Fact vs Myth: My family can take care of me if my health changes

Myth: “I don’t want to leave my family – and they can take care of me if my health changes.”

Fact: Some of our residents say the exact opposite – they tell us that they made the choice to move to a CCRC, like Westminster Village, so that their family does not have to worry about them as their health needs change. While children (and their parents) may have good intentions, adult children often have work and family obligations in addition to the added aspect of having parents living in their home. As parents age, their needs cannot always be met by their family – no matter how loving or well-intentioned. For many older parents, they actually feel isolated when they live with their children, because their network of friends may not be close by. Many of our residents have made the decision to move to Westminster because they wanted to take the burden off of their children by choosing a retirement community that includes access to good health care so that their future health care needs are always met.

How Will You Know It’s Time To Downsize?

Many older adults find that the home they have lived in for many years, even decades, although comfortable and familiar, has become too difficult to maintain. Even knowing that, what are the signs that say it is time to take the step to downsize into something smaller and convenient?

Making the decision to move will be one of the biggest decisions you will make. It would be easier to stay in your home than to think about what to do all of your belongings that has accumulated over the years. For most people, this is just too overwhelming to even think about, so they stay in their home.

For some, the choice to move might be their only option. The home has become too large to take care of. They can’t do the yard work like they used to. In the winter it isn’t safe to shovel snow or even walk out to the mailbox. If something breaks, they need to find someone to fix it or ask a family member to help. The maintenance and overall upkeep could just be more than they want to manage.

Many people who have lost a spouse or their children no longer live in the family home, feel lonely and desire to be around people again. If they no longer drive, they will have to rely on someone to take them places. Moving into a residential retirement community like Westminster Village can help with the loneliness because of all the new friendships they will make, as well as renew old friendships, and enjoy all the activities they can participate in.

The decision to move into a smaller home, or to a residential retirement community, may prove to be the best option for safety, security and convenience. A person should give themselves time to downsize if possible. Be sure and visit several communities to know what best fits your lifestyle.

It might prove beneficial to hire a Professional Organizer to help move what is needed and give away items to family members, friends or charities. This process can be as painless as possible to enjoy their life in a maintenance-free, stress-free residential or assisted living apartment that offers many amenities including activities, exercise, security & more.

Melody Scoble
Residential Admissions Coordinator
Westminster Village Muncie, wvmuncie.com

Fact vs Myth: A Continuing Care Retirement Community is not a nursing home

Myth“A CCRC is the same as a Nursing Home.”

Fact: No, a Continuing Care Retirement Community is not a nursing home, but a nursing home is an important part of the benefits of living at in a CCRC. Westminster Village offers residential living in apartments, Assisted Living, Rehab-to-Home, AND Skilled nursing care in our Health Center, all on 65 beautifully landscaped acres. Westminster has consistently high-quality ratings that reflect our commitment to providing the best care for our residents, whether it is for a short-term rehab, long-term skilled care, or follow-up after a hospital stay. One of the biggest benefits of retirement living at a CCRC, such as Westminster, is that if one of our residents ever needs long-term care in our Health Center, they are assured of a bed by virtue of being a resident of our community. Individuals who wish to receive the quality care provided by Westminster and who are not residents of our CCRC may find that there are no openings at our skilled nursing center and they may need to look elsewhere for skilled care, which can be very stressful during times of a health care crisis.

Fact vs Myth: It costs so much money; I could never afford to live there

Myth: “It costs so much money; I could never afford to live there.”

Fact: When families are considering a retirement community, they don’t take into consideration the costs to live in their homes, such as; utilities, taxes, an emergency response system, maintenance, security, housekeeping, food, and maybe a membership to the Fitness Center. Actually, folks need to weigh the intangibles as well, such as access to health care, socialization of living in a community and sharing interests with friends and neighbors, and the accessibility of a caring staff.

At a Continuing Care Retirement Community, such as Westminster Village, these costs are all included in the monthly fee. With all that is included, it may not be as “expensive” as many people think!

Transitioning Parents to Retirement Communities

As part of the Marketing Team at Westminster Village Muncie, our goal is to help families navigate the process of moving their parents into a Retirement or Assisted Living Community. Many times we are asked, “when is the right time” or, the big question, “where do we begin?”

Where do you begin?

Go shopping! Check out all the retirement communities in your city and really see which one would be the best fit. Touring through the facility is the best way to really see how the residents are living. It is a good idea to go visiting before you need to make the move and when you aren’t in a panic. Don’t wait until it is an emergency and you have to make a snap decision. Being prepared is always the best policy.

A good Marketing Team will walk you through the process, give you prices, and answer all your questions. They are there to simplify as much as possible for the families and prospective residents.

When is the right time?

Each person will move to a community for a different reason. Many times, the parent has health issues and simply can’t live at home anymore. They might be falling or forgetting to eat. Those that have lost spouses become lonely and would like to have a social life again. Whatever the reason, make sure the community you choose has the nursing staff and amenities to help the new resident feel right at home.

Can you “try it out” first?

Ask the Marketing person if you can have lunch. A community should invite prospective residents and family members to come enjoy a complimentary lunch to sample the food. Eating is a big part of the resident’s day, so hopefully they will like the food.

Does the community you are looking at offer a trial period? Some communities offer a trial period, encouraging prospective residents to move into a furnished apartment and all they have to do is pack a bag. Three or four months is the perfect amount of time to see if the community will suit your family member.

The community you are looking at should be making the move-in transition as easy and smooth as possible. Yes, there might be hiccups along the way and leaving the home your family has lived in for many years is hard and it may be difficult to downsize. We understand that and see it every day. For many, the move to a community is easy but for others, it takes a while to settle in. A great community and staff will do their best to make the transition easy.

Written by: Melody Scoble

BSU Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble to Perform at Westminster

12/05 – 7:00 pm – BSU Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble

The Ball State University Wrecking Crew Trumpet Ensemble will be performing at Westminster Village, in Legacy Commons, on Wednesday, December 5th, at 7:00 pm. The Wrecking Crew consists of trumpet majors at BSU. They spend their time studying music, playing trumpet, and playing in trumpet ensemble. They will be playing a variety of notable Christmas songs to spread Christmas cheer!

Youth Symphony Orchestra

12/08 – 2:00 pm – Youth Symphony Orchestra

On Saturday, December 8th, at 2:00 pm, the Youth Symphony will be performing at Westminster Village in Legacy Commons. Founded in 1964, the Youth Symphony Orchestras of East Central Indiana, bring together young musicians from Delaware and surrounding counties to provide weekly orchestral experiences specifically tailored for students ages 5 to 18.

The Bells Are Ringing At Westminster Village

12/09 – 7:00 pm – Holiday Chimers

The Holiday Chimers will bring their beautiful Christmas sounds to Westminster’s Legacy Commons on Sunday, December 9th, at 7:00 pm. The Holiday Chimers will certainly get everyone in the holiday spirit!

MSO Marimba Ensemble Holiday Show

12/11 – 7:00 pm – “Friends of the Orchestra” – MSO Marimba Percussion Ensemble Holiday Show, Sing-a-Long

Five members of the MSO Percussion section will be at Westminster Village, to play the marimba, on Tuesday, December 11th, at 7:00 pm. The ensemble will be playing a selection of Christmas songs such as Silver Bells, Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, The Christmas Song, and more. They will also be playing some carols that folks can sing along to.

Members of the Ensemble: Cheryl Guise, Cara Pittenger, Stephanie Carter, David Robbins and Greg Wolff.

Some of our selections…

  • Russian Dance (Trepak)
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Silver Bells
  • Dance Of The Flutes
  • The Christmas Song
  • Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets called knobs to produce musical tones. Resonators or pipes suspended underneath the bars amplify their sound. The bars of a chromatic marimba are arranged like the keys of a piano, with the groups of two and three accidentals raised vertically, overlapping the natural bars to aid the performer both visually and physically. This instrument is a type of idiophone, but with a more resonant and lower-pitched tessitura than the xylophone. A person who plays the marimba is called a marimbist or a marimba player.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

Enchanted Tree Celebration

01/03 – 3-7 pm – Enchanted Tree Celebration

If you don’t have a chance to see all of the Christmas Trees that are on display throughout the holidays, then come to our Enchanted Tree Celebration on Thursday, January 3rd, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Westminster will have all of the Christmas trees on display in the Legacy Commons and the mall area so they can be viewed before they are packed away for another year. Come enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and cookies, as you stroll through a winter wonderland!