Care Options When Things Change
Some decisions can be made proactively, before there is a need, such as investigating independent living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), or Multi-Level Retirement Communities (MLRCs). Other times the decision is made reactively—when the need is immediate. It may be helpful to find a facility that has multiple levels of care, or you may do well with a facility that does the one specific thing you need, e.g., dementia care. If you are comfortable with changes in living situations, you can make a decision based on current needs, knowing that you might have to change to a different situation as your loved one’s care needs increase.