When living at home becomes a burden and a safety issue, it may be time to consider the move to a retirement community. We talked with one Sioux Falls man whose family was faced with the hard decision: when and where to move their ailing parents.
A lot has changed in the last year for Russ Sorenson, his dad Lawrence and their entire family.
Russ says, "It came down to a year ago at this time. Both parents ended up being hospitalized in the ER at the same time and it mobilized our family to do something. The urgency came after Dad courageously said to us kids that they needed help."
Russ's dad has diabetes and his mom Stella had been battling lung cancer for 7 years. Both were on a number of medications that needed to be taken at different times in the day. The kids were worried they'd either under or over medicate.
After doing extensive research, Russ and his 3 siblings recommended Assisted Living at the Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community.
Kim Hejna is the Support Services Manager at Prince of Peace. She says, "In assisted living we do have staff on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are checking on you every few hours, to make sure you haven't fallen and there's been no change."
Russ says, "4 days after moving in here our mom, who was resistant to give up her home of 56 years, said this is the place."
Russ and his siblings also appreciated knowing, that if need be, they have long term and hospice care on campus. Sadly, Stella lost her battle to lung cancer in December of 2008. They moved in July.
Russ says, "Many times my dad has said to us where would I be? What would I be doing if I wasn't here?"
A fringe benefit to living at the Avera Prince of Peace Retirement community is that once a month all the residents are invited to the mall area to be entertained by some energetic kids from Holy Spirit School.
Knowing that his dad is only 5 minutes away and help is only a call light away has given the Sorenson clan the peace of mind they were looking for. And they are grateful Prince of Peace is providing it.
Russ kisses his dad on the head and says to him, "I have to scoot Dad, but I will see you tomorrow."
His Dad shakes his hand and says, "You bet. I'll see you tomorrow. Thanks for coming."
If you want to schedule a tour at Prince of Peace they'd be happy to help you just call ahead.