I just celebrated my 25th wedding Anniversary to my beautiful wife Mindy. That’s a quarter of a century! I frankly cannot imagine my life without her by my side. While the time seemed to have flown by quickly, I could not have envisioned what it would be like to share my life with someone for that long as a young 23 yr. old newlywed. I experience similar emotions trying to imagine 50, 60 or even 75 year wedding anniversaries. Yet, there are many of our seniors out there who indeed do enjoy life long relationships with the love of their life for many decades. Now imagine spending that much of your life with one person and being faced with the life altering realization that your beloved is no longer capable to live at home. Or worse yet, you are no longer equipped to provide the care that she/he requires.
I feel guilty if travel takes me out of the home for more than 3-4 days at a time. The prospect that I may one day be faced with the realization of moving my spouse out of our home and in to someone else’s….for the rest of her life…..would be completely overwhelming! Once again, this is a sad reality for many of our senior couples that are forced to face the harsh realities of growing older and requiring assistance for many of the day to day activities that you and I do for ourselves and each other with ease.
This is why it is so important to feel comfortable with the assisted living or residential care home you are considering placing your husband, wife, mother or father. Here at The Cottages, we understand the sense of loss people go through when making this often difficult decision. We understand that it is usually harder for the spouse left at home, alone, wondering if they made the right decision, than it is for the one making the move. While some feelings of guilt and concern after placing a loved one is normal, constantly wondering if they are being adequately cared for should not be normal. That’s why I love what we do here at The Cottages. We strive to understand what you are going through. We are here for you.
Mark Maxfield, CEO/President
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