Having the conversation with your parents about moving into a retirement community calls for understanding, patience, and respect. If possible, begin the dialogue when things are going well, before a health crisis occurs. Gathering information from websites and brochures is helpful, but visiting a senior living community gives you the opportunity to experience the environment, meet the people, and decide if it feels right.
Your parents might consider a move from their home as a loss of freedom. Suggest they look at it another way. Moving into a maintenance-free, supportive environment might actually offer them more independence to live life as they choose.
At The Glen Senior Living Community, we are here to help adult children and their families with answers and information. Please call us if you need assistance or would like to learn more about lifestyle options at our community such as, independent living, assisted living, and memory care.
Retirement Community FAQs
Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
The best time to move to any retirement community is when residents are still active and in good health. The Glen is the perfect choice for anyone who desires to continue the lifestyle they’ve come to love in the Lake Oconee area and enjoy the reassurance of on-site care if needed. This exceptional lifestyle will offer your loved ones the time and opportunities to discover new talents and make new friends.
AARP suggests an adult child ask his or her parents questions that might help start the conversation. You would not ask all these questions in one sitting, but use them as a guide for topics of conversation when the time is right.
A few examples: Is your home still appropriate for your needs? Are there stairs or security issues? Do you need help with household chores? Can you cook your favorite meals? Hear the doorbell ring? Do you feel comfortable driving? Would it be a great relief to have transportation available right at your door? Are your prescriptions current and are you taking your medications correctly? Have you seen the doctor lately? Do you get lonely, especially at mealtimes?
With no entrance fee required, your parents don’t have to tie up their savings or investments, and they can remain in control of their financial future. At The Glen, for one reasonable monthly fee, they can enjoy a remarkable lifestyle with advantages no other retirement address in the Lake Oconee area can offer.
Absolutely. Your parents are invited to make themselves at home by furnishing or decorating their residence as they choose. Residents at The Glen have their choice of apartment floor plans in Independent Living and Assisted Living, plus comfortable suites for Memory Care.
Pets are most welcome at The Glen! There are a few weight and size restrictions, so just give us a call and we can give you the details.
Some of the amenities include a full-service salon, media center with big-screen TV, restaurant-style dining and bistro, cocktail lounge, outdoor patio, massage area, elevated flowerbeds, exercise rooms and more! Services include scheduled transportation, weekly housekeeping, repair services—everything they could need for maintenance-free living.
As the name suggests, Assisted Living offers individuals assistance with the activities of daily living, dressing, bathing, dining, medication management—while still providing every opportunity for maintaining the highest possible level of independence. And at The Glen, this is all delivered in an atmosphere of sophistication and hospitality. Services are tailored to match individual needs for maximum convenience and comfort.
Most policies do help cover the costs of Assisted Living or Memory Care, but you will need to know your specific coverage to be sure. We can help—just bring a copy of your policy with you when you visit The Glen. Long-term care insurance is not required to be a resident of The Glen.
Memory care provides a specialized environment for residents coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s, or other dementia-related disorders. Therapeutic activities and programs help maximize existing cognitive abilities, diminish anxiety, lessen confusion, and increase peace of mind.
A few factors to watch for: a senior who suddenly stops doing a longtime hobby, or withdraws. Sudden weight loss. Change in grooming habits. A house in disorder. An inability to follow conversations. If you suspect memory loss is disrupting your loved one’s daily routine, it could be time to seek medical advice.
A quality memory care program provides countless benefits such as safety, nutrition, and professional support. Activities and programs provide mental stimulation and interaction. Therapeutic tools such as music and art can awaken the senses and provide moments of personal success.
If either of your parents is a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, he or she may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits available to all U.S. military Veterans. These include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocation, rehabilitation and employment, and burial. At The Glen, Veterans benefits may assist with the costs associated with Assisted Living and Memory Care. Call us and let us help you get answers..
Financial Assistance For Veterans
A wide variety of benefits are available to all U.S. military Veterans and their spouses. These include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, insurance, vocation, rehabilitation and employment, and burial. At The Glen, Veterans benefits may assist with the costs associated with Assisted Living and Memory Care. Let us help you get the answers or go to www.benefits.va.gov.