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I’m Confused? I have Questions. I NEED HELP!!!!

-Your dad has been diagnosed with Dementia, and he has started to wander. He cannot be left alone, but you work full-time and can’t stay home with him. What do you do?

-Your mom is living alone in her house, but she’s lonely and is not eating healthy meals. She has become very isolated and lonely. What senior living options are right for her?

-Your parents live out of state, but they want to move closer to you. Mom has slight dementia, but dad is healthy and helps cares for mom. What senior living options would be best for them?

-You are a senior, tired of taking care of your house and are ready to downsize. You still cook for yourself, and you would enjoy socializing with others. What type of community should you be looking for?

These are the questions I answer every day! Actually, these are real life stories from families I have recently helped find senior living communities. Most people do not know the difference between senior living types – Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Group Homes. Not to mention, amenities and prices vary significantly. It is CONFUSING!

I have 10+ years of experience serving seniors and their families in the DFW area. My goal is to educate families on the different types of senior living available and then help them narrow down their search to communities that match their need, amenities and budget. My service is always free to families. There is no need to try to figure this out alone – I’m here to help! 214-783-1222.

Did you know that loneliness and isolation can seriously affect the health of a senior?

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As we get older, our social circles tend to shrink –  friends and family members move or pass away. Those who still live close by may be unable to visit due to health issues. Some are no longer safe to drive due to vision problems or memory loss. Feelings of loneliness can negatively affect BOTH physical and mental health.

5 TIPS to Combat Loneliness:

  1. Get Connected.
    • Local Senior Centers offer the opportunity for socialization with peers through group activities, exercise, day trips, classes, etc.
    • Churches – many offer groups specifically geared towards seniors and may meet weekly or monthly.
  1. Keep Learning.
    • Senior centers offer all types of classes, including computers, painting, health related seminars, etc.
  2. Get Moving.
    • Check out your senior center, or YMCA for classes geared towards seniors. Chair exercises, stretching, yoga, tai chi, walking groups, etc.
  3. Healthy Eating.
    • Often times seniors don’t feel like cooking a meal for just themselves, so they will “snack” or skip meals. Eating a healthy, balanced meal is imperative to physical and mental well-being. Consider having meals delivered through Meals on Wheels. Your local senior center may offer onsite meals, and events with meals provided.
  4. Senior Care/Living Options.
    • Home Care or Personal Assistance Service provide care or companionship in your home. Services provided may include meal preparation, running errands, help with showering, etc.
    • Independent Living communities provide opportunities for socialization, classes, exercise, meals and transportation.
    • Assisted Living communities provide all of the above, plus care for physical issues such as help with medication, bathing, dressing, etc.

Need help locating senior resources or information on senior living options in the Dallas/Fort Worth area? Not sure where to get started? Help is just a phone call away…214-783-1222.

 

 

 

Pets Welcome!

Did you know that most Senior Apartments, Retirement Communities and Assisted Living communities are pet friendly? 🐶😺

I speak with many seniors and their families who are resistant to moving because they think they will have to leave their beloved fur baby behind. The majority of senior communities allow dogs (many have size restrictions, typically 35 pounds or less) and cats. Pets are welcome in Assisted Living too, and many communities will even provide care for the pet if you become physically unable to do so. There is an extra charge for pet care.

Questions about senior living and services? I’m here to help you!

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