Navigating the field of senior care can be challenging. When should you start looking? What are the options? The answer to the first question is “before a crisis happens.” Being in complete control of your choices will give you peace of mind and will help make the journey more pleasant for everyone involved. Visit several senior communities and compare advantages — the pros and cons. Choose a place that best matches your values, your priorities, and your needs.
Choosing where you want to live next might also be determined by the level of care that you and/or your spouse need. Besides independent living, you will hear terms such as assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing. In general terms, independent living may offer residents the comfort of meal preparation, housekeeping, laundry service, social activities, and general support services. The assisted living option will offer a resident additional care – assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, medication management, medical transportation, and more. Memory care involves all that assisted living provides, plus the security of a safe environment to meet the challenges of dementia and related memory disorders. Skilled nursing provides comprehensive nursing care 24/7 for medical conditions that require short term rehabilitation or long term medical care.
Choosing a community that provides all levels of care, a facility that caters to the “aging in place” commitment, will ensure that the services you receive will adjust with your changing needs, without having to relocate again. As challenging as it may seem, planning for senior care is about exploring new possibilities and creating an exciting new phase of your life.
Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, located in Sun Valley, offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing care. Established in 1979, Villa Scalabrini has earned an excellent reputation as a first class facility, recognized by community peers and other professionals for its superior services aimed at improving the health and quality of life of the people they serve.
A more recent addition to the community of Villa Scalabrini is La Piazza, 20 brand-new homes for active seniors. Residents of these individual homes enjoy daily gourmet meals, weekly housekeeping and linen service, a modern gym, an elegant dining room, a club house, and putting green in an exclusive, resort-like setting.
A not-for-profit organization, Villa Scalabrini’s programs are designed to create a better quality of life for its residents, promoting independence and providing services that will meet their changing needs. This is a facility that residents are proud to call home.
Article contributed by Laura Mesrobian, Admissions Coordinator, Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center.
For more information, visit www.villascalabrini.com.