Tips for a smooth transition to senior living from the San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals

Tips for a smooth transition to senior living from the San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals

-Making the decision to transition to senior living can be a significant step in a person’s life. To help individuals navigate this process with ease and confidence, the staff from San Luis Obispo’s Elder Placement Professionals have compiled a list of valuable tips for a smooth transition.

These recommendations from the San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals are grounded in years of experience and research and can ensure a seamless move into senior living communities.

The first step to starting the transition are to make a checklist of the amenities, services and activities that align with personal preferences and lifestyle. The second step is to conduct thorough research on the various senior living options, such as independent living, assisted living, or memory care. Other considerations include the quality of the meals, social activities, physical activities, whether pets are allowed, the staff training and credentials and medical response.

Before undertaking the lengthy and challenging research just mentioned, consider first meeting with the San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals, whose experience and resources already have this information available.

The remaining steps, many of which Elder Placement Professionals can also provide some assistance are:

  • Schedule visits to potential senior living communities to get a firsthand feel for the environment, meet staff members and interact with current residents.
  • Consult a financial advisor to determine the financial implications of transitioning to senior living, including budgeting for monthly costs, long-term care insurance, and any potential government assistance programs.
  • Understand the pricing structure of senior living communities, including fees, contracts, and refund policies, to make informed decisions.
  • Start the downsizing process early by decluttering and sorting belongings, keeping only essential and cherished items. Consider donating, selling, or giving away items that won’t be needed in the new living space. Create a floor plan of the new residence to determine which furniture and possessions can be accommodated.
  • If possible, hire professional moving services specializing in senior moves to ensure a smooth and hassle-free relocation. Insure belongings for extra protection during the moving process.
  • Seek emotional support from family, friends, or support groups to cope with the emotional aspects of the transition. Consider involving a professional counselor or therapist to help manage stress and anxiety associated with the move.
  • Stay connected with loved ones during and after the transition to maintain a sense of belonging and social support.
  • Embrace opportunities to engage with fellow residents and participate in community activities to foster a sense of belonging.
  • Become familiar with the layout of the community, including communal spaces, dining areas, and recreational facilities.
  • Take advantage of orientation programs and get to know staff members to ease the adjustment process.

“By following these expert tips, individuals can navigate the transition to senior living smoothly, minimizing stress and maximizing their overall well-being. A well-planned and thoughtful approach can make all the difference in ensuring a positive experience.”

Elder Placement Professionals is a trusted San Luis Obispo provider of assisted living referral services. With their expansion to nationwide services, the team assists seniors and their families in finding the ideal assisted living options, ensuring the highest quality of care. “With our extensive knowledge of the industry, we are equipped to identify the finest assisted living options available, saving you valuable time and alleviating frustration. Our team can also help negotiate costs to ensure they fit your budget,” said owner, Nicole Pazdan.

“Our goal is to help make the transition as smooth as possible. We can take much of the organizing and planning off your plate including packing, moving and more. We have an extensive referral program for connecting clients with movers, financial planners, professional downsizers and local support groups,” said Pazdan.

Elder Placement Professionals assists families and individuals in finding the most suitable services for senior care, including facilities/board and care that provide:

  • Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s care.
  • Bedridden and hospice care.
  • Various medical conditions.
  • Facilities that accept pets.

The Elder Placement Professionals team is well-versed in the strengths and weaknesses of various facilities and board and care homes, providing invaluable insight to clients. The company’s deep understanding of local facilities allows them to recommend the best-assisted living options that are tailored to meet the specific needs of your loved ones.

Elder Placement Professionals is compensated by their assisted living partners, they proudly offer their senior housing and assisted living referral services to clients at absolutely no charge.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

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San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors summarize the pros and cons of aging in place

San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors summarize the pros and cons of aging in place

-Getting old doesn’t mean it’s time to start collecting retirement community brochures. Senior citizens today tend to be more active than their parents were at the same age, continuing to live at home and pursuing interests and hobbies and San Luis Obispo-based Elder Placement Professionals has recently released a report summarizing the pros and cons of aging in place.

Many seniors still have strong roots in their neighborhoods and communities, participating in activities with friends and family, taking part in hobbies, gardening, outdoor activities and even continuing to work.

Data compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that adults 55 and over made up 19.5% of the labor force in 2020 and indications are that will grow to 23.6% by 2030. While financial concerns play a part in continuing to work, seniors in the workforce also have the energy, mental sharpness and interest to remain competitive at their chosen jobs and professions.

AARP reports “87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age.” Aging in place is a growing trend as more and more seniors are able to remain at home but as popular as it is becoming, there can be some downsides as well.

Here are some of the leading factors the San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors report to be in favor of continuing to live at home:

  • Staying close to family, friends, neighbors and community that have become an important part of life.
  • Continuing to participate in hobbies and activities such as gardening, sewing, woodworking, even some farming and ranch work.
  • Aging in place can be more affordable. There are remodeling options that can help make a home safer when mobility issues are a concern. Hiring help for certain chores can also free up time and energy and ordering routine supplies and groceries online make everyone’s life easier, regardless of age.
  • Not feeling forced to change habits and routines or give up possessions or pets. Many senior facilities accommodate a pet, but rarely more than one. No one wants to have to choose which beloved pet to keep over another.

Senior living facilities also have many benefits to offer, including:

  • Care, including medical care, becomes very important when preparing meals, and personal hygiene becomes more challenging. Medications are administered at the appropriate times, and staff is on duty 24/7 for assistance.
  • Healthy meals are prepared and served, eliminating the worry about nutrition, concerns about kitchen accidents or not feeling up to cooking or eating.
  • Safety and mobility are much less of a concern because senior living facilities are designed to accommodate physical issues, making it safer to get around. Trained and helpful staff is on hand to assist when needed and regularly check in with residents to be sure all is well. Critical medical aid is quickly available if ever needed.
  • Community, friends and activities are important for mental and emotional health and for overcoming loneliness that seniors living alone can often experience. Communal meals, group activities, community rooms and the careful attention of staff all combine to help keep residents interested and busy.
  • No home maintenance responsibilities frees up time and worry. Instead of worrying about fixing the roof, take an exercise or an art class instead. No vacuuming, laundry or dishes to wash can be liberating because it’s much more fun to read a good book, chat with friends or take a walk.

Remaining at home where things are familiar and comforting can be a big plus to many seniors, but so can moving to a senior living facility. Considering the options is something many seniors and their families face at some point and there are many more options than one might think.

Elder Placement Professionals is a local San Luis Obispo based assisted living service that provides nationwide services. “With our knowledge of the industry, we can find the best assisted living options available, save you time and frustration, and help you negotiate the costs to fit your budget,” said owner Nicole Pazdan.

The experienced advisors help seniors and their families find the very best resolution and care setting, including:

  • Home care
  • Retirement communities
  • Residential care homes
  • Facilities for Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s care
  • Nursing homes
  • Where pets are accepted

Elder Placements is compensated by their assisted living communities and are happy to provide senior housing and assisted living referral services to you at no charge.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

-Recognizing when a parent or other senior relative is starting to need more help than usual is one of the first steps for avoiding a health or life threatening crisis. Elder Placement Professionals, a nationwide service based in San Luis Obispo, CA recently released the report, “The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis” to help seniors and family members plan for important lifestyle changes.

Most seniors stay vital and active well through their lives and take advance charge of the changes that accompany aging. Their common sense tells them to move to a home without stairs if they start having balance issues, or that it’s much more fun to enjoy healthy meals that are prepared for them and their friends and not worry about housework anymore. But, some conditions come on gradually, under everyone’s radar and can lead to crisis situations.

The best thing to do is to have a conversation about aging preferences, and end of life preferences. Parents sometimes avoid introducing the topic for fear of upsetting their children. Children avoid discussing the topic because no one wants to face the loss of a parent. Discussing the needs and preferences now avoid problems later. To start, the San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors recommend answering the following questions and seeking any appropriate legal advice to put everyone’s minds at ease:

  • Is there a will or trust?
  • Do the seniors involved have Advanced Health Care Directives (AHCD), also called living wills?
  • Who has the power of attorney to make medical and financial decisions?
  • Is the intention to live at home as long as possible?
  • What are their wishes for senior living?
  • Where do they keep medications? Make a list of medications and dosages.

Knowing lifestyle choices ahead of time helps make decisions for health care and safe living easier. By the time a senior citizen starts showing signs of declining health, an inability to care for himself or herself, or is injured, a crisis is underway. The decisions reached during a crisis may not be the choices your parent prefers.

There are many choices for safe, healthy and active lifestyles. The San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors from Elder Placement Professionals specializes in helping seniors and their families identify the best living choice from:

  • Home Care
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Retirement Communities
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care
  • Assisted living in San Luis Obispo, and nationwide

The experienced advisors do all the leg work, helping find the best resolution and care setting. Support from Elder Placement Professionals includes an assessment of medical, social and financial needs, personalized tours of the new locations, facilitating medical paperwork and guidance through the entire placement process. Elder Placements Professionals are the go to source for assisted living. It’s a free service for all clients.

“With our knowledge of the industry, we can find the best assisted living options available, save you time and frustration, and help you negotiate the costs to fit your budget,” said owner Nicole Pazdan.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

Love Is…

It’s impossible,
said pride.
It’s risky,
said experience.
It’s pointless,
said reason.
Give a try,
the heart.

Love isn’t what you say.
Love is what you do.


Taking your Journey

When you are setting out
on a journey,
Never seek advice
from those
who have never
left their front

The Power of a Hug

“The Hug”

The hug should be prescribed by doctors

because there is healing power in the embrace that we

still don’t know.

The hug heals resentments, hugs heal misunderstandings, and hugs heal sadness.

When we hug we are more than two, we are family! ( Wisdom from the porch)


A hug is a form of endearment, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of one another and hold each other closely. Hugs are known to relieve stress, strengthen our immune systems, and deepen our relationships. Remember to hug those around us that are important, always.




October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Fact Friday- October is Breast Cancer awareness month
Fact : My Beautiful stoic, young ( 38 yrs) Girlfriend has metastatic breast cancer.
Fact: Metastatic breast cancer is not curable;But my hero-Kat❤️, is fighting every way possible! (Hyperbolic, nutrition tailored to her needs, sauna , meditation, lots of prayers and so much more!)
Fact: It’s in liver lungs and bones ( and in her skull) ? but this incredible mother of 2, has so much to live for and doesn’t take life for granted .
Fact : About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
Fact: Kat is in her Fourth round of chemo ( try going though this by yourself, during Covid ? her wonderful husband can’t be by her side)
I asked Kat what wisdom would she share with us …
« women need to take their health more seriously, be mindful of what you’re eating and take time for yourself
« Prevention is key
« Listening to your intuition and your body!
« After you get a cancer diagnoses, make drastic changes in your lifestyle
« People can listen to the diagnosis but don’t buy into the prognosis. They told me I would only last 3 months without intervention. They didn’t even know if my body would respond to chemo. But here I Am today

Wisdom from the Porch

A potter can only mold the clay when it lies completely in his hands.

We must leave people better than we found them.

Hug the hurt.

Befriend the lost.

Always forward, never back. Bill Degnan