LAGUNA WOODS, Calif., July 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Almost every senior wants to stay in their own home for the rest of their life. This may or may not be an appropriate choice, and often their loved ones are forced to make that decision during a health crisis.
Seniors, Boomer children, spouses, family members and caregivers often become desperate to learn how to differentiate good senior housing from mediocre at best. Loved ones may live far away, be under time pressure and have no experience with finding the appropriate place. Choices are confusing, often inappropriate, or unaffordable, all of which is even more distressing in crisis.
Diane Masson, author of "Your Senior Housing Options," discovered there are few resources to guide seniors and their families through the choppy waters of choosing senior housing. After her father's death, while helping her mother research options, the experience led her to a nearly two decade multi-state career in senior housing. She also experienced the horrors of not planning ahead when her in-laws were in health crisis.
"Statistics show that 94 percent of seniors don't plan ahead," according to Masson. "They don't want to think about it. People think they're going to stay in their own home until the end, and even when that's an option, there are costs they didn't consider, with or without home care. They typically procrastinate, and then it's too late." Masson hopes that her book will take the sting out of the process and encourage people not to wait.
"Your Senior Housing Options," is written in an interesting way with tips and humorous illustrations. It offers step-by-step guides to the options, including staying home, and urges researching choices to avoid being "put somewhere," or having decisions made for you by others. Some of the tips/questions to ask and how to strategize include:
- Is there an ideal time to move into a retirement community?
- The facts on home care.
- The seven deadly sins of searching for senior housing.
- Independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing.
- Key facts on rental communities versus continuing care buy-ins.
- Nine quick tips on selecting the right senior living community.
- What are my options if I have waited too long?
The book is available on Amazon.
SOURCE Diane Masson