Our Decision Guides are designed to help you make good decisions for your future or that of a loved one. There are many factors to consider — financial security, ongoing healthcare, and overall safety and well-being. Our guides offer many answers, however as you go through this process please feel free to contact us anytime should you require more information.
Independent Living Decision Guide:
This Decision Guide is designed to help answer questions you may have when considering a move to a senior living community. It is also intended to help you communicate openly with your family and friends. The questions and information below provide a useful way to affirm your decision and to begin discussions with others about your future plans.
I feel like I will be giving up my independence if I move to a Retirement Community.
This is a very common thought as seniors start to consider their retirement options. Living in a community actually promotes one’s independence by offering services that allow you to save your energy for more enjoyable things. Imagine having your own chef, housekeeper and personal trainer, plus access to all of the other fine amenities available. Community amenities are designed to take the pressure off of you and allow much more time for hobbies, interests and new friends.
I have so much stuff to get rid of, a home to sell, where do I start?
There are a number of resources and services to help ease the transition. At some point in time everyone has to go through downsizing, it isn’t easy but it can be simplified and organized. With age and health, the longer you wait the harder it will be, so get started. Remember many of the items in your home are already here waiting for you so you don’t need your treadmill or hundreds of books.
I’m healthy and I get by now, I don’t need that yet.
When health has worsened, there is a burden put on someone else for support and decision making. By coming to a community healthy and of sound mind, you will get to choose where you want to enjoy your retirement years. You will be able to take advantage of all the wonderful amenities and friendly people. Statistics prove that community residents live healthier and longer lives because of the stimulating options and camaraderie of neighbors.
Here are additional questions to help you further with your independent living decision.
Assisted Living Decision Guide:
Assisted living provides the opportunity for continued socialization and activities, balanced nutrition, and the peace of mind that assistance is always nearby. Often adult children are suddenly required to make living arrangements for their parents that include moving to safer surroundings. Helping loved ones make good decisions about their future can often be stressful and at times even overwhelming. We understand and have gathered the following information to help you make the best decision and assist you through the process. We offer information and answer several key questions that are often asked, and hope this will help you create a plan that makes sense for you and your loved one.
What is Assisted Living?
Our assisted living apartments combine easy-to-maintain housing and personal care in a beautiful residential setting. Trained staff is available 24 hours a day to provide support for those who need assistance with daily activities such as bathing, dressing and medications, but do not yet require complex medical services.
What about Memory Care?
For seniors with memory concerns, we memory care. This area of the community serves those with Alzheimer’s or other cognitive impairments. They have private apartments with their own private bathroom.
How do I know when it’s time for Assisted Living?
Safety first! If the home or current living situation is cause for concern, it’s time to consider a change. Signs you should watch for that indicate a change is needed are: personal hygiene changes, confusion with medications, poor nutrition, reoccurring falls, isolation and/or forgetfulness. If you have noticed any of these symptoms consider moving your loved one to a community where they can receive the services and benefits of specialized care and you have peace of mind.
Here are additional questions to help you further with your assisted living decision.
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