In this episode of Seated2Serve, Regional Director Mindy Willis with Civitas Senior Living talks with Host Jeff Bickerstaff about how senior and assisted living has improved over the years. While adult children of seniors are most likely to be searching for assisted living options, senior living is quite different. Seniors ready to enjoy the benefits of socialization, exercise, and entertainment can do so without the burdens of home repair and maintenance.
Mindy describes the Civitas environment and how the services and benefits often outweigh the cost and responsibilities associated with living in the home. Meeting the needs of the resident at whatever level they require is a comfort to both the senior and their families. Memory care is yet another sensitive discussion, and Mindy describes how Civitas supports residents to enjoy a full life, celebrating their journey and keeping them happy and safe.
Laundry, groceries, transportation, medications, phone - when everything is provided or made easily available depending on the resident needs, an independent lifestyle is enjoyable for as long as possible for the journey ahead.
When it comes to payment for senior living and assisted living clients, there are numerous ways to ensure loved ones are cared for. Income-based assistance can run as low as $800/mo, and active senior living can be accommodated for as low as $2600/mo, and often costs less than living in the home. Jeff learns 'Cruise Ship' rates and more intensive care can be quite costly and run $4-6K+ so it's important to be aware of options while they are most affordable and can be arranged.
What is the best way to prepare for supporting your parent through this scenario? Understand their financial situation, and talk with your insurance agent for guidance well before its needed - because that's when it's less expensive. Education is power, and today it's not necessary to leave your loved ones to less than optimal care.
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