Wendy Seiler of Newtown, a senior advocate with West Connecticut Assisted Transition, gave a presentation at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Wilton on Jan. 24, on “Navigating the Elder Living Maze.”
Ms. Seiler advises families on senior care and senior living options in Connecticut. She helps families find assisted care and independent living facilities, continuing care providers, skilled nursing and home care, legal and financial resources, and additional services.
During her presentation, Ms. Seiler discussed the steps families need to take to move an elderly relative into a new living situation and the importance of family involvement. She outlined signs family members should be aware of to determine if and when care for an elderly family member is needed.
Ms. Seiler also reviewed how to communicate effectively with a person with dementia; the need for planning an elderly family member’s transition into an independent, senior living or assisted living community; documents required throughout the transition process and obstacles to getting care. She also gave an overview of legal, financial and social resources available to help with a move.
“The objective,” Ms. Seiler explained, “is to help people understand living options including home care, assisted living, moving in with relatives, and other choices, plus the pros and cons of each, so that seniors and their families can make decisions based on clear, objective information.”
West Connecticut Assisted Transition is an eldercare referral service. Information: AssistedTranstion.com/wc-ct or 203-491-0243.