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Stories – Elbert


As we journey through life, there are “things” that help us along. We all have people, such as friends and family, that supports us, but sometimes it’s the small things that help us get by. For Elbert, life was made easier by the wonderful music that a piano could create, especially when he was the one playing. Needless to say that when Elbert was looking for a new place to live with the help of family, finding a place with a piano became a must.


After a stay at a San Antonio senior living community, Elbert’s daughters learned that Rio Terra had opened and since it was close to where they lived, they thought it would be worth checking out. With no appointment scheduled, Rio Terra’s marketing team made them a top priority. Not only did they get to tour the community, but the associates were very knowledgeable about the stages of Alzheimer’s and how they would care for Elbert one day at a time. With forgetfulness setting in during walks causing neighbors to worry and things as simple as remembering to turn the stove off becoming a bit more challenging, finding a smaller living community with a dedicated memory care area that could provide adequate attention became a priority. Even better was the fact that Rio Terra had a piano.

Elbert’s daughters gained peace of mind not only because they are closer in proximity, but because they feel very confident in the current associates. “Rio Terra has friendly and caring associates that work as a team. Because of all the wonderful care received at Rio Terra, my Dad has found a home and has had no problems adjusting.” Most importantly though, is that Elbert has found peace and happiness, which can be heard through his key strokes on the piano at Rio Terra.


Top 10 Caregiver Questions and Concerns

How will I pay for the care needed for my loved one?

There are many financial options available to help pay for senior care expenses. Veterans Programs like Aide and Attendance and Long Term Care insurance may be considered. Seeing an Elder Care attorney in the early stages is important in making sure the legal and financial pre-planning documents are in place. Many of our communities offer seminars on these options throughout the year to help you understand what choices are available for your loved one. For a better understanding of costs, review our Cost Comparison Worksheet and finance options here.

How will I know when the time is right for my loved one to move into a senior living community?

Many seniors may choose to move into a senior living community once a major change has happened in their life. This could result from a fall; memory issues; or losing a spouse. It may no longer be safe for them to be alone. If you see your loved one struggling with depression, loneliness, or forgetfulness, begin to look at what options are available. Ask for referrals from friends, neighbors, community centers, places of worship, health care settings and the Area Agency on Aging. Plan a visit to a Sagora Senior Living community to have lunch and attend some of the educational events so your loved one can see firsthand what living and enjoying life at one of our communities.

Where do I go for assistance?

Our executive directors, sales, lifestyles and nursing teams are here to help guide you through the process of what it is like living in a community and what questions you should be asking when you visit communities. There are many third party companies such as A Place For Mom who offer unbiased recommendations as well. And for guardian support, a private care manager can help with all of the necessary details.

How will I know which community is the right place for my Mom or Dad?

After your initial tours at a few communities, go back to visit them during lunch or dinner and attend some events. Do they offer a support group? This would put you in touch with other adult children or caregivers whose loved ones currently live at the community. Ask how their loved one has adjusted to the transition. Talk to as many associates and residents as you can. The housekeeping, maintenance, lifestyles and culinary teams all play integral parts to your loved ones’ daily life in a community.

I don't have the time to sort through all the information I have been given on senior living communities and disease progression. What can I do to make this process easier?

If you have several communities near you and need to select a few to start with, discuss your options with a referral service or ask a community sales associate for referrals, and have them help you narrow down your options. Your family doctor will also be able to give advice on retirement options and disease care. Many senior living communities offer monthly support groups for caregivers of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Diabetes, as well as Caregiver Stress Support Groups. Attend some sessions to meet others who are managing the same stress you are feeling and share your stories for support.

How will I know if my loved one is receiving the care he/she needs?

Meet monthly with the care team at the senior living community to discuss how your loved one is doing and evaluate what changes need to be made to his/her care, if any. Pay attention to the mood and overall happiness of your loved one. Every associate at our community will get to know your loved one and will be able to understand their needs and desires. By treating every resident with respect and dignity, your loved one will begin to flourish and you will see firsthand how the care they are given has helped them.

How will I know if my loved one has their needs met while living in a senior living community?

Pay attention to mom or dad’s new schedule at their community. See what activities and wellness programs they are attending and talk to the care associates to find out how they are progressing. Visit as often as you can, and if you live out of town, call the directors often to see how you loved one is making friends and spending their time.

Will my loved ones be safe?

Safety is extremely important to every associate at our communities. Our environment is full of things in place just to ensure resident safety. We have special lighting, non-slip floors; zero thresholds, security devices and walkways that are monitored. We take great pride in offering the best programming and hiring the most dedicated associates to help ensure your loved one will be cared for with the most current models of safety and security that is available.

Will my loved one be happy and enjoy their time?

Sagora Senior Living communities are set up to provide daily social activities designed around the interests of your loved one. We get to know each and every resident who shares their life with us by finding out what they most value in life, and we do our best to bring those activities into our communities, whether that mean setting up a group for them to be a part of or even giving them the free time to be alone, we are here to help create a fun, caring environment for all of our residents.

My loved one has lost much of their independence and this has put a lot of stress on them, which in turn is adding stress on me. What can I do to help them?

Visit a senior living community today to better understand the lifestyle options available for your loved one. Talk to your family doctor and other friends with aging parents to see what they have been through and what decisions they have made. Have your mom visit your top 2 communities and go to lunch, play bingo with some residents, or better yet, have your loved one stay in a Guest Suite at the community for a night. She can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, attend a day’s worth of wellness programs and social activities, and see firsthand what living around people her age with her same passions and similar life experiences is like!

Do you have questions? We have answers.

At Sagora Senior Living our goal is to be accessible to our residents and their families, our future associates, and our customers. To that end, we look forward to hearing from you.
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