February 20, 2014

Here we GROW again…

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During the holiday season SeniorLivingGuide.com changed the way our website is structured further enhancing our visibility on Google and other search engines. What this means for our advertisers is more traffic, more leads and a better return on their advertising investment. Our goal is to provide senior housing communities and services with much more than a print or web ad, but to provide the tools and investment in our our products to make their business a success.

In addition to our search engine optimization strategies, we’ve also expanded our listings into Mexico and increased our exposure in Canada. SeniorLivingGuide.com now boasts over 6,000 senior communities and services throughout North America. Are you with us? If not, drop us a line at info@seniorlivingguide.com and we’d be happy to provide you with a free boost to your advertising portfolio.

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August 29, 2013

Nearing last call to get your FREE ad on www.SeniorLivingGuide.com!

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2 days leftVisit www.SeniorLivingGuide.com/freeadvertising.tpl today to get a FREE ad or upgrade for 30 days with no strings attached. We’ll promote your business on the nations fastest growing senior resource and when the 30 days is up there’s no sales pitch, no trick to get you to pay for advertising – just honest to goodness free advertising for your community or senior related service. We don’t do this often, and the offer expires tomorrow. Take advantage of this great service today.

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August 13, 2013

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August 8, 2013

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May 29, 2013

A Vision of Caring Ideal Healthcare Services

Filed under: home health care,senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 9:47 am

If Tammy Lewis could go back in time and advise her younger self, she knows exactly what she would say: “Take risks, step out on faith and ideal 3believe you are who God has called you to be.” Lewis, an RN, is CEO of Ideal Healthcare Services, a home care agency that provides personal
care and companion services to elderly and disabled adults in 11 North Carolina counties. But her younger self was not nearly as confident as the woman she is today. “I had the vision of creating this company back in 1994, but fear held me back for over 10 years,” she says. Fortunately, Lewis’ desire to help seniors ultimately proved stronger than her fears, and she launched Ideal Healthcare in 2005.
Over the next few years she successfully applied for an SBA loan and, with the support of her mentor, County Commissioner James West, honed her business skills as a member of the City of Raleigh Pacesetters program. The most important business lesson of all: Delegate. “Once I started to delegate some of the work to other people, everything ran a lot smoother.”

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Caring for others comes naturally to Lewis. You might say it’s part of her DNA. One of her earliest childhood memories is of watching two great-grandmothers succumb to cancer – and of the loving care each received from family members. “That’s what I want to do when I grow up,” she recalls thinking.

The belief that everyone deserves the same level of care her great-grandmothers received has\ guided Lewis’ every career decision, every interaction with a patient, client or family member during her 20-plus years working in hospitals, long-term care and home health, and in her current role at Ideal Healthcare. “Our mission is to provide all clients with a compatible companion/aide who will enhance their quality of life and help them maintain their dignity,” Lewis says. Home visits from physicians and nurse practitioners are also available. To ensure that every client and family member feels loved and safe, Lewis personally visits each one prior to the start of care. Like any business, Ideal Healthcare has had its ups and downs, and Lewis and her team continue to face their share of challenges. Still, there’s nothing else she would rather do. “This is the best job I’ve ever had, simply because it doesn’t feel like one,” Lewis says. “I’m incredibly lucky to have work I truly love.” By all accounts, the people she cares for are lucky, too.

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May 21, 2013

New Listing Alert – Family First HomeCare, LLC 374 Speedwell Ave Morris Plains, NJ 07950

Filed under: home health care,senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 2:06 pm

20130521114038logoFamily First HomeCare is the premier non-medical home care agency in Northern and Central New Jersey and surrounding areas, providing a wide range of services.

Family First HomeCare is a locally-owned and operated company and is passionate about serving seniors and those in need.

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May 2, 2013

Continue Learning at Any Age: Seven Ways to Keep Your Brain Active

Filed under: retirement,senior living guide,Seniors — seniorlivingguide @ 10:19 am

Courtesy of Kandace Heller [kandaceheller@gmail.com]

An active and busy life brings happiness and contentment, as well as providing a defense against some age-related problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. The list of things you can do to keep your brain active and sharp is endless, depending upon personal interests and abilities. From physical activity to puzzles and hobbies, there is something out there for everyone to do. To give you some ideas of where to start, here is a list of seven ways to keep your brain active:

1.Puzzles

From crossword puzzles found in the daily paper or online to jigsaw puzzles to ponder over in the living room, puzzles of all kinds are a great way to exercise the brain.

continue learning at any age2. Reading

Reading keeps the brain active in several ways; the actual process of reading followed by the brain activity as your mind thinks about what you have read even long after you’ve finished actually reading it.

3.Music

Listening to music and learning to play an instrument is great mental activity and can bring many hours of enjoyment. It is never too late to learn to play a musical instrument.

4.Hobbies-

Anything at all that occupies your mind and keeps it active is a good thing. From quilting or golfing to collecting trains or getting involved in compound microscope projects, whatever it is that brings you contentment.

5.Video games

Gaming on the computer or a game system is not just for the young folks. Actively playing Scrabble online or getting involved in a video game are great ways to keep the mind sharp, for your brain is always making decisions and reacting to what is going on.

6.Language

 Learning a new language is good brain exercise for any age. Take a foreign language class, learn by yourself online, whatever works best for you. There are many books and online websites that make doing this from home easy.

7.Physical activity-

From walking with friends or biking to yard work and walking the dog, all physical activity is good for your mind as well as your body. Moving the body is a critical part of staying healthy and active in life.

As you can see, active participation in just about any activity can keep your brain working, keeping it sharp and active. Choosing activities that you enjoy and find fulfillment in doing is a bonus, bringing you happiness while also helping to keep you healthy and active.

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April 22, 2013

New Study Identifies the Healthiest Retirement Communities in North Carolina

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Charlotte, NC.  May 1, 2013

Today’s retirees share a common goal: To stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Until recently, however, it has been difficult to determine which retirement communities best facilitate that goal. Thanks to the results of a new survey conducted by Senior Hospitality International, the task just got a whole lot easier.

A select group of communities in North Carolina is being recognized as The Healthiest Retirement Communities in North Carolina, and honored for providing “Retirement Living at its Healthiest™.” Included in this group is The Oaks at Whitaker Glen, in Raleigh, NC. The whole list may be accessed at www.HealthyRCs.org.

To receive this recognition, The Oaks at Whitaker Glen and the other communities on the list had to achieve a superlative HealthyScore in the following five areas:

1.      Healthy Campus Amenities (Outdoor & Indoor Options)

2.      Healthy Resident Activities (Physical, Social, Intellectual, Spiritual, and Cultural Options )

3.      Healthy Resident Involvement (Resident-Led Clubs, Groups, & Committee Options)

4.      Healthy Resident Dining (Venue & Entrée Options)

5.      Healthy Resident Care (Health Facilities & Service Options)

 

“The main characteristic that sets these communities apart is their comprehensiveness,” said J. Keesey Hayward, President of Senior Hospitality International. “On a single campus they combine the resort services and amenities of Active Retirement Communities with the healthcare services and amenities of Supportive Retirement Communities. They can provide for the current lifestyle wants as well as the future healthcare needs of active retirees. Both aspects must be present in order for a community to truly provide a healthy retirement environment.”

The communities being recognized in this way represent several quiet paradigm shifts that have been changing the very nature of the retirement community industry over the past decade:

·         A shift from a focus on “Caring for the Elderly” to “Serving Seniors”

·         A shift from a focus on “Physical Health” to “Holistic or Multi-dimensional Health”

·         A shift from a focus on “Getting Well” (cure) to “Staying Healthy” (prevention)

·         A shift from an identity as “Healthcare Communities” to “Healthy Communities”

·         A shift from an industry identity as “Senior Housing” and “Senior Living” to “Senior Hospitality”

Hayward gives the following helpful advice to anyone investigating their retirement community options:

1.      If a community offers “continuing care,” understand that it is an abbreviation for: “continuing care, service, activities, dining, fun, friendship, learning, growth, fellowship, and healthiness.” If a community doesn’t offer “continuing care,” just continue on your way and find one that does.

2.      If at all possible, don’t request a brochure before your visit. Most community brochures don’t come close to capturing their energy, beauty and comprehensiveness. Let your own senses rather than the pages of a brochure form your first impressions.

3.      Although the minimum age for moving to most of these communities is 62, the ideal age-range is generally 70-75. Younger applicants may find it difficult to qualify financially, and older ones often miss out on many of the active amenities, activities and fun. The longer you wait, the more you’ll miss.

4.      One of the best signs of a Healthy Retirement Community is a good number of older residents because the focus on multi-dimensional healthiness allows people to live longer. Remember, the frail resident you see was probably in better shape than you are when he or she moved in! Even if your physical health declines someday, you too will continue to enjoy emotional, intellectual, spiritual and social healthiness.

5.      None of these Healthy Retirement Communities are inexpensive, but your health is worth the investment. It’s definitely cheaper to stay home, but it’s not healthier. If your goal is to “stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible,” do yourself a favor visit some of the Healthy Retirement Communities listed at www.HealthyRCs.org.

Senior Hospitality International was founded with the purpose of serving Seniors. With a motto of “Serving Seniors is our Pleasure,” its stated mission is to “help more Seniors experience Retirement Living at its Healthiest™ by helping them identify Healthy Retirement Communities (HealthyRCs).” To be identified as such, communities had to achieve a HealthyScore of at least 140 out of 150 on an objective annual HealthySurvey. To learn more about Senior Hospitality International, visit their website at www.SeniorHospitality.org. 

Contact Information

Danielle Weeks

Director of Marketing

The Oaks at Whitaker Glen

DaMiller@uhs-pruitt.com

919-839-5604

 

J. Keesey Hayward

President

Senior Hospitality International

keesey@seniorhospitality.org

704-962-6214

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You and Your Brain: Five Supplements That Will Turn The Lights Back On

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Courtesy of Jayla Barnsen [jaylabarnsen@gmail.com]

Different supplements seem to be especially good at supporting different systems of the body. Some support the blood, or help regulate blood sugar or enzymes or contribute to other health of the eyes, bones or teeth. Here are five supplements that help support the health of the brain:

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is an important supplement when it comes to keeping the brain healthy. Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 have been shown to cause psychological difficulties and changes in cognition. This deficiency might be one reason that older people seem confused and less alert than they use to be. Some older people can’t absorb vitamin B12 because their stomachs no longer make enough acid to absorb it. These people might need Vitamin B12 injections. Vitamin B12 is found almost exclusively in animal protein, including beef, pork, dairy products and fish. It’s especially abundant in liver and organ meats, though these shouldn’t be eaten frequently because of their high levels of cholesterol.

Folate

This is a B vitamin that’s involved in just about every biological process in the body. Again, elderly people are often lacking in folate or folic acid. The deficiencies can cause depression, irritability and even symptoms that resemble schizophrenia. Folate can be found in fresh, leafy green vegetables, wheat germ, oranges, rice, brewer’s yeast and liver.

You and Your Brain Five Supplements That Will Turn The Lights Back OnIron

Of course, iron helps make red blood cells that deliver oxygen to the brain and other organs. So an iron deficiency anemia can cause tiredness, listlessness, depression and apathy. It can also adversely affect a person’s short term memory and his or her attention span. This is especially true in young women, who are at risk for iron-deficiency anemia. In children, a lack of iron can cause learning problems. Iron can be readily found in red meats.

Magnesium

Magnesium is also necessary for many functions in the body, but a low magnesium level can affect the brain and lead to depression, confusion and irritability. Magnesium can be found in sunflower seeds and leafy green vegetables. It’s also found in hard water. Many homeowners dislike hard water because it clogs the plumbing pipes and their water-dependent appliances with scale. But there are benefits from drinking hard water, and magnesium is one of them.

Choline

Choline is a supplement that’s essential for the health of the myelin sheaths that protect the nerves. Without these sheaths, the nerves can’t properly relay signals. A deficiency of choline can lead to dizziness, headaches, ringing in the ears and insomnia. It’s best source is lecithin, but it can also be found in egg yolk, liver, brewer’s yeast and wheat germ.

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Retirement Communities: 5 Things You Must Ask

Filed under: senior living guide — seniorlivingguide @ 11:36 am

Courtesy of Hayley Granton [hayleygranton@gmail.com]

The day may come when you will need to consider relocating to a retirement community. When that day arrives there are some important questions you must ask. Some are very basic but they are all crucial to selecting how you will spend your future.

The first question is, “Am I ready for a retirement community?” If you are to the point where you have health concerns that could put you at risk for injury or illness, 55 plus communities, such as the kissimmee homes for sale in Florida, may be a viable option. The same applies if you are worried about the maintenance and security of your current home, or are tired of all the shopping and cooking.

The second question is, “Does a retirement community make financial sense?” You could be surprised to find that these communities are less expensive than remaining in your current home. There are also programs that you may qualify for to assist you financially. You will also want to look into policies regarding how they deal with residents when they can no longer afford to pay.

Retirement Communities 5 Things You Must AskThe next question is, “What do I want in the way of services and features?” Many communities have wonderful amenities, such as gymnasiums, pools, shops, and more. Some offer maid services, various classes, and even group tours. These can make for a much richer living experience and give you an opportunity to meet new friends along the way.

The fourth question is, “Is this facility accredited by a reputable body?” The CCAC (Continuing Care Accreditation Commission) or CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) are good standards to look for. These are independent, international groups whose sole function is to ensure that individuals receive the quality care and treatment that they deserve.

The final question is, “What facilities are available in my desired area?” Here you can seek recommendations from friends, the Internet, estate attorneys, or other trusted advisors. The best idea is a personal visit. Try to visit for lunch so you can check out the food. If possible, try to spend the night. If those aren’t options, a visit during a special event will also give you a chance to see the surroundings, and visit with the residents.

Moving to a retirement community is a big life change and there are many factors to consider. Remember to take your time. You have worked your entire life to get to this point and the quality of your later years is important.

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