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"Peace of Mind"
Explore Assisted Living Lifestyle Solutions for Lifestyle Changes: Where experience matters "Peace of Mind" follows.
Lifestyle changes guide us as we are deciding about our elderly parents well-being and care. What to do, what we need to consider or where to go are the hardest gut-wrenching decisions we have to make as children of parents who are declining in their ability to function independently.
St Francis Villa is uniquely experienced with over 100 years in assisted living in five key leadership positions to provide “Lifestyle Solutions” for River Ridge, Harahan, Metairie, Kenner and New Orleans residents that deliver: (click and explore your solution below)
The first thing to look at is how safe are your parents in their current environment. Are they falling? Are they eating regularly, are their meals healthy or do they forget to eat entirely? Have they had weight loss? Do they forget to turn the stove off after cooking a meal? Are the bills piling up without being paid? Getting cut-off notices? Scratches and scrapes along the bumpers or side of their cars?
That is one of the hardest gut-wrenching decisions we have to make as children of parents who are declining in their ability to function independently. Since most elderly people want to stay in their own home until they die, and some may have made you promise you would never put them anywhere else, this becomes an even more agonizing decision to face.
So when do you typically discover that your parent is not cutting it? After how many falls? A dislocated shoulder or broken hip? Confusion because of dehydration or skipping or doubling up on medicine? How many trips to the doctor or hospital? What about just not seeing it or not wanting to believe it? Denial, avoidance and guilt can interfere with reality. Facing the fact that your parent(s) are aging and perhaps their safety is at issue and even more evident, that their quality of life is suffering or not what it should be or can be is difficult. This is a critical component of making the right decision for relativies!
Most do not realize the severity of their parent’s needs until an emergency arises. Waiting or delaying may mean accepting less because when an emergency happens there may not be enough time to explore options. Sometimes assisted living may not be a viable option because of the type of emergency.
Recognizing important changes in seniors and the aging process is why experience is important, not only in helping with the decision to determine the right fit, but also in what is recommended to provide appropriate care.
here is no shortcut or service that can really tell you what is best. Many families don’t realize that the “experts” that profess to be able to find you the best resources are actually referral services who provide paid leads to senior housing communities that have openings. Choosing care is one task that is truly Do-It-Yourself.
After you tour, setup a second tour so family members can attend and be reassured. Ask your family members what questions they want answered if they are unable to attend.
In determining how to get good value for your money, one will need to consider that the costs of assisted living and of caring for someone is increasing due to labor shortages and wage increases, insurance cost and supply and demand cost. So it makes good sense to evaluate your options carefully.
There are numerous reasons why people are living longer today. A simple answer is due to advances in medicine. Perhaps the question we should be asking ourselves is “are we being a good steward with money to afford to live another ten to fifteen years?” In other words, are we getting good value for our money to help sustain that longevity?
Senior Living Testimonials
There’s no better way than a personal visit to really experience the senior assisted living offerings at St. Francis Villa.
We welcome you to browse around our site to learn a bit about who we are and what we do. Click on the links to read about our residents, families, staff, and ownership. Then call us for an appointment so we can show you around!
See what our assisted living residents and their families have to say about St. Francis Villa and their journey to assisted living in the video: