The sooner you start talking about retirement options, the better—no matter what you and your parents decide.
Do it while they’re healthy and can enjoy community life, before a health problem forces you to make a move under duress.
Do it while you have time to plan a comfortable transition, so you don’t have to rush with downsizing, selling the home or making the move.
Do it before a small health problem turns into a difficult and costly one.
Most residents will tell them, “I wish I’d come here five years ago.” The time to make a move to maintenance-free living is while they are healthy, active and able to enjoy community life. If they wait until a health problem forces their decision, they have fewer choices and less time to make them.
I didn’t know.
My parents summered in New England, wintered in Florida, and traveled all over with friends. During 65 years of marriage, they saved and invested prudently. They thought life would go on like that forever.
Then my father developed Parkinson’s. He had their house adapted for his growing mobility problems, including a custom staircase elevator that cost more than $30,000. (It also cost a small fortune to remove it when we had to sell the house.)
I didn’t know that his increasing intransigence—especially about leaving the house—was the beginning of dementia.
By the time it became clear, we were under the gun. We had to place him in a dementia care unit. The house was too much for my mother, even with help. We had to sell it under duress and place her in a senior apartment on the other side of town.
For the first time in their marriage, they were apart. And my life became a daily shuttle from one parent to the other, taking each to a host of doctors, lab tests and social workers. The times they even saw each other grew farther and farther apart.
They had planned for a life together. They didn’t plan on spending down their assets on two separate facilities. My father’s long-term care alone ran more than $12,000 a month. In his last year of life, he’d apologize over and over for the burden he placed on me. He’d say, “You’re my father now.”
When we made all these 11th hour decisions, I didn’t know what a continuing care retirement community was. I didn’t know how it could have kept them closer, provided ongoing care and protected their assets. I didn’t know how much help was ready and waiting.
I know now.
Parents often wait too long before taking a serious look at their plans for health care—just in case. When one or both parents face a health crisis, they suddenly have fewer options. They can be forced to pay the enormous cost of long-term care. The burden of care also falls on you—and parents don’t want that to happen.
Your parents can make the move now, knowing that they have a full year to sell their house without incurring any additional charges. They will also get four hours of complimentary consulting services and substantial discounts from our preferred partners. This program has answers all the tough questions—financial, organizational, real estate, downsizing and moving. We’ve got a professional team—and the financial programs—lined up and in place to help with all the aspects of moving into The Covenant Village of Cromwell:
Many of the services we provide are complimentary. Those services that require a fee offer substantial price reduction.
Research at top universities, including Harvard and Tufts, proves that people can gain strength and energy at any age—even in their 90s.
Socialization and intellectual stimulation help sharpen their cognitive powers.
In a community setting, they get personal fitness instruction, the best possible nutrition and guidance for wellness, day after day.
Perhaps most important, they are surrounded by caring friends, both residents and staff, who share laughter, lively conversations and new experiences.
Isolation, inactivity and poor eating habits speed up the aging process. Community life is rejuvenating.
The best way to learn the inside story about life at the Covenant Village of Cromwell is to talk with our residents. Come to an event or schedule a personal visit. Better than any Web site, you’ll learn the true quality of our way of life from the great people who could be your new neighbors.
Covenant Living traces its roots to the Home of Mercy. Opened in Chicago in 1886 as the founding ministry of a church of Swedish immigrants, it was an old-age home, an orphanage and a hospital.
Since then, the church became the Evangelical Covenant Church, our service parent. The service to senior adults became a Covenant Living Community.
Now, more than a century later, the covenant of service kindled on the streets of Chicago burns brightly across the country. We welcome those of all faiths and those who do not embrace a faith.
What we do—our mission
At Covenant Living of Cromwell, we offer an abundant array of attractive apartment, cottage and patio homes to suit your independent living lifestyle.
Each apartment plan includes a patio or balcony that extends your living space to our magnificent 34-acre hilltop campus near Hartford, CT. In fact, you’ll discover all the comforts of home in our apartments, with cheery, full kitchens and suite-style master bedrooms able to accommodate guests with privacy.
Patio Homes—Your personal front door to the retirement you want
The one-story patio homes are set in a gracious neighborhood against a backdrop of rolling hills, majestic trees and evergreen shrubbery. In our patio homes, intriguing architectural details and handsome bay windows recall an era of elegance.
Cottage Homes—A charming setting for an engaging retirement
With paver paths weaving among the residences, these cottage homes offer the flavor of a historic New England village in a convenient community setting. Our cottage homes are as distinctive as the neighborhood, designed to reflect your lifestyle.
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If everyday activities such as dressing or managing medications sap your energy and steal your enthusiasm, reach for the helping hand of Assisted Living at Covenant Living of Cromwell. Our customized personal assistance and supportive environment provide the foundation for independence. Then we offer resources and life-enriching opportunities that help you make the most of every day. Decorate your studio, one-bedroom or two-bedroom apartment home to suit your style. You'll also have ample closet space.
As part of the Covenant Living of Cromwell continuing care community, you'll have access to campus resources not often found in freestanding Assisted Living residences.
For those who require Skilled Nursing services, Covenant Living of Cromwell offers far more than care. At our Pilgrim Manor Health & Rehab Skilled Nursing facility we endeavor to fulfill the lives of our residents by ensuring that they maintain the highest levels of health for mind, body and spirit.
Whether you need Short-Term Rehabilitation or Long-Term Care, you'll find an individualized plan designed to meet your needs at Covenant Living of Cromwell. We're rated 5 stars - the highest rating possible - by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Rehabilitative therapy services help individuals regain mobility, speech, balance and the skills necessary to maintain their highest level of independence:
As an added benefit, should you no longer desire to be burdened with caring for your home, a wide variety of comfortable maintenance-free residences are available at Covenant Living of Cromwell for you to move into right away.
The Grove, our brand-new Memory Care neighborhood, provides the highest level of care and quality of life in a safe, secure environment for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Click here to complete our contact form to request more information.