Beginning the search of looking at senior house options can be an overwhelming and emotional task, which is why we want to provide you with some helpful tools and resources that will make navigating the journey easier. You may be thinking, Is it time to move? What options do I have? What are the important things to consider? And, What is the cost going to be?
On this page you will find some questions to ask to determine if now is the time, key questions and details to consider when looking or touring an assisted living or memory care home, an assisted living calculator worksheet that helps to breakdown the expenses that may be included, and a couple of educational articles regarding the different types of assisted living.
Is it time to move?
According to an article in U.S. News & World Report titled “When to Move from Independent Living to Assisted Living,” there are some clear signals that indicate it may be time to move, including:
A worsening of medical conditions, an increased number of falls and overall increased frailty.
Depression or social isolation.
Develops multiple medical problems.
Cognitive decline and memory loss.
Here are some additional benchmarks to look at in making the decision to move from independent living to assisted living. Download/Print PDF
How do I start the conversation?
This is often the biggest roadblock for the person looking to move, who is nervous or may be embarrassed to admit they are having issues. However, it is also hard for family and friends to work up the courage to start the conversation too. The big thing to realize is that unless there is a significant change or safety concern, conversations of this type can be eased into.
It is important to take time to listen and identify the issues that may be of concern and talk through them and if they can be easily fixed. Also, discuss the feelings associated with the current situation as it relates to social isolation versus social stimulation, which studies have shown to have significant impact on quality of life. Lastly, discuss the daily house and life chores and how this might work in the current situation versus moving somewhere with assistance.
Legal Documents to Consider
During the above conversation it is also good to determine if your loved one has their Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Power of Attorney for Finances created. In the event that a situation arises where they are not able to make medical decisions for themselves due an accident, sudden illness or cognitive decline due to memory loss this document would give the person named the ability to make health and/or financial decisions for them.
In addition, in the event your search is for a Memory Care Assisted Living home, prior to moving in you may need to have the persons Healthcare Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney activated, which means two physicians or a physician and psychiatrist have determined the person can no longer make medical decisions for themselves.
What to Look for in Assisted Living or Memory Care
As the premier provider of Assisted Living and Memory Care in Wisconsin, we emphasize exceptional care and know that when it comes down to it, the quality of care and hugs given by those walking the floor will always be more important than the decorations on the wall or the interior look of a building. Because of this, we have put together a list of items that will be important to evaluate when visiting and touring a home. Download/Print PDF
Defining the differences in Assisted Living options
This article will help you to evaluate the differences in assisted living options to see which one may be the right fit for you or your loved one’s needs. Download/Print PDF
Assisted Living Cost Calculator
This worksheet will help you to estimate the monthly cost of needed services. Some facilities include most amenities and services in the cost of rent, however, some may charge separately for specific services. Download/Print PDF
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Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
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The medical staff at this facility was exceptional. Their care and concern could not have been better. The kitchen staff was very accommodating and the meals were excellent. The Director was very informative and explained the procedures and policies so as to be very helpful. The CNA’s and aides were so caring and treated my husband better than I could have desired. Our experience was a wonderful one in spite of the very difficult life journey.
Review posted by Pauline
Azura Memory Care, thank you so much for giving the best care to my grandpa, Bob. Helping him and my grandma celebrate their anniversary was so thoughtful of you! Please keep up everything you do for our family. We’re all so appreciative of what your staff does, and I’m so happy that my grandpa is living at your community.
Review posted by Beth
They changed the quality of my dad's life. They truly showed him love and care which brought a smile to his face that had been missing for a long time. They thought outside the box to help and accommodate him. A little love and caring took him a long way. Very impressed and happy with all the staff.
Review posted by Tracy
These people know what they are doing. They genuinely care about you and your resident. I can't thank them enough for the love, care, and understanding they gave my mother. They will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
Review posted by Nicholas
Azura was a perfect fit for our dad. He needed to feel like he was at home. The staff is very warm, friendly and caring. They really understand the needs of the residents there.