Assisted living. Skilled nursing care. Respite care. Continuum care community. Companions and Homemakers: If you ever needed assistance when caring for an aging parent, relative, or friend, you have probably heard one or more of these terms used. Most likely, if you were confused when you began the quest for information, I can almost bet you were completely baffled the more you tried to sort through all the definitions of terms related to senior care.
For example, Google Senior Housing Middletown CT and see what pops up! When I did, a variety of listings came up from retirement living to assisted living facilities to nursing homes. So what’s my point, you may ask. Searching on the web is great, but you still need to talk to someone regarding what level of care you or your loved one may need.
The internet is a good resource for gathering information, but here are some other helpful sources:
- Contact the Municipal Agent for the Elderly in Middletown at (860) 344-5424. Haven’t heard of that title? No surprise. And, not to confuse you even more, but in some towns, this position is called by a different name. However, this is a great FREE resource and the office will usually have a listing of various agencies in the area that can assist with a variety of services. Also, a good starting point if you have Medicare questions!
- The Middletown Senior Center has a listing of what I refer to as Eldercare Services. A great resource. Here is your link to the Middletown Senior Center.
- If you have an aging parent or loved one living out-of-state and would like someone to assist you with placing a loved one in a safe and secure living environment, maybe you want to consider a Geriatric Care Manager. Think of a Geriatric Care Manager in this process as a wedding planner is to a bride. Yes, you will pay, but sometimes peace of mind is priceless. Even if you live local, this may be a great resource to help you do all your homework. One resource on finding a Geriatric Care Manager is the National Association of Geriatric Care Managers
- As the community liaison between the greater Middletown community and Water’s Edge Center for Health & Rehabilitation, I try to be a helpful “voice” and answer questions that many seniors and their family members may have when it comes to senior care. So feel free to connect with me. Please comment on this blog with any information you would like to know more about related to senior care or if you have a question.
There are many resources, services, and great people in our community to serve seniors and their caregivers. We are here to help — just ask!