"The only control you have is over the changes you choose to make."

The quote by Nancy Kriseman is a simple reminder to make decisions on your own terms. Being proactive in handling a difficult situation, such as moving a loved one into a facility, often yields the best solutions. Why? A proactive vs. reactive decision means you’ll have the ability to review your options, rather than having to make a rushed decision at an inopportune time.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seemed like every time I went away on vacation my father had a significant medical event. Learning from my own mistakes, I chose to be proactive by making inevitable decision ahead of schedule. When all was calm and he was comfortably residing in Bayberry at Emerald Court, I had taken time to visit local skilled-care facilities to negotiate pricing and determine who could provide the best care for his needs. Understanding my options and developing a relationship with the chosen facility ahead of time was invaluable when my father fell 3 times in a row prompting a immediate transition from assisted living to skilled care.

If you feel overwhelmed by making decisions for a loved one and all the what-if’s involved, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it’s enlisting family or an elder care advocate, find support that empowers you to take control and move forward.

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Transition Triggers by Powwow, LLC

Transition Triggers eBook

Whether you’re concerned about driving or dementia, this workbook will help convey the timing and solutions your loved one is comfortable implementing. Completely change the conversation on elder care so aging parents feel empowered to age gracefully rather than stripped of independence.