“Why would I want to move to a senior living community now?”
Research with older adults tells us that people who live in a community of friends live happier, healthier lives. Socialization, exercise, good nutrition and having the peace of mind that comes from knowing they have a secure plan for the future all contribute to overall wellness, which can improve anybody’s quality of life. People who live at a senior living community, like a Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America campus, benefit from all this, plus they have eliminated the burden of home maintenance while having more freedom and encouragement to pursue whatever makes them happy.
Do I have to be Presbyterian to become a resident in a PMMA community?
No. PMMA provides quality senior living for people of many creeds, including Presbyterian, United Methodist, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Episcopal and non-Christian faiths. Ministers and lay-people from many denominations and faiths lead services in our interfaith chapels.
How do I start downsizing?
If you think about it, you most likely spend the majority of your time in only a few rooms of your house. So downsizing probably won’t present any really big changes in the way you currently live, other than giving you access to our entire community of people, common areas, services and amenities you don’t currently have. A good way to start downsizing is to choose the new residence you would move into so you can start imagining — and measuring — how you’ll arrange the furniture you actually use now. As you might imagine, we’ve helped many people work through this issue, and we’ll be more than happy to personally work with you, too.
How do I talk to my loved ones about my concerns for their health?
We understand the idea of broaching this subject can create anxiety. If you’re concerned about their health and safety, then starting the conversation is an important thing to do. Often, we find that their primary care doctor is an excellent resource for opening the subject. After all, they have a history of discussing private health matters with each other. Regardless of how you get started, keep one idea in the forefront of your mind — important family discussions should be grounded in dignity, respect for each other and keeping an open mind. After all, the goal is for everyone to lead happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.
What’s the difference between assisted living and health care?
As you begin to learn more about various issues that impact long-term care, you’ll start hearing the phrase “activities of daily living.” This list can vary depending on the source you’re referencing, but generally these are the basic tasks we all need to be able to handle in order to live independent lives. Tasks such as dressing, bathing and eating; more broadly, they might include being able to manage medications, prepare meals, and maintain a clear awareness and understanding of the world around us.
Anyone who consistently needs a little help with some of these activities may benefit from the care level provided in an assisted living setting.
Skilled nursing care, on the other hand, refers to a higher level of daily nursing and rehabilitative care that must be provided by trained medical professionals, including nurses, doctors and physical therapists.