When you think of Grandma's house, most of us get a picture of a white house, a rocking chair on the front porch and flowers everywhere.
Our trip last week to BrookStone Assisted Living was a big step for my Mother in Law. It was the first time she had actually considered giving up the house she and my Father in Law have called home for nearly 20 years. She's still undecided about the move... and it's a decision that shouldn't happen quickly. Too many seniors have to make a hurried move when illness gives them no other choice.
For Mom, it's been slow coming. She has enjoyed good health. She still drives. She attends church every Sunday. She takes walks every day. But the last 4 years have tested her strength and for the first time, life has been bumpy. My father-in-law's move to a nursing home last year was hard. Being alone may be the hardest part.
You may be facing this difficult part of life with your parents too. It's hard to approach the subject but it's like the elephant in the room... you can't ignore it forever.
If you haven't visited an assisted living facility, you may just be a little surprised when you do. They are homey, but luxurious. They often have more than one living room, a library, sunrooms, huge family rooms for crafting or soda fountain parties or potlucks.
Giving up your favorite hobbies won't be something you have to do. There are so many activities offered that you may need to pencil in naps to have the energy to do it all!
Going out to eat or a ballgame, trips to a favorite park or Crystal Bridges Museum, even excursions to Branson and a show are on BrookStone's calendar!
You were thinking it was going to be boring, didn't you?
One of the best things about assisted living is that the fun comes to YOU!
No one ever gets too old for an Easter basket!
... or the love of a pet!
It doesn't feel odd visiting, it feels like Grandma's house.
"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile & who love you no matter what."