What began this search for you? That is your starting point, being clear about the concerns. With memory care needs, it is often safety and well-being due to the declining health or inability to perform the basics of self care consistently. Insufficient nutrition, loss of interest in food, medications being missed or taken inaccurately, resistance to hygiene and occasional or constant incontinence – all of these are silent calls for help. Wandering, unattended falls or injury add another level of concern or even crisis.
When one is ready…
A senior ready to make this move into a community setting may consider several factors. First look at location – where would you like to live? Do you wish to be close to your current home, your children, a place you’ve always wanted to live? Secondly, consider your budget. You can use our checklist for comparing your current costs and the cost of living in a community. Thirdly, what services do you want and need?
The wonderful thing about a community that offers both independent and assisted living is that services are available as needed. Once those answers begin to take shape, it’s time for a visit, for that will help you know if this is home.
When one is not yet ready…
A family with a senior who is fearful, in denial, or resistant to change has a communication step that must be accomplished simultaneously with the quest for the home of choice. Loving communication and thoughtful education are the keys to sharing the reality of the freedom and independence that senior living can bring. We can help, as the fear and dread of “those places” is difficult to overcome with words. We have seen many seniors embrace the move after spending a weekend or series of short respite stays with us. The delight of companionship, delicious food, and enjoyable activities can help to dissolve the negative preconceptions. The availability of around-the-clock security and care bring relief to all concerned.
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