Every day, we hear from many people who have similar questions, concerns or comments. We thought it would be helpful for others to see what has already been shared, in their own words. Whether you’re someone looking at your retirement living options, someone looking for a family member or just someone with questions, we want to be the best resource that we can.
"My 76-year-old father is having a hard time right now, and we’re trying to convince him to sell his house and move into a retirement community. He needs socialization (he’s very lonely) and meal presentation (he is not eating properly and it’s affecting his blood sugar…he won’t cook for himself). He has some mobility issues that prevent him from climbing many steps. He doesn’t want to lose his independence, so this is his biggest concern."
~ A son from the South Hills area near Pittsburgh
We know that talking with a loved one about touchy topics can be hard for everyone. So we created our free Touchy Topics guide to help you make the process easier and more comfortable. Download it here.
"I am independent with no physical problems. My husband has Parkinson’s disease and needs assistance with ADLs. I have been his caregiver for the past two years and am concerned about our future and my continuing ability to care for him by myself. We are seeking someplace where we can be together and have our needs met."
~ A wife in Lancaster PA
It is a common occurrence for couples to have different needs from a retirement community. Here’s a great story about some of our residents who were faced with the same issue.
"My grandmother has dementia and is not able to live on her own. She wanders and gets lost. She now resides with family, but is becoming a burden and needs assistance."
~ A concerned grand-daughter from the York area
It is understandable and acceptable for families to feel like they cannot care for their loved ones with dementia on their own. That is when they may need guidance in knowing what to expect and selecting an excellent memory support program. Download our free guide on Understanding Dementia to learn more.
"My elderly parents (ages 89 and 90) currently live independently in Moon Township. My brother and I live in NC and MA, so we are not able to be there to help them. Taking care of the house is just getting to be too much for them, so we are looking for an alternative to their current situation."
~ Siblings whose parents live in Forks Township in Easton PA
Here is one of our blog posts about what to look for when considering retirement living options. Many families have told us this post is a helpful reference for figuring out what they need.
"My father is interested in moving to a place that offers social gatherings and the chance to meet new people. After some searching on your website, it seems like this might be the place for him."
~ A son in Wyomissing, PA
We’re glad you noticed. Socialization is one of the greatest benefits of moving to a retirement community, so we certainly concentrate on creating lots of opportunities for residents to get to know each other better. Here is a helpful list of the social benefits of moving to a retirement community.
"I’m looking for a residence for my mother. She is very independent and wants to remain that way, but at times she does need assistance. If your facility can provide this, I would like information to help me make a more informed decision on where she should live."
~ A mother and daughter in South Hills outside of Pittsburgh
Many people who start the process of looking at senior living options get overwhelmed and don’t know where to start. There are a lot of options out there! That’s why we created our free guide called “Navigating the Maze of Senior Living Options.” We hope it helps you, and please know we are here for you in any way that you need.
"Tried to take care of Mom at home, but cannot be there 24/7."
– Daughter from Bethlehem PA
You are not alone. More than 40 million Americans are caregivers for family members. Download our free guide, Finding Your Way to Caring for a Loved One and You, to help you figure out the best support options for your situation.