Is it the Right Time to Consider Senior Living?
By StoryStudio June 16, 2020 11:08 AM - Houston Chronicle
- You’re facing a health setback. Whether a fall or stroke, a new diabetes diagnosis or a chronic heart problem, senior care can offer a solution. “It’s like having 10 extra daughters around to keep an eye on your loved one,” says Kelli. Many like the idea that there are also extra care options available such as medication management should mom or dad need a bit more support down the road.
- Fear is curtailing individual freedom. Perhaps a senior becomes scared of falling or telling family members about other underlying issues. They might worry about misplacing their belongings or driving to the store seems treacherous. At Treemont, there is always someone to call. Residents enjoy safety checks, emergency pull cords, inside corridors, an overnight security guard and home health care options on-site.
- Feeling lonely has become the new norm. Seniors can feel isolated, especially when they are no longer driving, Kelli explained. At Treemont, residents don’t have to go far to enjoy social interaction and specially planned events. “Most people end up meeting new friends here,” she said. “We even have a few couples who met and married here.”
- Doing chores has become a burden. Taking care of a home and yard, or even cleaning an apartment, can become overwhelming as you age. Unpaid bills can pile up, simply because it is difficult to manage finances. Preparing meals each day can feel arduous – or even going grocery shopping becomes too much of a task. At Tremont, necessary chores are taken care of – leaving residents with more time for hobbies and friends. Maintenance is on call to even hang a painting or change light bulbs. Meals are provided by professional chefs. Residents can throw away their lists of daily chores, housekeeping, and grocery shopping.
- The social calendar is empty. Staying home and watching TV is not a social activity, Kelli said. Treemont offers about 250 events a month. When it’s not going to the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta or Mother’s Day Social, residents are invited to take virtual trips to other countries, to attend a lively group debate after watching a TED Talk together or headed on a journey to Galveston for some fun in the sun. The schedule includes classes, clubs and activities. Seniors enjoy the painting parties, bridge club, creative writing group, sewing club and weekly happy hours complete with live music. Going to a meal or heading to an exercise class also often becomes a social outing. Treemont also has regular transportation to events and stores, as well as a regular lunch bunch, which Kelli often joins. “We just hop on the Treemont bus and go down the road,” she said. “It’s a really nice outing.”