Tips for an Easier Transition
Into Senior Housing
Moving an elderly loved one out of their home and into an assisted living community could seem as complicated as building a supercomputer. But it doesn’t have to be if you have a plan and get help where you need it. Whether the transition is necessitated by safety concerns with their current home or the recent loss of a spouse, moving your loved one to a place where they’ll be better taken care of will be challenging, but with these tips, it doesn’t have to be impossible. PLAN AHEAD As the old cliche goes, “The best defense is a good offense.” While your loved one will most likely not want to move until they absolutely have to, you can still work with them to plan for a day when they might not have a choice. If possible, making a plan for transitioning into senior housing together while they can still be in control of the process is vastly preferable to the alternative, when they may have little say in the matter due to physical or mental health concerns. ASSESS THE SITUATION What are your loved one’s physical needs? What is their financial situation? These will be the most important questions to consider when deciding which type of senior living community they should live in. Consider how much utilities and taxes will cost for their new housing situation, and don’t forget about transportation and food expenses as well.
DON’T RUSH ANYTHING Moving to a senior living community can be jarring for seniors. Often, they have to go through countless belongings, each potentially with years of memories attached to them and decide what few things they can take along. You should also take your time when you look at different senior living options. Today, there are more senior living options than ever. Why not slow the search to find the perfect place for your loved one? Moving someone into a community comes with several complexities, and it can help to have an advocate to help you navigate the move. Our Elder Advocacy Team and Certified Dementia Practitioners can assist you in this overwhelming process to help you find the very best option for you or your loved one. Call Van Dyck today at (609) 580-1044 for any questions or concerns you might have!
Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad
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Support Group UPDATES We will also be a virtual support group for family caregivers called COVID-19 and the Family Caregiver on Mondays at 2 p.m. via Zoom or by telephone. To register for this educational support session, please call 609-580-1044 or email info@ vandyckfirm.com. Once you register, you will be provided with instructions on how to access the teleseminar with either your telephone or computer.
INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp honey • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • 6 beets, peeled and quartered
• 6 cups fresh arugula • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese
DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese.
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