Let’s be honest: there are many reasons why moving into an assisted care community can be unnerving. The challenges to overcome may, at first, seem endless and insurmountable. One may experience fears of confronting mortality, the fear of not being comfortable in a new environment, or the fear of losing one’s independence. Then there are the practical frustrations: the dizziness of moving a whole house into a downsized apartment, the financial arrangements, and so on (and on and on). We understand. We really do. Our first priority at Grand Villa is to aid in dealing with all the difficulties and feelings. We’re here to help. You’re in the right place.
Each member of our staff is a dedicated resource of informational and emotional guidance as we help families everyday with their concerns and questions. These fears associated with care communities are normal. Our goal is not to force any decision, but to help ease the burden of deciding these next steps. Whether our options are right for you or not, we’re here and available to you through all of it.
Assisted living is not as scary as one might think, but if you’re not there yet that is perfectly O.K. Many experts and assisted living residents have described the move as a journey in itself. A decision like this takes time, guidance, and reassurance. It’s a process that requires asking yourself important questions about your future. It may be useful to start with these questions that Brad Breeding, founder of myLIfeSite.net, provided in an interview with the New York Times:
- What does peace of mind mean to you in this stage of your life?
- What kinds of concerns do you have for your future?
Discussing these topics with your family members and our care assistants may help pinpoint objectives you have for your future.
If you are a family member questioning whether assisted living is the right choice for your loved one, we are here for you, too. This decision may be accompanied by feelings of guilt, fear, or other challenging feelings. Let us be the first to say, it is important to take care of yourself in order to take care of your loved one. We understand you may be feeling intense amounts of stress. Though not everyone experiences an intense experience when the family is going through this transition, each person will go through varying amounts of stress. Positive actions to take when problems arise are:
- Taking a step back from a high-emotion conversation.
- Calmly ask non-pointed, broad questions, rather than asserting pointed opinions
- Remember you are not your parent’s parent and be mindful of their seniority
- Be open and vulnerable with the feelings you’re experiencing with your loved one, other family members, and senior care professionals
If you decide an assisted living community is the right option for you and your family, we offer a wide array of care options: assisted living, personal care, memory care, and respite care. Our main goal is to maximize independence while also providing a personalized level of assistance for each resident. At Grand Villa, we make sure each resident maintains their sense of independence. With our various assisted living programs, we will help you maximize independence and customize the level of support you need. There are many complicated moving parts to making the transition into community care, the level of help you receive shouldn’t be one of them.