WHEN Loved ONES AGE – What do we do?
My wife and I both have parents who live interstate. My wife’s mother lives on her own. Both our parents have enjoyed good health, but are now having some concerns about their general well-being as their health begins to decline, or they have an accident in their home and can’t get the response they need at the right time. In the case of my father, who remarried several years ago after the passing of my mother, we all have concerns about the well-being of his current wife if she had to assume the role of a carer. Sure, home care services are excellent and the carers do a wonderful job, but it doesn’t remove the ever mounting burden we feel with them living so far away.
I know many of you have similar stories and some of you are already dealing with challenging circumstances because your loved ones live a difficult distance from you. What can we do, recognising that companionship is paramount. Too many elderly people living in their own homes are disconnected and lonely.
I don’t want this to sound like a sales story, but because of my own emerging personal experiences, I am very conscience that we at Renaissance provide real answers to the dilemma that faces many people regarding their loved ones. In my case I want to know that my parents are in an environment where they are enjoying friendship, social engagement, can access the critical services they need without driving, and are secure and confident in knowing they can receive additional support when they need it.
All our lives change daily and we don’t know what is around the next corner. But we can prepare and it’s always better to do that early rather than in the height of an emergency situation.
If you’d like to find out what is available and how you can assist your loved ones in having the type of security and confidence I’ve mentioned, we invite you to attend an evening day at Renaissance. Talk with staff and residents to gain a better understanding of what services are available in the Redlands. The session gives an overview on how retirement villages operate, what services are available, how they are delivered in a retirement village environment, how fees are calculated and what they include, and what to look for when searching for living facilities for seniors. Most importantly, talk with some residents about their experiences and how they and their families dealt with their particular concerns.
All are welcome. Phone Renaissance on 3820 7700.