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Rightsizing into Senior Living

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


By Danita Nixon, Senior Living Advisors of Colorado


There comes a time in many older adults’ lives, when they realize that their current living situation no longer serves them. They find that:


• They want to be free of the burden of maintaining their current home (yardwork, shoveling snow, routine maintenance, etc.) so they can spend their time on activities they enjoy.


• Their home no longer accommodates their physical needs (steps, a bathtub and not a walk-in shower, etc.). Senior communities are built to accommodate the physical needs of older adults.


• They want to be more active and spend time with others their age. For some, being home alone leaves them feeling lonely and isolated. Rightsizing into senior living with all the activities available can make a huge difference in the quality of life for an older adult.


The best time for an older adult to rightsize into senior living, is when they are healthy enough to do so. Making this decision earlier rather than later gives them more control, more choices, and more time to make the transition.


Five Steps to Exploring if Rightsizing is right for you:


1. Contact a local advisor to help you explore your options. Most Senior Living Advisors offer their services free of charge.

2. Your advisor will help you determine your options based on your needs, desires, and budget.

3. Go with your advisor to check out the communities to see what they offer.

4. Determine if you are ready to rightsize into senior living.

5. If you are ready, your advisor will help you take the steps necessary to put the resources in place to make the move possible. If you are not ready, you at least know what options are out there for you.


While rightsizing into senior living can be a big move for an older adult, it can also be a move that will assist them in going from surviving to thriving!


CAREGIVER

Posted on December 15, 2017 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Definition of caregiver

One that gives physical or emotional care and support.


A majority of individuals who are caring for an older adult do NOT identify themselves as caregivers. They simply see themselves as fulfilling their role as a friend, neighbor, child, spouse, sibling, relative, or in-law.


The challenge with this is, that those who are supporting others (caregiving), need to make sure that they are taking care of themselves as well. Being a caregiver can seriously affect ones’ health, emotional well-being, and overall quality of life.


When looking at the family caregivers who have reached out for support from the Office on Aging Caregiver Program, it becomes clear why “caregiver burnout” is not an unusual occurrence.


70% of caregivers are providing 24/7 care.


67% of caregivers are caring for those with dementia.


48% have been caretaking for 5+ years.


42% of caregivers are 70 years or older.


Many caregivers fall into multiple categories listed above, increasing the stress on the caregiver.

The good news is, that there is support available. One of the best places to start looking for support is at your local Area Agency on Aging.


In Larimer County, CO, that person is Lynette McGowan, Caregiver Support Program Coordinator. She is a passionate advocate for older adults

and their caregivers. She has spent thirteen years in this role, and prior to that, served as a Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Some of the amazing

resources she has for Larimer County caregivers are:


• Respite Vouchers - Money provided to assist with the cost of getting respite (a break from caregiving)

• Free Classes for Caregivers, providing valuable tools, support, and strategies

• Free Counseling for Caregivers (provided through CSU)

• Information on Caregiver Support Groups


If you are giving physical or emotional support to an older adult in your life, we encourage you this holiday season to give yourself the gift of

support. You truly do not have to go through this alone.


For more information on services in Larimer County, contact Lynette at 970-498-7758 or email her at [email protected]


Outside of Larimer County, you can google “Area Agency on Aging” to find an office near you.