When you walk in to a big city shopping mall, one of the first things you will do is stop at the kiosk inside the front door which says:
You Are Here!
It will be a large arrow pinpointing your location. Now you can orient yourself to the lay of the land and how you might want to proceed in this foreign territory.
Hopefully I can guide you somewhat as we step off into the sometimes murky world of elder care.
As the owner of a senior care company in the Phoenix area one of the questions we deal with a lot is at what point should the senior be moved to a higher level of care. This question is dealt with at our initial assessment and again as we go through the care process. It is discussed again if the senior moves to an independent living facility (ILF), an assisted living facility (ALF), a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and onto hospice which many times takes place in the home of a family member.
Many reports and studies are out there which point to the fact that seniors do better if they can remain in their own home. This is referred to as aging in place. Their home is where the family was raised, memories made and where they not only know exactly where the furniture is placed but also know their neighbors. Aging in place, simply put, is where seniors remain in their home and the services that they need come to them. Continue reading “Aging In Place. Is It Right For You?” »