A Caregiver's Story: What Should I Know about Assisted Living for My Dad in San Antonio, TX?
For the most part, I didn’t know the first thing about assisted living, and I didn’t think it was important to my life, so I didn’t look into it. However, when my father was struggling with his health and his care at home, the doctor recommended a couple of things that would help him. One of these things was to move him to an assisted living facility.
Of course, the doctor also told me that it wasn’t my decision to make, that my father is still very sound mentally and can make his own decisions about the care that he wishes to receive. I had to find out all of the resources that were available to him and sit down and talk to him. The first question that I had, then, was what information would I need in order to provide him with the best information possible? In other words, I didn’t know what I should know about assisted living.
It’s not easy to try and make a decision about something when you don’t even know what you should know. That’s when I turned to some important resources, such as the Internet and assisted living communities in the area.
First, I knew already that you can’t always rely on everything that you read on the Internet. Some of the information that exists is not accurate or it’s designed for a different purpose. The best resource, then, was for me to find out some information, or gather ideas, and then confirm them with professionals within the area.
That’s what I did. One of the first things that I learned was that, contrary to my belief, assisted living was not about places where old people go to wait out the end of their days, staring at a TV or just sitting alone in their room. It’s a community where people of advanced years can live life to the fullest without having to be concerned with some of the maintenance issues of their home that they did in the past.
It’s also about having the best, most experienced professionals there to assist with whatever is required. They serve meals, offer plenty of activities, and even transportation to doctors’ appointments and shopping. I shared this information with my father and he was interested, so we’re going to visit an assisted living facility tomorrow. This could be the start of something great.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living in San Antonio, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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