When we were going through the process of finding the right senior living and care for our parents, we were fortunate to meet (offline, in our town as luck would have it) amazing people who’d already walked the road we were beginning to walk. We learned from their experience with specific communities or agencies. And we heard their day to day caregiving stories–up, down, happy, funny, or sad.
Hearing about someone’s experience at a specific community or with a specific agency informed our search–influenced what we looked at, ensured we were asking the right questions, and helped us make decisions with confidence at a time when we lacked it.
Community When We Needed it Most
More than that, we felt comfort and camaraderie in hearing their stories. We’d just met but felt an instant connection. They were teammates and mentors. In most cases, the stories were mundane. Some made us cry. Others made us laugh. Yet others just made us scratch our heads. Regardless of any emotional reaction, the stories made it clear. We were not alone.
We felt part of a community at a time we needed it most. Our mission at Ro & Steve is to replicate that type of community on a scale that isn’t bound by the town or state or region you live in.
Ro & Steve is a digital community that’s built for the people (and their families) in need of senior living and care. It’s built for the people who are doing the best they can to manage their care journey.
It’s a place where you’ll find lots of stories about all things related to our caregiving journey. If you’ve been to our blog before, you have a flavor for what we write about. Everyday stories about our journey.
It’s Our Journal. All of Ours.
Lindsay and I think of the blog as a journal of sorts. One that’s open for everyone and anyone to read….and ideally, contribute to. Our experience is uniquely ours. We want to hear about yours too–we want to learn and we want to support.
Maybe you’re a person evaluating your own senior living or care options? We’d love to hear your story.
Perhaps you’re caring for your spouse and searching for living or care options that will suit their needs and wants? We’d be grateful to hear your story.
Are you a caregiver for a parent or grandparent? Hearing about what makes you happy or sad, or works (or doesn’t) or is hard for you would be fantastic!
If you’re part of the #sandwichgeneration (we are too!), how are you managing? It’d be wonderful to hear your story.
Sharing your story might help you. It might not. But chances are it will help at least one person that reads it, to relate–and be reassured that they aren’t the only one. Maybe they’ll even find the type of comfort and camaraderie we were so lucky to experience.
We’d love for you to participate. Have a story to share or something to get off your chest? Please do.
Send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a photo that is in some way (or not) related to the story.