It's true, here at WSG, we work with a lot of folks that are transitioning into a new phase of life and are getting ready to go to into assisted living. I have always felt like we helped these folks with a lot of compassion, trying to imagine, what if it was our family member, that was selling their home and moving into a new place where they knew they needed to be.
It was never easy watching the individuals or the families deal with this delicate issue. However, we found a passion in helping these folks. Again, what if it were our family?
And then it happened. A couple of weeks ago, mine and my husband's last living grandmother made the call to consider an assisted living facility. She decided to place herself and make a difficult decision an easy one for the family.
Right away I knew the burden she was lifting off of the family to make the decision to go into assisted living. Being from Oldham County, there was only one choice that was going to be for her, The Oaks.
So not being one to sit around, she made a call one day and signed papers the next. Two days later, we moved her into her new apartment. I remember leaving her that afternoon after we took her to Wal-Mart and thinking she's gonna be ok, she's gonna be ok. Although she seemed a bit sad as we left.
Fast forward 2 weeks (yesterday) and we are visiting her and we notice she has a new stash of snacks. "Well that's because I win at bingo", she declares. "I win all the time," she states. And yes she's 91 and still has all her mind. After asking her questions, we learned she has visitors every day now, she knows all of the residents' names, kids, etc. She loves church again because they bring it her and she swears the food is not too shabby either. Plus she walks the halls giving out her crossword and puzzle books to those that might be lonely and today she's going to paint a pumpkin for Halloween.
All in all, we've watched someone we love dearly go from a confined life to finding a new groove because she was braver than all of us could ever be.
Later this week, I meet with 2 more families who are transitioning their family members into a new life and thanks to God for giving us Nanny's experience, we can tell them about the amazing new life they will be able to carve out for themselves and have an even better sense of what these families are experiencing.