Dec 12, 2022
Transitioning to Senior Community Living
Dannelle speaks with Olia Davis, a Certified Senior Advisor. In this episode, Olia shares what we need to know about the difficult decision-making process of finding the right senior care facility for your loved one and the resources available to help make these decisions. Olia and Dannelle also talk about how to empower our seniors to take part in seeking out the right care community for them.
“When she moved her to a residential care home, now when she comes, she is spending time with her grandmother. She doesn't have to worry about all those other things... it's a completely different interaction. It's no longer task oriented. It's more emotional because all that stress and all those other things you have to worry about are gone.” - Olia Davis Timestamps
* 02:26 - Olia’s three core values and how they connect to working with older adults and caregiving
* 04:06 - Signs that a senior may need more help with care and possibly a community care living situation
* 07:05 - Having conversations with loved ones about moving to a senior living facility
* 10:19 - Finding the right community for your loved one
* 17:41 - Support for caregivers of seniors
* 20:36 - Options for affording care for seniors
* 24:21 - The benefits of long-term care facilities
* 26:48- What Olia is passionate about outside of her work with older adults and families
1) A hard decision, like moving a loved one to a care facility, begins with a conversation involving everyone concerned. Moving is known to be one of the most stressful life transitions. So, even when we make care decisions for someone who isn't independently capable, including them in the process whenever, and to the extent, possible helps make better choices and lessens the stress of transition.
2) Take time to understand the different options to make a more informed decision with your loved one, when possible, about what kind of community makes sense based on current and future level of care needs, cost, location, staff, and community policies, and other factors that may be important to your loved one's quality of life.
3) Consulting a senior care advisor can help narrow the field of best options that work for your situation with less stress. Actionable Tips
1) We can't always check in in person, so it's important to be aware of potential signs that a loved one needs more help if they live alone or have infrequent visitors. Some of those warning signs may include: weight loss, a change in hygiene habits, memory loss, unpaid bills, or unopened mail, and increased isolation.
2) The considerable cost of care is a key variable for most of us when choosing a senior community. It's important to fully review, as best we can, what financial resources and benefits may be available to help cover the cost of both in-home and community care, such as Veterans Aid and Attendance, long term care insurance, personal savings, or other resources. A good place to learn about financial options for long term care is paying for SeniorCare.com.
[00:46:00] 3) Navigating eligibility and applying for potential care benefits can be complicated. So, it's wise to seek guidance from a professional, like a financial advisor specializing in long-term care, a VA pensions manager, a benefits counselor at your local Area on Aging, or other long-term care professional.
About Olia Davis
Olia Davis is a Certified Senior Advisor with Oasis Senior Advisors based in McKinney, TX. Prior to working in senior advising, she had a career in telecommunications. As a Senior Living Advisor, Olia works with families to find the right senior living facility for their loved one.
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