It is never an easy topic to bring up with our aging parents. Today many couples are taking things into their own hands and making arrangements for themselves before the actual need for assistance or care. If one was responsible for the care of a parent in the past, there may be some old ideas of senior care. In today’s world many communities have met the need for care facilities head on. One will be pleasantly surprised to find a fine selection of Springfield Assisted Living facilities to consider.
The national average for an assisted living one bedroom is about $3200 a month and the city average for Springfield Oregon is $3800 a month. This figure places the area above the national average yet the abundance of municipal support and a down home community spirit create a wonderful active lifestyle. Private care skilled nursing facility will average $7600 a month. The city supports 1 senior adult center, 5 community centers and 35 parks, indoor and outdoor activities are available all year round.
Senior apartments have been specially designed for ease of maintenance and location to shopping and entertainment. It seems to be the trend to make these decisions early one, whether to stay in the community you have lived in for years or move closer to adult children. The choice is never easy and level of current activity usually places a large role. If there has been a dream location for retirement and plan of action can be developed to include care choices for traumatic events.
The City of Springfield sponsors a program called the Springfield Shelter Rights Alliance; their mission is to increase accessibility to comfort, health and active family support. The alliance believes that shelter is a human right. The city offers an abundance of civil and community support groups, such as Springfield Family Resource Center, Willamalane Park & Swim Center and Willamalane Senior Meals Program to name just a few.
The Willamalance city parks district has an amazing number of events and activities especially designed for those members of the community that are 55 years of age or older. A close look at the monthly schedule of events will reveal art classes, music lessons and dance lessons, and fitness classes. In addition to a monthly class schedule there is a seasonal concert series held every year, along with travel groups, clubs, lecture series and computer learning and use centers. Let’s not forget a wonderful annual summer fair, full of contests and special summer programs.
Sometimes the very beginning of assisted need will begin with a dramatic event, such as heart attack, stroke or unexpected severe injury. Often the initial care may transition from hospital setting to in home residential senior care. An elderly care plan is often developed with the guidance of skill social service personal, which may include nursing homes during rehabilitative stages followed by an ALF or senior independent apartment when rehabilitation goes well.
Springfield assisted living facilities are state regulated and inspected. They area ranks high statewide for quality of care and rehabilitative services. The maximum in independent living is always the goal of any ALF and Springfield is no exception. State licensed health care providers have a reputation for going the extra step to insure personal security and dignity. CCRC options have recently become a standard part of an elderly care action plan after injury or trauma.
The most important thing to remember is that no one needs to face the care of a loved one alone. A well established network of care exists and trained counselors and health care workers are available to help with care choices at each level of need. One can rest assured that a quality care system is in place and providing support to local citizens on a daily basis. There are over 20 in home care agency, 10 independent living apartment communities, 31 skilled nursing homes and 5 community day care programs.
For tools to help answer the important questions regarding options use SeniorLiving.org and enter the area that you are most interested in. For advanced searches, a zip code can be entered to see all the senior living options in your community.