Don’t wait for a crisis to move into assisted living or memory care. We’ve all seen horrible news stories or learned about senior accidents from friends and neighbors. Why do these happen? Oftentimes, we’re simply just not being realistic with a loved one’s situation or current health conditions, we don’t want to have those tough conversations with loved ones and we’re not being proactive with our planning a move into assisted living or memory care.
What’s the Big Deal?
“Mom didn’t want to move so we thought that we were helping her by keeping her home.”
The sad but true fact is, that if you allow yourself or a loved one to wait until something bad happens you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to keep some of that independence or to keep your quality of life. If you were driving and heard loud noises coming from the engine or a little smoke coming out of the hood, would you get it checked and fixed or wait until it completely broke down and you’re stranded on the side of the road?
The Impact Effect
Having a big fall on the ice or a loved one living with dementia wander outside into possible danger can lead to scary and often tragic endings. Then, after the crisis, you try and put together a plan of moving mom or dad in a rush. This typically doesn’t work too well for many people. First, it’s not easy for family members who may already have a full plate of responsibilities. On average you will spend 20-25 hours of work with planning a move into assisted living, and sometimes more. Imagine cramming that into a few days with the stress you’re already experiencing and concern with your loved one.
Crisis moves are also very difficult on the staff members and clinical team at the community you’re moving into. Rushed paperwork, personalized care plans and getting everything signed off on by physicians is no easy feat. There are certain things that you need to get in order prior to making a move. You can make note of some of those items on our management partner’s website.
Moving in a crisis situation is also not easy on the individual making the move. They aren’t able to make as many friends if their health is significantly impacted, they don’t acclimate as well to their surroundings, and it causes added stress. Moving into an assisted living or dementia care neighborhood should be a well thought out plan.
Our Partnership Promise
Our senior advisor team will assist your family in putting together a carefully laid out plan with support along the way. Their job is to find out what’s important to you and your loved ones, let you know resources are available along with the services we offer and help you create a plan that works for you, even if it’s not our community that you need. We have many trusted partners that we’d be happy to refer.
So, don’t wait for a crisis to look into senior care and living options. Contact a trusted advisor at our community today to get your plan in place.
Esplanade Gardens offers Assisted Living, Respite Care and Short Stay, and Reflections Dementia Care living options. We are professionally managed by SilverCrest Properties, who has been serving seniors for 35 years.