Moving your senior loved one to a senior living community is a big decision. You may feel guilty that you’re no longer able to care for them. And they may feel nervous about leaving their home and meeting new people. Judi Parisi, Activities Director at The Arbors at Dracut understands these feelings. “One of the favorite parts of my job is interviewing each new resident when they move in. We ask them where they came from, what kind of activities they enjoy and any interests they have.” says Judi.
Topics: assisted living
You may be familiar with the common signs of someone with depression: feeling sad, hopeless and being down on themselves all the time. If someone you know is experiencing these feelings, don’t take them lightly – but also know there can be much more subtle signs of depression to look for. The dictionary defines depression as: a mood disorder marked especially by sadness, inactivity, difficulty in thinking and concentration, a significant increase or decrease in appetite and time spent sleeping, feelings of dejection and hopelessness.
Watching your parent age and no longer being able to care for themselves isn’t easy. You never imagined that you’d be their caregiver. From helping them bathe every day, make their meals or checking on them every night after you get off work. You always pictured them as your “mom” or “dad” who cared for you — but now you’re taking care of them. And it can take a toll on you, both emotionally and physically.
Managing diabetes isn’t just a daily, weekly or monthly task – it’s a life time diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes. And the rates of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Adults who are age 65 and older make up 25% of the population with diabetes. Is your senior loved one a part of the 25%? If they are, you can help them manage their diabetes and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
You may have heard the phrase “Home is where the heart is” from your parents or even grandparents. It’s how they feel about the house they’ve lived in for the past 30 or 40 years. Your parents raised you in this house and created memories as a family. It’s been more than just a roof over their head and a backyard to care for, it’s home. Although as your parents age, you know the upkeep of their four-bedroom home with a big lawn may is becoming too much for them to handle.
Topics: assisted living
Moving to an assisted living community is an emotional time, from closing one chapter to moving on to a new part of life. Carole, a resident at The Arbors at Dracut knows these feelings all too well. After taking care of her husband, Ray, the love of her life for 68 years, he passed away. Carole was so busy caring for Ray, that she didn’t have time to care for herself. The morning after his funeral, she was admitted to the hospital only to find she had Atrial Fibrillation, Congestive Heart Failure, and Pneumonia. Like many spouses who assume the role of primary caregiver, putting her husband’s needs before her own took a serious toll on her own health.
Living an active, healthy and social life is important — no matter your age. But, it’s especially important for older adults. As time passes, your senior loved one experiences many changes in their overall health and social life. Friends move away, they may no longer be able to drive themselves to the grocery store or be as active as they once were. How can you help your parent stay young at heart and get back to enjoying a social and healthy life?
There isn’t a day where you won’t find Gale, Dietary Aid at The Arbors at Dracut, smiling from ear-to-ear while working in the kitchen. As Gale describes it, “The atmosphere here, (The Arbors at Dracut) when you walk into the building, it just brightens you up! It’s homey and happy.” As a dietary aid, Gale’s primary responsibilities are to bring residents their drinks during meal times, deliver food to resident’s rooms and clean up after meals. While her job focuses on food and drinks, she believes it’s so much more than that.
In the early years of life, your children depended on you for almost everything. Your days were filled with running them to practices, lessons, making their dinner and watching them grow. As they become adults and grow their own families – your relationship changes. They will always call you “mom” but you are no longer their 24/7 support system. You may be uncertain of what to do with your new lifestyle and feel an empty void. Unsure of how to fill this void, senior adults can become depressed and lonely. They may turn to alcohol or prescription drugs for a quick fix to cure their loneliness.
When searching for the right assisted living facility for your loved one, comparing the costs and services can be overwhelming. You want your loved one to receive the best quality care, but you’re nervous about being able to afford these costs. There are many ways to pay for assisted living. The final price shouldn’t be your deciding factor, but we understand it plays a large role in the decision.