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As a company we have been here since 1988 assisting older adults and their families in transitioning to long-term and a special care unit.  After opening Hill Top Home of Comfort, as a community we knew the need for assisted living however, it was a long road from conception to reality.  In September 2017, Legacy Lodge opened its door to provide short and long-term assisted living options for senior living.

We understand that not only making the decision to transition from the home but finding the right place can be a stressful time for seniors and their families.  Legacy Lodge and the staff are here to assist you in your decision regardless of the stage of the process you’re currently in.  It is evident that most seniors would prefer to stay in their home however, this may not be feasible due to many factors; health, weather, ability to maintain the home and distance of loved ones.  Moving to an assisted living community may provide some benefits to the senior and family including an improved quality of life, greater nutritional health, as well as an improved social and emotional well-being.  All of these are factors that Legacy Lodge strives to …….

 

Starting the Journey

  When is it time to transition to assisted living?

Making the choice to transition out of your home into assisted living is difficult for many seniors including their families.  A myriad of emotions may be experienced by both a senior and families when making such a difficult decision.  Whether this decision has been in the works for a long time or is sudden leaving their life long home is not easy.  Regardless of the emotions they are all normal and typical for seniors and their loved ones to experience. 

Moving to an assisted living community can open up many doors for seniors that they may not have realized when making the decision.  Their new community may open up new interests, friends and more independence.  Assisted living provides seniors the opportunity to socialize yet the privacy of their own personal apartments.   

 

Seniors and their families may have many hesitations when considering the transition to assisted living.  They may be concerned about the following:

  • Losing independence

    • At Legacy Lodge, you’ll have your own living space to furnish with your own personal belongings and memories.  You are able to maintain your privacy and security by locking your apartment door.

  • If moving further away from family who will provide assistance

    • Legacy Lodge provides has 24-hour staff onsite to assist seniors through the day and night with the smallest of tasks to medical needs.  Providing staff onsite helps reduce any anxiety seniors and their families may have regarding safety and security.

  • Continuing to be fulfilled through their interests, activities and hobbies

    • At Legacy Lodge, our goal is to assist seniors to continue to lead a fulfilling and meaningful life.  People find that after moving into assisted living they connect with other people who have similar interests and enjoy doing their favorite activities with others as well as learning other hobbies.  Legacy Lodge provides activities throughout the day and week and is continually working toward adding additional programs.

  • Making the move to assisted living means leaving your car behind

    • At Legacy Lodge we realize that moving to assisted living does not necessarily mean handing over the keys to your car.  When building our beautiful building we knew that some of our seniors would still have the capability to drive and would want a safe place to have their car.  We built _______ garages to provide this for seniors who wanted to bring their cars.  The garages are optional and available on a first come basis.

  • They are unable to bring their pet

    • Pets become family that is why at Legacy Lodge we will definitely discuss allowing pets to move in with their owner.  We love pets too and would welcome well-behaved, four-legged friends! 

 

Having the Conversation

  When is the right time?

Deciding it’s time to make the move to assisted living can be a difficult decision.  When do you know it’s the right time?  How do you start the conversation with your loved one about making a transition?  Oftentimes there are signs that your loved one is starting to have difficulty maintaining their independence at home. 

The following are some signs that it may be time to consider a move and begin a conversation:

  • They are neglecting their personal hygiene, which may indicate that they may find bathing and laundry physically challenging.

  • They are falling more frequently and may not be informing you of each time it happens.  You are noticing frequent bruises which may be a sign of falling or mobility and balance problems.

  • They are having a difficult time paying their bills on time.  You are noticing unpaid bills, late charges and may be have financial difficulty due to inability to manage their money.

  • You are noticing signs of poor dietary health, such as weight loss or gain.  They aren’t eating well because shopping and cooking has become difficult.

  • Doctor’s appointments and/or medications are being forgotten.  They may be forgetting the days and times of appointments and unsure if they have taken their medications.

  • Maintaining the upkeep of the home has become a burden and too much for them to handle.

  • At one point they were involved in activities and social but you begin to notice they have become more isolated, alone and perhaps depressed.  This may be due to a number of reasons which may include; decreasing health or an inability to drive.

  • You may begin to notice strange or inappropriate behavior.  For example, finding unusual items placed in the oven or cupboard, your loved one dressed inappropriately for the weather.  This may be a sign that they are experiencing confusion. 

The signs mentioned above are just some of the signs that indicate you may want to begin the conversation with your loved one.  Keeping in mind the decision to transition out of the home is one to keep them safe, happy, healthy and living the best quality of life.

 

  Prepare for the Conversation

Remember your parents or loved one may have lived in their home for decades therefore, may not be eager to move.  A home holds many memories even if has become difficult maintain on their own.  If you are able, it is important to be prepared for the conversation.  Your loved one may have a lot of hesitations and questions this is why it’s important to gather as much information as possible ahead of the conversation.  This will allow you to articulate your thoughts and answer questions that may arise.

 

Many families find it helpful to discuss these issues when everyone is healthy.  Taking time to figure out what is needed to maintain the home independently.  This allows families and loved ones to make decisions with thought and purpose prior to any crisis occurring where decisions must be made quickly.  Many families have found it useful to reach out to oved one’s physician(s), close friends, pastor or priest to assist any discussion around independence.  It is important to consider how they may be feeling whether this discussion is in advance or when a crisis has occurred:

  • Grief over moving from their home and the possibility of losing personal possessions

  • Fear of losing independence and sense of identity

  • Stress of transitioning to assisted living

  • Unsure about their future

  • Depression, anxiety or other mental health issues

It is important to see the situation from your loved one’s point of view.  This will allow you to acknowledge, be respectful and empathetic to their feelings as you go through the process.  

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