Our dad has been struggling to keep up with his house since our mom passed away. He’s still fairly independent but needs more and more help with running errands, cleaning, and getting around. He has friends and some other family members nearby, but it’s hard to help him while also taking care of our families.
He’s agreed to consider a move to assisted living. What should we know as we consider the options?
Bill Williams, Saline, MI
Considering Assisted Living in Michigan
Your dad has taken a big step in considering a move to assisted living. As you ponder this choice, remember to be patient with him. It can be a difficult decision.
Fortunately, assisted living has numerous benefits that can help set your dad’s mind at ease and make the eventual transition easier.
What Families and Seniors Should Know About Michigan Assisted Living
Assisted living communities help older adults maintain as much independence as possible while providing services such as housekeeping and meals.
Many assisted living locations allow pets, provided residents can care for them properly. They also provide opportunities for socializing, worship, entertainment, and other life-enriching activities.
Health and Wellness Choices
Assisted living communities are meant to support seniors in their health maintenance, allowing them to lead full, healthy lives. Depending on individual needs, this assistance may include the following:
- Grooming and dressing
- Toileting or incontinence
- Medication management
- Wellness checks
Fitness centers and scheduled activities encourage physical and mental activity.
The state of Michigan has certain licensing requirements for assisted living providers that offer particular types of care. The licensing includes the patient’s right to receive appropriate care and to be fully informed of treatment options.
Assisted living centers also promote safety, often with building access controls and round-the-clock staffing to help at all hours.
The cost of assisted living can be intimidating for many families, but several financial programs can help. If you have long-term care insurance, be aware that some policies also cover assisted living. The Veteran’s Administration offers financial support to veterans who served during a period of war and their surviving spouse, if they meet certain criteria. In Michigan, Medicaid or MI Choice may also help cover some expenses associated with assisted living for older adults who qualify.
I hope this information is helpful, Bill!
Choosing the Right Assisted Living Option
All of the assisted living centers in the Heritage Senior Communities family, including our Linden Square location in Saline, are fully licensed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. These locations provide holistic care and support to residents in a comfortable, home-like setting. Contact us today to schedule a private tour.