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Starting the Conversation about Senior Living Communities
Approaching the topic about downsizing a home and moving to a senior living community doesn’t have to be a stressful situation. Get guidance from experts: Meadow Lakes and Springpoint, our parent organization. Springpoint is the Mid-Atlantic’s largest nonprofit provider of senior living and care services. Our first obligation is to give good counsel and offer options so that you and your parents can make well-informed decisions together, no matter what you decide.
Before talking to your parents, it’s also important to gather your thoughts and put ideas down on paper or create a list of topics to help you stay focused. Additionally, be prepared to hear the common objections about moving to a senior living community and come with appropriate answers. These objections usually include:
“We’re just not ready yet.”
Too often, people don’t realize the benefit of senior living until a health crisis strikes. By that time, they have fewer available options and the choices they do have are more expensive. Looking at senior living while they’re healthy, can participate in the decision-making process and can take full advantage of community life is the ideal time. Our residents will usually tell you, “I wish I’d come here five years ago.”
“We can’t afford it.”
Meadow Lakes offer residences for a wide range of budgets and tastes – as well as a diverse number of financial options. It sometimes seems like staying in their house is the most affordable choice, until you compare their actual monthly costs with everything included at a senior living community. Not only do you they have access to a multitude of services and amenities, but perhaps the most important aspect of value is the security you have when there is a plan in place for future healthcare needs. Our residents have found that you can get a lot more service, pleasure and security without paying a lot more. That may surprise your parents.
“We’re afraid of spending down our assets.”
There is no riskier way to deal with your assets than to wait too long, find yourself in a health crisis and be forced to spend down your life savings to provide the care you need. Our communities offer financial stability in allowing your parents to plan for their future. Plus, our communities offer a refundable entrance fee program. We are happy to provide any details to their financial and estate advisors, so that they can make plans with confidence.
“We just can’t face selling the house and moving.”
We understand – moving can be a pain. However, with our Move Ahead Program, making the decision to move to Meadow Lakes is easier than you may think. Your Move-In Coordinator will assist in downsizing, designing the floor plan in your new home, finding the right realtor and movers, staging their home for a successful sale and more. When it’s time to move, we make sure it will be done seamlessly.
“I don’t want to live in one of ‘those places.’”
One visit will help dispel any false impressions based on clichéd notions of what a senior living community is like. Meadow Lakes is a lively place, where people really enjoy life more. Science has proven that people actually grow stronger and prevent decline when they live in a community that nurtures wellness and social engagement. Community life can be the gateway to longer, healthier, happier lives.
“We don’t want to be a burden to our children.”
Families have peace of mind knowing that parents are cared for. Our community has a complete healthcare infrastructure ready for virtually any emergency, so they can relax and enjoy life. Both neighbors and staff love them and look out for them every day.
Reach Out to Us with Questions
No matter what kind of options your parents may be considering – independent living, personal care or skilled nursing – bring any questions you have to us. You’ll find resources right here on this website, or contact us directly. At Meadow Lakes in East Windsor, NJ, we’re here to help.