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Personal Care – for elderly loved ones

What is it? By Joe Santoro & Nick Santoro of Personal Property Managers.

Personal care is defined as a special combination of housing, support services, personal care and health care designed to meet the individual needs of your loved one. It emphasizes personal dignity, autonomy, independence and privacy in the least restrictive environment. Personal care allows those who can no longer remain in their own home—but aren’t in need of a nursing home—a lifestyle that promotes dignity, independence and self-esteem.

We help transition elderly loved ones from their home of many years into senior care communities via our one-stop downsizing, estate sale, full service real estate and move in services. We are often asked about various senior care options. In this blog posting we will share with you information on Personal Care for your elderly loved one.

As with all retirement decisions, it is important to research a personal care facility before you make your choice. The most important thing you can do is make a personal visit. If you are helping a loved one make this decision, it is important that you make this visit together. In addition, word of mouth recommendations, promotional literature and inspection reports can help you with your plans. After meeting with the director of admissions, you may find it helpful to talk to family members, friends of people who live in the facility and employees.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions:

  • Are residents required to sign an agreement or lease?
  • Is there an entrance fee?
  • Does insurance cover any part of my care in personal care?
  • What size are the accommodations?
  • Will my loved one have to share my apartment?
  • What kind of storage is provided?
  • What kind of security is provided?
  • Does the facility have the state mandated number of staff?
  • Does the facility provide the special services that your loved one may need?
  • Are there additional charges for these special services?
  • Are medical services provided?
  • Are pets allowed?
  • Is the quality of life good, with a homelike environment, good meals and interesting activities?
  • Is staff friendly, considerate and helpful?

By planning ahead and educating yourself and your family, your transition to personal care will be easier because it will be your choice!

For more information, please contact Joe Santoro or Nick Santoro and visit our website  at www.personalpropertymanagers.com  We service Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With Personal Property Managers, one call does it all.