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A seamless transition

Continuing care neighborhood at Eagle’s Trace welcomes its first residents

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June 25th, 2013

When Ted and Fran Finch began looking at retirement communities in the Houston area, they enlisted their children s help. We lived in Pasadena, so we were looking at retirement communities on the east side of town, says Ted, a retired foreman for Rohm and Haas. But we also valued our son and daughter s input. The couple s daughter Paula Hollowell traveled from her home in Louisiana to help with the search.

Community considerations

We visited a number of retirement communities in the Houston area, says Paula. My father-in-law Phil Hollowell lives at Eagle s Trace, in West Houston. The more we looked at other communities, the more I realized thatEagle s Tracewas the right fit for my parents, too. Hollowell says the fact that residents can travel anywhere in the community without going outdoors appealed to her. Texas is either very hot, very cold, or very wet, says Paula. I didn t want my parents to have to go outside to get to the restaurants or the clubhouse, as was the case at other communities we visited. Long-term care options were also a consideration in the decision-making process. Eagle s Trace was building a new continuing care neighborhood at the time we were looking, says Paula. I liked the assurance that my parents could stay at the same community should either of them require additional care. Ted and Fran moved to an independent living apartment in February 2012, just two doors down from Phil Hollowell, their daughter s father-in-law. It s worked out very well for us, says Paula. My husband often travels to Houston for business. He can check on all three parents during one visit.

Additional layers of care

As construction of the community s continuing care neighborhood neared completion, the family began contemplating another, internal move. My mom was beginning to show signs of memory loss, and we felt she could benefit from additional care in the new neighborhood, says Paula. Fran became one of the first continuing care residents when she moved in late April 2013. Ted makes the short walk from the independent living residences to the continuing care neighborhood every day so the couple can spend time together. We ve been married 60 years, says Ted. We have to adapt to what comes, but the most important thing is that we re together. From Paula s perspective, the transition was seamless. The move went as well as it could go, says Paula. My mom is happy and well adjusted in the new neighborhood. She s making cupcakes, drawing, and doing a daily devotional with other continuing care residents. Paula says the proximity of the continuing care neighborhood to the independent living residences gives her the peace of mind of knowing that her parents can still spend their days together while each one receives the appropriate level of care. My dad doesn t need continuing care at this time. At 87, he s still as sharp as a tack, she says. But I like knowing that even though my mom and dad need different levels of care, my parents can still be together. It s the best option for them and for us.