Talking to your loved one about assisted living is probably one of the hardest things you will ever do, but it’s something that has to be done. So, pick up your courage and hold on to your compassion, since it is a conversation that must happen at some point. It is always better to discuss … Read more
Assisted living facilities are quite possibly the best option for seniors, since they are safe and allow seniors to maintain their quality of life, make new friends, and make the best of the time they have left. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misunderstanding about assisted living. Here, we expose and debunk seven common assisted … Read more
The call came from a close neighbor. John was 92 and still living in his own home. She had been helping him with little things like grocery shopping, yard work and checking in on him. One day he decided to drive to the store. Unfortunately he hit over 30 things with his car as he drove down the street. That was decision maker, it was time for Fred to move to assisted living where he didn’t need to drive anymore and that had caregivers providing the increasing support he needed…
While John preferred to stay at home, he knew he really needed more help than he was getting and he didn’t have any family to be there for him. He hated imposing on his neighbor but was grateful for her help. The neighbor and I toured several assisted living communities in Washington County looking for the right fit. Looking at the options can be very overwhelming and physically exhausting, especially for a man who is 92. The goal was to narrow down the choices to a couple then bring him back to make the final decision.
June and Martin lived in a 55+ community in Tigard. Martin had Alzheimer’s disease but physically was very healthy. June had some significant health issues but no cognitive disabilities. Between them, though, they were able to leverage their strengths to live independently– until Martin ended up in the hospital then rehab. June and Martin’s son (and Power of Attorney) realized they needed to move to assisted living but he lived out of town and couldn’t get away from work to help them find a place for them to go. He called us to help.
We listened to his concerns about his parents then met with June to talk about what she wanted. We then arranged to tour several assisted living communities with her. She found one she really liked in nearby Tualatin and decided that’s where she wanted to move. She depended on her son to manage their finances so we helped facilitate the discussion between the community and her son to ensure paperwork was completed and deposits were made.