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Stories – Gladys


In today’s culture, independence is a huge driver. The real taste of independence comes when we are able to provide for ourselves with a job, which often puts us on the path of achieving an “American Dream” concept…buying a house, but more importantly, making a home. For those who are looking at senior living options, leaving a house that has been made into a home can be daunting, but Gladys is here to tell you that can be done, and the outcome is comforting.


Gladys’s husband, who was unable to drive, was relying on Gladys, who has onset dementia, to get both of them where they needed to go. The maintenance of their house was getting to be a hassle and their niece and nephew urged them to consider a different living option; and that’s where Rio Terra came in. Proud of being their first option, Rio Terra showed why living at the community has the “home” feeling that people so dearly miss when they move out of a house. Gladys and her husband received peace of mind by knowing that their beloved dog would not have to leave them as Rio Terra is proudly pet friendly. For the niece and nephew, they gained peace of mind by knowing that their aunt and uncle were no longer in an unhealthy situation and would be cared for be by associates they were very confident in and stated, “There is always something fun planned, and the associates make everyone feel like family. We have no doubt that my aunt and uncle are at the finest community receiving the absolute best care available anywhere!”


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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