In this episode of “Age Well Together,” presented by Sunscape Boca, we had the privilege of speaking with Becky Dieter, a professional Senior Living Advisor. With a background in law and human resources, Becky shared her personal journey into the world of senior living and provided valuable insights into the decision-making process for families and seniors. Let’s delve into the key takeaways from our conversation:
The Transition to Senior Living:
Becky’s journey into senior living began when she left her career to care for her out-of-state parents. She realized how daunting it could be to navigate senior living without proper guidance. This experience led her to establish Compassionate Senior Guidance, a service aimed at helping families find the best senior living options.
The Role of a Senior Living Advisor:
Becky likens a senior living advisor to a realtor for senior living. These professionals work closely with families to understand their unique needs, preferences, and budgets. They then compile a shortlist of suitable communities and arrange informative tours, ensuring families have the necessary information to make well-informed decisions.
Understanding Different Levels of Senior Living:
Independent Living: Offers services like meals, housekeeping, and transportation, promoting an active and social lifestyle.
Assisted Living: Provides all the amenities of independent living with the added benefit of 24-hour care availability, assisting with daily activities.
Memory Care: Specially designed for individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia, offering a secure environment and specialized care.
Navigating the Transition:
Becky stressed the importance of not waiting for a crisis before considering senior living options. It’s advisable to explore choices early to gain a clear understanding of available alternatives. Couples are encouraged to move together, even if one spouse requires more care, fostering mutual support during the transition.
Providing Information and Choices:
Becky’s role extends beyond placement; she empowers families with knowledge and options. Starting the process early ensures that families are well-prepared and can make informed choices regarding senior living.
Community Involvement and the Senior Significance Project:
Becky actively participates in the Palm Beach County Partnership for Aging, a network for senior care professionals that also provides grants to nonprofits serving seniors. Additionally, the Senior Significance Project brings joy to seniors in nursing homes during the holidays by providing gifts and companionship.
Navigating the senior living journey can be complex, but Becky Dieter’s expertise and compassionate approach offer families valuable guidance. Whether you’re considering senior living options or seeking assistance for a loved one, Becky’s insights can help you make informed choices.