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Is Now the Right Time? When to Move into Assisted Living

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

The decision to move into assisted living can be daunting, both for you and your family. How do you know when someone needs the full-time support of assisted-living? Is it better to look for home care options? Can I afford it? And will I or my loved one thrive?

Despite all the wonderful amenities that are waiting for you or your loved one in an assisted living community,  the decision to move from your long-time home is not easy. At Brandermill Woods, we are here for you every step of the way in this decision. Here are several things you and your family may want to consider while weighing your options:

  1. Do you or your loved one need around-the-clock care?

    Our health needs change as we age. Sometimes we just need occasional support such as transportation to medical appointments and weekly housekeeping. In those case, home care may be a good, affordable option. Having someone come in once or twice a week to help you or your loved one could be all the relief you need to continue thriving on your own.

    But if you find yourself needing more frequent care, such as help with the daily tasks of living or medication management, assisted living may be a better option. With 24/7 support available, as well as medical staff onsite, emergency call systems, and other services, assisted living can provide peace of mind and stability from day to day. Beyond the day-to-day support, assisted living provides a full calendar of social activities. You can meet your neighbors and always have a friend to join for meals. This thriving social network can help keep spirits high and the mind sharp.
  2. Can I afford assisted living?

    Health care can be one of the biggest expenses as we age, and you may think full-time assisted living would be prohibitively expensive. But, to weigh your options, consider the financial and emotional costs of professional in-home care or relying on family members for around-the-clock support. Not only does an assisted living community provide the professional caregiving, it also provides a private apartment, utilities, and other expenses. An apples-to-apples comparison between assisted living and in-home care show moving into a community may be the more affordable option. Plus, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) gives you access to memory care, skilled nursing and other medical support should your needs ever change. There is peace of mind in knowing your future is secure.
  3. Who can I talk to?

    At Brandermill Woods, we are here for you every step of the way. The Chesterfield, our assisted living community, offers the ability to live as independently as you are able while receiving the day-to-day support you may need. Our goal is to give our residents a life as active as they are able, complete with a full calendar of social activities to make each day meaningful.

    We encourage you to talk with your loved ones, your medical providers, and perhaps friends or neighbors who have been through this process before. We are here to help as well. We are happy to schedule a consultation any time to talk more about our healthcare center, the continuum of care, and the wellness and social benefits of assisted living in Brandermill Woods. We are also happy to connect you with current residents so you can hear directly what their experiences are.

For a consultation about assisted living in Central Virginia, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you.