Senior Living Resources

When you're ready to consider a senior living experience for yourself or loved ones, there are resources to support your decision—from discussing the transition to a senior living community to senior living to choosing the right community to call home.

Connecting seniors and caregivers with useful resources

Unsure about a move into a senior living community? The Brant can help you make an informed decision.

  • When is it the right time to move?

    As you move forward in your decision-making process, here are several reasons to consider the benefits of moving to a senior living community now, and always.

    Safety you can rely on. The management teams and staff of senior living communities understand that cleanliness is important to keep residents healthy, safe and happy. You can be sure that your surroundings are as safe as possible with enhanced sanitation protocols and procedures in place.

    Active engagement. Those who live in senior living communities can count on creative and resourceful planning that provides residents with events and venues to stay active and engaged. You can depend on your community to provide safe and fun ways to gather, celebrate and thrive tm

    Access to health services. Many senior living communities have on-site health care available to support aging in place while maximizing your health and wellbeing.

    Carefree lifestyle. You deserve more time to celebrate the joy of each day! Enjoy the convenience of on-site dining and meal preparation, home maintenance and other services. Our goal is to help you focus on enjoying your desired lifestyle to the fullest, including having more time for what you love.

    Moving with ease. It’s easier than ever to go online and research and plan your move to a senior living community. From accessing a list of move-in activities to comparing communities through virtual tours and assessments, all can be accomplished with phone calls and video conferencing. Once you decide to make your home with us, our experienced team will act in your best interest to support a smooth move-in, while ensuring your safety by following all necessary protocols.

    Now more than ever, a move to a senior living community can enrich your life by providing easy access to convenient services, meaningful social connections and activities that contribute to your overall health, happiness and wellbeing.

     

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  • When is it time for assisted living?

    You may have mixed feelings about the prospect of moving a loved one into an assisted living community or even know how to start the conversation. However, planning ahead can help you make rational decisions based on what matters most, rather than emotional decisions in response to a crisis. It’s important to understand when it might make sense to move a loved one to an assisted living community and what options are even available when living independently becomes a challenge.

    While it may feel overwhelming to think about caring for someone with a debilitating illness or moving from a beloved home, having a plan can make the transition to assisted living easier — not only for your loved one — but also for yourself.

    What to watch for

    It’s important to be mindful of certain changes. Consider the following situations that might affect your loved one:

    • It’s increasingly difficult for them to climb stairs, do housework, prepare meals, manage finances or maintain their home.
    • They’re having trouble getting to medical appointments, running errands and shopping for groceries.
    • They’re feeling increasingly isolated after the loss of a spouse or loved one. Or friends and family members have moved away.
    • They have been diagnosed with a chronic or progressive condition, such as cancer, congestive heart failure, diabetes, dementia or Parkinson’s disease, which may make living independently more difficult over time.
    • They need help with basic activities of daily living, like toileting, bathing, dressing and taking prescribed medications.

    The Brant’s Assisted Living

    When it comes to considering assisted living, you have options, depending on your loved one’s wants and needs. Residents might have an apartment or a private room with a common living area. Communities, like The Brant, typically help with activities of daily living and prepare meals.

    Additional services and amenities may be available, such as access to housekeeping and laundry, on-site medical care, transportation to off-site appointments, stores and cultural activities, social activities and exercise classes. Residents are encouraged to live, connect and thrive.

    If you’re ready to take the next step and learn more about The Brant, give us call us at 402-819-0669.

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  • 5 tips for talking with your loved one about making a move

    If the prospect of having to speak with an aging parent or loved one about moving into senior living conjures up a range of emotions, you’re not alone.

    Ensure alignment

    Before speaking with your loved one about moving into a senior living community, have the conversation with siblings or other relatives. Resolve any disagreements among yourselves so you can present a united front to your loved one.

    Do your research

    Start looking at the options available and think about how close or far they will be from family members and friends who will visit most or need to be available in case of an emergency. Compare the costs, services, levels of care and amenities offered at different communities. During your search, consider the culture and social atmosphere at each location. You’ll want to find a community where your loved one will feel comfortable — as well as one that best suits their needs.

    Know what types of benefits your loved one has or is entitled to, including VA benefits, long-term care insurance or Medicaid. Does your loved one need to adjust their investments to access funds? Will an additional financial commitment from family members be necessary to supplement your loved one’s resources? You may need to consult a tax advisor or other financial professional to review assets and estate-planning strategies.

    Having this knowledge at your fingertips can help you answer their questions and counter any objections they may have.

    Be open and honest

    While there’s no one-size-fits all way for families to start the conversation, here are some helpful tips.

    1. Have conversations with your loved one before their situation becomes critical. Explain that you want to honor their wishes during this phase of their life and would like to know their views about future care needs and living arrangements.
    2. Express your feelings of concern. Mention circumstances that worry you. It’s OK to let your loved one know how you’re feeling: "I don’t want you to feel isolated and alone." Or, "how will you run errands or access appropriate health care?"
    3. Identify any hidden issues about making a move. Many older adults consider such a move as a threat to their independence. And thoughts of having to go through a lifetime of belongings, downsizing and starting over can be overwhelming.
    4. Examine potential outcomes. Discuss the "what-ifs"? What would happen if their spouse dies? What if your loved one were to fall, and no one was around to help?
    5. Get the facts about your loved one’s health. It’s important for everyone to understand how progressive or chronic conditions like dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes or congestive heart failure may affect their ability to remain independent. Discussing potential health problems before they arise enables your loved one to be an active participant in their care versus having care decisions made for them in the event of a crisis.

    What’s next?

    Schedule time for on-site or virtual visits, interview staff and try to meet other residents to see which communities are a good fit for everyone.

    Keeping your loved one involved in the decision-making process can help ease their transition into a senior living community. When they know that you have their best interests at heart, it can help strengthen the bonds between you.

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