Maybe It’s Time to Talk.
Having a 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 community is when you truly have 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 freedom to live life as they choose.
At St. Anthony’s Gardens, we are here to help adult children and families with answers and information. Please call us if you need assistance or would like to learn more about lifestyle options at our community.
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. St. Anthony’s Gardens is the perfect choice for anyone who desires to remain connected to the Northshore in Covington, Louisiana, and stay engaged in familiar activities. Best of all, it’s conveniently located next door to the new Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church and close to local hospitals and other medical services. The 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 moment 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 St. Anthony’s Gardens, for one reasonable monthly fee, they can enjoy a remarkable lifestyle with advantages no other retirement address in the Northshore area can offer.
Absolutely. Your parents are invited to make themselves at home by furnishing or decorating their residence as they choose. Residents at St. Anthony’s Gardens have their choice of apartment floor plans in Independent Living and Assisted Living, plus comfortable suites for Memory Care.
Pets are most welcome at St. Anthony’s! 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, theater with big-screen TV, auditorium and chapel, restaurant-style dining and lounge, resident gardens, library, wellness clinic, multiple 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. When researching a community, be sure to visit and observe. Are residents smiling and comfortable? Is there positive social interaction? Can each resident select his or her meals from a menu? Are registered nurses on-site 24 hours a day? Talk with staff, as well as with other family members you meet, and get their input as well.
Most policies do help cover the costs of Assisted Living or Memory Care, but you will need to review your specific coverage to be sure. We can help—just bring a copy of your policy with you when you visit St. Anthony’s Gardens.
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 your parents are a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, they 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. For complete details, go to www.benefits.va.gov.
Glossary of Terms
Scan for Definitions to Common Terms.
- Activities of Daily Living
- Assisted Living
- Continuing Care
- Long-term Care Insurance
- Memory Care
- Veterans Benefits
Activities of Daily Living
The tasks people perform each day, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, dining, and medication management.
Assisted Living offers individuals assistance with the activities of daily living—dressing, bathing, dining, and medication management. Services such as transportation, dining, housekeeping, and more usually are included.
Continuing Care/Continuum of Care
A variety of options for accommodating changing needs. A continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offers residents the advantages of being able to “age in place”, moving into another area of the community when needs dictate.
Dementia can be a variety of diagnoses, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s. This disease begins slowly, but over time, symptoms worsen. While occasional memory problems are common for individuals over age 65, people with dementia cannot retrieve information and, in most cases, lose the ability to remember.
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term care insurance is a type of insurance developed specifically to cover the cost of skilled nursing, assisted living, home health care, and other long-term care services. These services are usually not covered by traditional health insurance or Medicare.
Memory Care provides a specialized atmosphere for residents coping with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related disorders. Therapeutic activities and programs help maximize cognitive development, diminish anxiety, lessen confusion and increase peace of mind.
If you are a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, you 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. For complete details, go to www.benefits.va.gov.
As a Veteran or the widow of a Veteran, St. Anthony’s residents may be eligible for Veterans benefits that can assist with the costs associated with Assisted Living and Memory Care. Let us help you get the answers.
Long-term care insurance is not required to be a resident of St. Anthony’s Gardens. However, if you do have a long-term insurance policy, it might cover some of the costs of Assisted Living and Memory Care. Check with your insurance advisor for details or feel free to bring your policy with you when you visit and we can help you.