Aug 15, 2017 • Provision Living at West County • By: Tom Bedwell
Provision Living hopes to help families who have loved ones struggling with dementia or Alzheimer’s in talking about “the move” with a new bi-monthly event series.
The meetings, led by Family Support Mentor Linda DeSmet M.A., will help family members learn techniques and tips in starting a conversation about looking into moving one’s parent or family member from home into an elder care community.
Every family is unique but Provision Living’s experience in the areas of elder care and memory care creates an opportunity for the community’s team members to share insights and expertise that helps families get started, regardless of their particular situation. A key goal of the series is to provide information and strategies so that family members don’t end up waiting until it’s too late to make a well-planned decision.
When a family member witnesses an elder parent or sibling declining in their physical and cognitive abilities, while still living in their home, there is an opportunity to take healthy first steps toward a solution. If this opportunity is missed, families often later find themselves having selected a new home or care provider without the active engagement of their loved one. This scenario can be avoided with the right strategy.
To prevent catching that loved one off guard, Provision Living helps family members identify “teachable moments” as well as how to involve the elder throughout the decision-making process.
When the situation is such that a family has made substantial progress toward choosing an elder care community, there are still opportunities to start a conversation that is more likely to result in a positive outcome. Provision Living’s meetings will also provide information in dealing with emotions and other considerations related to moving to an elder care community.
For more information about the bi-monthly series, contact Linda DeSmet at 314-580-7914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the link below to view a video which features Ryan Muzzey, with Provision Living, sharing some excellent tips on how to be a care partner instead of a caregiver and other ways to help yourself and your loved ones: