Plan Ahead for Housing Needs
As their physical status changes, seniors would do well to assess their living situation to see if it currently meets, and will continue to meet, their physical, social, intellectual and nutritional needs. Stephen Post, executive director of Jack Satter House, an independent senior supportive housing facility sponsored by Hebrew SeniorLife, offers the following tips for planning a housing transition:
- Assess your life situation realistically and project your long-term needs as you examine your housing options.
- Educate yourself about all the housing options available in your area.
- Visit a number of different housing options to gauge the atmosphere and lifestyle.
- Ask housing facilities for references.
- Discuss your preferences and expectations with your family.
- See an expert in retirement planning before age 55 so that you can make appropriate plans for your care.
- If you are an adult child with a parent who lives far away, consider hiring a geriatric care manager to serve as your eyes and ears.
Also, says Mr. Post, call local councils on aging and Aging Services Access Points (ASAP) in your area to learn more about senior housing options.