As people are living longer, the chances that your parents may still be alive when you retire are increasing. Many Baby Boomers hitting retirement age are still taking care of aged parents. A significant portion of these new seniors are taking their parents with them in planned communities close to assisted living facilities for their parents.
The average life expectancy in the U.S. is a little over 78 years, but members of some demographic groups have even longer average life expectancies. This situation can result in children in their 60s taking care of parents in their 80s and 90s.
If you’re retiring and plan on taking your parent or parents with you to your new home, finding a good assisted living facility close to your residence can help. When evaluating assisted living facilities, consider the following:
- Trained staff. Make sure the staff of the facility have the necessary medical and care skills your parent needs.
- Proximity. Choose a facility that’s close to your home, to make visiting convenient.
- Activities. Make sure the facility you choose has plenty of structured, health-promoting activities for your parent. Seniors need exercise, socialization, and intellectual stimulation.
- Budget. Before choosing a facility, make sure it fits comfortably into your and your parents’ budget.
- Atmosphere. Be sure to visit the facility several times to see how residents and staff interact.
Always Best Care connects seniors and their families with quality assisted living and home health services. To find out more, explore our website or call 1-855-470-CARE.