March 26, 2020

10 Ideas, Tips and Tricks Keeping Your Residents Engaged and Happy While Maintaining Social Distancing.

Filed under: Caregivers,Senior Activities,Senior Housing — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 2:59 pm

Senior Housing News

By Karen Cassidy

I shake my head when I see that we are using the words “community” “distance” and “social” in one sentence.

This is our new reality, at least for the time being, and it is important to keep seniors engaged and active. One of the biggest challenges is to make sure that we are doing our best to make sure that this crisis does not affect them emotionally as well.

We all know about FaceTime, Skype and other video visits with family, which are imperative. Maybe you are even doing visits through a glass window. Putting aside the family visits through electronics and glass windows, are you able to get creative with games, fun, laughter and interaction in the other times with so much on your plate?

Are you sharing the fun times and activities that you are having on your social media?

Social Media allows you to connect and share your most authentic community experience with your families and future residents.

We know that marketing right now is hard to do the traditional way. In this ever changing environment, we are forced to learn new ways to effectively engage with our audience.

These caregivers and family members are checking out your social media to see what you are doing now. If you are not sharing, are you shortchanging them?

Sharing on your Social media through images, video, and stories will not only connect your current residents’ family with their loved ones, but it will work to benefit your community in the future. Future residents will look at your social media and how you dealt with this pandemic and the activities that took place in your community as part of their decision.

Make it work for you in the future.  Our future families will be asking us about how we handled this time.

Do not forget that while we are in very strange days, marketing your community does not stop. How you market just changes.

We have loved seeing all the different ideas from all over the country shared on Social Media, our Team at SeniorLivingGuide.com has a few ideas of our own that we will be sharing with you. We hope that these are great ideas to help get your creative juices flowing and help provide quality content for your social while making happy, healthy, smiling residents!

Ideas or happy, healthy, and smiling Residents and Staff!

    1. Joke of the Day – When staff clock in, have a clipboard on the wall with Corny/Cheesy jokes – each member of the staff picks a joke a day and crosses it off the list and as they go through their day they share their corny joke of the day with everyone they meet.  (check out https://www.quickfunnyjokes.com/cheesy.html)
    2. Staff Dress Up Days – fun and whimsical for everyone (Residents can vote for their favorite Staff Member “Dress Up”)
    3. Hat Day for Residents – everyone can decorate their hat/crown – a member of staff goes around and snaps pictures – if you have a closed channel on TV post the pictures here for everyone to enjoy – post to social media (Amazon – Crowns 40 for $15 or Gangsta hats 24 for $15)
    4. Mustache Day – staff and/or residents wears a stick on mustache (amazon pkgs of 60 are 8.99) – take more pics and social media them. Print up a collage and share with residents.
    5. Resident Newsletter – If you do not have a Resident Newsletter now is the time to start one. Let the residents share pictures, recipes, stories and other items of interest in a weekly 2-3 page newsletter.
    6. Balloons – Anything you do with balloons is always fun until they pop. Plastic Fly Swatters from the Dollar Tree and some Balloons make a nice Mock Tennis game and you can maintain social distance – clear a spot in the dining room for a fun game or two. Do you have a helium tank? Do a four-five balloon bouquet and take to each resident’s room. Just having balloons make everyone happy.
    7. Storyteller… Do you have residents that are great storytellers? Readers? Put them on the intercom let them read a little story, tell a little tale. Set up a sign in sheet for those that want to participate or they can tell a joke.
    8. 6pm News Broadcast – Have residents put together the weather report for the next day, highlights of daily news inside the community and around the world. Could make it only good news “news” and put them on the intercom or closed circuit TV.
    9. Mystery Pen Pals – Program Director takes the names of those that want to participate – assign each person a “Game Name” i.e.: Doris Johnson – Game Name is Winnie the Pooh. (use Disney names/star Trek/or old rockers like Elvis) Winnie the Pooh goes into the hat – each person picks a mystery name to write to. Therefore, Winnie the Pooh may pick Donald Duck out of the hat. They cannot share their real name. At the end of the week if you have a close-knit community they can try to guess who they were pen paling with or you can post a page with pictures and their mystery name and real name.
    10. Outside Fly Time – When residents go outside to enjoy the sunshine have some balsa wood airplanes available – throwing them and retrieving them is great exercise and a lot of fun. (I love amazon – 36 Balsa-Wood Top Gun Glider Model Planes for $44 and you can spray with alcohol to sanitize)

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March 24, 2020

Retiring for the Active Adult: Where to Retire to When You Still Have Plenty to Do

Filed under: Active Adult,Retirement Planning — Tags: , — seniorlivingguide @ 9:28 am

Courtesy of Anita Ginsburg

active adult retirement options

For many seniors, retirement isn’t a time to sit back and relax—it’s an opportunity to start finally living how they truly want. Whether you love to bike, swim or unwind with a game of golf, there are plenty of active and scenic states that are ideal for anyone who is ready to dive headfirst into their golden years.

Florida

Florida may be the most obvious choice, but there are good reasons why Florida is so popular among retirees. Florida boasts beautiful weather, idyllic beaches and breathtaking coastlines along with plenty of affordable retirement villages. Go kayaking, snorkel, and take in incredible views as you navigate winding lighthouse trails. The Sunshine State knows how to give its residents the ultimate mix of relaxation and adventure.

Hawaii

Every island has its own personality in Hawaii. You’ll be able to take a vacation without getting far from home as you make your way across the island, uncovering their hidden gems and finding new favorite destinations. From unbelievable views to tropical weather year-round, Hawaii is always a good idea. There are also plenty of opportunities to hike, take photos, swim, snorkel and connect with nature on one of America’s most well-preserved natural beauties.

Colorado

If you prefer the mountains to the beach, then consider Colorado as your retirement destination. From the active nightlife in Denver to more quaint and rural towns, Colorado invites anyone who loves to climb, hunt, fish, or raft to enjoy its beautiful landscapes. A major plus of this state is its connection to major interstates that make for phenomenal road trips.

Washington

Washington state is filled with beautiful forests and boasts a gorgeous coastline. There are plenty of towns perfect for retirees in the state, including Gig Harbor, which was voted the fourth best place to retire in America by Smart Asset. From amazing, unobstructed views of nature to plenty of outdoor activities and recreation centers, Washington could be exactly what you’ve been looking for.

Look for Activities

Maybe you don’t care so much about traveling or scenic views. Instead, think about what you truly love to do and move somewhere that allows you to do that as much as possible. If you love golfing, look for golf front homes. If you’re excited to finally have time to focus on cycling, move somewhere with good trails.  If you want to volunteer your time to a good cause, look for charities you’re interested and supporting. You can even join an organization like the Peace Corps

You’ve spent years waiting for this moment, and choosing the place you’ll likely spend the rest of your life is no small feat. If you can, plan a vacation to the state that appeals to you the most so you can check out houses or retirement communities in person. Work with a financial advisor so you can make the best choice for your future and all the adventure it holds.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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March 17, 2020

Effective March 17, 2020, Social Security Offices Will Only Offer Phone Service

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — seniorlivingguide @ 3:35 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

** Online Services Remain Available **

All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  This decision protects the population we serve—older Americans and people with underlying medical conditions—and our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  However, we are still able to provide critical services. social security administration logo

Our secure and convenient online services remain available at www.socialsecurity.gov.  Local offices will also continue to provide critical services over the phone.  We are working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local governments, and other experts to monitor COVID-19 and will let you know as soon as we can resume in-person service.

If you need help from Social Security:                                                       

  • First, please use our secure and convenient online services available at socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. You can apply for retirement, disability, and Medicare benefits online, check the status of an application or appeal, request a replacement Social Security card (in most areas), print a benefit verification letter, and much more – from anywhere and from any of your devices. We also have a wealth of information to answer most of your Social Security questions online, without having to speak with a Social Security representative in person or by phone. Please visit our online Frequently Asked Questions at www.socialsecurity.gov/ask.
  • If you cannot conduct your Social Security business online, please check our online field office locator for specific information about how to directly contact your local office. Your local office still will be able to provide critical services to help you apply for benefits, answer your questions, and provide other services over the phone.
  • If you already have an in-office appointment scheduled, we will call you to handle your appointment over the phone instead. If you have a hearing scheduled, we will call you to discuss alternatives for continuing with your hearing, including offering a telephonic hearing.  Our call may come from a PRIVATE number and not from a U.S. Government phone.  Please remember that our employees will not threaten you or ask for any form of payment.

If you cannot complete your Social Security business online, please call our National 800 Number at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).  Our National 800 Number has many automated service options you can use without waiting to speak with a telephone representative.  A list of automated telephone services is available online at www.socialsecurity.gov/agency/contact/phone.html.

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March 10, 2020

4 Ways to Make Your Lawn and Yard Safe for the Elderly

Filed under: Mobility,Senior Safety — Tags: — seniorlivingguide @ 1:38 pm

lawn safety tips for seniors

By Brooke Chaplan

If you are a senior or if you have older individuals in your home, then it is important to make the lawns safer. An older person can easily get injured outside a home, leading to fractured bones or other problems. However, this does not mean that the elderly have to be confined to the indoors. There are many ways for the elderly to maintain mobility and freedom of movement as they age. Here are some of the ways to make your lawns safer for elderly individuals.

Removal of Debris and Clutter

Walk outside to determine if there is a lot of clutter and debris on your property so that you can remove the dangerous objects to make it safer. Some of the things that you may find are old garden hoses or tools along with broken toys and tree branches. Pick up the items to determine what you want to keep, but also, plan on throwing any junk away so that an older person will not trip and fall outside your home.

Add Patios and Pathways

You can make it easier for an elderly individual to walk outside by adding pathways or patios to the lawns of your property. Hardscaping can include using cement, stone, or wood materials that will make it simpler to walk outside without slipping on wet grass or mud. Decks and pathways will also make your property more attractive throughout the year.

Make Sure that the Soil Is Safe to Walk On

While walking outside, you may notice that some areas of the soil are unstable, leading to sliding or falling. This type of issue is especially dangerous for older individuals who can become injured easily. Fortunately, you can hire a company that specializes in soil stabilization, who can create a firm surface on your lawns to make it safer to walk on. With a pressure grouting process, you can have a lawn with packed soil and no dangerous air spaces.

Eliminating Dangerous Pests

It is essential to eliminate the dangerous pests on your property so that an elderly individual isn’t bitten by an animal or stung by an insect. You should eliminate the standing water on a property so that there are fewer mosquitoes, and you should also make sure that there aren’t a lot of honeybees or wasps outside your home. An exterminator can inspect a property and apply pest-control treatments on a regular basis to eliminate spiders and insects. You may also need to have wildlife animals removed from your property to avoid problems from bites or scratches.

If you don’t understand how to check your home’s lawns for safety problems, then you can hire a landscaper to inspect your property.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan

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