Discuss options very early...before its time to move. I have found that when seniors take the time to think about the options it's usually a smoother transition. Many senior facilities allow trial visits for up to two weeks and it's a great way to see if a senior "fits in". Leaving a home, especially a long term home, is very difficult and emotionally stressful. Nearly everyone wishes to age in place as they grow older, but often the spacious family home becomes too burdensome, financially and physically, for older adults. Many people choose to stay in their home as long as possible however the down side to that is not having friends to age with when they transition to a new place and become lonely. A place that offers a continuum of care seems to be a great choice for many but it's a difficult balance for everyone involved.
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