March 22, 2018

Looking for A Memory Care Community?

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Long Term Care,Memory Care,senior housing,SeniorLivingGuide.com — seniorlivingguide @ 12:26 pm

By: Darleen Mahoney

When your loved one with dementia or other age-related memory problems is at the point where it is no longer reasonable or safe for them to live alone, you may need to find a community that is right for them. A community or facility that specializes in memory care. Do you know where to start? Do you know what to look for and how much does it cost?

The needs of folks with Memory problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other types of memory problems can vastly differ from those in need of long-term care. Choosing a memory care facility that is designed to meet your loved ones care not only includes their medical needs, but their comfort and safety.

Choosing the right memory care options may be confusing. To clear things up, assisted living communities offer special memory care units (SCU) in separate Looking for Alzheimer's carebuildings, floors, etc. It’s important to make sure that the staff have training and can properly assist patients with dementia or impaired cognition. According to Mitzi McFatrich, executive director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care, “they can offer staff extensively trained in caring for people with dementia, individualized care that minimizes the use of dangerous psychotropic drugs, a home-like environment and activities that improve residents’ quality of life. But at their worst, they may offer little more than a locked door.” https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T027-C000-S004-how-to-choose-a-memory-care-unit.html. Be cognizant of this and do your research on the staff, training, and commitment to the overall well being of their residents.

Another option would be an independent memory care community which is distinct from assisted living, these memory care communities will have specialized skilled nursing in memory care.

Memory Care communities and care have higher costs involved due to the level of care that is required for their patients. Inquiring at the community or facility on the types of financial aid and availability to utilize Medicare or Medicaid may also provide additional financial support.

According to the National Investment Center for Senior Housing and Care, “every 66 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s, long-term care providers are rushing to offer memory care services. As of mid-2016, memory care facilities had the capacity to care for more than 65,000 residents-a 44% increase over the past 5 years.” Therefore, more and more facilities are being built and more focus is being put on the need for this type of care.

According to, https://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-residential-facilities.asp#choosing it’s important to choose your setting as they make these recommendations:

  • Plan on visiting several care facilities. Look around and talk with the staff, as well as residents and families.
  • When you visit a care facility, ask to see the latest survey/inspection report and Special Care Unit Disclosure form. Facilities are required to provide these. The report and the disclosure form can give you a picture of the facility’s services.
  • Visit the facilities at different times of the day, including meal times.
  • Ask the care facility about room availability, cost and participation in Medicare or Medicaid. Consider placing your name on a waiting list even if you are not ready to decide about a move.
  • If you will be paying for the facility out of pocket, ask what happens if the person with dementia runs out of money. Some facilities will accept Medicaid; others may not. If you anticipate the need for Medicaid either now or in the future, plan to visit with a lawyer that specializes in elder care prior to moving into a facility to ensure a good financial plan is in place.

 

With the need growing and more facilities/communities being built and opened to accommodate memory care residents, there is more thought being put into the design and types of communities and facilities that folks in need of memory care will need to make them feel more at home. Country Living magazine featured a facility in Ohio that built a community that is designed to look like a small town from the 1940’s while each resident has a “little house”,  https://www.countryliving.com/life/a39630/nursing-home-tiny-houses/. There are communities that are including nurseries and doll therapy as new techniques arise in how to address the anxiety and stress that many patients with memory loss feel, https://khn.org/news/when-pretend-play-is-real-for-alzheimers-patients/.

 

Finding the Memory Care community that is right for your loved one should always include, online reviews, multiple visits to the facility without making an appointment, talking to friends and family of residents of these communities and staff. Until there is a known cure for this disease that continues to increase in diagnosis year after year, the need for these communities and care will only increase.

Ready to begin your search? We have 2,189 potential solutions! Begin your search here – http://www.seniorlivingguide.com/MapSearchAlzheimers.tpl

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March 13, 2018

Aging and Your Brain – How am I Doing? Symposium in Charlotte

Filed under: Alzheimer's,Senior Housing Events,SeniorLivingGuide.com — seniorlivingguide @ 9:03 am

Aging and Your Brain

Charlotte, March 7, 2018 – Within the United States, there are at least 5 million people currently living with age-related dementias, and this number is expected to rise as more people live longer. So how do you know if you or your loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia)?  Renowned experts, Dr. Charles Edwards and Dr. Aristides Chaconas will discuss this important topic at the Memory Center Charlotte’s Symposium “Aging and Your Brain – How am I Doing?”

The symposium will take place on Thursday, April 12 from 8:30am to 11:30am at Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road in Charlotte. Tickets are $25 and available by calling
704-577-3186.  Seating is limited.

“We want people to recognize that our cognitive function changes as we get older, and memory problems do not always lead to Alzheimer’s disease” says Dr. Chaconas.

The symposium program will include:

Charles H. Edwards II, MD

* Memory Loss – Do I Have It? – presented by Charles H. Edwards II, MD of Memory Center Charlotte, a 501C3 entity which develops educational initiatives, direct medical care and community outreach to the community with an emphasis on dementia.

Dr. Edwards will address these questions: What areas of the brain are affected as we age? What are normal age related changes in your brain and how are they manifested? What are the practical aspects of normal cognitive aging?

Aristides E. Chaconas, MD

* Memory Loss – I Have It! What Do I Do Now? – presented by Dr. Aristides Chaconas, Neurologist at Memory Center Charlotte.

Dr. Chaconas will address these questions: When do normal age-related changes become concerning? What is Mild Cognitive Impairment? When do symptoms become serious?  What is the difference between Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia?  If I am diagnosed, what do I do now?

In addition, both doctors will touch on staying healthy and what is coming in the field of dementia care.

“Aging and Your Brain – How am I Doing?” is presented by Memory Center Charlotte.  To find out more, visit http://memorycentercharlotte.com.

About Memory Center Charlotte

Memory Center Charlotte is a 501c3 non-profit entity dedicated to the care of patients with memory challenges and their caregivers in the Charlotte region.

Media Contact: Cindy Ballaro
cindyballaro@yahoo.com
704-763-8846

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February 20, 2018

Is A Continuing Care Community Right for You?

By: Darleen Mahoney

I am on my own personal journey to discover what the best decisions are for my Dad. He is 71 years old and starting to decline both physically and mentally. He decided to be independent and retire in a 55+ restrictive community years ago, but I see the need for additional long-term services for him in the near future. On this journey, I found myself needing a clear vision on what are our options might be that would be best for him and his needs.

I started looking at continuing care community options – what they entail and if it would be a good fit. I regretted that this option was not considered years ago and wondered if it was too late for him to make this move.

Continuing care communities are independent living housing with all the perks of the social, recreational and other retirement community extras that keep independent seniors active. They also have two additional tiers of care available – assisted living and nursing level care. Later, if the independentContinuing Care Retirement Community senior’s health declines, they can smoothly transition to the assisted living tier, and then, the nursing side, if needed.

According to the AARP, “Nearly 90% of people 65 and older said they would like to ‘age in place.’ And yet the hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time”. http://time.com/money/4579934/continuing-care-retirement-communities-cost/

Once you decide that this is a viable option for you or your loved one to explore, it’s a matter of choosing which one would be right for you.

The AARP recommends that you take many steps to make this determination:

https://www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-08-2009/ginzler_housing_choices.html

  • Visit multiple residences
  • Take a tour, talk to the residents, staff, and visiting family members.
  • Ask staff members how long they’ve worked there; a good sign of quality is low turnover.
  • Check with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Many assisted-living residences, nursing homes, and CCRCs voluntarily apply for accreditation, which means they meet many quality measures.
  • Get clear information on financial arrangements and costs
  • Discuss at length with your loved ones, they will help you make a good decision in your best interest.

Regardless of whether a continuing care community is right for you or your loved one, it’s always best to be informed and proactive when making plans of this magnitude. Their health and happiness in the long term is dependent on finding the best senior living arrangement.

When you’re ready to begin your search, remember SeniorLivingGuide.com – the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource!

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Is A Continuing Care Community Right for You?

By: Darleen Mahoney

I am on my own personal journey to discover what the best decisions are for my Dad. He is 71 years old and starting to decline both physically and mentally. He decided to be independent and retire in a 55+ restrictive community years ago, but I see the need for additional long-term services for him in the near future. On this journey, I found myself needing a clear vision on what are our options might be that would be best for him and his needs.

I started looking at continuing care community options – what they entail and if it would be a good fit. I regretted that this option was not considered years ago and wondered if it was too late for him to make this move.

Continuing care communities are independent living housing with all the perks of the social, recreational and other retirement community extras that keep independent seniors active. They also have two additional tiers of care available – assisted living and nursing level care. Later, if the independentContinuing Care Retirement Community senior’s health declines, they can smoothly transition to the assisted living tier, and then, the nursing side, if needed.

According to the AARP, “Nearly 90% of people 65 and older said they would like to ‘age in place.’ And yet the hard truth is that a beloved house in a familiar community can become both physically impractical and socially isolating over time”. http://time.com/money/4579934/continuing-care-retirement-communities-cost/

Once you decide that this is a viable option for you or your loved one to explore, it’s a matter of choosing which one would be right for you.

The AARP recommends that you take many steps to make this determination:

https://www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-08-2009/ginzler_housing_choices.html

  • Visit multiple residences
  • Take a tour, talk to the residents, staff, and visiting family members.
  • Ask staff members how long they’ve worked there; a good sign of quality is low turnover.
  • Check with the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Many assisted-living residences, nursing homes, and CCRCs voluntarily apply for accreditation, which means they meet many quality measures.
  • Get clear information on financial arrangements and costs
  • Discuss at length with your loved ones, they will help you make a good decision in your best interest.

Regardless of whether a continuing care community is right for you or your loved one, it’s always best to be informed and proactive when making plans of this magnitude. Their health and happiness in the long term is dependent on finding the best senior living arrangement.

When you’re ready to begin your search, remember SeniorLivingGuide.com – the nation’s fastest growing senior housing and services resource!

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January 15, 2018

Recognizing Depression in Our Elderly and How to Help Them

By: Darleen Mahoney
www.SeniorLivingGuide.com

Depression is a common problem in older adults. It may be difficult to distinguish the difference between a senior who is just feeling “sad” and one who is experiencing geriatric depression. Geriatric depression is a mental or emotional disorder affecting older adults. These seniors that are would fall under “high risk” might be those that have experienced strokes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and chronic pain. There are specific signs that would tend to be lend more to geriatric depression over moments of sadness. It is important to be aware of these signs because there are also steps to take to help our Seniors, depression is not a normal stage to getting older. Their “golden year” should be just that…golden!

Some signs and symptoms to look for would include: decreased energy levels, more physical problems, such as arthritis and headaches. Other signs that need to be addressed quite seriously would be loss of self-worth, slowed speech, increasing alcohol intake or drugs, thoughts of suicide.

Because depression is not normal and addressing them with our elderly can be tricky, pay attention to signs other than verbal.

“Older adults often say, ‘I am not sad,” or ‘I am not lonely,’ because they do not want to be a burden on the family,”

“Instead, they show signs of distress by wringing their hands excessively, getting agitated or irritable, or having difficulty sitting still.” according to Dr. Strem (www.health.com/health).

Be vigilant of these types of communication signs as well as the physical signs to be more proactive in care and getting the help needed.

The good news is there is help! There are medications as well as lifestyle changes!

Medications Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Selective serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
  • Bupropion
  • Mirtazapine

Lifestyle Changes Include: www.healthline.com/health/depression/elderly#treatment5

  • Increased physical activity
  • Finding a new hobby or interest
  • Having regular visits with family and friends
  • Getting enough sleep daily
  • Eating a well-balanced diet

If you think that you or your loved one is suffering from geriatric depression, encourage treatment and offer your support. If they are living in a Retirement community, Assisted Living facility, or any type of senior housing environment where you might have access to reach out for help, then please do so.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 10, 2017

Tarantino Senior Communities has several properties added to our database.

Filed under: active adult,Alzheimer's,assisted living,retirement,senior housing — seniorlivingguide @ 11:19 am

Tarantino Senior Communities recently added several of their properties to the fastest growing senior housing and services resource – SeniorLivingGuide.com!

Here’s a short list, click through each one to discover all that these beautiful communities have to offer!

The Barrington in Largo FL
At The Barrington, we offer a resort style retirement unlike any other. Our maintenance-free, senior community provides you with the lifestyle you deserve at a price you can afford. With restaurant style dining, daily events and activities and a friendly neighborhood community, The Barrington represents active senior living at its best.

Life at The Barrington gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. The choices are yours to make every day. Participate in daily activities and social events. Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Get involved in as much or as little as you want-it’s your lifestyle.

 

Glenbrooke at Palm Bay in Palm Bay FL
The retirement community of Glenbrooke is located in the beautiful waterfront town of Palm Bay on Florida’s eastern coastline. Located midway between Jacksonville and Miami, Palm Bay has close proximity to Melbourne and Orlando International Airports and Port Canaveral. With its warm and sunny weather throughout most of the year, the hospitable community of Palm Bay offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

The Native American Timucua people were thought to have been the first inhabitants in the Palm Bay and Turkey Creek area. They were attracted to the freshwater springs of the Indian River and Turkey Creek at Palm Bay. In the 1850s, the first European settlers built homes along Turkey Creek. Today, there are over 103,000 residents of Palm Bay that enjoy points of interests such as city parks, golf courses, aquatic center, and nearby beaches.

 

Lake Forest Park in Fort Pierce FL
The retirement community of Lake Forest Park is located in the historic town of Fort Pierce on Florida’s eastern coastline. With its warm and sunny weather throughout most of the year, the waterfront community of Fort Pierce offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

As one of the oldest communities on the eastern coast of Florida, Fort Pierce is part of the “Treasure Coast”. The Treasure Coast is named after the sinking of a Spanish treasure fleet in 1715. Since 1901, the city of Fort Pierce has grown in population and size with approximately 42,000 people residing in the city. It has developed into a visitors destination, with points of interests such as shopping and dining in historic downtown, the Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum, and the Heathcote Botanical Gardens.

 

Lewisville Estates in Lewisville TX
At Lewisville Estates, we offer a resort style retirement unlike any other. Our maintenance- free, senior community provides you with the lifestyle you deserve at a price you can afford. With restaurant style dining, daily events and activities and a friendly neighborhood community, Lewisville Estates represents active senior living at its best.

Life at Lewisville Estates gives you the opportunity to enjoy the freedom to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them. The choices are yours to make every day. Participate in daily activities and social events. Make new friends and memories that will last a lifetime. Get involved in as much or as little as you want-it’s your lifestyle.

 

The Fountains at Lake Pleasant in Peoria AZ
Located in the Salt River Valley of Arizona and extending into the foothills of the mountains to the north with the Agua Fria River and New River flowing through the area, sits The Fountains at Lake Pleasant, a vibrant community for those 55 years young. Nature and nurture combine at our breathtaking community in the heart of Peoria, Arizona. With its warm and sunny weather throughout the year, the community of Peoria offers the perfect place for easy living retirement.

Our Mediterranean-style resort community features eighty-six residences located on a beautifully landscaped citrus grove. Can you say freshly squeezed orange juice? Offering spacious one and two bedroom apartment homes, The Fountains at Lake Pleasant is truly a step above the rest.

 

Oakey Assisted Living Community in Las Vegas NV
Welcome to Oakey Assisted Living, your premier assisted living community in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are excited to be considered as a senior assisted living community for your loved one. Our dedicated and devoted staff will ensure that your family member enjoys their stay at our newly remodeled assisted living community. We pride ourselves in the partnership between our staff and your family. Your loved one’s care is our priority.

We know how stressful choosing the right assisted living environment for a parent or loved one can be. One of our goals at Oakey Assisted Living is to offer the best senior assisted living in Las Vegas. It is important to us to provide the highest level of care in Nevada. As an assisted living community we offer our seniors top notch accommodations including daily activities, organized outings, nutritional meals, a variety of programs and much more.

 

The Devonshire in Hampton VA
Welcome to The Devonshire Retirement Community, your premier independent and assisted living community in Hampton, Virginia. Our dedicated and devoted staff is focused on providing the very best in senior living. Our remarkably beautiful community provides a welcoming attitude to all that come through the door. Paved walkways through lush grounds and courtyards provides a landscape of enjoyment where residents can enjoy spending time both indoors and outdoors during all seasons of the year.

We offer a variety of amenities to enrich the lives of our residents. A few of our amenities include full size apartments with housekeeping and laundry facilities, engaging activities and events, chef prepared meals in our elegant dining room, as well as fitness center, beauty salon, library and game room. We are centrally located in Hampton, Virginia just off Interstate 64. This highly sought after region provides our residents with easy access to the Peninsula Town Center, Coliseum Central district, and provides a variety of entertainment, dining, and healthcare options. Our dedicated transportation team can help provide residents needing assistance to get back and forth to doctor’s and dental appointments, as well as provide entertainment and religious options as well.

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July 27, 2017

Buckle Up Commonwealth Senior Living at Front Royal – Your TEST DRIVE Starts NOW!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 2:15 pm

Commonwealth Senior Living has multiple communities throughout the state of Virginia. You know what else Commonwealth Senior Living has? FREE ADVERTISING courtesy of SeniorLivingGuide.com’s TEST DRIVE PROMOTION!

Their latest community to enjoy a FREE Test Drive is Commonwealth Senior Living at Front Royal.

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Front Royal, “We Listen, We Love, We Care, We Serve.” These aren’t simply words; this is a promise we make to our residents and their families. That promise elevates the quality of care we deliver, enhances our vibrant lifestyle and forges strong relationships with our residents and families.

We invite you to experience the promise, too.

Situated in historic Front Royal, nestled in the beautiful surroundings of the northern Shenandoah Valley, Commonwealth Senior Living at Front Royal is the premier senior living community in Warren County, providing assisted living and memory care with integrity and respect.

Check the full listing here, and get your community or senior service rolling with a FREE, NO OBLIGATION Test Drive today to get your marketing efforts shifted into overdrive!

 

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July 24, 2017

Monday Morning TEST DRIVES Have Begun!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 11:18 am

The FREE ADVERTISING Test Drives kickoff today with the beautiful Commonwealth Senior Living at Cedar Bluff in Cedar Bluff Virginia!

Offering assisted living and memory care, Commonwealth Senior Living at Cedar Bluff provides its residents a home that is truly in harmony with nature. Nestled in beautiful surroundings, the senior living community offers a stunning view of the Appalachian Mountains. Though in a serene setting, the location offers easy access to Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands and Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell.

Designed by the Yates Group as one of the country’s first “green” senior living communities, Commonwealth Senior Living at Cedar Bluff is not only energy efficient, it is constructed with healthy building materials for reduced environmental impact for future generations.

Offering assisted living and Sweet Memories™, an award-winning memory care program, Commonwealth Senior Living at Cedar Bluff welcomes residents to enjoy the perfect balance of support and independence in a warm, inviting environment that feels like home.

You can view the complete listing for Commonwealth Senior Living at Cedar Bluff here and get your own TEST DRIVE on the fastest growing senior housing and services resource by visiting www.SeniorLivingGuide.com/TestDrive today!

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July 18, 2017

Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield has turbocharged their advertising today – FOR FREE!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 11:18 am

Our latest entry into the SeniorLivingGuide.com TEST DRIVE event is Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield – and we fueled them up right…and for FREE!

At Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield, we know that the need for support has brought our residents to our doors. But we also know that their desire to live an active, enriching lifestyle is as strong as ever. With our variety of services, amenities and programming, we encourage our residents to get involved, stay active and get the most out of every day.

Located just south of Richmond in Chesterfield County, Commonwealth Senior Living at Chesterfield is a home away from home for many area residents. Our community is just a few miles from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, and across the street from the Collegiate School Aquatics Center and Martin’s Grocery. Within blocks are specialty shops, family-owned restaurants and schools.

Check out their complete listing here and make sure you visit www.SeniorLivingGuide.com/TestDrive to get your marketing boost – FOR FREE!

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The TEST DRIVES continue today! Welcome Forest Heights Senior Living!!

Filed under: Alzheimer's,assisted living — seniorlivingguide @ 10:43 am

We’ve got more TEST DRIVE’s rolling out today! Be sure to get YOURS by visiting www.SeniorLivingGuide.com/TestDrive before this promotion is over!

This bit of FREE ADVERTISING goes to Forest Heights in Winston-Salem NC.

Nestled in a beautiful wooded neighborhood, Forest Heights Senior Living is a warm and welcoming community offering spacious assisted living apartments, as well as Five Star’s award-winning Bridge to Rediscovery program for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We also offer a full range of rehabilitation services as well as respite/short stays.

Our many services and amenities include restaurant-style dining, a full slate of social and recreational activities, regular outings, library, game room, wireless Internet, fitness and wellness programs, in-house beauty salon/barber shop, highly skilled 24-hour staff, transportation, and laundry and housekeeping.

You can check out the full ad, complete with pictures, floor plans and contact info, here.

 

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