The holidays are quickly approaching, and that means families and friends are gathering to celebrate the festivities and create more memories. But what about your loved ones who aren’t able to travel and are in assisted living? Don’t worry … if they’re staying at Somerby Lake Nona, they’re in some of the greatest care. Off of Narcoossee Road, area residents will discover Somerby Lake Nona, a licensed assisted living facility for those family members who require a little extra help as they age.
“Most folks think that holiday season in senior living is pretty quiet,” Robert “Bob” Harwood, director of sales and marketing at Somerby Lake Nona, stated. “Of course, we have the usual staff and resident parties, family nights, and those amazing holiday dinners. There is nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. The entire community has the aroma of turkey, making us remember those great holidays of years past. No Christmas would be complete without a visit from Santa, our residents enjoying a cup of eggnog and a picture with St. Nick. It is all amazingly heartwarming and reminds us of how blessed we are.”
It can be difficult to think about, but as we age, simple tasks we do regularly may become nearly impossible to do on our own. The holidays are meant to show how much you love and care about others, and although that might not be the ideal time for moving and transitioning into a new lifestyle, it might be best.
“No one is thinking that this would be a great time to move to senior living, but outside our community, it is a different story for our future residents and their families. For many of them, they haven’t seen their parent or parents in a few months or all year. They arrive to pick up Mom or Dad and discover a very different picture than they expected,” Harwood detailed. “The house doesn’t look the same. It may be a bit dirtier or cluttered than they remember. They discover a few half-eaten frozen dinners on the kitchen counter, and mail is piling up. The house is pretty cool. When they ask Mom why she doesn’t have the heat on, she replies she is afraid of getting a huge electric bill. The car has a few new dents and dings that were not there on the last visit. Things just don’t seem right, but when their parent is questioned, they say everything is fine and not to worry. Does Mom look a bit thinner? Has she been eating properly? Is she hydrating? A quick check of the pill organizer tells you that your parent has not been taking medications properly. There is mail with unpaid bills from a few months ago. The list goes on.”
The challenge in accepting that your loved one needs additional help can be a tough pill to swallow, but it’s not one you need to do alone. That’s where Somerby Lake Nona steps in.
So, if you discover this holiday season that your loved one may need assisted living care, check out Somerby Lake Nona. Somerby offers living and care options for assisted living, memory care and respite care, and offers a wide range of amenities to its residents, including:
· 24-hour licensed staff and personal assistance
· Medication management
· Personalized memory care
· Wellness programs
· On site full-service salon and spa
· Fresh meals prepared by a chef
· And more!
The facility offers many options for assisted living floor plans, varying between studio suites and apartments. Apartments start at $3,995, which is all-inclusive “with care and medication assistance, local cable, housekeeping, and laundry included,” according to their website.
Whether you’re considering an assisted living option for your mother, father, grandma or grandpa, highly consider Somerby Senior Living in Lake Nona to be your loved one’s new home. Family can visit as often as they’d like and are highly encouraged to visit. There are even reasonably priced guest-suite accommodations available in all Somerby communities!
“People often think the holiday season is a slow time for folks transitioning to senior living, but it is one of our busiest times of the year. It’s the time of year that many of our future residents’ children discover Mom or Dad is no longer safe at home,” explained Harwood. “Most people think the transition to senior living is a crisis-based move. Mom or Dad fell, and they just are not safe at home anymore. Many times, that is exactly what happens, but just as many times, it is not. It is the proactive children that are keeping an eye out for changes in their parents, so they can help them move to a safer environment before the unthinkable happens.”
Spend the holidays doing what’s right and best for your loved ones. Formerly known as Watercrest, Somerby is located at 9682 Lake Nona Village Place, Orlando, FL 32827. For more information, visit somerbyspark.com or call 1-800-892-3753 to schedule a tour or trial stay to experience Somerby Lake Nona for yourself.