Here’s an interesting quandary: while experts estimate that today’s retirees face a 69 percent future risk of needing long-term care, six in 10 middle-aged adults consider themselves unlikely to ever require assistance living their lives. Those numbers indicate that aging adults are overly optimistic about their future living needs—and their confidence is causing many to postpone or forgo planning for long-term care.
This is a magical time at Sunset Communities, as we watch families reunite to celebrate the holidays. Of course, we also see the stress that the season’s hustle and bustle can cause among our residents. So if you’re planning to visit someone living at Sunset this season—or inviting an elderly loved one to your home holiday gathering—here are some suggestions for keeping the holidays merry.
November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, a time for acknowledging all those affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, a time when hospice organizations around the country work to raise awareness about caring for those dealing with serious and life-limiting illnesses. That makes this month a good time to learn more about hospice—and to begin considering your own wishes for end-of-life care—long before a medical crisis occurs.
If you’ve been considering moving to an assisted living community, autumn is an ideal time to act. With winter fast approaching, settling into one of Sunset’s living communities holds a special appeal to anyone wishing to avoid the frigid, snowy hassles that accompany the season’s arrival.
The first Fieldstone Villas are nearing completion, and soon our founding residents will be moving into the Life Plan Community (formerly known as a Continuing Care Retirement Community). Located in a beautiful park-like setting—with walking paths, ponds, and well-appointed landscaping—Fieldstone Villas redefine the traditional setting of a retirement facility.
For many older adults, transitioning from home to assisted or supported living involves making tough decisions. More often than not, affordability is the most important consideration. When it comes to comparing costs between options—moving to a skilled nursing facility versus an independent living community, for example—understanding the various charges involved is critical to making informed decisions.
Do you understand the difference between Active Living and Assisted Living? Do you know how a Continuing Care Community differs from a Nursing Home? Unless you’ve been around the senior housing industry for a while, you’re likely to be confused about all the various care alternatives available. Just learning the different names from one living option to the next can seem overwhelming. So, if you’re setting out to research living options for a loved one, learning the terminology is always a good place to begin.
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