by: Tehila Mörtl
Given our previous discussion on the different types of housing available, I would like to offer a checklist of considerations for moving seniors into a new home.
What Type of Senior Housing Best Meets Your Elders Needs?
To select the housing which best meets your elder’s needs, we must ask such questions as: What is of most importance to them? What should you and your senior look for and what are their expectations? In addition, you will also want to take into consideration what their future needs might be when creating moving seniors checklist.
What is most important in regards to location?
On a scale of 1 to 5 with the most important beginning at 1, rate the following in regards to proximity in the first column:
____ ____ Public Transportation
____ ____ Shopping
____ ____ Place of Worship
____ ____ Family/Children
____ ____ Friends
____ ____ Senior Citizen’s Center
____ ____ Community Activities
____ ____ Movie Theater
____ ____ Cultural Events
____ ____ Parks or Walking Paths
____ ____ Medical Providers and Facilities
____ ____ City Living
____ ____ Suburban Environment
Once the importance of each item is reviewed, return to the moving seniors list and select the five (5) most important places of proximity, rating each in order of importance, 1 to 5, in the second column. While it will be necessary to compromise on various selections, keep in mind the five top priorities when assessing each housing community.
What features and services does your elder prefer and/or require?
Please check all that he or she finds pertinent:
____ Personal assistance (i.e. medication, personal care, housekeeping)
____ 24/7 emergency assistance
____ All meals provided
____ Some meals provided
____ Use of kitchen facilities
____ Cable television
____ Internet connection
____ Weekly housekeeping
____ Transportation to medical appointments and/or shopping
____ Availability of nearby public transportation (buses)
____ Exercise program, entertainment and/or social activities on site
____ Prearranged activities and trips (i.e. senior center events)
____ Home-like setting with a family like atmosphere
____ Larger community setting
____ Single story development
____ High-rise construction
____ Allowance for a small pet
Whether you are ready to move as quickly as possible or you are just starting to think about this as an option, we encourage you to give us a call at 646-820-9202 and speak with one of our senior care consultants about moving seniors. They will be able to assist you with making all the necessary arrangements and answer any questions you might have to begin the process. Most of the services we provide for our elderly clients and their families are completely free since we work on referral basis with firms we trust. If you are in NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island or the Bronx please get in touch with us to learn how we can help you today.