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From Resisting to Thriving: The Adult Child’s Guide to Assisted Living

“I’m not ready for Assisted Living.” Many of us have heard those words from a beloved parent like Barbara did from her mother.

Barbara’s mother couldn’t fathom leaving the home she’d built a life in for more than 60 years. But sometimes, circumstances beyond our control change things. After a serious fall, Barbara’s mother realized she needed more support than her home could offer.

If this scenario sounds familiar, you’re not alone. In this Adult Child’s Guide to Assisted Living, we’ll share insights from our recent webinar to help families like yours navigate these tough choices. We’ll discuss the benefits of proactive planning and how to find the perfect assisted living community – one that honors your loved one’s needs and empowers them to live their best life.

Short-Term Stays Can Shift Mindsets

Thankfully, because Barbara’s mother was on Westminster Place’s waitlist, Club 1904, a smooth transition from Rehabilitation to compassionate, personalized care within our Assisted Living community, The Highlands, was possible.

Often, experiencing Assisted Living firsthand is all it takes to change perceptions. Short-term Rehabilitation and Respite Care stays, like the one Barbara’s mother had at Westminster Place, can be eye-opening.

“She started finding her way from her Respite Care room to the dining room; she found the parlor, and she started to become acquainted with the geography of the Assisted Living part of Westminster Place,” says Barbara. “But mostly, she fell in love with her caregivers.”

Tailored Support With a Continuum of Care

Assisted Living communities offer personalized care, bridging the gap between Independent Living and Skilled Nursing care. Here’s what sets them apart:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): Communities like Westminster Place provide support with bathing, dressing, medication management, and more. This includes tailored care plans for each resident’s specific needs.
  • Continuum of Care: Should your loved one need short-term or long-term Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation or Memory Care, Westminster Place allows them to stay in the same community, surrounded by familiar faces, offering stability and peace of mind.
  • Caregiver Support: Assisted Living understands that supporting family members is equally vital. Communities like ours provide resources to help you be the best caregiver possible while also taking care of yourself.

After transitioning from Westminster Place’s Rehabilitation and Respite Care neighborhoods, Barbara’s mother continues to thrive with personalized care. “She still gets her wound care every Monday, Thursday and Saturday with Ben, who she loves! It was pretty much a seamless continuum,” Barbara notes.

Living a Vibrant Lifestyle

Assisted Living isn’t just about care; it’s about creating a vibrant and fulfilling community designed for seniors. At Westminster Place, residents thrive with endless opportunities for connection, personal growth, and enjoyment. Here’s why:

  • Community Is Key: Our welcoming common spaces and friendly staff foster a strong sense of belonging. Residents form friendships, share meals, and find companionship.
  • Activities Abound: From exercise classes and outings to creative workshops and stimulating speakers, our diverse activities calendar keeps life vibrant and exciting. There’s something for everyone!
  • Simplified Living: Say goodbye to home maintenance, cooking, and transportation worries. Assisted living makes daily tasks easier, allowing residents to focus on what truly brings them joy.

“Her new village is Westminster Place!” exclaims Barbara. “Her mobility is back since she doesn’t need a car anymore. Now, her whole day is filled with activities she loves. I don’t think she realized how much she craved that loving interaction.”

How To Choose the Right Community

Webinar host and Director of Sales and Marketing in Assisted Living at Westminster Place Brent Wieland rightly emphasizes that selecting the ideal Assisted Living community is a significant decision. Consider these guiding questions to make an informed choice:

  • Primary Decision-Makers: Who will be involved in this process? Will it be solely the senior, or will family members and other trusted individuals have input as well? Establishing clear roles and communication channels is crucial.
  • Finances: What is the realistic monthly budget? Are there long-term care insurance policies or other resources to assist financially? Explore all options that may alleviate financial burdens.
  • Timeline: Is the need for Assisted Living immediate, or is there time to research and explore options? A proactive approach often leads to less stress and better outcomes.
  • Care Needs: What type of assistance is currently needed? Is there a possibility for increased care needs over time? Choose a community with a full continuum of care to support potential future needs.

You Have Questions, Westminster Place Has Answers

Choosing the right senior care path can feel overwhelming. That’s why we created this informative webinar – to guide you, answer your questions, and ease any worries about assisted living.

Westminster Place understands this decision is rooted in care for both your loved one and yourself. We’re committed to supporting you every step of the way. Watch our webinar on demand to learn more, and contact us online or call 847-558-7747 to explore everything our vibrant community offers.