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Resources For Adult Children & Caregivers

Helping an aging parent or loved one to take the next step in their life can be challenging. This Family Resource Guide is intended to better help you and your family make an informed decision.

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Beginning a family conversation

Discussing long-term care options with family members s an important conversation to have. If a parent or loved one develops a serious illness or medical complication, it can make it tougher to have this conversation, but family support can make it easier. Gather support from siblings or other relatives that are involved and lay all concerns on the table. You may not always agree on everything, but you will have the advantage of hearing different opinions.

Help your loved one understand why you are bringing up such a sensitive topic. Explain to them that you are concerned about their future and want to be prepared as they age. It can be helpful to use a friend’s or relative’s illness – or even something relevant you may have read in the news – to open a dialogue. Always remember that your parents have a right to make their own decisions and should have the final say in the matter. Disagreements may happen, but always consider above everything else the need to find a balance between their independence and their safety.

“Your parents have a right
to make their own decisions…”

Remember to ask about important records and documentation like insurance policies, wills, directives, banking or investment information. This will be invaluable if something unfortunate happens and they become incapacitated. It can also help you evaluate what actions have been taken or still need to be taken. And lastly, a conversation like this is a two-way street. Educate yourself on the different legal or financial options they may not know are available to them. Become their resource. They’ll be glad you are.

Moving or Staying

It is often difficult for an older adult to envision the benefits of living in a senior retirement community. Morningside Ministries has an abundance of services and amenities that allow retired adults to truly enjoy their retirement. If you or a loved one are considering a senior living option, be sure to view the comparison of living at home versus making a home at Morningside Ministries.

Services Living at Home Senior Living at Morningside Ministries
Senior Independence Older seniors depend more on family and friends for assistance with daily activities. Professional & friendly support from Morningside Ministries staff that enables greater independence.
Emergency Assistance Plan for emergency logistics. Can you make a call? Will someone be available to help? 24/7 medical staff, onsite pharmacy and close proximity to hospitals.
Housekeeping Do you, or a loved one, require help or hired assistance for home and yard maintenance? Housekeeping, laundry and landscaping assistance available.
Physical Fitness Do you, or a loved one, have access to safe exercise programs and proper equipment? Senior-tailored group fitness classes daily; onsite rehabilitation and more.
Meals Are your, or a loved one’s, dietary needs met? Healthy restaurant-style dining onsite; dietician-developed menus for assisted living & skilled nursing; private dining available for events.
Transportation Do you, or a loved one, rely on family or friends for transportation? Scheduled transportation services for shopping, medical appointments and recreation outings.
Social Activities Are you, or a loved one, becoming gradually isolated from peers due to lack of transportation? An active community of peers and neighbors. An abundance of educational, social and recreational opportunities.

Independent or Assisted Living?

Morningside Ministries understands that with so many senior housing options available, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Below we explore the differences between independent and assisted living solutions.

Independent Living: Senior retirement communities with Independent Living options – like Chandler Estate, The Meadows, and Menger Springs – cater to adults 55 and over. Seniors choose retirement living when they wish to no longer continue home maintenance, or have a desire to travel and socialize with other seniors who share the same interests. Independent living residents can take advantage of regularly scheduled events and activities at their Morningside Ministries community.

Assisted Living: Senior retirement communities with Assisted Living options -like the Manor-Kaulbach, Cibolo House at Menger Springs, and Chandler Estate Assisted Living – are designed for seniors who are not able to live on their own safely without daily assistance. Residents that need help with medication, meals, and general every day living activities can feel comfortable and safe in our assisted living communities.

Will my parents need additional care?

Choosing between assisted living and independent living communities should be determined by the needs of your loved ones. At Morningside Ministries many of our communities offer both assisted and independent living options to better help residents select care needs as their needs change. Always consider the future. Even if your loved ones are not in need of assistance at this point in their life, their future care needs may change. We invite you to tour our communities and speak with our staff and residents to gain a better understanding and further help you make an informed decision.

What do I still need to do after my parents become residents at Morningside Ministries?

Share your time with them! Morningside Ministries will provide staff that is trained and prepared to provide everything residents need while giving them the freedom to enjoy life the way they want it. Life at Morningside Ministries for your parents or loved one means peace of mind for you, and quality time and enjoyment for them.

Mistakes to avoid during your search

Be realistic. Failing to plan for the future needs of loved ones is a common occurrence. Ideally, you want to choose a community that is prepared to provide good care now and in the future. Rushing to a decision or not addressing an issue early on can result in having to move your loved ones to another community. That can be burdensome, costly, emotionally and physically stressful to the senior – and can make adapting to changes much more difficult.

Be prepared. Don’t be caught off guard. Empower yourself and your loved one by becoming an informed consumer. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to dismiss the importance of getting acquainted with legal or financial resources. Some information that is widely overlooked:

  • Adults over 55 may be eligible for government programs. You might find they’re eligible for benefits that will help pay for prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.
  • Medicare generally does not cover long-term care, and Medicaid pays long-term care expenses only for low-income individuals.

Choose a community based on your loved one’s taste. We strongly encourage families to let seniors be in control of the decision making process as much as possible. A common mistake many make is to choose based on their own preferences and tastes instead of what their loved ones prefer. If they are experiencing memory loss or are generally too frail to make this type of decision, consider their past preferences rather than your own as you compare options.

Planning Your Move to Morningside Ministries

Moving can be physically and emotionally stressful at any age, but being prepared can mitigate the strain. We’ve gathered some tips to better help you prepare for the big move.

  • Give yourself and your loved ones ample time. Your parents have lived a long life and they should have the freedom to go through all their cherished moments and stories that they have come to associate with their possessions. Some things may seem unimportant to you, but they may hold sentimental value for them.
  • Familiarity is comfortable. Try to replicate the environment they are used to as much as possible. Details like furniture arrangement, pictures and artwork that resemble their past living arrangement can help them feel more comfortable as they transition into a new living experience.
  • Sort, don’t pack. This will be the most time-consuming part of the moving process, but focusing on sorting your parents’ belongings can streamline the process. This also further helps you decide what stays, what should be stored and what should go.

Choosing a Morningside campus

Below is a comparison chart to get a better sense of the differences among all of our great senior living communities. We strongly encourage you to schedule a tour and see for yourself the vibrant lifestyle and the quality care offered at Morningside Ministries.

chandlersmall
✔ Independent Living
✔ Assisted Living
✔ Nursing & Rehabilitation
✔ Medication Management
✔ Pet Friendly (Independent Living)
✔ Housekeeping
✔ Fitness Center
✔ Dietary Services
✔ Pharmacy Services
✔ Dakim Brain Fitness
✔ Basic Cable
✔ Chaplain Services
AL ID:
#000314
Healthcare:
#140284 (005124)
manorsmall
✔ Assisted Living
✔ Nursing & Rehabilitation
✔ Medication Management
✔ Housekeeping
✔ Dining Services
✔ Pharmacy Services
✔ Basic Cable
✔ Chaplain Services
AL ID:
#000697
Healthcare:
#140027 (004615)
meadowssmall
✔ Independent Living
✔ Pet Friendly
✔ Housekeeping
✔ Fitness Center
✔ Dining Services
✔ Guest Suites
✔ Pharmacy Services
✔ Dakim Brain Fitness
✔ Basic Cable
✔ Chaplain Services
mengersmall
✔ Independent Living
✔ Assisted Living
✔ Memory Care
✔ Nursing & Rehabilitation
✔ Medication Management
✔ Pet Friendly (Independent Living)
✔ Housekeeping
✔ Fitness Center
✔ Dietary Services
✔ Guest Suites
✔ Pharmacy Services
✔ Dakim Brain Fitness
✔ Basic Cable
✔ Chaplain Services
AL ID:
#101799
Healthcare:
#142645 (103655)