Tara somehow managed to convince her mother to consider assisted living. It was a conversation that took several months and a few heated arguments. Tara had been taking care of her mother for quite some time and it took a significant toll on her life. Her career was affected, or relationships suffered, and her health declined.
When they began looking around for an assisted living facility, Tara felt a great deal of relief. She figured this would be the perfect solution and she could visit her mother whenever she wanted, whenever her schedule permitted. After all, as a result of months after months after months of taking time off from work, leaving early, getting in late, and unfortunately missing a couple of important deadlines, she had a lot to make up for.
She planned to stay late numerous times.
This meant she might not be able to stop by and visit her mother until well into the evening hours.
The facility her mother chose seemed perfect.
They went on a tour, had an opportunity to visit with some of the residents, saw the entertainment room, the dining facility, and had a brief overview of the various activities that take place, on average, most weeks. Her mother seemed to be excited.
She moved in and it was uneventful. Tara visited her a few times during the first week, twice on the weekend and once on her lunch break, which she had arranged ahead of time with her boss so it wasn’t an issue.
Her mother seemed to be adjusting well.
That was a great relief, but then Tara stopped by one evening after 9 o’clock for a visit, to ‘check in’ with her mother. She wanted to see how things were going later in the evening. Though she hadn’t expected to run that late, she knew her mother was what some of her friends would consider a ‘night owl,’ so she would be awake.
Tara was surprised she had to check in. She had to stop in the lobby, check in with staff, and wait for her mother to be notified. She seemed a little agitated that she couldn’t just stroll up, knock on her mother’s door, or even let herself in.
Assisted living facilities put safety as their top priority and some will have various protocols in place to ensure that, along with comfort, for all of their residents. It’s actually a good thing to require a check-in when visiting an aging parent, friend, or other person who is now calling assisted living home. Having security measures in place is just one of the many benefits of assisted living for an aging parent. Moving to assisted living eliminates the concern about potential intruders at night at your parent’s home, and ensures a good night’s sleep for both you and your parent.
For more information about assisted living in Shavano Park, TX, contact Pipestone Place Assisted Living or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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