The holidays are a wonderful time to gather with family. It can, however, be a wake up call for adult children that their parent’s or grandparent’s gait has slowed, and they might need a bit of help with activities of daily living.
Here are some key telltale signs that a more supportive environment might be helpful: more accidents, chronic health conditions, difficulty managing daily activities (not eating well, poor hygiene, inconsistent taking of medications), lack of social connection and overall feeling less safe.
What to do? Don’t panic. There are options short of assisted living or a nursing home to keep your family member independent and safe. Initiate a direct, but loving conversation. "We are worried that you are living alone, and want you to be safe."
Retirement or senior living communities can provide that extra level of support. Treemont, for example, provides 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, so seniors can stay well-nourished. With transport provided to the grocery store as well as doctors appointments, seniors can stay more independent and less reliant on their adult kids to do basic tasks.
Another key benefit is weekly housekeeping plus having a maintenance staff on hand to fix leaky faucets. At Treemont, residents can merely call the front desk to ask maintenance to change a light bulb or hang a painting. Plus there is no lawn to mow or leaves to remove from gutters. Senior living truly provides maintenance-free living.
Retirement communities also foster a more social living environment, increasing overall happiness. Seniors can become isolated, especially if they no longer drive or have recently lost a spouse. There are opportunities to casually interact with fellow residents during meals or by reading a book in the library.
“I have some girl friends here, and we play Rummikub every night after dinner,” says Shirley. “We talk and laugh all night. I stay busy all the time.”
Treemont has a robust activity program with 250 activities monthly. This creates a dynamic and social place to live that residents love to call home. A typical week offers laughter yoga, Tai Chi, religious services, sing-alongs, professional entertainers, movie nights, crafts, educational seminars and many other tailored programs. Treemont also throws holiday parties and hosts live music entertainment to bring residents together.
Extra care options are available in retirement communities when needed. Treemont has a home health care company on campus that can provide ala carte services as needed: medication management, bathing, dressing and other tasks. Treemont also has nursing and rehab plus assisted living in its Health Care Center. Often residents rehab from a femur break or hip replacement in Treemont’s rehab center and then return to their independent apartment. Friends can visit during their recovery.
Cost matters. Consider the amount needed for upkeep of a home including lawn maintenance, roof repairs, meals, housekeeping, car insurance and compare it to an affordable senior living apartment rate. Treemont is affordable and is also one of the few continuing care retirement communities with a rental rate, and no buy-in.
A good suggestion is to visit an assisted living Houston community and have lunch. To learn more about Treemont Retirement Community, call Lupe or Linda at 713-783-6820, visit www.Treemont.com or stop by 2501 Westerland Drive off of Westheimer. Nancy helps reinforce the benefits of socialization at assisted living in Houston communities.