I’m not sure how it happened, but suddenly we are experiencing winter! The seasons changed quickly and the holidays are upon us. As a child, one of the best parts of Christmas is, of course, the gifts! The anticipation of what is inside those beautifully wrapped packages under the tree brings such excitement and joy. However, with maturity comes the realization that the best gifts you can receive are not found under the tree. As an adult child, one of the greatest gifts I received from my parents was that they made a plan for their retirement years and needs. They reviewed their options, health and resources and then looked to the future for what might come ahead for them. They made choices with their plan to prepare for the next stages.
I know, from a daughter’s perspective, that worry about a parent can be all-consuming, especially as they age and change. Health crises, physical ailments, dementia and even the death of a spouse – all of these can occur without warning. Without a plan, the family must do their best to make the right decisions – hoping that their choices will honor and respect the wishes of the parent. One of the hardest things for an adult son or daughter is to look at their aging parents and guess about their preferred care, lifestyle and medical plans. Here at K-B, we plan for the future of our residents by offering a full continuum of care levels, services and living options. We hope you will consider K-B while contemplating future health care needs and we urge you to give your children the greatest gift possible in planning ahead – the gift of peace of mind.
By Joan Metz, King-Bruwaert Director of Admissions