How Prepared Are You for the Future?
Six weeks ago I asked the TLeC community to participate in a survey by Ryan Malone, founder of Inside Assisted Living. The survey was initiated to better understand in which way and to what degree families are prepared for their loved ones’ transition to assisted living.
The results have been tallied and the free Assisted Living Family Preparedness Report has been released.
It is very comprehensive, and here are some of the key findings:
1. An overwhelming majority of survey respondents believe a friend or family member will require assisted living within the next ten years.
2. Respondents’ ability to pay for assisted living is the most frequently cited concern. They also have a self-described poor understanding of the financial aspects of assisted living (such as insurance, costs associated with room and board as well as private caregivers).
3. Families expect to play a major support role in their loved ones’ transition, including selecting a facility close to their homes and their loved ones’ existing medical care.
4. Families’ anxiety with regard to this transition include:
- Feeling guilty if they don’t visit their loved ones enough
- Hearing stereotypes about assisted living and not knowing if they’re true
- Fears their Golden Oldies will resent them, and
- Concerns about how the caregiving burden will impact them and their families
The complete report has more detailed information, graphs and analysis. Go to Inside Assisted Living now and read the free Assisted Living Family Preparedness Report. Learn where you and your family rank on the preparedness continuum.
Inside Assisted Living is a web site with practical information and resources to help you evaluate and prepare for the upcoming transition by your Golden Oldies to assisted living. And even if that occurrence seems way off in the future, it’s never too early to start getting educated about this phase of life. It will make it easier on all family members in the long run.
The Family Caregivers Communication Class series will continue in a few weeks. We still have lots to talk about.
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