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Helping a loved one make good decisions about their future can be a daunting task, one for which you may not feel qualified. This Planning Guide is intended to help you analyze the major factors that impact a decision: financial security, ongoing healthcare, and overall safety and well-being.

The objective is to arrive at a decision that allows your loved one to feel at home, and for you to have peace of mind.

A Planning Guide to Help Seniors

This Planning Guide is designed to help Senior's who are considering a move to The Chateau of Lawton in analyzing their reasons for making this important decision. It is also intended to help you communicate openly with your family and friends. The questions and information below provide a useful way to affirm your decision and to begin discussions with others about your future plans.

What about my parent's financial security?

There's hardly any child of an aging parent who does not worry about their loved one's long-term financial security. It's a common concern. And with the unprecedented economic challenges of the past three years, those worries have doubled and tripled as savings have been depleted, retirement plans threatened and overall confidence badly shaken.

Today, for all seniors, financial security is a front-burner issue - one that demands extra time and attention and careful planning.

For many, the decision to move to The Chateau of Lawton is a money-saver, a move that makes the most of all available resources now and helps stretch those resources to ensure that future needs are met. We offer a continuum of care that allows residents to move from independent living to higher levels of care: assisted living, skilled nursing care, with little or no increase in monthly fee.

Should I be concerned about my parent's security & well-being?

If it's ever happened to you, you know the near panic of waking up in the middle of the night worrying about the safety and well-being of a parent who lives alone.

"She didn't answer the phone when I called this afternoon. I hope she's alright." Then the long wait until morning when you can confirm - once again - that everything is OK.

When your parent lives at The Chateau of Lawton, those worries can disappear forever. You will always know your parent or loved one is close to friends and is constantly able to call a caregiver for assistance.

We feature a 24-hour emergency call system, and professional health care providers are always nearby. Whether in the bright sun of the early morning of the darkness of midnight, your parent is always cared for. Help, if needed, is never far away. Sleep well.

Why should I consider a move to The Chateau of Lawton?

Have household chores and home maintenance become too much of a burden or too expensive?

Is loneliness your main companion? Are you ready to make new friends and resume your social life?

Has your health become more of a concern? Do you need more help with day-to-day activities around your house?

Does having three nutritious meals a day prepared for you by a skilled chef sound good?

Are you ready to move to a more carefree lifestyle where your day-to-day worries are minimal, and there are plenty of friends and activities to keep you occupied and fulfilled?

If you answered "Yes" to one or more of these questions, it may be time to seriously consider life at The Chateau of Lawton.

I want my family to understand the reasons for my move.

It goes without saying- moving from your present home to a senior living community is a big decision. In many ways, it's a family decision that affects not only you- but your loved ones, too.

That's why it's important that your family members are fully on board and support you in the decision you make. Talk it over with your family. Discuss candidly the primary reasons why you are considering a move (e.g. health concerns, household chores and home maintenance, desire for friends and companionship).

Your transition will be made easier by ensuring your family's questions are answered, and they are well-informed. Offer them a tour of your new community. Let them meet staff members and residents and hear first-hand how supportive everyone is and how satisfied current residents are.

These testimonies will go a long way toward easing your loved ones' concerns and convincing them you are making the right move.

Above all, remember that your children and other loved ones love you and care about you. Your happiness and well-being are their utmost concerns. When they see you are confident about your future, they will be confident - and supportive, too.

It's important to me that my loved one feels at home.

Home is a reflection of the people who live there. From the pictures on the walls to the furniture and lamps to those one-of-a-kind treasured mementos collected over a lifetime, home is personal. It's for you and about you. You can be assured when your lived one moves into The Chateau of Lawton, they are home!

Their residence is stamped with their personality. Their furniture and accessories are all in place. Their personal touches are unmistakable. The memories of a lifetime shine in every room.

Some say it's never easy to move from your existing home to someplace new. But you can be sure the staff and residents at The Chateau of Lawton will go the extra mile to make your parent or loved one feel at home quickly - in a safe, secure environment that is totally focused on your parent's well-being and quality of life. Count on it.

One of my biggest goals is to have peace of mind.

We know there is simply no substitute for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your parent is happy and well-cared for. As our parents age, this personal contentment becomes harder to achieve as health issues and loneliness intrude and maintaining the normal activities of day-to-day life become more challenging.

You want to sleep well at night knowing your parent is doing the same - in a home they love, surrounded by friends they care about, in a lifestyle that makes them look forward to each new day.

At The Chateau of Lawton, we combine all the elements needed for a happy, satisfying life - friends, a nice residence, a continuum of care, a full-range of needed services, plenty of amenities, a host of activities and a secure environment. All this is designed to give you what you want most: peace of mind.