I like children’s books, don’t you? A lot of them have beautiful illustrations that you can really get lost in.
For several years now, I have been buying a new Christmas-themed children’s book for my own personal library, to have when my grandchildren come to visit. This year I brought home the book “Red and Lulu” written by Matt Tavares . It’s the story of a cardinal couple whose lives abruptly get disturbed. The unbelievable happens, and a sudden move is made; a move that is not planned on. But once Red and Lulu are reunited, they adapt to their new location. It was the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.
I couldn’t help but think that our residents sometimes have similar situations like Red and Lulu. Health conditions can change in the matter of seconds and suddenly we are flung into the unknown. When our feet finally hit the ground again, we may be in a different location under different circumstances.
I often tell people that the beauty of our campus is that we are all connected. Sometimes, when health conditions change, there may the need to be in a different apartment or room on our campus, as a result of the change. But none-the-less we’re still together.
Just like Red and Lulu, the message of their story is just how important it is to be surrounded by love. We as a campus “Family” go thru many changes during a year. Residents come in and out of our lives. A bond is made. Together we work side by side assisting each other along the way. We learn so much from each other.
During the holiday season, many families get together to celebrate. Perhaps you’ll be visiting a parent that you haven’t seen for a while. You may come away from your visit with some concerns regarding their abilities to stay in their current living arrangement or there may be more to their health issues than what you knew or thought.
Often times, January can be a busy month for us, with calls from children inquiring about our campus life for their parents. We are happy to send out information or meet with you to show you our campus and what we have to offer here. Being pro-active and gathering information ahead of time, gives you and your parent an opportunity to look into future options. Unlike the story of Red and Lulu, who had to quickly react to their sudden, unforeseen situation, you and your parent will have started the conversation and gathered information to help you make some decisions.
When you gather your information for future living arrangements, keep in mind that there can be reservation lists and reservation deposits due. Sometimes, people can be on reservation lists for six months, a year, or more, before their name is gotten to. Just because a decision is made to make a move, doesn’t necessarily mean there will be an immediate opening. Starting the process early may lead to a less stressful situation. Your parent will be able to move where they want to versus having to react quickly and take what they can find on short notice, if their health condition changes. For more information on starting the conversation click here.
What questions to ask can be found here.
From our family at Christian Community Home campus to yours, have a very Merry Christmas surrounded by love.