Are you considering a move, for yourself or a loved one, to a retirement community?
It’s inevitable that you will have questions, and our team is here to help. We have answered a few of the most common questions we receive about The Trace. If you have any further questions, please fill out the contact form or call us to schedule a tour.
What’s So Special About A Retirement Community?
There are so many reasons to move to a retirement community, they can’t all be listed here. As an example, however, here are a few:
- 24-hour security/available medical attention
- Delicious and nutritious meals served three times a day
- Increased opportunities for socialization
- Health programs
- Transportation services provided
- Beautiful residences that are professionally maintained and cleaned
What’s The Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?
Independent living programs are those which allow a retirement-age person to maintain their independence and basically care for themselves. They are still able to conduct personal hygiene, dress, and possibly even cook for themselves but medical assistance is there if they need it.
Assisted living is for those who have trouble with daily activities and need, as hinted at by the name, “assistance” with the personal duties usually carried out on a daily basis. They may or may not have underlying medical conditions that need attention, as well.
Who Should Consider Assisted Living?
At a certain point in their lives, some people end up having a bit of trouble managing daily activities. This can include cooking, dressing, cleaning, personal hygiene, and more. Rather than live in unacceptable conditions, it’s a good idea to make the move to an assisted living community. Here they will receive all the help they need, eat healthily, have medical attention readily available, practice good hygiene, have ample opportunity for socialization, and much more.
What Services Are Offered At Your Assisted Living Community?
Courtesy of the numerous amenities provided at The Trace, your loved one will be able to partake in catered dining on chef-prepared meals. We consistently schedule community events and activities to promote socialization and just plain fun. Thanks to our Dimensions health and fitness program, your loved one’s mind, body, and soul can stay healthier longer. Our Impressions housekeeping and maintenance program assures them that, never again, will they have to take up valuable time cleaning the house or fixing things. With our concierge service and Connections transportation, your loved one can schedule a lunch date in town, get a ride to the doctor, go to a movie with a friend, and more.
How Do You Approach Memory Care?
It’s hard on everyone involved, to take care of an aging loved one with a memory-related condition. It’s hard on them, it’s hard on you, and it’s hard on those around you who may also be involved.
When you discuss entering a memory care program with your loved one, be as patient, empathetic, and caring as possible. The most important thing for them to understand is that it’s for the best for them and for you, as well. They will receive the care they need, and you will, once again, be able to care for yourself in a manner that is appropriate. You will also now have the time to be their daughter, grandson, friend, and not just their caretaker.
If you need a little guidance in this manner, our dedicated team is here to help.
When Does My Loved One Need Memory Care?
At least for a little while, helping with the care and daily activities of someone with dementia, or Alzheimer’s may be manageable. Eventually, however, memory-related conditions progress to a point where professional care is the best option. Sometimes violence and angry outbursts even enter the picture, which puts everyone at risk. If caring for your loved one with a memory-related condition has become too taxing, it’s time to consider a memory care program like the award-winning program found at The Trace.
Is There A Good Way To Talk To My Family About Moving A Loved One Into A Memory Care Program?
Caring for a loved one is hard on all parties concerned. They may feel bad because they depend on you for absolutely everything and just can’t function like they used to. You may feel bad because you worry about the level of care you can give them.
For those reasons and more, there comes a time when professional healthcare, memory care, living assistance is simply the best move.