If you’re looking for assisted living, you know that you can’t afford to make a poor decision when the stakes are so high. Get a leg up on the average senior living consumer by learning from the mistakes other families have made in their search for the right senior care.
When families and seniors select an assisted living community, it’s a life changing decision. You want to get it right the first time. It can be such an intimidating choice that many families come down with “analysis paralysis” and indefinitely postpone a decision out of fear of making the wrong choice. Fortunately, the decision becomes easier as you expand your knowledge.
Here are eight common mistakes families make when searching for assisted living and how to avoid them:
1. Not Being Realistic About Current or Future Needs
It’s important to balance optimism with a dose of realism. Be realistic about you or your loved one’s current care needs as well as their anticipated care needs. Ideally, you will choose a community that is equipped to provide care now, and in the future as your loved one ages. If your loved one has mild dementia symptoms, it may be prudent to choose a community where dedicated memory care is available, even if it’s not necessary at the moment.
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