April 29, 2020
We can safely say we are in a holding pattern for several more weeks.
Keeping that in mind, you may find yourself in a constant state of working hard to keep things fresh within your communities.
It is now more important than ever to have a plan to engage, entertain and keep your residents and your staff active daily.
Please don’t forget to include the staff, it is more important than ever to keep them motivated and happy on the job.
Setting up a weekly schedule of themes, decorations, activities and engagement will make a difference.
Once again, your SeniorLivingGuide.com team have drafted a few more ideas to share with your Program Directors, Marketers and Admin staff. Get everyone involved. This can really be a fun time!
- Play Dear Abby & Dear Arnold – Get some poster Boards and Big Markers – Pick a Topic, (such as – How do you not get gray hair? What’s the best way to lose weight? Best place to Honeymoon and why? Best advice your mama gave. ) Take pics of residents holding signs with their advice – make a video of all their advice. Send out on Social Media – email to families.
- Cook Off – Each Resident submits their favorite recipe (dessert/salad/veggie/main course) for the Chef to pick from–Or your Chef gets creative and puts out a list to be voted on by the residents for something fun at Lunch every Friday. Everyone votes and the Chef makes. Will help bring diversity to the menu and residents love food.
- Elf on the Shelf re-appears – Who says the elf has to be good all year, dig him out of the Christmas box and let him get into mischief. The night shift is responsible for his next naughty move. Residents will love looking for him each day when they go for a walk.
- Decorate your Door Day – Have your residents get creative – Wrapping Paper, Tin Foil, Pictures or Drawings – Use Butcher Plain Paper and let residents and staff write little notes to each other on the doors.
- Poker Run- 5 Card Stud – (make sure you know how many rooms/people are playing and how many decks you will need) At Breakfast Everyone gets their first card, Mid-morning a second card is dealt to each resident, Lunch a third, Mid-day a forth and Dinner the fifth card. Top four hands win prizes. If you do not want to spread it out over the day, it can be a hallway activity. (use a unique decorated back deck that no one has, here are some on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YFCH1QM/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_ZPEHEbEYBF7QJ ).
- If you allow Pets – Resident/Pet of the Week – Have residents submit picture and story – let others vote to elect a community “pet of the week” – Get a cute little toy for the Pet of the Week – Post Pics of pet and owner on Social Media with their story and share with others to post.
- Patio Play – With an amplifier or intercom system – Do Patio/Balcony Games – Simon Says is always a fun one, the fall back is Bingo but when you start thinking you can get creative. Have a Balcony/Patio Dance. – Check out what The Talbot on Granby did. https://www.facebook.com/TalbotOnGranby/videos/236927574117784/
- Shooting Range – Outside Time, set up tables (6 ft. apart) a bucket of water and some targets or empty water bottles as targets. Squirt gun competition – who doesn’t love a good squirt gun, always a party favorite.
- Window Paint day – Using the individual small trays of water color and a paint brush (38 sets for $39 on Amazon – Bulk Water Color Paint Party Pack)- Let Residents Paint their window. You can also set up one special window and tape it off to do the Stained Glass Window we have seen on Social Media.
- Show Horses – Its time to have a horse show- decorate brooms – get several employees to participate. Set up a silly obstacle course outside the building that is viewable from room windows. – Have the participating Staff ride the halls on their decorated brooms before the show. Outside have each Horseman weave in and out of lawn chairs, have little signs here and there “stop” “hop 3 times” “spin right spin to the left” “stop and tip your hat” get creative throw in some dance moves. Make it so everyone can enjoy from their window and cheer as the riders go by waving to the residents being silly and fun.
Last but Not Least – “Let’s Dance” – Your Staff need to enjoy the day as well, having your lunch servers break into a simple line dance or skit keeps things light and fun (don’t forget to get the video and post on Social Media)
If you do any of the activities that our SeniorLivingGuide.com staff has recommended, please share pictures or video with us by emailing to: email@example.com. We would be happy to share your community’s story via social. We will tag your community if you so wish! Our social accounts can be a positive marketing extension of your brand during the Covid-19 pandemic. #weareallinthistogether
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February 12, 2020
Sponsored by: Resort Lifestyle Communities
Independent vs. Assisted Living: What Do I Need To Know?
If you’ve been thinking about downsizing or even transitioning to a new living situation, you’re likely doing a lot of research to discover possibilities and help guide your decision. As someone over the age of 55, those options may include an independent living community or an assisted living arrangement. To some, these options appear to be one in the same, but while each situation is designed to simplify your life, there are a few varying features. Below, we’ve highlighted the differences that separate these two senior living options.
What is Independent Living?
As the name implies, independent living is for seniors who want to continue to live an independent lifestyle. You’ll find residence options like apartments, duplexes, town homes and condos, all in a variety of sizes and floor plans. This type of environment is designed to make life more comfortable and convenient. For example, most offer housekeeping, laundry service, dining plans, and transportation. Imagine the feeling of not having to dust, vacuum, or even mow the yard again!
When it comes to activities, amenities can include fitness centers, multiple on-site dining options, beauty parlors and barber shops, banking, art studios, movie theaters, game rooms, and other entertainment spaces that give you social opportunities to make new friends. Above all, you get the freedom to enjoy the retirement of your dreams.
What is Assisted Living?
Many assisted living facilities have the same features as independent living communities, such as meal preparation, laundry services, housekeeping, and transportation. There can also be planned social activities and opportunities for exercise and special outings. And there’s typically trained staff on site at all times to help with all of the above.
With regard to your living space, assisted living offers an apartment-style setting with access to assistance, as needed. One of the most significant differences is assisted living is designed for those who have special needs and cannot live alone safely. It offers an environment where seniors can receive support for daily activities such as bathing, dressing, medication administration, and mobility.
Assisted living communities tend to have one or more full-time medical personnel, such as certified nursing assistants, who are trained in meeting the needs of older adults. This staff isn’t typically available around the clock like a traditional nursing home, though.
What About a Resort Lifestyle?
You may be wondering where Resort Lifestyle Communities fits into your decision-making process. RLC’s resort lifestyle is a customized experience that meets your individual needs, goals, and interests. They take the best of everything to provide an independent, simple, all-inclusive lifestyle, all for one monthly price with no buy-in fee or long-term leases. They offer all of the luxuries you’d expect: beautiful accommodations, resort-style dining, around-the-clock concierge services, housekeeping, fitness center, travel program, and much more. RLC communities are also a pet-friendly, which allows your furry family members to move with you with no extra fees!
And should the need arise, RLC communities also offer the option of home health assistance to enable you to stay in your home and near your friends for as long as possible. At an RLC community, you have the varying levels of support you’ll need for the multiple stages in your adult life.
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February 6, 2020
By Anita Ginsburg
When it comes time to retire, one of the first things people think about is housing. Some people have saved over the years and eventually go on to buy a place in the location of their dreams. For others, they prefer to stay where they are, however, now want to live in a place where they can kick back and relax.
If you fall in to the latter category, it’s important to know that all retirement communities are not the same. So, before you start packing, here’s what you need to be looking for in a retirement community.
Even if you’re in perfect health, the place you ultimately choose should be equipped with appropriate medical care. If you plan on making this your permanent home, look for retirement communities that offer both emergency and routine care. If you suffer from chronic medical conditions, like diabetes or hypertension, it’s even more important to ensure you have access to medical care.
In addition to quality medical services, recreational activities are another important part of choosing your new place. Socialization is important at any age, so look for communities that promote social interaction. Even if you’re more of an introvert, you still need to have access to activities you enjoy doing and be able to mix and mingle at will.
When touring different prospects, take the time to speak to current residents. Ask about the different recreational options there are, whether they enjoy them and if there are any areas that need improvement.
Think about the environment you want to retire in. If you’re somewhere that’s known for brutal winters, you might have set your sights on somewhere warmer. Regardless of location, unless it’s close to home, you should plan on visiting the area prior to making a final decision. Above all else, you need to ensure that you’re happy with the location, either on a part-time basis or all year round.
Consider Your Budget
Affordability is by far the most important factor you need to consider. Just like buying a home, your budget determines whether you can live comfortably. If you’re not financially savvy, enlist the help of a trusted family member or friend who can crunch the numbers.
Determine how much money you’ll need each month to live comfortably. If where you choose mandates additional monthly fees or has a mandatory entrance fee, you need to consider this as well.
Finally, make sure where you choose to live matches your lifestyle. For instance, if you have pets, inquire if the community is pet friendly prior to visiting the property. There’s no point in touring if the community does match your lifestyle.
Choosing a retirement community that suits both your wants and needs takes time. Make a list of everything you must have and also things you’re flexible with. Doing so will save you time, money and help narrow down your search.
Bio: 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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January 8, 2020
Sponsored by: Resort Lifestyle Communities
All-inclusive resorts have been around since the 1950s when the French-based Club Med introduced the concept to their guests. When people learned about the perks of an all-inclusive stay that would simplify vacation budgeting, the idea really took off. Since that time, countless vacation destinations, cruise ships, and even retirement communities have adopted the all-inclusive model.
For more than two decades, Resort Lifestyle Communities (RLC) has offered residents a luxurious, all-inclusive lifestyle that provides a relaxing and worry-free retirement. For many, financial considerations are a priority. Here are five reasons that all-inclusive living with RLC simply makes sense.
- Budget Simplicity
When your rent, utilities, meals, and entertainment are all covered with a single monthly cost, it’s much easier to map out your personal finances. You won’t have the fluctuating costs of heating and cooling your home, and you don’t have to pay for big-ticket surprises, like when your water heater fails or your dryer decides it’s had its last spin. Perhaps even more importantly, RLC’s all-inclusive monthly cost is transparent. No hidden fees! Some senior communities require a nonrefundable entrance or community fee, which is sometimes referred to as your “buy-in.” Because RLC values a worry-free lifestyle in every aspect of our business, they don’t charge buy-in fees or require you to sign a long-term lease.
- Effortless Healthy Eating
Meal planning, grocery shopping, and preparation can make getting three square meals a day tedious and time-consuming. With an all-inclusive lifestyle, you never have to cook unless you want to! RLC offers a signature Freedom Dining program that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, or a fine dining experience that mimics that of a luxury resort. Professional chefs provide three wonderful, nutritious meals each day, anytime you like. And if you need a snack in between meals, their 24-7 chef’s pantry is the place to go!
- Free Time to Celebrate Life
Time is one of life’s most valuable commodities. When activities or chores like cooking, cleaning, or maintaining a home are done for you, that means you have more time to spend on the things you enjoy most. You can invest in meeting new friends, trying new activities like yoga, taking up new hobbies, and sampling new foods from our executive chefs. The possibilities are endless! Some RLC residents have even joined Wii bowling leagues together.
- Quality Conveniences
Another benefit that’s somewhat unique to RLC is the quality of services you get for your money. Residents’ comfort, safety, and enjoyment are their top priority. In order to support residents in these ways, their all-inclusive pricing includes convenience amenities, like access to live-in managers, a 24/7 emergency alert system, concierge service, gourmet chefs, housekeepers, maintenance staff, a full-time lifestyle director, and so much more. The cost of acquiring these services outside of a senior community would far outweigh the cost of your all-inclusive monthly payment at an RLC community.
- Things Money Can’t Buy
All-inclusive living also offers things money can’t buy. The ability to keep your beloved pet, the many friendships you can create, the feeling of freedom from chores, and daily access to delicious food (that you don’t have to cook), are just a few. When you add it up, all of these benefits equal a life of ease with the freedom to do as much or as little as you want. So, go to that happy hour, try a new fitness class, take a trip to the mall with friends, or relax and take a nap. You can live your life to the fullest – and it’s all included!
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October 22, 2019
By Brooke Chaplan
If you’re considering making a move to a retirement community, it’s likely going to be a big change for you. You want to pick a community that you know you’ll enjoy and feel comfortable being part of. Here are three things that you’ll want to include in your checklist to ensure you pick the right retirement community for you.
One of the best benefits that you can gain from some of the newer retirement communities is on-site healthcare. Many communities will offer nursing staff that visit your home or apartment regularly. This saves you the trouble of having to get to your own appointments. Not all retirement communities offer this. While you may not need medical assistance right now, it doesn’t hurt to look for a retirement facility that can provide you with this benefit in the future if your health changes.
Priced Within Your Budget
Since you’re likely not working a full-time job anymore, you’re going to be on a limited budget. You need to take the time to assess your financial situation and determine what the appropriate price range is for you. By determining this from the very start, you can ensure that you only look at adult community homes for sale that will fit in your price range. You don’t want to end up locking yourself into a living arrangement that you end up not being able to afford over the long run.
It’s very easy to forget the recreation factor when deciding on what retirement community you want to live in. However, it’s one of the most vital components that you should be utilizing to choose the right community for you. You want a retirement house that allows you the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities that keep you moving in your golden years. A good retirement community will offer recreational activities all year long that you can enjoy participating in. Some include golf, biking, dance lessons, crafts, music shoes, trivia, gardening, cooking, and so forth.
Picking the right retirement community to fit your lifestyle should be a decision that you don’t take too lightly. You want to find a place that promotes your health and provides various benefits that you can utilize in your senior years. The above are three of these important factors that you should be including in your overall decision. Be sure to make a list and visit any potential communities before settling on which one you decide to stay at.
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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January 16, 2019
September 27, 2018
Dynamic new community brings a fun, “no worries” vibe to Lowcountry Living – Plan your visit now by visiting our listing on SeniorLivingGuide.com!
This summer’s grand opening of LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Hilton Head’s nine Margaritaville-inspired model homes drew more than 2,500 aspiring homeowners for a first look at the vibrant new community’s colorful single-family and villa homes. Visitors also toured the Lake Latitude Club that features resort-style pool, beach area, fitness center and party room.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head is located in Hardeeville, South Carolina — the scenic gateway to Hilton Head Island. This dynamic new community for those 55-and-better who are “growing older…but not up” combines South Carolina’s charm and hospitality with Latitude Margaritaville’s “no worries” tropical vibe to deliver a whole new element to Lowcountry living. Sales have begun in the community’s Phase 1 that includes 203 home sites. Plans call for a total of 3,000 homes.
Latitude Margaritaville is a totally new lifestyle concept by master developer Minto Communities and global lifestyle brand Margaritaville Holdings that is redefining active adult living. Latitude Margaritaville presents the lifestyle of fun, food and music portrayed in the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and best-selling author Jimmy Buffett.
LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Hilton Head is the second of the communities to be introduced. The first location in Daytona Beach, Florida was ranked the nation’s most popular active adult community of 2018 by 55Places.com. Additional LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE locations are planned for some of the nation’s most popular destinations, including Watersound, Florida in the Florida Panhandle.
LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Hilton Head includes walkable neighborhoods, golf-cart friendly streets and a lively Town Center, currently under construction and slated to open in 2019. Music will play an important part in the community with residents enjoying live entertainment under the bandshell and dancing in the Latitude Town Square.
Resort level amenities will include a state-of-the-art Fins Up! Fitness Center with aerobics studio, indoor lap pool, spa, group fitness classes, wellness and community programs and more. Additional amenities include a Paradise Pool with beach entry, cabanas and tiki huts; tennis, pickleball and bocce ball courts; Workin’ N’ Playin’ Center for arts, crafts and other programs, and a Coconut Telegraph Business Center. Residents can relax at a Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant, Changes in Attitude poolside bar and Last Mango Theater for dances and banquets.
For golf cart tune-ups there will be The Hanger workshop, and pets will be pampered at the Barkaritaville Pet Spa and Dog Park. In addition to the many in-community amenities, an adjoining 290,000-square-foot golf cart-accessible neighborhood retail center is being developed in partnership with Sutton Properties, Inc.
A wide range of home designs and floor plans are offered. LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE Hilton Head model homes are from three distinct villa and single-family home collections – the Caribbean, Beach and Island. Four villa home models include the Antigua, Barbuda, Jamaica and Nevis, ranging from 1,503 to 1,862 square feet under air. Additional villa floor plans include the Caicos and Lucia. All have two bedrooms, den or hobby room, two baths, covered lanai with option to add a pool, and two-car garage. Villa pricing starts at $243,990.
Five single-family home models include the Coconut, Parrot, Breeze, Aruba and Trinidad. Additional single-family home floor plans are available, and include the Hammock, Cabana, Bimini and St. Bart. Single-family homes range from 1,684 to 2,564 square feet under air and feature two to three bedrooms plus den, two to three-car garages, two to three-and-a-half baths and a covered lanai with option to add a pool. Pricing for single-family homes starts at $293,990.
The LATITUDE MARGARITAVILLE sales center is located at 356 Latitude Boulevard, Hardeeville, South Carolina. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call 844-388-6777 or visit www.LatitudeMargaritaville.com.
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August 8, 2018
June 14, 2018
By: Darleen Mahoney
Independent Senior Housing, Independent Living Communities or Age Restricted Communities are created for Seniors that are typically active, healthy, and do not require medical assistance. The biggest factor is the age restriction that is placed on the residents that move in, typically the age is 55+-62, but can vary. Its not unusual that some new residents are still working and are years away from retirement age. These communities are built in neighborhoods of homes, townhomes, condos, cottages, apartments, or any type of home where the residents can maintain an independent lifestyle. These communities may offer amenities that attract residents like golf courses, pools, community centers, work out centers, and include ground maintenance and security. There is an activity director who plans a calendar of events including group trips, special dances and karaoke nights.
What are the benefits of an Independent Living Community? These communities provide senior specific social environments and activities to residents that appeal to their “senior only” residents.
Residents of an Independent Living Community live alone or as a couple without any type of skilled nursing. If their health declines and they choose to remain in the community, they still have the option to hire home health care providers or private caregivers.
There are many variables on policies as these are set by management. Depending on a public, private, or government managed property the policies may vary greatly. Costs should line up with the market value for similar housing and community in the area. There can be additional community related costs and taxes for landscaping, pool maintenance, etc. There are subsidizes programs through the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development for those low-income seniors in need.
If you are an independent, active adult over the age of 55 you have many options to choose from in Independent Senior Living! Visit us on www.SeniorLivingGuide.com, click on Active Adult/Retirement, then click on your State and Region of Interest and begin researching what each one offers you and your lifestyle! Happy House hunting!
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April 19, 2018
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By: Darleen Mahoney
The more and more that I work in this industry, I think back to the times that made the older folks that mean so much to me the happiest. They are mostly “a-ha” moments, not anything that I could have bought and shipped through Amazon, texted, or even the quick drop in just to say “hi”. It was the time that was spent visiting with them. It was time sharing a meal, going to CVS to help them pick out a birthday card, sharing the stories of my life, reminiscing about the past, and the times that they themselves were an integral part of my family and daily life. I remember how proud they would be to introduce me and my children to complete strangers. It was like being introduced for a “lifetime achievement” Award at the Golden Globes. That is what we are to our elderly loved ones. We are their lifetime achievements.
When my son was little, his school adopted a Senior retirement community at Christmas time. He was in Kindergarten and they took a field trip to the community, each child “wrote” a book and colored it, we all made Christmas cookies, and the kids sang carols. My son sat in a complete stranger’s lap reading his story with such pride as she intently listened, holding him on her lap so happy with the biggest smile on her face. She was so entrenched in his story and hung on to every word that he said. It meant the world to him because he knew she loved his story, and I know it meant the world to her because you could see the visible joy on her face. I sat there and realized I was holding back tears because it made me happy to see this connection between two strangers vastly different in years. I regret that he never saw her again, I truly believe that it would have been really good for them both.
Buckner Parkway Place, a senior living community in Houston, Texas hosted a group of young people who volunteered at their community through their local high school. “This partnership with Westside High is what Buckner is all about,” said Susan Phelps, executive director of Parkway Place. “Buckner exists to serve both vulnerable children and senior adults, and what better way to do that than by engaging a multi-generation partnership with students who otherwise might not have these opportunities? Plus, seeing the way Parkway Place residents light up around these students is a joy. I feel more confident than ever about the future of senior living because of their eagerness to serve.” http://www.buckner.org/blog/learning-to-serve
Family life is changing. Unlike in the past, when extended families lived close to each other, older folks are living longer and more self-sufficiently, but they are also living alone. With the change in lifestyle and the growing distances from family members, even though their adult children have healthier and more active parents, they are less likely to visit them, and their grandchildren are less likely to know and visit their grandparents as often as in the past.
Developing connections between young and old generations can help both groups. Visit your local Senior Center, Senior Community and ask how you can volunteer by spending time with their residents. You can also visit http://www.servingseniors.org/get-involved/advocacy/ , include children in advocacy, they too are your future. #payitforward
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