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Helping a Loved One Learn More About Senior Living

From the moment you realize it might be time for your loved one to consider a senior living community to the day of the actual move, you’ll face many important (and challenging) decisions.

This is an emotional time for many families, and we’re here to help you choose a community that will support your loved one’s needs—body, mind and spirit. This means providing a safe and healthy environment; one that celebrates your loved one as an individual and takes a holistic approach to care.

As you research options, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. Here are some resources to help you get started.

What types of lifestyles and levels of care are there for senior living?

There are several types of lifestyles and levels of support in senior living:
Independent Living
Assisted Living
Memory Care
Skilled Nursing and Short- or Long-Term Rehabilitation

Is it time for my loved one to consider assisted living?

The realization that it is no longer best for your loved one to live at home can be a challenging and emotional journey. Changes often happen gradually, so paying attention to even the smallest shifts that impact quality of life is important.

Ideally you can explore senior living options before an emergency or health crisis arises. This gives you and your family time to choose the best community for your loved one and plan for any financial changes and emotional impact required by such a move.

Here are signs it may be time for assisted living for your loved one:

  • Slow recovery or complications from an illness
  • Difficulty managing day-to-day activities
  • Noticeable weight loss or weight gain
  • Loss of ability to drive, car accident or near-accident
  • Increased isolation
  • Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
  • Inability to manage a chronic health condition
  • Inability to properly manage medications
  • Loss of mobility
  • Signs of neglecting regular household maintenance
  • Macular degeneration
  • Signs of memory loss

Which community is right for my loved one?

There are five beautiful senior communities throughout California that are part of the Elder Care Alliance family of senior living. Each one has a unique personality and is part of the fabric of the larger community and neighborhood in which they are situated.

How will we pay for assisted living?

Some long-term care insurance covers assisted living to varying degrees, but individuals pay for what insurance may not. Every situation is unique, but assisted living can be affordable, and there are resources available that may help cover the costs. To learn more about financial assistance options, start by exploring these resources:

Private Funding for Assisted Living

Elderlife Line of Credit: A short-term financial solution to cover costs associated with senior living until other funds become available.

Family Giving and the IRS Gift Tax Exemption

Family support: If family members contribute to the cost of senior living, they can take advantage of the IRS gift tax exemption.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance: This insurance can be added to your current plan to help prepare for the future. Learn more here. [can we do a PDF for this info? I’ve created one and added it to the assets folder]

Government-Assisted Living Benefits

Government support: Government programs, such as Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit, can help finance the cost of senior living. Learn more here.

Contact us for more information on these financial assistance options. We’re happy to help you determine the cost of your living. Call us at (510) 769-2700.

Visiting a community is the one of the best ways to see if it will be the right fit for your loved one. Schedule a visit now.

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An art therapist with Elder Care Alliance will present her research on seniors and technology at an upcoming international conference. The event, the Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, will take place May 26 at Canada’s University of Toronto. Dr. Erin Partridge was selected to present her findings, which focused on how nonverbal…

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New Website, Mobile Grocery Truck Support Mercy Brown Bag Program

Our Mercy Brown Bag Program is getting the word — and the groceries — out to more seniors than ever before. On April 19, Oakland city officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mercy Brown Bag Mobile Grocery Truck. The event took place at Mercy Retirement & Care Center during Senior Hunger Awareness…

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Arthritis can make everyday tasks difficult and painful. Walking, driving, reaching for items in the grocery store and even getting dressed in the morning can become seemingly insurmountable challenges. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this debilitating condition that affects one in every five adults in the United States.…

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