What our residents say about us...
  • Take us on interesting trips in a van. Take us to doctor appointments! The servers are so sweet and accommodating! The meals are very good and large portions! Sometimes I go out with my daughter for meals – have to tell them 24 hours ahead.

    I am happy to be here.

  • My apartment is cheerful and homey. I have a great view of the mountains and I like seeing the flag waving. The meals are excellent and I don’t have to do the dishes! The staff is exceptionally helpful and polite. The facility itself is clean and very well kept.

    It’s the next best place when you can’t be at home anymore.

  • It was easy for me to come here, Jan. I already knew everyone since I had come 3 days a week for exercise. There isn’t a grumpy or mean person here. The food is good as is entertainment. Residents as well as visitors and employees are great.

    It has always been hard for me to fit in new places and meet new people – but not here! Thank you.

  • Get to meet new folks and get re-acquainted with old friends.

    Parkhaven staff are so friendly and helpful. Its a wonderful place to live.

    I also like and enjoy the Parkhaven Press every month.

    Yes, I like my new home.

Signs that your loved one(s) may want to consider Assisted Living

  • Accident or near accident. Stopping by to visit your loved one and finding a bruise, a bump or open sore. When you inquire about it they brush it off as nothing (fearing that if they did say something you may scold them or discover they are incapable of being alone) or simply not recall how it happened. Worse yet, getting a phone call from the hospital informing you your mom or dad has had an accident. Thankfully, they were able to call for help but who responded and how long did it take? The fact is, accidents do happen and as people get older, the odds rise of this happening again.
  • A chronic health condition that’s worsening or a slow recovery. An ongoing health issue such as COPD or Dementia usually means your loved one’s level of care is going to increase. A slow recovery may indicate your loved one needs additional help or may not be getting the proper care. Increasing difficulty managing the activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Noticeable weight loss
  • A noticeable decline in activities & outside interests. Rarely wants to leave the home or leaves newspapers in the bushes
  • Unopened personal mail/Unopened bills
  • Letters from banks, creditors, or insurers
  • Thank-you messages from unknown persons, charities or businesses. Seniors are common targets for fraudulent companies
  • Stale or expired foods.
  • Signs of fire. Burnt pots and pans or the oven is left on.
  • Signs of lax housekeeping.

These are common signs that it may be time to discuss the subject of moving. Your loved one is showing signs that living alone is becoming difficult. Conversing about this concern in a non-biased way, you may find that your loved one has similar feelings about their safety and security. Listening to what they fear and being compassionate about what they’re experiencing is a positive approach. No one wants to be told what to do, especially when itís coming from their child. Moving is hard at any age!

Caregivers’ signs it might be time for assisted living

Finally, realize that some of the information you collect is intangible — it has to do with feelings and emotions, and the stress levels of everyone involved.

Look for:

  • How you’re doing. While this decision to remain in one’s home is not primarily about you — the son, daughter, grandchild, caregiver — your own exhaustion can be a good gauge of a decline in older adults’ ability to care for themselves. Keeping someone at home can require lots of hands-on support or care coordination, and this is time-consuming. If your loved one’s need for care is just plain wearing you out, or if a spouse or children are feeling the collective strain of your caregiving activities, these are major signs that it’s time to start looking at other options.
  • Your loved one’s emotional state. Safety is crucial, of course, but so is emotional well-being. If someone living alone is riddled with anxieties or increasingly lonely, then that may tip the scales toward a move not solely based on health and safety reasons.

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