Have Conversations About Long-term Living Arrangements

There is a broad array of senior living options available to seniors, from independent living, where seniors enjoy supportive services to skilled nursing communities that provide round-the-clock nursing care. The names of the different types of senior living options and the services provided can be confusing and terminology may vary from state to state, depending upon legal requirements within each state. In addition, many senior living options may overlap from one setting to another.

The earlier adult children and parents have conversations about the long-term living arrangements of the senior, the sooner they can partner and express their wishes and concerns. Planning can help ensure that the senior continues to thrive and maintain independence for as long as possible. We’re all aging and adapting to change. Initially, it may mean modifying a home or it could mean moving to a retirement community that has support options.


When discussing the living arrangements, consider the following:

Social and emotional needs – Building and maintaining social networks is important to everyone’s overall well-being. As we get older, we may not be as close to friends, family and neighbors because they may have moved or passed away. Aging may also affect our ability to get out and access social situations and sometimes this can result in isolation and loneliness. If a senior’s social network is dwindling, senior living options provide the opportunity to be a part of a new community, meet new people and perhaps even reconnect with old friends.

Physical and medical needs – As we age, we also may need more medical help and assistance with the activities of daily living (ADLs), like cleaning, cooking, and bathing . Initially, a senior may be able to live at home and take care of our own needs; however at some point we may need to consider assisted living and care options that can best meet our physical and medical needs.

Financial needs – While most people presume that senior living care must be paid out of their own pockets with private funds, it is good news to many that alternative options exist. We all have unique circumstances that determine how the senior living options will be funded. Aside from the sale of a home or traditional savings, you may qualify for other options that provide flexibility and access to resources for financing.

Brookdale offers new answers to the age-old questions related to aging. We understand that every resident has unique dreams and passions that continue to grow throughout life. That is why we strive to create communities that go well beyond physical support – to a social connectivity with opportunities to challenge the mind, lift the spirits, revitalize purpose and nurture the heart. We call this Optimum Life®. And we believe that everyone can live one-regardless of challenges that may come with age.

We blend the unique spirit of each community and its residents with our award winning, evidence-based programs to provide a customized, integrated portfolio of opportunities designed to support the pursuit of living well.