Why & When to Get Help Caring for Your Senior Parent


Hover Manor Independent Living Apartments

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Apr 27, 2023


Colorado - Boulder County

Caring for your elderly parent can be a challenging and rewarding experience. As your parent ages, there may come a time when they need additional help in order to remain independent and safe. At this time, it is important to consider getting help with senior living care. In this blog post from Hover Senior Living — Colorado’s first and only non-profit continuing care retirement community — we’ll discuss why and when to get help caring for your senior parent and what options are available to you from Hover Senior Living! Read on to learn more, or get in touch with us today to schedule a tour!

Why You Should Get Help Caring for Your Senior Parent

Caring for an elderly parent is a big responsibility, and it can be overwhelming for many family caregivers. If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you provide the best care for your senior parent, including care from Hover Senior Living.

Getting help caring for your senior parent can also provide a number of benefits. Professional care can help ensure your parent receives the best care while giving you time to take care of your own needs. Additionally, getting help with your elderly parent can reduce the stress and burden of caring for them, as it takes the weight off of your shoulders and evenly distributes it to our experienced and licensed care team.

When You Should Get Help

It can be difficult to determine when to get help caring for your senior parent. Generally, it is best to consider getting help if you are finding it difficult to manage your day-to-day responsibilities and if you are feeling overwhelmed. Additionally, if your senior parent is experiencing a decline in their health and requires more care than you are able to provide, it may be beneficial to get help from a professional care provider. The Katherine & Charles Green Houses are offer award-winning 24-Hour skilled care, and require no buy–in. If that’s too advanced for your care needs, we offer a number of different options, so it’s best to get in contact with us today for a consultation and tour of our multiple facilities. 

Types of Senior Living Care

When it comes to senior living care, there are a variety of options available. In Longmont, Hover Senior Living offers a variety of services for seniors, including independent and assisted living. Additionally, there are a number of affordable senior living options available, including our senior apartments, retirement communities, and nursing homes. 

Getting the Best Care

When considering senior living care options, it is important to do your research to ensure that you are getting the best care for your senior parent. Be sure to visit the facility in person, ask questions, and read reviews to ensure that the care provider is a good fit for your parent’s needs. Hover Senior Living offers consultations and tours upon request, so it’s important to get in touch with us and explore our options side-by-side with your aging parent.

Caring for your elderly parent can be a difficult but rewarding experience. It is important to get help if you are feeling overwhelmed or if your parent’s needs are greater than you are able to manage. Hover Senior Living’s compassionate caregivers are standing by right now, so if you’re in Longmont, Colorado, contact us 303-228-5145 for more information.

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Hover Manor Independent Living Apartments

Independent Living 1401 Elmhurst Drive, Longmont, Colorado, 80503

Hover Community Senior Living traditions were established by the Hover Family. We believe in the importance of things like affordability, attentiveness and compassion. Our residents enjoy a lifestyle that is secure, comfortable, stimulating and well-balanced. Our staff is dedicated to assisting residents with respect and consideration. From a wide range of activities to a comfortable and pleasant atmosphere, Hover Community is organized to provide seniors with a home choice where they can age with dignity and continue to grow.