The thought of moving into a senior living community can be an overwhelming prospect for our seniors and their adult children.

Families are challenged with the thought of having to downsize and leave a home filled with years of memories. They struggle with the prospect of having to assess their financial resources. They try to cope with their feelings of guilt in having to place their loved one in the care of others.

Our loved ones also wrestle with the thought of moving to a community. They fear the loss of their independence and the loss of control over their daily activities. They are concerned about losing the ability to make health care decisions. They worry about being isolated from family and friends.

Respite stays offer a temporary way to introduce our seniors to assisted living life without forcing a commitment. Whether your loved one is recovering from surgery, is unable to return home after their rehab stay or simply wants to experience assisted living on a trial basis, then considering a respite stay might be your best option.

At the Harriett & Ralph Kaplan Estates, you can experience our community on a trial basis by signing up for a 30-day respite. With a respite stay, your loved one will spend their days in a safe and supportive environment. They will receive assistance from dedicated, professional staff with personal care needs such as bathing, dressing, toileting and medication management. They will enjoy three nutritious meals per day in our dining room, receive housekeeping and laundry services, and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of stimulating activities and fun outings.

Choosing an assisted living community is not an easy undertaking. Experiencing it firsthand may be what is needed to help you make the right choice for you and your family. To schedule your tour of the Harriett & Ralph Kaplan Estates, please contact Andrea Hillel at 978-532-4411.

This blog is courtesy of Andrea Hillel, Marketing Director for the Harriett & Ralph Kaplan Estates in Peabody, Massachusetts.