#52 – Welcome to another episode of our mini-series on legacy planning! Today, we’ll walk you through the ins and outs of senior living.
A common misconception among people is that long-term care is only available at nursing homes.
However, there are so many different options available to meet your unique care needs –– independent living, assisted living, memory care, nursing homes, and even in-home care.
Join Jeremy Keil and Kris Kiefer, the owner and vice president of Castle Senior Living, as they discuss how each of these facilities fall on the continuum of care. They also discuss how to find the best facility within your community, tips to take better care of your loved ones, and what senior living looks like post COVID-19.
- What Medicare does (and does not) cover when it comes to senior living
- The 3 C’s you must keep in mind when touring potential long-term care facilities
- How community living instantly rekindles your social life
- Why moving to care facilities can often be much safer than in-home care
- Educational resources to help you become better at taking care of your loved ones
- And more
The 3 Biggest Advantages of Senior Living Communities
Are you or your loved ones hesitant about moving to a senior living facility?
Don’t let the desire to age at home stop you from getting the best possible care you need and live the rest of your life comfortably.
Here are 3 major reasons why moving to a senior living facility can be much more beneficial than you think!
- Various Levels of Care To Meet Your Unique Needs
If you don’t require much assistance with medications, meals, and other types of care, independent living facilities are for you.
Their main benefit is that they help you spend more time with people of your age group.
Next on the continuum of care, you can choose assisted living facilities.
These facilities usually include RCACs (Residential Care Apartment Complexes), which can provide assistance with medications and meals in addition to other limited care within an apartment setting.
If you require additional support, CBRFs (Community-based Residential Facilities) can offer additional assistance with dressing, bathing, or other structured activities.
Finally, nursing homes are also an option, where you have access to professional nursing staff and in some cases, short-term rehabilitation services as well.
- Active Social Life
Think about senior living as moving into a community, not a facility.
You get to meet many new people, build lasting relationships, and find several friends to do fun activities with. Your social life becomes active again. Plus, your life becomes more structured and you have exciting things to look up to every day!
This might not be possible if you spend the rest of your life at your home.
Even during times of lockdown due to the pandemic, a lot of people at senior care facilities found that regularly engaging with staff and other community members made them feel less lonely.
In fact, community culture is one of the most important aspects you must consider while touring long term care facilities.
Family-oriented, highly supportive, and friendly facilities are what you ought to be looking for. One such facility is Castle Senior Living. Their “Smile to Remember” Program is specifically designed to help people with dementia be happier and enjoy life.
- Feel Safer
Although you can retrofit your house to age at home, it can still not provide the same level of care as professional senior living facilities.
For example, when you fall sick, the senior living staff can provide you with healthy foods and fluids, regularly monitor your health, and take care of your medication needs.
During lockdown, the staff at Castle Senior Living helped every community member connect with their family through video calls, delivered food to their bedrooms daily, and made every effort to keep them engaged through fun activities.
Given all of these services, wouldn’t you feel safer at a senior living community than living alone at home?
Don’t forget to utilize the resources below during your senior care planning!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us or our guest Kris Kiefer by using the contact information provided below.
- Training Academy by Castle Senior Living
- Provider Search by Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- 3 Things You Should Know Before Choosing A Financial Advisor
- 6 Questions Retirees Aren’t Asking But Should Be
Connect With Kris Kiefer:
Connect With Jeremy Keil:
- (262) 333-8353
- Keil Financial Partners
- LinkedIn: Jeremy Keil
- Facebook: Jeremy Keil
- LinkedIn: Keil Financial Partners
About Our Guest:
Kris Kiefer is a registered nurse (RN) and a graduate of New Berlin West High School. He attended UW-Waukesha, studying and living at home so he could help his parents with the business. Following that, he enrolled in the clinical nursing program at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC). Kris serves on Wisconsin’s Health Care Build Environment Committee and is a former president and board member of the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce. His mission is to build communities with a family feel, offering a variety of services so that people can truly love where they live.
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