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Savvy Seniors

Senior Living Unraveled

Hello, my name is Debbie Lee. Over the last decade, I've had the privilege of assisting numerous older adults on their journey through senior living. This work brings me immense fulfillment and joy.


Through this blog, my aim is to provide valuable information, resources, and guidance to seniors and their families as they navigate this significant phase.


I am dedicated to making this chapter of life more manageable and enjoyable for everyone involved.


If you have any questions, please let me know.  I am here to serve and assist seniors and their families in any way I can.

Debbie Lee 

Owner, Guide You Home

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So you are thinking about senior living. What you need to know to start your journey.

Starting the search for senior living can feel overwhelming, but with careful planning and research, you can find the right living arrangement for yourself or your loved one.

Here are some steps and advice to help you get started:

  1. Work with an expert: Find a Senior Living Advisor in your area to help you through the process. They can help determine the best fit for an individual and take a lot of the guess work and stress out of the process. There is no charge for their services.

  2. Determine the specific needs: Assess the individual's needs by considering factors such as level of care required (e.g., independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing homes), location preferences, budget, and lifestyle preferences.

  3. Research different types of senior living communities: Learn about the various options available, such as retirement communities, independent living communities, assisted living facilities, memory care units, and nursing homes. Each type of community offers different levels of care and amenities.

  4. Seek recommendations and reviews: Ask friends, family members, and healthcare professionals for recommendations or experiences they may have had with senior living communities. Online reviews and ratings can also provide insights into the quality of care and services provided.

  5. Visit multiple communities: Schedule visits to multiple senior living communities that match your criteria. This will give you a chance to tour the facilities, meet staff members, interact with residents, and get a feel for the community's atmosphere. Take note of cleanliness, safety measures, and the general happiness of residents.

  6. Consider the amenities and services: Evaluate the amenities and services offered by each community, such as meal plans, recreational activities, transportation, medical support, housekeeping, and social opportunities. Determine which features are essential and prioritize accordingly.

  7. Review the financial aspects: Understand the costs associated with each senior living option. Inquire about fees, contracts, payment plans, and what is covered in the pricing structure. Consider the long-term affordability and whether it aligns with your financial situation.

  8. Check licensing and accreditation: Ensure that the communities you are considering are licensed, accredited, and meet the necessary regulatory standards. This will help ensure quality care and safety.

  9. Involve the individual in the decision-making process: If possible, involve the person who will be residing in the senior living community in the decision-making process. Their input and preferences should be considered to ensure a comfortable and suitable living environment.

  10. Seek legal and financial advice if needed: If navigating financial aspects or legal issues surrounding senior living becomes complex, consult with professionals such as elder law attorneys or financial advisors who specialize in senior care.

  11. Trust your instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts when making a decision. If something feels off or if you have lingering concerns, it may be best to explore other options.

Remember, the process of finding the right senior living community takes time, so start your search early and be thorough in your research. Patience and due diligence will help you find a place that promotes comfort, safety, and a high quality of life.

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