February 20, 2018
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 independent 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:
- 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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February 5, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
Once it’s been decided that potentially downsizing for retirement living or moving into a senior living community is on the horizon, the most stressful aspect can be selling the home. There are many things to consider outside of the emotional tolls of leaving a home with years of memories attached. There is also the reality that the house itself is most likely the largest source of income/equity, therefore, its very important to sell the house at the best price that the market will allow.
Staging a home and making it more appealing to a wide range of buyers is a best practice and that may be challenging for some Seniors while they are still living in the home. There are a few options for staging a home. It can range from keeping living spaces very organized and decluttered and quick paint fixes to having a professional “stage” the home for sale. Typically, a service will stage a home to make it look larger, utilize neutral colors and will take any personal items of the current homeowner and put them away. These services may replace existing furniture and other personal items which can be stressful for Seniors but can also raise the value of the home. Buyers should not focus on the current homeowner’s taste, style and personal choices.
If a Senior is moving to an Assisted Living community, they will most likely need to downsize right away. This can be such a taxing process both emotionally and physically. According to AARP https://www.aarp.org/work/retirement-planning/info-08-2011/retirement-downsizing.html , it’s recommended that you plan to, “hit the ‘heart of the home’ rooms first. That’s usually the kitchen, living room, and family room, which tend to be the most cluttered and contain items with the greatest emotional value and everyday use. Make four piles-keep, donate, give to family members and trash.”
Other things to consider while staging is touching up paint, changing out hardware, new blinds, replacing burned out lightbulbs, adding fresh flowers or potted plants, fixing visible issues around the house that a buyer would notice, and rearranging furniture to create the look of a larger space. Best practice is to keep in mind that when a potential buyer walks through your home, they need to be able to picture their own personal items and sense of style as well. If there is a strong color palette in the home, it may be necessary to re-paint a more neutral palette to assure that the potential buyer is seeing the actual house and not just the wall colors.
Also, consider the front of the house. A potential buyer should never drive up and before they even enter the house think, “what a lot of work” before entering the home.
Remember the most important things in staging with Seniors is that there may be more emotional attachments to their personal tastes and their personal items Its important to be cognizant of that and walk through the process at their pace while explaining why “staging” will only benefit them in the long run.
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January 22, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
Being financially prepared before and during retirement is integral in assuring a comfortable and less stressful “golden years”.
Knowing what your retirement bills will look like verses your work life bills and expenses are helpful in budgeting. You may save money on commuting expenses and buying expensive clothes, work lunches and multiple co-worker “life events” financial contributions, but what is the offset in your income?
The first thing you would want to do is assess your finances. Any good budget begins with understanding of your current income and expenses.
Your biggest expense in retirement will most likely be your housing. If you can pay off your mortgage before retirement this will eliminate your biggest monthly expense. If you are unable to do this, you might find it beneficial to downsize and decrease your monthly mortgage, cashing in on any equity to help build up your nest egg. You may also want to consider retirement living and active adult retirement communities as options as they can offer turnkey solutions for long term home stability.
The other biggest expense during retirement will be health care expenses. It is imperative to do a deep dive into what is available to you, especially if you retire before being eligible for Medicare. You may also want to consider budgeting and saving for long term care expenses, as you or your spouse may need them.
Tracking your expenses with online budgeting tools can also be a real eye opener on where your money may be going. Budgeting tools like Mint and You Need a Budget will sync with your bank account and will be able to track where your money goes. https://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/articles/2016-08-10/7-tips-for-budgeting-in-retirement
Additional recommendations you might want to consider:
• Have fun-watching TV is not a healthy way to live and these should truly be the years that you have worked so hard for!
• Emergencies! – Big ticket items like New AC, Car repairs, new refrigerator, etc.
• Avoid Debt!
Most retirees have a fixed budget where they may live on a month to month income, creating a budget and being prepared will allow you the opportunity to enjoy your retirement with less financial stress.
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January 15, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
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)
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 14, 2017
We had a late entry into our Summer TEST DRIVE event – Jenni-Lynn Assisted Living in West Columbia SC, so we’re helping spread the word about their community with a FREE listing for 30 days! (plus a few social media shout outs!)
Jenni-Lynn Senior Living is located on Hook Avenue in West Columbia. Columbia is 1 of 30 cities listed as “America’s Most Livable Communities”, and “Where to Retire Magazine” listed Columbia as 1 of the 25 best choices for retirement. Columbia was also selected #2 in “RetireHomeSmart.com’s” best retirement city poll. Columbia includes some of the best medical care facilities in the state such as Providence, Palmetto Health, Baptist, and Lexington Medical Centers, and William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center. Interstate 26 makes travel in and around the city convenient. Jenni-Lynn is licensed for 63 residents, and offers 53 assisted living apartments. The one-level floor plan includes five apartment styles to choose from, including Palmetto A, Palmetto B, Capital, Jasmine, and Jenni-Lynn suite.
View the complete listing here which includes pictures and links to their website!
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August 10, 2017
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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March 8, 2017
Bright Oaks is a whole new concept in senior living that emphasizes living and takes it to a whole new level. By celebrating what’s unique in each one of us, Bright Oaks communities encourage engagement on a very personal level. Our goal is to help you ignite your curious nature—and make life fun again.
Above all, at Bright Oaks of Aurora, we are a family. We work together and play together. We cherish friends, family and friendships yet to be made. We invite you to be part of our family.
View their ad on SeniorLivingGuide.com HERE.
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March 2, 2017
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February 2, 2017
Regency at Pineville, a GORGEOUS community in Charlotte, NC has recently bumped their listing up in our search results by upgrading to a Premium listing!
Premium listings appear near the top of our search results better promoting Regency at Pineville to seniors and their loved ones searching for senior housing in the Charlotte area.
We’ve also updated a video for them to better showcase their community and build interest.
You can view this wonderful community by clicking here!
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January 25, 2017
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Resort Lifestyle Communities has recently partnered with SeniorLivingGuide.com to promote their beautiful communities in AL, AZ, FL, KS, ME, MO, NC, NE, NM, NY,OH, SC, TN & TX!
Their listings on SeniorLivingGuide.com show community photos and floor plans, list amenities and features, and have direct contact info for all of their properties.
We look forward to connecting seniors and their loved ones with these amazing retirement communities!
You can view a description of Resort Lifestyle Communities, as well as links to their website and social media pages, and a list of all of their new listings on SeniorLivingGuide.com by clicking here.
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