Starting the Senior Care Search

 

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Everyone comes to the starting line for different reasons — an extended illness, a fall resulting in a mobility change, a stroke — but when it’s time to explore senior care and housing options, 75% of decision makers begin with an online search, says a 2014 Google survey in Senior Housing News.

 

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But even a simple “senior care in Massachusetts” Google search produces 9.15 million results. How do you narrow things down? How do you know which links to click? How do you know which place or provider will offer the best care?

 

It’s not the same as finding a Zagat-rated restaurant or looking up a Kelley Blue Book value on a car. It’s an emotional decision tied up with complex logistics, health care, and financial strings. And speaking of that emotional decision, be sure to remember your role and place in the process.

David Solie, geriatric psychology expert and author of How to Say It to Seniors: Closing the Communication Gap With Our Elders, says this is the key to more successful conversations about the process moving forward.  

 

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“Many baby boomers make the mistake of thinking of their new responsibilities as a role reversal,” Solie says in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

But according to Solie, that view is not only wrong— it’s a formula for failure.

“We're not parenting our parents, we're partnering with our parents,” he says.

“You tell them, ‘I think you want to have as much independence as possible, and my job is to help you weigh both sides.’”

 

With this mindset of compassion versus control, follow the “searching for senior care” path on this infographic for your next steps: searching-for-senior-map


Stay tuned for more tips and insights at Open Conversations. 

Want to share a comment or ask a question: openconversations@benchmarkquality.com

 

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