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One of the hardest decisions in life is deciding if mom, dad or a loved one should be placed in a senior living community. This article I read could not have hit the nail on the head any better.They have been a part of your life, your entire life! You know them as mom, dad, aunt, uncle, sister or brother. Growing up, figuring how to care for them never really enters your mind as they are the one’s caring for you. Then one day, they are diagnosed with dementia, Alzheimer’s or another aging disease. It’s extremely saddening as there is no way to reverse the disease process, so you simply have to watch your family decline and slowly loose their mind. Your whole life revolves around making sure your mom or dad is safe, like the daughter did in the article. Just like she stated, “[her] patience is tried and her joy is robbed.” The idea of placing someone you hold dear to your heart in this light seems outrageous, but as each day passes, you realize that they need your help. Some of the best ways to help your loved one is to find a safe place for them like the senior living facilities in Kissimmee, Florida.
Locating, touring, and knowing what questions to ask is a very overwhelming task. Your family member may need more care than what a certain facility can handle. For instance, your loved one may have a feeding tube and not all facilities will accept a peg tube. Some do not have a nurse present at all times and your loved one may require more assistance from a nurse around the clock. Can your loved one age in their community or will they be transferred to another location? Types of licenses for senior living facilities are numerous and each type means something different. Seeking help from a senior placement company is a great way to ensure these questions are answered and help ease the burden of finding the best place possible to fit the needs of your loved one.
Once you have decided to seek “help”, an online lead generating placement company or something similar has you enter info about your loved one into a database. Soon, you become bombarded with several phone calls from assisted living facilities asking about mom, dad or loved one and if they want to come by for a tour. Not all senior placement companies filter leads like this one. Some actually take the time to sit down, figure out what is best for your loved one, and genuinely help you find it. That is what North Star Senior Advisers are all about. Going in alone to talk to the administrators of a community is no doubt difficult. You’re not even sure that what you are doing is the right thing. Again, it may feel like the community views you as “a hot lead,” mentioned by the woman in the article. Fear and frustration begin to overcome you. Know you are not alone during this process. Although no one will ever fully understand the pain you are enduring, other families are going through similar transitions. We may not be going through it today, but Veronica, the owner of North Star Senior Advisers has experienced this first hand as her great-grandmother, who developed Alzheimer’s, could not be left alone. After the family placed her in assisted living, she eloped and took a bus across town. Memory care is what she truly needed, but that was not known right away. Veronica’s passion has sparked from her own struggle and now she devotes her time to helping families going through this challenging period. Another family that we helped had a difficult time accepting the reality that mom could no longer be left alone. She was inviting random strangers into her home for “lunch.” It wasn’t until her expensive coin collection, her deceased husband’s military flag went missing, and DCF was called by neighbors that they realized it was time for her to transition into a safer environment.
As a senior adviser, we are not just an online lead generating placement company. We do not bombard you with phone calls or rush you into a decision. What we do is a personal tour of every assisted living and memory community before we partner with each facility to make sure they are a good fit for anyone to live in. After our advisers gather information about your loved one, we match the facility that best fits their needs and preferences. We accompany you on all tours and help ask the right questions that do not easily come to mind. Whether you are in Orlando or looking for senior living in Kissimmee, Florida there are many great facilities and we would love to find the perfect one for you. Our passion and drive are to serve you and ultimately support you in locating the ideal home for your loved one.
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