The last few weeks, Nancy and I have gone through a difficult period, particularly for Nancy and her mom. If any of you have aging parents, you will appreciate our situation. Nancy’s mom is approaching 88 years young and it is time to makes some changes to prepare for her future needs.
We are in the process of helping her move to a Senior Living Community. Her new home will be in a beautiful two bedroom, two bath apartment in the independent living section of
The Lakes at Litchfield.
Mom's apartment, outlined in red, faces the lake.
Courtyard in the middle of the apartments
Kitchen - Pantry - Laundry Room
This community is designed to meet the needs of seniors during the latter stages of their life. The complex has both homes and apartments for independent living, an assisted living complex, an Alzheimer’s care complex and a skilled nursing care facility. They are fully prepared to meet all the needs of the residents that may occur as they age. It is very comforting to us that the facility has been rated one of the top Senior Living Communities. Their slogan says it all… ”Live Long, Live Well, Live.”
While it is a beautiful community, that does not make it any easier. Nancy’s mom is in relatively good shape and is struggling with the decision to move. The older we get the harder it is to change. She really loves her home and the view of a small lake out back. However, it is on a large lot and is 1800 square feet…too much house and yard for her to manage.
Front of current home
Back of Current Home
She was able to get an apartment with a beautiful view of a small lake. We are hoping that will help with the transition.
View from Sun Room
However, change is difficult!! There have been a lot of tears, some resentment and denial, but it is time to make the change.
To Nancy’s credit, she has the ability to be compassionate and stern at the same time. She has spent numerous exhausting days helping her mom pack and try to downsize. Moving from a house to an apartment requires a significant amount of downsizing and understandably, Nancy’s mom doesn’t want to part with a lot of things.
This coming Friday, July 23rd, we will actually move her into her new apartment. All the preliminary work is completed. The necessary paperwork, telephone, insurance, etc. has been done. So with a few more days of packing, we will be ready to make the move and help mom get adjusted.
Nancy and I feel confident that her mom will come to love her new home. She will be in a healthy and safe environment. She will be able to meet people with common issues and not become socially isolated as was happening in her current home. She will live in a gated and secure community which provides the following: a variety of on-site health care options should she need them with 24-hour on-site staff, all exterior and interior maintenance, weekly housekeeping, country club style dining, social activities, a wellness (fitness) center with full-time trainer, swimming pool with exercise classes, and transportation to any place she needs to go. Right now she is still driving, but once she gets adjusted, we hope she will be able to leave the driving to them.