Beginning the search of looking at senior house options can be an overwhelming and emotional task, which is why we want to provide you with some helpful tools and resources that will make navigating the journey easier. You may be thinking, Is it time to move? What options do I have? What are the important things to consider? And, What is the cost going to be?
On this page you will find some questions to ask to determine if now is the time, key questions and details to consider when looking or touring an assisted living or memory care home, an assisted living calculator worksheet that helps to breakdown the expenses that may be included, and a couple of educational articles regarding the different types of assisted living.
Is it time to move?
According to an article in U.S. News & World Report titled “When to Move from Independent Living to Assisted Living,” there are some clear signals that indicate it may be time to move, including:
A worsening of medical conditions, an increased number of falls and overall increased frailty.
Depression or social isolation.
Develops multiple medical problems.
Cognitive decline and memory loss.
Here are some additional benchmarks to look at in making the decision to move from independent living to assisted living. Download/Print PDF
How do I start the conversation?
This is often the biggest roadblock for the person looking to move, who is nervous or may be embarrassed to admit they are having issues. However, it is also hard for family and friends to work up the courage to start the conversation too. The big thing to realize is that unless there is a significant change or safety concern, conversations of this type can be eased into.
It is important to take time to listen and identify the issues that may be of concern and talk through them and if they can be easily fixed. Also, discuss the feelings associated with the current situation as it relates to social isolation versus social stimulation, which studies have shown to have significant impact on quality of life. Lastly, discuss the daily house and life chores and how this might work in the current situation versus moving somewhere with assistance.
Legal Documents to Consider
During the above conversation it is also good to determine if your loved one has their Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Power of Attorney for Finances created. In the event that a situation arises where they are not able to make medical decisions for themselves due an accident, sudden illness or cognitive decline due to memory loss this document would give the person named the ability to make health and/or financial decisions for them.
In addition, in the event your search is for a Memory Care Assisted Living home, prior to moving in you may need to have the persons Healthcare Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney activated, which means two physicians or a physician and psychiatrist have determined the person can no longer make medical decisions for themselves.
What to Look for in Assisted Living or Memory Care
As the premier provider of Assisted Living and Memory Care in Wisconsin, we emphasize exceptional care and know that when it comes down to it, the quality of care and hugs given by those walking the floor will always be more important than the decorations on the wall or the interior look of a building. Because of this, we have put together a list of items that will be important to evaluate when visiting and touring a home. Download/Print PDF
Defining the differences in Assisted Living options
This article will help you to evaluate the differences in assisted living options to see which one may be the right fit for you or your loved one’s needs. Download/Print PDF
Assisted Living Cost Calculator
This worksheet will help you to estimate the monthly cost of needed services. Some facilities include most amenities and services in the cost of rent, however, some may charge separately for specific services. Download/Print PDF
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The staff at Oak Creek are all fabulous! It takes special people to care for our loved ones. If has been a trying year for all and the staff at oak creek get a shout out for their kindness and compassion they give to my mom and the others. They have all gone above and beyond to make things seem as normal as possible for my mom! All of the staff have been so helpful and kind! They are all fabulous!!
Review posted by Mary Kubacki
"We want to thank you for the loving special care you took of our mother, Diane. It was truly mom's home and you all became part of our family. Everything was home for her....from the beautiful rooms, large sunny windows all around, good food made with love, fun and personal activities from people who really loved our mom. We would highly recommend your facility to anyone. The staff from the director, to the doctor, to the nurse, to the caregivers and the maintenance man were all extremely helpful, caring, loving and professional. There are not enough words to say how much we appreciate all of you. Your exceptional care, kindness, and love were beyond anything we could have imagined. You were part of our family, and we will miss you." - Gail Sommers and Deborah Guse
Review posted by Gail Sommers & Deborah Guse
Just moved my sister-in-law to Azura Stoughton on February 12th. I feel like I’ve found a little piece of dementia heaven. The staff has gone way beyond my expectations to meet her needs and take time to know her. Anyone who has dementia deserves the TLC they receive at Azura. I’m so impressed.
Review posted by Gail Aaroen
Thank you to the Azura Memory Care team, Sheboygan location for the amazing, loving care they provided my dad. They truly loved and cared for my dad as if he was their own. It is such a warm, loving, family environment I only wish we would have moved my dad there years earlier!
Review posted by Patti Bunch
Review posted by Ron Paxson
I have enjoyed working with patients at Azura Care as a Physical Therapist Assistant. The staff has been very helpful in sharing important information about the patients to make their therapy sessions as productive as possible. They are open to learning techniques to help keep patients safe and improve their ability to perform daily tasks with less assistance. Their interactions with patients show caring and compassion with a focus on the needs of each individual to enjoy the best quality of life possible.
Review posted by Barb Eisenberg
The journey of caregiving for my Aunt started over 4 years ago. It has been a very long difficult journey. It is hard to watch and frustrating to watch a loved one decline, as well as for them to live the decline. My Aunt found her final peace at Azura Memory Care in Sheboygan. It was not only her peace but mine as well. I no longer had to worry about her care as I could see that she was loved by her Azura family. She passed away on June 21 and they knew how important that it was for me to be there, but I also found peace that if I was not there, she was with family that loved her. No words can express the appreciation for the care, compassion and love that they have for all their residents. God has opened many doors through my journey and the doors at Azura were truly a gift from God. This family made a difference in a long journey. I will always have them in my thoughts and prayers. They are where and doing what they are meant to do!