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For Seniors, A Variety of Choices

Far too often, seniors in need of care confine themselves to their homes—too frail to venture out, and too proud to ask for assistance. Often, finding reliable resources on services for seniors can be difficult. And, while senior care communities have become vibrant places of health and activity, decades-old images of what senior homes used to be make some seniors and their adult children reticent to seek the help they need. Luckily, newspapers are beginning to communicate that, when it comes to senior care, there are a variety of choices. And each option balances the individual’s level of independence and medical needs.

On Monday, the Los Angeles Times’ Bob Young published a story detailing care options for seniors, featuring expert advice and insight from the Jewish Home’s very own Molly Forrest.
When it becomes apparent that seniors can’t perform physical self-care tasks or organize their daily life, it’s time to take the first step — a frank discussion to address ways these challenges can best be met, said Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, a nonprofit senior living facility in Reseda.

“Schedule a time for the discussion, set an agenda and be honest and caring in your speech and manner,” she said. “Be clear about the goal: to maintain independence, autonomy, personal safety, and [initiate] a discussion of the choices available. Emphasize that the preference is that help should be at home, in familiar surroundings, if possible, as almost all seniors want this first.”

From better healthcare access to increased activity and social interaction, seniors who take advantage of the care options best suited to their needs tend to live longer, happier, healthier lives. And, with variety of services ranging from in-home assistance to skilled nursing (and everything in between), seniors often attain an increased level of independence and higher quality of life.

Read the full LA Times article here. And if you know a senior who could benefit from senior care services, check out our community education resources.

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