Elderly woman being assisted by a nurse after transitioning from assisted living to long-term care.There’s a lot of talk about how to handle the transition of your loved one from home to assisted living—but what about from assisted living to long-term care?

After all, it’s a fairly common transition that many seniors eventually face. As Paula Span writes in an article on assisted living for the New York Times, “however suitable assisted living may be when a resident moves in, the average stay is a little over two years, and the most common reason for moving out is needing more care than it can provide.”

A woman experiencing post-hospital rehabilitationYou’re about to leave the hospital, headed for a post-hospital rehab facility as the next step in your recovery. Your doctor has signed off on your release, the flowers and cards from well wishers are all packed up and you’re ready to go. But you may be feeling nervous or even overwhelmed—how do you know what to expect during your stay in inpatient rehabilitation?

daughter putting together a puzzle with her aging mother as they discuss paying for assisted livingDear Jaclyn,

I’ve been considering moving to an assisted living community for some time now. However, I have some questions about how I will pay for it. What are my options? Does Medicare cover assisted living?

James K.

Columbus, OH

memory careWhat’s the difference between long-term care and memory care?

Knowing the answer can help you find the best fit for your parent. Below, we’ll explore the difference between the two, as well as how to determine which is right for your loved one.

macintosh long term careLong-term care communities provide assistance with activities of daily living, which include walking, eating, dressing/grooming, toileting, bathing and transferring/standing up.

Essentially, they provide the support your parent needs when living at home is no longer an option due to difficulties with the activities of daily living (ADLs) listed above.

Assistance with ADLs isn’t the only thing communities provide, though. They also provide resources and programming to meet more than just physical needs.

How Much Does Assisted Living CostDear Jaclyn,

My mom is in her mid-80s and while she’s in pretty good shape for her age, she’s starting to have some issues getting around. I think—and she agrees—that it’s time to start looking at assisted living communities.

However, I’m having a hard time finding information about cost. Can you tell me how much assisted living costs? And how much would it cost for Mom to live at a MacIntosh community?

Senior women enjoying petting her dog as a resident in a senior living community. When you’re touring an assisted living community (which we really do recommend), you’ll want to be sure to ask the right questions while you’re there.

But what are the right questions?

Often, whether we’re looking for ourselves or our loved one, we don’t know what questions to ask because we’ve never done this before. So, if you’re not sure what to ask, here’s a list of questions to ask when choosing an assisted living community—both of the community and yourself.

mac activities of daily living adlIs it time for your parent to move to an assisted living or long-term care community?

The answer to that question is never easy for an adult child to answer. It’s tough to know what to look for and how to evaluate your parent’s ability to live on their own. After all, you’re their child, not their doctor.

cost of in home careIs your parent having some trouble living independently at home? Are you starting to consider assisted living as an option?

If so, you’re probably like most adult children in Ohio who are in the same boat—you want to find the right care for your parent, but you want to know much each option is going to cost before you make any final decisions.