Many residents often find the promise of renewed vitality and enjoyment of life at these facilities because they get to be around a group of their peers while taking part in a variety of activities and having access to specialized healthcare to meet their needs. Still, many are reluctant to take this step because these facilities are too often tied to nursing homes when they are actually a lot different. Finding the right retirement communities for your loved ones is possible, but you may first have to overcome these issues:
Scheduling. Planning a time that works for you and your loved one to come in and check out the facilities is easy enough, but it may not be enough to convince you of a facility’s adequate nature. For that, you may wish to schedule a day where the potential resident gets to come in and try out an empty apartment as if he or she lives there. Getting that set up is a bit more difficult, but most of the quality facilities will work around their availabilities to assist you in the decision.
Reluctance from your loved one. As people age, they fear going into a nursing home because of what is often deemed lower quality care. However, retirement communities and assisted living facilities are very different from nursing homes. They focus on maintaining the quality of life while individuals in nursing homes often go there as a last resort. The tone and feel of these places are very different.
Guilt. You may still feel guilty if forced to place a parent or loved one in a retirement community. But that’s just because you’re falling into the same line of thought as the potential resident. You are having trouble divorcing the definition of a nursing home with that of assisted care. When you see how much your loved one’s health and happiness improves as a result this issue often goes away.
Transitioning. This is the time when you have to make the physical move while balancing out the emotional elements. Keep in mind that after the move is over, a better life awaits for you and your loved ones.