Family Resources

Let’s create a healthy, supportive, and caring home for your loved one.

When your parent or loved one makes the move to an independent living, assisted living, or rehabilitative or short-term stay situation, it can be a trying time. There are dozens of factors to consider, like proximity, cost, level of care, and perhaps the most important question—does this feel like home?

You want the best for your family. Rest assured that we do, too.


Tips for the Transition

Making the transition to a senior living community can be difficult. Starting the conversation about this move with your loved one can feel just as challenging. We’ve compiled a few tips to make this discussion more open, comfortable, and effective.

Do your homework. Enter the discussion with information about independent and assisted living options, as well as the various locations and benefits of local communities. Doing so will give you confidence and infuse confidence in your family member.

Consider including an outside party. Sometimes a trusted non-family member can add helpful perspective. This additional participant can be a family doctor, pastor, family friend, or anyone who will help put your loved one at ease.

Involve everyone. Making this discussion inclusive of all parties involved will encourage an honest, open dialogue. It’s crucial that your loved one knows they have a support system.

Don’t do all the talking. Listen to the concerns, questions, and needs of your aging family member. This topic can cause fear and uncertainty, and simply listening to these concerns can be deeply comforting.

Be patient. This decision doesn’t need to happen overnight. Give your loved one time to digest the information and continue to have discussions about it. This is also a great time to tour independent living or assisted living communities to understand the options and benefits of various facilities.

Pet Visitation Information

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Animals in Long Term Care facilities have proven effective in enhancing the quality of life for its residents. Therapeutic effects range from sensory stimulation to marked physical and emotional improvements. Through the creation of home-like atmosphere utilizing pets, animals in assisted therapy and visiting pet programs enhance residents’ level of responsiveness to the environments and serves as a catalyst for social interaction. By having a visiting pet program, a world of opportunities opens for each individual who have been separated from loved ones and home.

To apply to have your pet visit at eliseo, please read, fill out and acknowledge the Pet Visitation Form located below, save the files to your computer and attach them to an email to our Life Enrichment Director at

For any questions please reach out to Colleen Clark, Life Enrichment Director, at 253.756.7581 or email her at

Pet Visitation Form

There are two required forms in the attachment, please fill out both.