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5 Questions to Help You with Senior Housing and Long Term Care Decisions

There comes a time in your life when you will be faced with a decision to choose a senior housing facility where you will spend most of your later years. And whether you’re about to move into long-term care or it is still a few years away, it’s very important to understand the concept of senior housing and know what your options are.



To help you do just that, here are five questions that you need to ask first:



What is long-term care?


Long-term care is a set of services offered by a healthcare facility to meet the health and personal care needs of an individual during his senior years. This program is designed to help the elderly live as independently as possible while providing all the support and assistance they need to perform daily activities in a safe and secure environment.



What are the things that I should consider when choosing a senior home?



When deciding on the right senior housing, it’s very important to consider some factors:


  • Location: The senior home should not be too far away from your loved ones to make visits a lot easier and more frequent. This is especially important if you still have a spouse living at home and could not tolerate long flights and lengthy drives.


  • Services: Not all long-term care facilities are the same, so it’s very important to ask for the services that they offer, especially if you need a higher level of care due to serious medical conditions or disabilities.


  • Staff: Aside from services, you should also choose a senior housing that has a good, stable staff. When there are enough caregivers in a facility, each resident will be given the amount of time and care that they need, so you can guarantee that you have the right support whenever you need it.



How long does long-term care last?


The length of long-term care will depend entirely on your needs. Some people only require care for a few months due to a medical condition or surgery while others will stay in senior housing for a longer time to make sure that they are well taken care of and are living the best life possible.



What are my options to pay for long-term care?


Long-term care can be expensive, but there are options available to help pay for it. This includes private health insurance plans, reverse mortgages, life insurance policies, Medicare or Medicaid and personal funds. To help ensure that you have the means to pay for long-term care when it comes, make sure that you have personal savings, a sufficient retirement fund and income from investments.



Can someone help me decide on the right long-term care?


Moving into a senior home is a huge decision, so your family should be able to help you decide whether a facility is good for you or not. You can also ask advice from geriatric care managers and caregivers on the right long-term care options to choose from depending on your needs.




Are you ready to take that first step towards securing your later years?




Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE, and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper

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Championing Independent Living for People with Disabilities

The baby boomer generation is aging. In fact, it is estimated that 20% of the American population will be 65 years and older by 2030. In addition to this, more individuals are also suffering from disabilities caused by aging and certain medical conditions, increasing the number of people in need of proper care and support.



Unfortunately for many individuals with disabilities, there are so many barriers that hinder them from living a full, normal life. Aside from dealing with the effects of their disabilities, these individuals also need to deal with barriers including a lack of ramped entrances, a lack of interpreters and a lack of the right materials to help people with visual impairment. But thanks to independent living, individuals with a disability can enjoy a good quality of life just like everyone else.




What is independent living?


Independent living means having the same opportunities to make decisions, pursue activities that one loves and do things that everyone else does.


Independent living doesn’t always mean living on your own. It means having the right to pursue one’s passions and having the freedom to fail and learn from one’s mistakes, as any non-disabled person would do.




Where did independent living start?


The concept of independent living started during the late 1960s when a group of people with disability took active roles in decisions affecting their lives. The movement followed the philosophy that disabled people know their needs best, so they should be the ones to identify barriers and gaps in the delivery of service for them. The first center or facility was formed in Berkeley, California in 1972 and centers in Houston and Boston were also built the same year.




What are the types of independent living facilities?


Seniors with disabilities can choose from a variety of independent living facilities:


  • Continuing Care: These are communities that offer access to skilled nursing, assisting living, memory care, and independent living facilities. This enables residents to transfer from one facility to the other depending on their needs.


  • Senior Apartments: This is the most common type of facility and offers services that include meals, transportation, and recreational activities.


  • Housing Units: These are senior communities offering condominiums, duplexes, mobile homes, townhouses, and single-family homes, all of which are adjoined to an independent senior living community.


  • Subsidized Housing: This is an option offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to low-income seniors who are in need of an independent living community.



Independent living is a huge step for people with disabilities, especially for seniors who need special care but would still want the freedom to live their lives the way they want to.



Choose Fallbrook Assisted Living and Memory Care

Thanks to independent living facilities and their staff, people with a disability already have more power to make decisions for themselves, do activities that they love, pursue their passions and live just like everyone else, all that while still getting the care and support they need. It also gives peace of mind to loved ones who want the best quality of life for family members with disabilities.




Fallbrook Assisted Living is proud to offer its services to Fremont, NE, and surrounding areas and cities: Arlington, Cedar Bluffs, Ames Nickerson, Fontanelle, Arlington, Leshara, Colon, and Hooper