WINTER IS TOUGH ON AGING PARENTS
Get the facts on assisted living and memory care before the snow falls. Solutions may be closer than you think.
“November 1st we moved mom in and then we had the worst winter we’ve had here in quite a while, that particular winter. I don’t know how we would’ve made it through.” – Dan Moriarty, son of Lily Moriarty, resident of East Village Place
MEET DAN MORIARTY, A LOVING SON WHO SPEAKS FIRSTHAND TO THE BENEFITS OF ASSISTED LIVING FOR RESIDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
You can learn a lot from someone who has been in your shoes. Their honest insight can help you navigate your way to the place that’s right for you, regardless of which community you choose. (All quotes contained in this post are excerpts from an interview conducted with Dan Moriarty
on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017. To read the full, un-edited transcript, please click here.)
Dan’s entire family is from East Longmeadow but he’s the only one of his siblings left in Massachusetts. His long commute from Taunton to check on Lily left him increasingly worried. She wasn’t thriving with the patchwork of services he’d arranged. After researching four or five options, Dan chose East Village Place because it’s near her doctor, her grandkids and it just felt right. Since Lily moved in three years ago, instead of being home alone, she enjoys fun, escorted outings and instead of constantly worrying about her well-being, Dan can relax knowing Lily is safe. Best of all, whenever Dan joins her for lunch, she tells him how very happy she is to be there.
FROM CONSTANTLY WORRIED TO WORRY FREE
Dan Moriarty’s mom was fine on her own for a few years after his father passed away. Then things started to change. She wasn’t eating right and he worried about the stairs and gas stove. Meals on Wheels plus home health weren’t cutting it. It was time for a change. “…the guilt I had of moving mom out of her house into assisted living was very short-lived and after my brother had the chance to spend some time there himself… he was convinced mom was in the same great place, also. It’s a tough decision, no question, but…you have to step up to the plate, make the tough decisions and then live with it and find out shortly afterwards they are happy to be where they are, the pressure is off. I guess that’s the big thing, the pressure is off them, too.” – Dan Moriarty
FEELS LIKE HOME
Before deciding what’s best for your loved one, be sure to explore all the options. No two are alike. “The one we went back to was East Village. We both liked the way we were treated, the way other people were being treated there, the respect from all the caregivers there, the longevity of the personnel. These are just huge points to me. It’s not a flashy place but it feels like home. Some of the other places we visited had a lot of chrome and mirrors and large open spaces, that’s not what mom came from. She wanted something that felt like home and that’s really what East Village is to mom.” – Dan Moriarty
DEDICATION YOU CAN SEE
Dan can’t say enough about the caring people at East Village Place. But don’t take his word for it. Come see for yourself. “When I see the patience that the staff has working with short-term memory loss I’m just amazed. I don’t think I have it in me to be that patient on a daily basis the way they are. It’s really comforting to see that, to see the way they do that. They redirect and help… They get things done and it’s pretty special.” – Dan Moriarty
DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT
Meet Dan and his mother, resident Lily Moriarty over a drink in The Newport Pub or fresh brewed coffee or tea in The Coffee Coop. Just call 1-413-754-4916 to set up a time. Bring your questions and get honest answers straight from the source.
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