Finding Helping Hands in a Leisure Care Community

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The holidays are a special time when many families come together. This year, many families will be coming together for the first since the beginning of the pandemic. Increased time together may lead some adult children to realize that their parent’s needs have changed. If we have learned anything from the past two years, it’s that community and support matter more than ever. Leisure Care communities across the country are here to provide seniors with a caring and supportive environment and resort-style amenities all with the comforts of home. 

Our Leisure Care communities are backed by nearly 50 years of excellence in senior living. Offering a range of senior care services that include independent living, assisted living, and memory care, our commitment to senior wellness is unwavering, and our caring staff is standing by to assist families as they navigate a move to senior living.

How Do You Know it’s Time to Move to Senior Living?

Making the move to senior living is a big decision and it’s one that should not be taken lightly. Leaving a family home full of precious memories can be hard. Many seniors may feel like they are giving up independence when they move into senior living. However, most of our residents find that moving to a Leisure Care community brings them newfound peace of mind and freedom to explore new interests, reignite lifelong passions, and make meaningful connections with new and lifelong friends.

Often, aging parents have trouble recognizing when it’s time to move to senior living. This can lead to health problems and even dangerous situations. If you are unsure if now is the time for a move, here are some signs that now may be the time to consider a move.

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  • Does your loved one often feel lonely?
  • Does your senior loved one have healthy and fresh food available?
  • Have you noticed weight changes in your loved one?
  • Is their home messy or unkempt?
  • Have you noticed unpaid bills?
  • Would your loved one benefit from having a caregiver available 24/7?
  • Do you have concerns about your loved one’s personal hygiene?
  • Does your loved one forget routine things such as taking medication or turning off the stove?
  • Have you noticed bruises on your loved one from falls?
  • Is your loved one looking forward to living with others in a communal setting?
  • Would access to medical care around-the-clock improve your loved one’s quality of life?
  • Do you have more peace of mind knowing your loved one is receiving three chef-prepared meals daily?

    Talking about Senior Living with a Senior Loved One

    If any of the above questions resonate with you, it may be time to have an honest and compassionate conversation with your senior loved one. We know it can be a tough topic to broach so we have put together some tips for getting the conversation started:

    1. Before you talk to your parents, talk to siblings. Take the time to understand how each adult child feels about their parent moving to senior living and make the decision together. Going to your parent(s) together, in agreement, can be powerful and is more likely to help your parent decide to move.
    2. Call a resident advisor at your local Leisure Care community to get brochures and other materials that will get your loved one excited about a potential move. Our resident advisors can give you a personal tour and provide the information you need to encourage your loved one.
    3. When talking to your senior loved one make it abundantly clear that you are on their side. You are advocating for their care and encouraging them to invest in their future. Moving to a senior living community will bring greater independence and a more relaxed lifestyle. Share the information you gathered with them. Some seniors are surprised to learn that today’s senior living communities offer an abundance of services and an extremely high level of care.
    4. Now is the time to create an action plan. Consider all financial options and call the team at your neighborhood Leisure Care community to set a date for an in-person, private tour for your loved one. Make a list of questions you want to ask on your tour and go together to show your support.

    Contact your nearest Leisure Care community today if you are ready to have a conversation about moving to senior living with a parent but are not sure where or how to start. With nearly 50 years of excellence in senior living, our compassionate staff can come alongside you and your family to make the move a reality – and a great experience! Contact your nearest Leisure Care community today and start living better than ever.

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    Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, Alzheimers.net and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.

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