Are you or your loved one ready for the next chapter of life? The transition between home and a traditional nursing facility can seem difficult. This change is typically not one that is looked forward to, but Four Winds wants to change this process. Below are a few things to consider when making this transition.
Plan early – It is never too early to start talking about the future. Assisted Living and Nursing Home needs often arise quickly. You want to be comfortable with your decision, knowing that this new home may be long-term. What are you looking for in a facility? Do you want a facility that is resident-centered? Will therapy be needed? If so, how does the therapy team compare to others? How active and involved will the resident be within this new community?
Tour facilities that meet your criteria – Once you have the conversation started, the only way to move forward is to visit prospective homes. Is the facility clean and odor-free? Is the staff knowledgeable and friendly? What is the resident to caregiver ratio? How is the food? Is the home willing and able to accommodate your dietary needs? Is the facility safe? What sort of activities are available to enrich residents’ lives?
Seek support – This can be a difficult time for families. A decline in independence is often seen negatively, and can cause tremendous stress on you. Seek a support group. If you do not know of any, ask the social work team at Four Winds for support and additional resources.
Bring the Family – Nothing energizes a facility more than constant contact with the outside world. Four Winds has a multitude of activities for our residents to enjoy, but we love to see families gathering. Intergenerational activities are an important part of seniors’ lives, and they enrich us all. We have monthly family and friend nights, but most families come in frequently to see how their loved one is doing, have lunch, or just come to visit. Was it common to get together to watch the big game on Sundays? We love to see traditions continue, and new ones begin!
Skilled Nursing & Rehab
303 S. Jefferson St. Verona, WI 53593, (608) 845-6465
309 Schweitzer Dr. Verona, WI 53593, (608) 845-6154