Make a Move Now
It's a tough decision to know when to transition to an assisted living community. Making a move can be intimidating – it's a huge decision. Often, it's one of the most significant adjustments a person can make in their older years. Sometimes, those in need of support hold on for one last summer, one last holiday season, or some other reason to justify not making a move. For family and caregivers of seniors in need of assistance, it can be challenging to get the message across to their loved ones that they need more help than what can be provided at home.
Having the conversation about assisted living with your loved one has always been difficult, but recent developments in the world make it an even more critical discussion. Over the past two years, the ups and downs of the COVID-19 pandemic has added another layer of questions and concerns for seniors, caregivers, and loved ones. Is it safe to move? Is home safer than a community? And most importantly – nobody wants to be alone or isolated during a crucial time.
Understanding Your Priorities and Needs
At Premier Senior Living, we provide long-term residential care emphasizing comfort, care, and respect. We help with activities of daily living – like bathing, dressing, toileting, ambulating, eating, and grooming – and provide personalized health care, including medication management. Pharmacies deliver to our communities daily. We take the worry out of managing meds and keep residents on track with filled prescriptions and a proper medication schedule.
Our facilities are regarded for their high level of memory care for people living with dementia and Alzheimer's Disease, and staff consistently attend ongoing in-service training. We frequently introduce new amenities and programs to enhance residents' lifestyles and independence.
Our 24-hour supervision schedule allows our trained professionals the opportunity to monitor residents consistently and identify immediate or progressive changes in behavior, appearance, or health. Living quarters have emergency call systems for immediate assistance, and we regularly conduct fire and evacuation procedures in case of an emergency.
Coping With Alzheimer's and Dementia
Our memory care program reflects our residents' interests and fosters a sense of meaning, purpose, and success. We have a unique activity program designed for residents – some of whom may have cognitive impairment that may include dementia or Alzheimer's- who can benefit from a relaxed environment and a highly trained staff.
We give constant supervision and care, complete with a dining area, activity area, walking paths, and amenities. Upon admission to our Memory Care Neighborhood, we develop and implement an individualized care place that addresses each specific resident's needs. Our staff engages residents in everyday activities and programming to feel happy and prosperous and promote their self-esteem.
Maintaining an Active and Meaningful Lifestyle
In addition to physical health, our communities provide a diversified schedule of activities for residents, both independently and in a group. Activities engage our residents in various ways: physically, spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. There are enjoyable activities, events, and places to visit when you're a resident of a Premier Senior Living community. Our scheduling includes exercise classes, movies, computer courses, video games, board games, social gatherings, and independent crafts. We go off-premises for supervised field trips, shopping excursions, and dinners out at a pleasant restaurant. Many of our in-house festivities are open to friends and loved ones during the holidays.
Life at a Premier Senior Living community has its perks. Our team provides housekeeping services, fresh bedding, and clean towels. Laundry service is included. There are professional staffing and emergency services around the clock for additional peace of mind. Our staff is never far away when our residents need a helping hand, whether with help with bathing or dressing or something else. We're ready to assist 24 hours a day.
When to Transition to Assisted Living
Deciding to move into an assisted living community is a life-changing decision. It can be an emotional time for those in need and their caregivers. Feelings can run the gamut from failure and guilt to nervous anticipation. With so many emotions involved, it can be tough to know when it is the appropriate time to transition to an assisted living community, especially if you've been trying to put it off for as long as possible.
A few indicators can signify when it's time to make a move. Here, we highlight five signals to know
A Change in Eating Habits
When we see our loved ones change of eating or drinking or not cooking for selves any longer, this may be a sign to look at assisted living, especially when encountering weight loss. Oftentimes, they may appear confused or lethargic, which may be due to dehydration or malnutrition. In assisted living, all meals and snacks are provided and encouraged participation in the dining rooms, making it a more enjoyable eating experience amongst friends.
A Noticeable Change in Behavior
Grown children of older adults often say the first indicator is a noticeable change in attitude. Older adults who may be coping with the early stages of dementia or Alzheimer's Disease can often exhibit forgetfulness or a shift in mindset, behavior that didn't previously exist. In countless instances, many say Mom or Dad just started "acting differently."
Care Needs Become Too Demanding
As health and physical ability deteriorate over time, it becomes increasingly necessary for someone around to help an older person. Providing help in the home can be time-consuming and difficult for grown children trying to balance work, helping Mom or Dad, and having a family of their own. Unfortunately, no matter how good of care someone can provide in-house, eventually, the needs become more than what's safely manageable at home. An assisted living community provides 24-hour onsite care and can help with bathing, dressing, toileting, activities, and meals – along with overseeing doctor's visits and medication management.
Curb the High Cost of Living
Many older adults live off a fixed income, and owning a home is expensive. There are taxes, upkeep, and monthly bills that need to be taken care of, not to mention ordinary living expenses for food and necessities. It can add up. All bills are included at a Premier Senior Living community in your stay. We cover the heat, water, trash, cable, internet, and laundry, in addition to all the outstanding programs and entertainment throughout the year. Our timely daily meals are tasty, nutritious, prepared on demand, and served and picked up at the resident's convenience. our meals look and taste like they're from an upscale hotel or trendy resort!
Eliminate Caregiver Stress
Caregivers can often work themselves to the bone, assisting their loved ones. It's a noble gesture, but often the stress can seriously affect your health and well-being. When that happens, the ability to care for your loved one can be significantly diminished, sometimes to where you're no longer caring for them safely. Premier Senior Living communities have trained professionals on staff to provide care 24/7, so there's someone always looking after your loved one. We can also provide medication and monitor their health regularly, so there are no surprises.
Make the Move Today
If you have a friend, relative, or loved one who needs more assistance than is capable in the home, consider discussing Premier Senior Living communities in Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. As a leader in the industry, we have earned a reputation for comprehensive and responsive service. We know that the quality of life of each resident is dependent upon expert and professional management. Contact Premier Senior Living to schedule a tour of a senior community near you or call toll-free (800) 380-8908.