SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The holidays bring families together. In fact, it may be the only opportunity
The number of caregivers considered long distance is significant. According to a study conducted by the National Alliance of Caregiving, in collaboration with AARP, 15% of the estimated 34 million Americans who provide care to older family members live an hour or more away from their relative.
Instead of relying on regular telephone conversations for assessment, your upcoming holiday visit may be a window on how your aging parents are faring and determine if the senior is physically and mentally able to continue living in their own home.
Assisted Living Locators, a free referral and placement service for seniors and families, offers an easy-to-use Assessment Tool on its website that can quickly give one insight if it's time to find a new environment and appropriate senior housing for an aging parent.
The assessment checklist covers several categories including: safety, mobility, nutrition, mental status, toileting, communications, medications, bathing, dressing and grooming, finances and physician contact. After inserting the description that applies to your senior, the assessment feature calculates which type of housing or care may be most appropriate for your loved one.
According to Assisted Living Locators CEO RN Angle Olea, it's important to make the most of your holiday visit by starting the conversation with your parents about their present circumstances and future needs. "Your parent may not be aware of a gradual decline and may be reluctant or unable to plan for needed care," explained Olea. "Allow time for them to express anxieties and needs. You can decide together what needs to be done and who can help.
Assisted Living Locators offers a FREE service for seniors and their families to help you explore and understand elder care options," she added. "Our Elder Care Advisor will meet with you and/or your family member to discuss your current situation and what is needed. We evaluate all aspects of care such as healthcare needs, social activities, memory care, location and financial features. We are committed to matching an environment of compassion and concern with the needs of our clients."
For more information on Assisted Living Locators Assessment Tool and "no cost" community service for seniors and their families, call 800-267-7816 or visit the website at www.assistedlivinglocators.com.
About Assisted Living LocatorsAssisted Living Locators offers a "free service" for seniors and their families providing expert advice on short-term and long-term care options including in-home care, assisted living, memory care and retirement apartments. It generates revenue from the fees paid by the assisted living facilities per placement and from in-home care referrals. Those interested in a franchise are encouraged to apply. To learn more about Assisted Living Locators, call 800-267-7816 or visit: www.assistedlivinglocators.com.
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