When is it Time to Move?
When an elderly family member begins to struggle at home, difficult decisions have to be made. Falls, forgetfulness, or increasingly complex medical needs can become serious matters, especially if this person is living alone. When it becomes clear that a parent or loved one can no longer safely live at home, it’s time to take action.
If it’s time to move a parent or other loved one out of their home, there are now a variety of options in the Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma areas. Because the research is complex and may come at an emotional time, it’s important to know the 3 main types of facilities to consider moving your loved one to.
Elder Care Options
Elder housing options are divided by level of support that the individual will need. Across all levels, multiple options exist to suit different budgets, locations, and other personal preferences.
1. Senior Living Communities
Senior Living Communities often offer apartment or condo-style living, without the worry of maintenance or isolation. These communities can be a great choice for a family member that is still mobile and active, but may be feeling lonely or overwhelmed by the physical needs of caring for a household. These communities emphasize social events, recreation, day trips, and more, without requiring elders to drive themselves.
Losing the ability to drive is often an emotional point for many seniors, and having an active community that safely provides all transportation needs can help loved ones continue to enjoy the city or the the many beautiful parks and natural recreation areas around the Seattle area.
2. Assisted Living Facilities
If your parent or other elderly family member needs a higher level of care and supervision, assisted living facilities are a great option.
Assisted living offers many of the amenities of a senior community, including private condo-style dwellings or rooms in a fall-safe environment. A higher level of structure and supportive care includes help organizing medication regimens and supplementary oxygen.
Assisted living facilities also place great importance on keeping seniors as active and involved in the local community as possible.
3. Nursing Homes
If a family member is experiencing more severe cognitive or medical difficulties, nursing homes are the most appropriate choice. Here, your loved one will continue to have the opportunity to socialize and participate in recreational activities, while under the supervision of skilled medical staff. Nursing homes offer the highest level of care and support, in a safe and compassionate environment.
Taking the Stress Out of “Downsizing”
No matter which level of care you’re considering for your loved one, navigating the complex feelings that come with this transition can be difficult for everyone involved. Fortunately, Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, and the surrounding area have a variety of facilities that take great pride in providing excellent quality of life and removing the stigma from “senior care.” After your family has found the right fit, you next have to face the task of downsizing and often selling your loved ones’ house.
One way to make this extensive transition easier is to get logistical help. The Adam’s Moving Service team has experience helping seniors and their families through this process with professional packing and moving services. We can work directly with local facilities to make the moving process as easy as possible for your family.
To learn more about our award-winning moving and professional packing services, contact us for a free estimate that is always uniquely tailored to your needs.