Host Jeff Bickerstaff talks with Angela Mattingly with The Avenues of Park Forest Assisted Living about long term care for aging parents. Angela describes the community provided at The Avenues, and how easy it is to learn about the care offered there. Assisted living communities are not nursing homes, and people want to preserve their parents’ lifestyles as long as possible, free from curfews and rules. Angela explains that family members often feel guilt making this decision, concerned that parents will lose their independence.
In fact, if parents are no longer are doing well living independently, family members can relax knowing they have created a safe environment for independence for an enhanced life. Angela invites us to join The Avenues for activities and meals to get comfortable and prepared for the journey ahead.
A good way to start this conversation is to invite your parent to come out for lunch. Jeff points out that when a parent recoils at the idea of moving into an assisted living center, it’s important to guide rather than force a decision.
How do you know when it might be time to look at long term care for aging parents?
- Not taking medications appropriately
- Not safe at home anymore
- Need assistance during the day
Angela suggests that if the resistance to this choice is difficult, the transition is usually resolved in 90 days of residency, once your loved one acclimatizes to the new environment.
What about the cost? Jeff says this is a sobering realization. What should family members be considering?
- Making a plan early on
- Honest conversation about what they really need
Fees range greatly from the low end to the high end, but the most important consideration is what exactly they need at the current time, and how it may change as they continue to age. Keeping these years active and engaged can make a huge difference in the quality of life a resident will experience. Angela describes different levels of care and what you may expect when looking at these options.
Reach out to Angela at 972-247-2226, and reach out to Jeff to learn options available to pay for long term care. The earlier this conversation starts, the easier it will be to afford the best choices for your parent. Jeff will walk you through long term care that may be more affordable than you think. Go to AvenuesofParkForest.com for more information, and connect with them on Facebook.
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