Despite the great advancements in retirement community resident care in recent years — some through government involvement, but most through business owners seeking to create a better quality of life for seniors — one of the challenges faced when discussing senior living options is the negative stigma that immediately comes to mind about “assisted living.”

This stigma is primarily due to confusion about the different senior care options available. Many people think that seniors will lose their independence in an assisted living environment or not receive adequate care.

Pat and Rodney photo

Pat and Rodney

Mike Wong experienced this personally last year when his father, Rodney, faced medical issues requiring placement in a skilled nursing facility, where 24-hour nursing care would be available. Mike faced a dilemma, as the primary caregiver for both Rodney and his wife, Pat, was Rodney. Should his father be placed in a skilled nursing facility or could his parents move together to an assisted living community that also offered 24-hour care?

Mike explains, “It was important to all of us that my parents’ lifestyles would not be negatively impacted. The decision was challenging, and we had difficult conversations as a family as we negotiated our transition. Both are now happy and have found their groove in the community. I am overjoyed that my parents are happy. I see them thriving!”

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