Here is a helpful and timely message from our friend Marc Friedlander at Senior Assisted Solutions. He helps individuals locate a home they love for those they love at no cost to them. If you have senior family members, read on ..
Happy New Year to you and your family!
It is always a great/hectic time gathering with family over the holiday season. Many children may not have seen their elderly loved one for one month, two months, six months, or maybe since last year. It is easy to hide any issues that someone may have when they are just having phone conversations, but face-to-face interaction will unmask any challenges physical or cognitive that an elderly loved one may be facing.
After visiting with family this holiday season:
1) Did your loved one seem unbalanced? This could lead to falls which can then lead to hospitalizations.
2) Did your loved one seem to need help with more activities of daily living? (bathing, dressing, grooming, transferring, medication management).
3) Has your loved one isolated themselves and is not able to socialize with people of their same generation? This can lead to cognitive and physical challenges.
4) Do they just seem lonely? Are they just existing and not living? There is a misperception with some generations that senior living communities are similar to a hospital setup. That couldn’t be further from the truth as senior living communities have many high end amenities such as cafes, movie theater rooms, restaurant style dining rooms, and of course the beauty shop to name a few.
5) Has your loved one become more forgetful? Are they having issues remembering current events? This doesn’t necessarily mean that your loved one would need to be in the secure memory care environment. Dementia can be a long process. For those that move to an assisted living community earlier, while they are still functioning well cognitively should be able to function longer on the assisted living side before needing to move to memory care.
Many people don’t know where to start, but a simple 30 minute conversation with me can help people avoid a very stressful situation. My goal in 2019 is for my clients to be more proactive than reactive. Unfortunately, in 2018 I have helped more people in the reactive mode. In fact, 54% of my clients originated from a rehab or another senior living community.
My goal in 2019 is to lower this to 30%, so please let me know if you know of any family or clients that could benefit from my services.
It is better to be proactive than reactive!
Marc Friedlander, CSA MBA
Certified Senior Advisor
Senior Assisted Solutions
"Locating a home you love for those you love at no cost to you"
973-650-2720 direct phone