Mom’s doctor suggested Assisted Living
Now it’s up to you to figure out what “Assisted Living” means….
What is Assisted Living?
Assisted Living is simply senior housing that includes some nursing care and other supportive services. People choose Assisted Living when they need help with daily activities like getting dressed, bathing, managing their medications, making meals, doing laundry, or other tasks. Even if you don’t need that kind of help every day, Assisted Living gives people peace of mind. It’s nice to know help is there when you do need it.
“They think it’s a nursing home”
John Kammerer understands why people don’t want to try Assisted Living. “They think it’s a nursing home,” he says. “All your life, you hear how terrible nursing homes are, so there’s a lot of fear.”
“But this is not like that.”
John was in a nearby nursing home for about six weeks getting rehab — in fact, he hated it! “They would wake me up at 6:00am, but breakfast wasn’t until 8:00am, so I sat there for two hours every morning. My schedule was based on what was most convenient for them, not for me.”
John’s son knew his parents needed help. Because he wanted the best for them, he worked hard to find a place that wouldn’t sacrifice their freedom and dignity. He knew he had succeeded when his parents moved in to Victorian Village, a Providence community that offers Assisted Living. He could see that John was happier and healthier. Most noteworthy, his dad started trying new hobbies. You can read more of John’s story here.
A whole new life
For some people Assisted Living opens up all kinds of new opportunities. Juanita North started a whole new life when she moved into Royal Atrium Inn, a Providence community in Zeeland, Michigan. When she was almost 90 years old, her husband of 70 years passed away, and Juanita was on her own. In addition to feeling lonely, she realized that this was the first time in her life when she was not defined by her relationships to other people — wife, mother, sister, daughter. “I had to rediscover myself,” she says. “What was my purpose for living? What are my likes and dislikes? What skills do I have? What activities do I enjoy?”
Assisted Living gave Juanita new opportunities to enjoy life and people. She wrote to tell us about her adventures — fishing, concerts, and claiming both turkey legs at her 90th birthday party! You can read her story in her own words, and maybe she’ll remind you of your own mother!
“You just need help, that’s all”
Furthermore, you can learn from Bernie, an 86-year-old man who has no problem admitting he needs more help than he used to. “As you grow older, you just need help, that’s all,” he says. He chose Saratoga Grove, a Providence community in Downers Grove, Illinois, that offers Assisted Living.
What Assisted Living can mean for you and your mom
Probably your mom needs some help too. That’s why her doctor suggested Assisted Living. She might be frightened, but you can tell her that getting a little assistance can lead to greater independence. At Providence communities, a little “Assisted” can mean a lot more “Living”!
Assisted Living doesn’t have to be invasive. On the contrary, Mom could still live on her own in a private apartment — but maybe a CNA stops in each morning to help her get out of bed and into the bathroom without falling. Wouldn’t that give you both peace of mind?
Or your dad
Maybe it’s your father you’re worried about. He’s generally pretty healthy, but you wonder what kind of meals he makes for himself. And, frankly, you’re worried about his driving. But how could you suggest to this veteran World War II navy pilot that it’s time to give up his car keys?
Well, maybe you don’t have to. Maybe you could start by introducing him to some of the veterans who live in the Providence Assisted Living community nearest you. As they swap stories, relationships start to happen. Those relationships are what make the biggest difference for people. By rekindling your father’s social life, you can help him see the advantages of community living — three prepared meals a day, and friendly people to eat with. Plus, with food, friends, entertainment, housekeeping, church services, and medical help all available on campus, your dad might just come to his own decision to give up the car keys.
Seven Assisted Living locations
Providence Assisted Living communities offer personalized service in the context of friendly community. Our six locations are listed below, and clicking the links below will take you to the website for that particular location. You can view photos and floor plans, or you can make arrangements to visit in person and learn more:
- Illinois – Crete (Village Woods)
- Illinois – Downers Grove (Saratoga Grove)
- Illinois – Elmhurst (Park Place Health & Wellness Center)
- Illinois – Homer Glen (Victorian Village)
- Michigan – Grand Rapids (Emerald Meadows)
- Michigan – Zeeland (Royal Atrium Inn)
If you prefer, simply complete the form below, and we’ll send you some information. Even if you don’t need it right now, you can keep it in a file for whenever you and your mom or dad are ready.
As a member of LeadingAge and the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), Providence is part of the movement to promote excellence in senior living. We advocate for accessibility, independence, dignity, and choice for seniors. Providence Assisted Living communities offer the services people need to stay safe and healthy, in an atmosphere that promotes as much independence as possible.