There are many transitions in life that directly accompany the moving process, and one has been in the news very recently in the past few weeks: entering assisted living. While recent articles published via Financial Planning, The Motley Fool and CBS News have centered the discussion around the costs of care, other resources have addressed the likelihood of needing this arrangement.
According to the California Partnership For Long-Term Care, an estimated 12 million people in the United States require long-term care. This figure is expected to climb to 27 million people in need of long-term care by 2050. Nearly half of those requiring care are under 65 years of age, including 5.3 million working age adults. With the number of California residents aged 85 and older (those who are most likely to need extended care at home or in nursing home) projected to double by the year 2030, the discussion surrounding planning for and moving into assisted living is only going to impact more of us and our families.
It’s no secret that the decisions that lead to a loved one entering assisted living are emotionally heart-wrenching, logistically challenging and financially overwhelming. Furthermore, the reality is that the significant reduction in living space adds yet another level of stress and discomfort as to how to achieve a feeling of home. Aging Care recently published a very helpful guide entitled “11 Downsizing Tips for Seniors Who Are Moving to Assisted Living”. We have hand-selected our T-O-P 4 tips below, and we encourage you to read the article in full and share with friends and family who may benefit as well.
4 T-O-P Tips For Downsizing Into Assisted Living
You CAN Do This & We Can Help
#1: Consider New Home Needs: Before any decisions can be made, consider the space type and size of the new home. Assisted living facilities vary greatly in the square footage and layout; be sure to ask about meal preparation, bathing services and laundering so you can determine how much attention you need to focus on these areas.
#2: Allow For Gray Areas. Many well-intentioned family members approach the downsizing process with a set of black and white rules in order to simplify what to keep or toss. Yet in reality, adopting any type of non-negotiable standard often leads to despair. It’s more than acceptable to have an ‘undecided pile’ and to prioritize quality compassionover the quantity of items to give away.
#3: Lead With The Positives. When times get tough, focus on the positives of this transition: less home maintenance, more support, easier access to things that matter and fewer distractions from things that don’t. Plus, once the downsizing process is complete… the new chapter begins. And it can still be an enjoyable one!
#4: Consider hiring professional help. As part of the National Association of Senior Move Managers, the T-O-P Move Management Team and our industry peers around the globe are committed to helping families in this exact situation. Sometimes you need an objective partner, an experienced guide and a dedicated champion to join you in the journey. After all, you wouldn’t train for the Olympics without a coach, right? 😉