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Posted: Monday, December 15, 2014

The greatest gift you can give your family!

blog-gift2jpgYou search long and hard to find just the right holiday gifts for your loved ones. Perhaps you find a special sweater that’s just perfect for your son. You pick out a fine Dutch oven that’s perfect for your daughter-in-law’s kitchen. And you can’t help it—you come home from the toy store with bags full of presents for your grandkids.

The best gift you could give your family, though, isn’t found in a store. It’s peace of mind.

It’s the peace of mind that comes when your family knows you are safe, surrounded by friends, caring people and every service and amenity to make your lives full, rich and comfortable. It’s a place where there are abundant opportunities to pursue physical health, intellectual development, cultural fulfillment and spiritual enrichment, a place that nourishes you in every way. A place where you and your family have the security of knowing that support is available as you grow older and your needs change.

If you’ve decided that you want to live in a community where you can spend the rest of your life, you’ll need to do some research to find the one that’s right for you. You’ll want to check out the communities in the area you prefer and focus on a few to explore thoroughly. Learn as much as you can from online sources that will give you an idea of the quality of the community. Look up reviews and Medicare rankings. Ask for recommendations from people you trust.

Visit and spend some time at each community you’re considering. Tour the buildings and grounds. Have lunch in the dining room. See what’s going on in lounges, classrooms and fitness facilities. Ask about activities you particularly enjoy. Do you love to swim? Check out the pool. Find out about the community’s financial stability and contractual arrangements you’ll need to make.

The physical facilities in a community are important, of course, but what’s even more important is the culture. Talk to residents. Many will be happy to tell you what they like about the community and how it feels to live here. Ask questions. Take your time and visit more than once at different times of day.

Your choice of a community should be more than just a place that meets your needs. It should be your sanctuary—the place where you can live with independence and dignity, and be yourself.

When you find that place, you’ll know what peace of mind feels like. It’s a gift you’re not just giving your family. You’re giving it to yourself.



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