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Avera Medical Minute: Caring for Aging Parents 12/5/10

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Amanda Taylor is a social worker at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community. Amanda Taylor is a social worker at Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community.

Becoming a parent to your parent can be an emotional draining process. 8% of baby boomers parents have moved in with them. Nancy Naeve Brown talked with a social worker at Avera Prince of Peace who says if that isn't a viable option for your family, you should consider a retirement community with a continuum of care.

Social Worker at Avera Prince of Peace Amanda Taylor says, "I think timing is so huge. I see so many families in my office in crisis because mom and dad are in the hospital and the need to find placement as soon as possible. If families can plan ahead and come out and do tours and get mom and dads ideas on where they might want to live. It can make a huge difference.

Q: I think most of our parents think they are going to stay in their house forever. How do you impress upon them it's not in their best interest and safety to stay there?

A: There are things you can look for like are they having trouble with memory, personal hygiene or maybe when you are riding in a car with them you see signs that this isn't a safe thing anymore.

Q: What does Avera Prince of Peace have to offer?

A: Our continuum of care is great. If your loved one, your parents are at 2 different levels of care, Avera Prince of Peace offers Independent Living, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care and we have a Rehab unit.

Q: So if they start at one level of care and need to move to a different one it is easier right?

A: Yes. Mom and dad can be in 2 different locations and visit each other all under the same roof."

To schedule a tour with your family just call ahead. 

Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community
4500 S. Prince of Peace Place
Sioux Falls, SD, 57103
605-322-5600

Other questions call 877-AT-AVERA.

 

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