What if my loved one refuses to consider Assisted Living?

We should always respect and listen to the person we are caring for.  If they are fully capable of providing for their own safety, health, and happiness, we should support them in that to the extent that we are able.  But if a person truly needs assistance or would be happier not living alone, it is a duty of love and concern for family members to make whatever decisions are necessary.  We have found it helpful to suggest a trial period of 90-120 days.  We can also help by sharing other methods and experiences that have proven very effective in easing similar concerns.  It is certainly not unusual to experience some worry when we are confronted with change, but that worry is typically very short-lived.  In any event, it would be a disservice to avoid doing the right thing because it is temporarily a hard thing.  The single biggest mistake we see in families providing care for their loved one is waiting too long to make the move.

QUESTIONS

What is Level 1 Assisted Living?

Level 1 Residents do not require the health care of a skilled nursing facility and are able to live fairly independently with some help with daily activities such as meal preparation, medication assistance, common hygiene practices, dressing and so forth. We support a Resident's right to remain as independent as possible in a home-style setting, while giving them choices about the services they need.

What services are included?

* All Meals and Snacks

* Daily Housekeeping

* Laundry

* Entertainment / Activities

* 24-Hour Emergency Assistance

* CCTV Cameras in Common Areas

* Cable TV and WiFi

* Utilities (except phone)

 

As needed (at no additional cost):

* Medication Supervision

* Bathing Assistance

* Dressing, Grooming, and Hygiene

   Assistance

* Escorts to Meals

How much does it cost?

Year after year, we consistently outperform other facilities in terms of measured care for the dollars spent.  Our monthly rates range from $2,375 to $2,775 per month depending on room size and location. Rooms for couples are slightly more.  We are happy to provide you with specific pricing for your loved one's needs.  You can call or email us, or simply stop by and we'll be glad to help.

Can my loved one really be
happy living in a care facility?

Moving someone to a care facility can be difficult for the whole family. We understand that and take great care to properly evaluate and get to know each Resident on a personal level. We work very hard to make sure that every person who comes through our doors feels loved and welcome.  We are very good at making the transition a positive experience; in almost every case, within 4-6 weeks, the advantages of being here come to outweigh whatever objections a Resident may have had initially.  It is extremely unusual for someone to want to leave once they get settled in. We can't speak for other facilities, but we can honestly say that our Residents are happy living here.  Come by and ask them!  

How do I know when it's the
right time for Assisted Living?

Although every situation is unique, the primary considerations should be (in order of priority):

* Safety - Could decreased mobility, confusion or memory loss, and/or other impairments lead to injury, illness, or threats to well-being?

* Health:  Is quality of life suffering due to poor diet, lack of exercise, improper medication administration, poor hygiene, lack of proper hydration, etc. ?

* Happiness:  Depression and loneliness are two of the most debilitating realities for many seniors. Is living along a good idea? Can their quality of life be improved by receiving daily support?

Will Mom or Dad resent this? 
What about the guilt I feel?

Sometimes, family members feel that moving a parent or grandparent into an assisted living facility is a personal failure, a surrender to old age, or a betrayal of trust, but nothing could be further from the truth.  Families need not feel guilty if they cannot provide around-the-clock care and sufficient social opportunities.   Misplaced guilt can actually be a serious impediment to quality of life.  People do not move to Reid's to die, they move here to live more fully.  Once we see that happening, feelings of guilt quickly dissolve into relief.

Are there professionals who can help with assessing needs?

It can be particularly challenging for a child to conclude that Mom or Dad is no longer capable of living a safe and healthy life without assistance. We will gladly meet with anyone and discuss the needs of the elderly, either generally or specifically.  In addition, we are more than willing to participate in family councils, discussion groups, seminars, firesides, classes or informal gatherings where our knowledge of the resources regarding the elderly might be helpful. We provide these services free of charge.

What if I can't afford it?

There may be some programs that can help.  If you or your spouse are a veteran and meet other standards, the VA Aid and Attendance benefit may be available.  Medicaid assistance (which will pay virtually the entire cost of your care) may also be available through the New Choices Waiver program. There are other ways we can help potential Residents work through financial issues, so please feel free to contact us for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your situation.

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