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October 24th, 2022
Planning ahead ensures you have the best options
Choosing the right place and time to move into a senior living community requires forethought and planning. With decades of experience helping seniors thrive in their retirement years, Julie Raymond Chalk, MSSA, LMSW, emphasizes that having a plan and knowing what you want provides more options and is worthwhile, even before a person wants or needs to move from their own home.
When considering where you will live for the rest of your life, take these important factors into consideration:
With so many choices these days, along with touring a variety of senior living communities, be mindful of what is most important to you. And, if possible, ask people who live in the communities you are considering about their experience living there.
The first step in finding the best senior living community for you is to take an inventory of your lifestyle and preferences. Ask yourself the following questions to get started:
Long before Beth and Bob Fuhriman moved into CRISTA Senior Living, they knew they would choose it when the time came for them to leave their house because family members had lived there and been well taken care of, and CRISTA provided the Christian environment they desired.
Beth is glad she and Bob moved into Cristwood Park in Shoreline, Washington when they were still healthy and strong. Soon after moving in, Bob fell and broke his hip, which was something neither could have predicted. That, coupled with COVID restrictions, would have made it extremely difficult to provide the care he needed and find support had they still been living in their own house.
“We were so glad that we had made the move already. The needs we had were met here,” Fuhriman said. When Bob didn’t recover well and passed away within a year, Beth already had a support system in place and was able to join a resident-led Grief Support Group in her new community.
“The friendships I’ve made at Cristwood Park and the freedom to bear one another’s burdens is wonderful. I think about my neighbors up and down my hall—when we have a need we go to each other and ask for prayer,” Fuhriman said. “We learn from each other as we each share our faith journey. Cristwood Park exceeded my expectations. I had no idea the fun people had while living here. When you move in with energy and ideas, it’s a wonderful place to be.”
Finding the right senior living community doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Keep in mind that you will have the most choices when you plan ahead and are able to spend time on a waiting list for the place you like the most. Planning now gives you options, whether you end up choosing one of them or not.
CRISTA Senior Living would love to help you choose the best option for your retirement years. Contact us today!
I would like to commend Cristwood Park staff on their efforts to protect themselves and their residents from COVID. It’s been a concern of ours since last March and we have been relieved to see so few cases in the Cristwood Park community. I would like to thank the staff and leadership for their diligence in maintaining good protocols throughout this pandemic.
CWP Family Member
CRISTA has been a warm, friendly atmosphere to be a part of these past two years. It encourages friendships that encourage a pleasant living environment.
Marty Victor, CWP
Exceptional personalized holistic care. Helps keep Mom’s mind active and she flourishes with the nurturing care. Especially of value currently given the COVID restrictions. We are genuinely pleased with our mom's care.
Resident's Daughter, Memory Care
Thinking back on all the great care you and your team have given her at CRISTA, we thank you for all that. I am sure it made a difference in the quality of her life.
I appreciate the personal relationship I have with the staff and the good communication they give me.
I am so stunned by all the amazing people who live at CRISTA. The depth of their stories, their experiences are so powerful. They are fascinating and I learn something new every day! Such a wealth of intellect, experiences, and fun loving people. I love living here.
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