Talking with your parents about moving to a Life Plan Community.
When you’re helping your parents deal with the challenges of retirement, get guidance from experts: Meadow Lakes, and Springpoint, our parent organization and the Mid-Atlantic’s leading nonprofit provider of senior living and care services.
Families turn to us for sound advice on healthcare, wellness, and financial issues because we care about giving good counsel. We’ll suggest options to help you and your parents make well-informed decisions together, no matter what you decide. There’s a wealth of resources on our website, but please feel free to contact us with your questions on any senior care issue.
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Approaching the topic about downsizing a home and moving to a senior living community doesn’t have to be stressful. Before talking to your parents, prepare yourself by gathering your thoughts, putting ideas down on paper, and creating a list of topics to help you stay focused.
Let’s look at some very natural objections many seniors have to the idea of moving to a Life Plan Community like Meadow Lakes.
“We’re not ready.”
Unfortunately, many people wait until it’s too late, and only decide they’re ready to move to senior living when a health crisis strikes. By then, they have fewer options—and the choices they do have are more expensive. The time to start looking at senior living is when your loved ones are healthy, can participate in the decision-making process, and can take full advantage of community life. Our residents will usually tell you, “I wish I’d come here five years ago.” Are your parents ready for fewer household chores and more free time for the things they love? For wonderful dining, new friends, and stimulating fun? The best way to find out is to visit our community to see for themselves. Schedule a personal tour today.
“We can’t afford it.”
Your parents may believe staying in their house is the most affordable choice—until you compare their actual monthly costs with everything included at a senior living community. Our residents find they can get a lot more service, pleasure, and security without paying a lot more. This may surprise your parents.
You parents will also find that we offer residences for a wide range of budgets and tastes—as well as a diverse number of financial options. They should also factor in the peace of mind senior living provides when it comes to their future health care needs. They’ll save with a cost-efficient plan for care, and the convenience of a full-service continuum when they need it. With our plan, they won’t have to take a chance on costly pay-as-you-go health care. Contact us to get the details—it costs nothing to find out more.
“We’re afraid of spending down our assets.”
This is a common concern and is why our communities offer a refundable entrance fee program so a portion of your parents’ entrance fee is returned to their estate. By moving to a Springpoint community, your parents avoid the devastating financial impact of a health crisis where they’re forced to spend down their life savings for the care they need. We’re happy to provide details to their financial and estate advisors so they can make plans with confidence. Contact us for details.
“We just can’t face selling the house and moving.”
The process may seem overwhelming, but we can make it easier for your parents with our Move Ahead Program. It includes assistance with downsizing—even helping to donate or sell items and ship heirlooms to family. Our planners can visit their home and help them fit their treasures into a new floor plan that shows their antiques and favorite furniture in a beautiful new light.
Move Ahead helps them find the right real estate agent and stage their home for a successful sale. When it’s time to move, we work with trusted moving partners to pack, ship and unpack everything—seamlessly.
“We don’t want to live in one of ‘those places.’”
One visit to a Springpoint community will dispel any outdated ideas your parents have about senior living. Our communities are bright, welcoming, and lively, where they can enjoy an engaging lifestyle rich in easy living and carefree comfort. They’ll engage in activities and meet people from all walks of life—teachers, business leaders, engineers, artists, musicians, and veterans—with wonderful friendships to share.
Science has proven that people continue to thrive and grow when they live in a place that nurtures wellness and social engagement. Choosing community life can be the gateway to longer, healthier, happier lives. We’d love to host your parents at our community so they can see the benefits for themselves.
“We want to stay in control.”
No parent wants to be a burden to their child, and no child wants to make difficult health decisions for a parent. When your parents choose a community like ours, they gain access to a complete healthcare infrastructure that responds immediately with the right care when you can’t be there. They can relax and enjoy their life, with friends—both neighbors and staff—looking out for them every day. When they have a plan in place, you can have peace of mind, knowing your parents are safe and cared for.