Nov 23, 2011 at 1:15 AM
Broaching senior living arrangements with aging loved ones is never a pleasant task. However, stay focused on the primary point of your concern for their safety. Let them know that your interest in seeing them move to senior apartments or retirement communities is an out growth of that concern. Senior apartments and retirement communities offer all of the independence a senior could want, with none of the maintenance required when living at home. Point out to your loved one the convenience of:
Once you have pointed out all of the benefits, your loved ones may be much more interested in alternative senior living arrangements.
Although senior apartments and retirement communities are designed for seniors, they are priced similarly to any other living arrangement. Unlike assisted living facilities or nursing homes, these options only provide a convenient living space, not any additional services. The costs will need to be paid out of pocket, but they are comparable to normal expenses. Contract services are often available as the senior ages, allowing them to remain in the same living space until they are physically unable to do so.
There are not as many senior apartments or retirement communities in Minnesota as there are in Florida, but they are out there. Take some time to develop a list of local communities that you would like to visit. Schedule tours and meet your prospective neighbors. Many communities offer social events and the opportunity to pursue hobbies. Check to see if the entertainment provided is something you would be interested in. Once you have a short list, start scheduling tours to find a location that will be comfortable for long term stays.