Kimberly Nakashima was just 25 and had just earned her college degree when she started taking care of her 87-year-old grandmother, according to Rafu Shimpo. While Nakashima did her best to care for the senior, she eventually realized that the burden was too much and looked into retirement living homes. She said that the difficulty of the responsibility "surprised" her.
She eventually decided on Keiro SeniorCare Facility in California, which offers an intimate feel for older adults who are looking to age safely and comfortably.
"Immediately, everyone knows [my grandmother's] name and my name, too.
Some of the residents hug me every time I go," Nakashima told the news provider.
The facility has been open for 50 years and is comprised of five different parts - nursing and immediate care, the Institute for Healthy Aging and two retirement homes, so that a diverse number of residents can enjoy a temporary stay or make a more permanent transition.
Experts suggest that families who are looking at retirement living options for older adults may want to research their options first. After narrowing it down to a few communities, visit each one and interact with both residents and staff to get a better feel for the area.