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The Importance of Planning

Senior Living Planning Information

Navigating the world of senior services can be difficult, especially when the search must begin quickly, following a health crisis. That’s why the Laureate Group encourages families to explore options before there is an emergency. Based on our many years of experience in the industry, we have a wealth of senior living planning information to help you pick the best options.

By going through a bit of planning, the entire family can develop a common understanding of a loved one’s situation, and be better prepared to address changing needs.

I have worked closely with the administration and nursing staff. They are always open and willing to discuss my mother-in-law’s needs, and I always feel confident that she is well cared for."
– Cindy C., family member

Consider these points in your planning:
  • Health – Siblings often have very different perceptions of a parent’s health, and that leads to misunderstandings about what support is needed. Gaining a common understanding among family members and a loved one about health can go a long way to ensuring a solid plan.
  • Senior Care Options – There are many options for seniors to access supportive services. This part of planning includes learning about not only what the options are, but when different options work best, for example, when in-home care is valuable and when assisted living may be a better fit.
  • Financial Situation – Even the closest of families often have a hard time talking about money, but it is very important that everyone involved has a clear picture of the resources available to pay for services. We’ve created planning questions that can give you a framework to identify both monthly income and assets. Paying for Senior Care describes some ways to make senior care more affordable.
  • Next Steps – Based on your family’s expected timeframe, you might identify some tasks that need to be completed as part of the plan. Following up on those tasks, rather than waiting for an emergency, can really increase a family’s peace of mind.
We are here to help. Contact one of the Laureate Group’s eight Milwaukee area senior living communities.