Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, not every older adult is able to shelter at home indefinitely.
There are some older people who need long-term care to continue to thrive. Sometimes, that situation may be apparent when family members who live at a distance visit for the holidays. Today, those visits may occur via Zoom or other online means, but the need for long-term care may be apparent nevertheless.
So how do you talk with an aging parent about the need for long-term care?
Certainly, we recognize that we want to care for our parent as well as they cared for us. After all, it’s the least we can do for all the sacrifices they’ve made for us. However, for a variety of reasons, it may be impossible for us to care for an older adult ourselves. That realization is often what brings many adult children and aging parents to consider long-term care as an option. But, again, how best to do that?
Preparing to talk about long-term care …
This may be a difficult conversation, so be sure to keep an open mind, do your research and talk somewhere private. It’s also important to remember this will be a conversation you may likely have more than once, so be patient as well.
Try following these tips to help ease your parent into talking about long-term care while having a successful conversation.
1. Choose the right time and place. It’s often best to bring up the subject of long-term care naturally as opposed to springing it on a loved one. Choose a time of day that your loved one is often in a good mood and ensure there are few distractions present. Then, make sure to talk in private.
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Although the COVID pandemic still occupies the news, older adults continue to explore living and lifestyle options.
And when it comes time for retirement, experience shows they seek a
lifestyle that allows them to sit back, relax, live life as they please
and enjoy peace of mind. Often, that peace of mind comes from selecting
senior living communities that offer health-care services on-site.
These are just some of the reasons older adults choose to live where services are on campus and always available:
• With a range of services, the community can meet your needs and preferences for years to come, especially if those needs change.
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Several Diakon Senior Living Services staff members recently
discussed the fact most people call what we offer in our personal care
communities assisted living.
Because of varying licensures in Pennsylvania (Maryland is
different—what we offer there is called assisted living), what Diakon’s
senior living communities provide is technically called personal care.
Yet the term simply means we are providing assistance to people with the activities of daily living.
As we grow older, there may come a time it becomes harder to live on our own, yet we still want an independent lifestyle.
Personal care is helpful when it’s not possible for us to remain in
our own homes any longer. Personal care allows people to continue to
enjoy an active lifestyle, programs, activities, social
opportunities—along with daily care.
People who receive personal care typically live the same lifestyle as
before, except with the benefit of a little added care when it’s
Click here to learn how personal care can help with daily tasks.
In my career in sales of senior living accommodations, I’ve found
that one of two things happens when older adults begin their journey to
They either know exactly what they want and need … or …
They’re overwhelmed by the abundance of available options.
That second situation is not surprising: There are many things to consider, from services and amenities to programming and opportunities for exploration and learning.
My goal is to not let the search for the perfect senior living
community become a challenge, so here are five brief tips that can help
you or your loved one choose the right community.
Before you begin, however, I always advise making a list of your
personal wants, needs and desires. After that list is complete, search
for senior living communities both near you and a little farther away
(but see the caution below about family and friends). Don’t write off a
community just because it’s a little farther than you thought you’d
like—it might just be the perfect community for you.
Plus, be sure to schedule tours, check items off your list and try to
picture what your life would look like there. Here are my personal
suggestions for building your list:
1. Consider the environment. Do you thrive in the city, where there are plenty of shows to attend, musical performances to enjoy and shopping and dining opportunities? Or do you prefer the laid-back countryside full of peaceful walking trails, horseback riding and nature? In either case, be sure to tour communities that fit your preferences. If you’re open to a good mix of both, you may find communities that offer the best of both worlds. But never settle for a lifestyle that’s less than what you want.
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If you ask senior living professionals, current residents or their family members, they’ll likely tell you that the social opportunities available in senior living are life-changing.
In fact, before moving to a community, many older adults experience different degrees of loneliness and isolation. Everything changes when they make the move to a senior living community filled with neighbors of the same age-group and friendly, compassionate staff members who build meaningful relationships with residents.
Although the opportunities for engaging in an active social life and making friends are plentiful, that doesn’t always mean the process is easy for everyone.
Many older adults, in fact, may find they’re out of practice in making friends. By the time we reach retirement or decide on a maintenance-free lifestyle, we often assume that our most meaningful relationships have already been made. New residents sometimes go into senior living with the mindset that other residents will be nothing more than neighbors, friendly folks to say good morning to and chat with at the barbershop or hair salon.
However, at Diakon Senior Living, we find that residents often form strong, long-lasting friendships with fellow residents. In our communities, residents truly share life together. They share meals, attend events together and take on leading roles in one another’s lives.
So how can you embrace new friendships in your senior living community? Click here for a few ideas to get you started…
After all the hard work of planning, narrowing down choices and making the big move, you’re finally settled into your new senior living community. Your family helped you move in. They’ve called almost every day. You’ve met a handful of new people. But community life is still very new—and you wonder how long it will take before you start to feel at home.
This scenario is more common than you might think among older adults who make the move to senior living.
While the relocation process can be exciting, after the hustle and bustle of moving day ends, new residents can feel unsure what to do next or how to integrate into their new community. No matter how old we get, huge changes in our lifestyles inevitably come with an adjustment period.
If your recent move to senior living has you feeling a bit out of place, don’t worry! You didn’t make a mistake—it just sometimes takes time to adjust to a new way of living. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to shorten that adjustment period and start feeling at home. Click here to read more!
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What images or feelings come to mind when you hear that term? Is retirement something you anticipate? Or something you fear?
As with many topics, retiring means different things to different people. For some older adults, retirement means more freedom and the ability to focus on activities for which there was little time in the past. For others, however, retirement can sometimes represent a break with familiar ties and a resulting sense of isolation.
With these thoughts in mind, we asked some of the residents at Luther Crest, a Diakon senior living community in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to tell us a few things they learned about retirement and how their daily routines and life in general changed.
If there is one common thread, it’s the idea life is what you make it and that activities such as volunteering and taking up interests for which there was limited time in the past can be key to successful later years.