Options in Long-Term Care Residences

Thank you for your feedback from last month’s column about the differences between public and private residences. It showed there is interest in gaining more knowledge about our health care system particularly related to our senior living options as we age. In response to your inquiries, here are some more details regarding long-term care residences.…

Coping with Loneliness and Isolation

  I was recently with a family discussing senior living options. During the course of our conversation, the mother looked at her daughter and said “I’m just too lonely at home”.  In fact, I hear that a lot when meeting with families. It’s no surprise, particularly around this time of year as winter approaches and…

Sibling disagreements

  A transition to a seniors residence can be difficult, emotional and overwhelming for the entire family. Add in differences of opinions from siblings and decisions can become paralyzing. I have seen first hand how sibling disagreements resulted in ill-advised and inappropriate decisions. Who does this affect the most? It’s their parents, the very people…

Making the Move

  Reasons to move: safety, mobility, cognitive decline, isolation We were recently with an adult daughter touring potential retirement residences for her mother. She had mentioned a common issue: “Mom wants to stay at home.” The truth is that the vast majority of us would want to stay at home. It’s only human nature. We…