Where to Begin
Where to Begin
First, we want you to know that we’re here to help.
Our number one goal isn’t to fill a room — it’s to help you or your loved one find the best care and option for the future. We will do whatever we can to provide you with the resources and recommendations you need so that you can make the best decision for your family.
Is It Time?
Everyone has a unique reason for looking into senior living options. Below, we explore some of those options and explain why a senior living community might be right for your situation.
Safety and Security
The upkeep and maintenance of a home is hard work, no matter the age. Some houses aren’t built with seniors in mind and might have fall risks like raised bathtubs, stairs, and icy driveways during the wintertime.
At Cedar Ridge Village, we take the safety and security of our residents very seriously. Our apartments are senior-friendly and maintenance-free so residents never have to change a lightbulb or fix their TV — we do all of that and much more.
If you’re loved one needs help bathing, dressing, or taking medications, it might be time to look into senior living options. Maybe you don’t need extra help with those tasks and you just want to spend more time with the grandkids and doing the things you love — then senior living is a great option for you.
Without the burden of home maintenance, preparing meals, and other daily chores, you’ll have more time to do what you want to do.
A Plan for the Future
Giving your family a plan for your golden years is one of the best gifts you could ever give. The easiest transition to senior living is when you or your loved one is in great health; the most difficult transition is right after a drastic change in health.
Having the Conversation
There are a handful of conversations we have at different phases of life that carry a stigma. Talking to an aged parent(s) about moving to a nursing home is definitely on that list. The fear of this conversation is understandable and may be keeping you from striking it up. But it is in everyone’s best interest to have the conversation and have it with care. Here’s a guide of things to consider that may make this conversation much easier to approach
Start the Conversation Early
Start it too early. Start it when it feels like it’s relevance is way down the line. This offers an opportunity to have the seed planted long before there is any threat of eventuality raising the emotion of the conversation. Find out what is important to them as a couple, as individuals, and for their family. This way, your parent(s) has the chance to freely share their wishes and you can be armed with that information when the right time comes.
Maybe they already have a specific location in mind! Inquire about waiting lists long before you need them so you’re not in the position of choosing a place based on availability when crisis strikes.
Do Your Research
Having information prepared always makes a hard conversation less challenging. Hopefully you know your parents’ wishes, but even if you weren’t able to start the conversation early, you know your parents.
Do they want to be closer to family? Do they care about having access to a kitchen to make family favorites? Do they want to live in assisted or independent living? What is the future of their illness? Do they have a pet or furniture they want to bring along?
These are concerns they will raise when the conversation comes, so knowing what their options are that address these needs can be a real lifesaver when presenting the option of aged care.
Understand Medicare and Medicaid, and What They Cover
What’s in a name? Great question. Medicare and Medicaid sound very similar, but their names give little in the way of answers. When it comes to insurance, the fine print can often make heads spin. Even if you still have health coverage through your employer or your spouse, it is important to know how these programs may relate to you now or in the future.
You may already be eligible for some of these services, you may have been paying into these services each tax year, or maybe you are already enrolled but want a few more details to make sure you’re in the right place. Learning more about these two programs will hopefully point you in the right direction and encourage you to make sure you have the coverage that fits your needs.
We’ve created a free ebook that goes into detail about Medicare and Medicaid. Click below to download.
Options for Veterans
If you are a veteran of a United States armed service, you may be able to receive some financial benefits to help you as you age. U.S. News created a great list of resources for you to check out.
Independent living offers the privacy of your own home without the troubles of its care and maintenance. Our apartments feature expansive, light-filled floor plans with full kitchens and modern conveniences.
Assisted living offers a higher level of services and support for residents who need help with some activities of daily living. Your monthly rent includes all three meals, assistance with bathing, dressing, and medication (if needed), housekeeping services, and more.
If you’re looking for a place to recover after surgery, our experts will help you meet your goals so you can get back to your normal, daily life.
Perhaps your loved one needs more advanced care and help if they struggle with eating or incontinence — long-term care may be right for them.