in NYC designed to help older adults find the best fit for their unique needs. Here are a few ways you can ease the search for assisted living in the middle of a health crisis.

Be Realistic

Look at your loved one’s health situation today. It’s easy to think about how they were before the health crisis and base decisions on what would have worked then. No one wants to accept that the current health issues may not improve or that new health issues may show up in the future. Declining health if often part of the aging process. It’s important to choose senior living homes in New York City that are not only a good fit today but are equipped to provide care in the future as well.

Talk with the Doctors

This is an emotional time and you may not have enough clarity about your loved one’s future needs. Meet with their doctors and discuss what types of support your loved one will need in the future. It’s possible there are health conditions you’re not aware of, especially if you don’t see your loved one often. Once you have a better idea of what future needs may be, you can narrow down your search to the best senior living facility. You’ll find the ideal community to handle your loved one’s specific condition now and tomorrow.

Meeting with health team

Ask for Help

Don’t attempt to travel this journey alone. Deciding on senior living in NYC is a major life event for both you and your loved one. If you can, gather your family and discuss options together. Even if you’re not all in the same location, you can still share ideas via phone, email, or even an internet chat. If you don’t have family, reach out to a support group in your area. Ask for feedback from others who’ve gone through this process already. Talk with members of your loved one’s health care team. If possible, bring a geriatric care manager and a senior living adviser in on the discussions. Professionals can save you time and stress by narrowing down your choices to communities that meet your unique needs.

Read the Fine Print

Making a quick decision is often necessary when a health crisis occurs. Quick decisions can lead to misunderstandings about the assisted living contract. Most contracts are straightforward but if you’re not used to contract language, ask for help understanding the requirements. Assisted living communities often use a range of pricing structures. There may be a fee for room and board and another fee for personal and medical care. You’ll also find communities where residents pay based on each service they use. The community you choose may be all-inclusive. Go over the contract with the person you’re working with at the community. Don’t hesitate to read through the contract with them line-by-line. If you find anything in the contract you don’t understand, ask questions.

Making the transition from independent living to senior assisted living is never simple. When a health condition results in a crisis, things can get complicated. We’re here to help. Contact Oyster Bay Senior Campus today to learn more about senior living options for you or your loved one.

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