When your loved one starts showing signs of needing memory care assistance, you may be required to start filing an entirely new role of caregiver. And even if you’ve served as a caregiver for other people before, providing care to a loved one with memory challenges is likely to be a completely different experience.
As you’re transitioning to this new role, these tips from Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tucson, Arizona, can help:
When your loved one begins to show signs of memory challenges, it can be frustrating for you as the caregiver to see the changes they are experiencing. Even though emotions can be running high, try to actively empathize with your loved one and interact with them from a place of love. Try to look at things from your loved one’s perspective—how would you feel if you were in your loved one’s situation, experiencing the challenges they are experiencing? How would you want someone to interact with you?
As you’re navigating these new waters, you’re bound to make mistakes—you’re human, after all. But as long as you’re doing your best, learning as much as you can, and treating for your loved one with plenty of empathy and love, you will be a successful caregiver.
As your loved one faces these new challenges, be sure that your expectations of success are in line with their needs and abilities. As their caregiver, you may wish to see them enjoy life exactly as they did before, without any limitations or adjustments. But if that is your only idea of success, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Instead, redefine what success as a caregiver means based on your loved one’s needs rather than your own expectations.
Success as a caregiver means ensuring that your loved one is as comfortable, safe, and happy as possible. And it’s likely that each day will look different—some days will be better than others. But if you’ve done your best to focus on your loved one’s comfort, safety, and happiness, you can consider your day successful!
As a caregiver, you will be taking on the responsibility of being in charge of your loved one’s medications, schedule, and safety, as well as other aspects of their life. To take charge successfully, you’ll need to thoroughly understand your loved one’s needs and their doctors’ recommendations for any medical conditions.
Be sure that you are familiar with any medications your loved one is taking, as well as their medication schedule. Ensure that you’re aware of any symptoms or conditions you should be monitoring, as well as any warning signs to watch out for. Finally, talk to your loved one’s doctor about how to regularly reassess and evaluate your loved one’s needs, and when to modify their care plan.
Being the sole caregiver for a loved one experiencing memory challenges can be a taxing job. If you need a break, some additional assistance, or for experienced professionals to take over your loved one’s care, it may be advantageous to find a memory care facility like Copper Canyon.
If you’re going out of town or simply need a break to care for yourself, the community offers short-term and respite stay options for your loved one. They’ll be able to enjoy the facility’s programs, amenities, and experienced staff, and you’ll have peace of mind that they are in good hands.
If your loved one’s needs have changed such that they would benefit from 24/7 professional care, Copper Canyon is ready to welcome them with open arms. The community provides specialized memory care programming to support your loved one’s needs, and you’ll be impressed with the comfortable rooms and luxury amenities.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Copper Canyon, contact our friendly team today.
When the time has come to choose a facility for a loved one who needs daily assistance, the choices can be a little confusing. What type of community would serve their needs best? What amenities and care options do you want them to have access to?
The Haven at North Hills Personal Care and Memory Care Facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, embraces seniors in need of assistance with daily activities, personal care, or memory care. The Haven is not an assisted living facility, but rather a luxury personal care and memory care community that can give you complete peace of mind that your loved one is safe, happy, and healthy.
Much like a traditional assisted living community, The Haven offers access to medical care, health and wellness programming, emergency call systems, and 24-hour staff supervision to keep your loved one safe and healthy. The community also offers housekeeping, laundry services, social activities, an and all-day gourmet dining program providing three meals a day.
But the Haven at North Hills Senior Residence also offers some benefits that traditional assisted living communities may not offer, including specialized programming designed to enhance the lives of those with memory impairment, kitchen-free apartments to reduce stress and improve safety for residents, and safety checks from qualified staff.
At The Haven, a certified Life Enrichment Director leads the residents in engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program. The community’s activities focus on four key pillars of enrichment: Social connection, spiritual support, emotional expression, and intellectual discovery.
To ensure residents receive ample social connection, activities are offered in both large and small group settings that encourage opportunities for socialization, relationship-building, and community amongst residents and team members.
The community also provides residents with spiritual support by recognizing and embracing the needs of each residents’ spirituality through music, discussion, prayer, affirmations, nature, and other diverse means.
The Haven creates opportunities for residents to engage in past passions like art therapy, cooking projects, volunteerism, vocational skills, reminiscing, doll therapy, music therapy, and pet therapy visits.
Finally, the staff promotes brain cognition with educational activities that reflect the interests of the residents’ past professions, lifestyles, and hobbies.
Traditional nursing homes or assisted living facilities are equipped to handle persons with assisted living needs, but they lack the staff training and infrastructure needed to nurture those with memory challenges such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. In contrast, as dedicated personal care and memory care facility, the Haven takes a holistic approach to provide the very best care for your loved one experiencing memory challenges.
The Haven combines Person-Centered Care with an extensive Memory Care Life Enrichment Program that encompasses the six Sunshine Pillars of Wellness through physical, social, emotional, cognitive, sensory, and spiritual nurturing. This specialized programming enables your loved one to live life to the fullest in a safe and secure environment.
Memory care at The Haven includes research-backed activities such as music therapy, where residents can experience era-specific music to bring back fond memories and decrease anxiety. Residents also experience the community’s Life Skills Stations, where miniature kitchens, faux engines, and mailboxes are among the many real-life scenarios and work the residents did in their youth. The community’s specialized memory care programming also includes socialization, validation techniques, spiritual support, and health and wellness activities.
When looking for a warm, comfortable community for a loved one who needs daily assistance or memory care, look no further than The Haven at North Hills Personal Care and Memory Care Facility and its caring, professional staff.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of The Haven at North Hills Senior Residence, contact our friendly team today.
Once the holidays are over, reality sets in—there really are at least two more months of cold weather and early sunsets to contend with before spring arrives. Science has shown that the “winter blues” are a real phenomenon; colder weather, shorter days, and less time spent outdoors in the fresh air can impact your mood and energy levels.
But even in the dead of winter, there are things you can do to boost your mood and counteract the effects of the season. The memory care professionals at Belleview Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care in Aurora, Colorado, are experts at keeping their residents happy during the dreary winter months. Next time you’re feeling a little down this winter, try these tips from Belleview Heights:
Bright light, especially sunlight, increases the levels of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin in your system. If the cold is bearable where you live, bundle up and take a short walk outside on a sunny day. Breathing fresh air and exposing your body to the bright light should boost your mood quickly.
If it is simply too cold to head outside, you can instead sit next to a bright window to get the benefits of sun exposure. That way, you can enjoy the warmth of the indoors while absorbing the beautiful sunlight. Choose a favorite TV show, a hobby, or a good book to enjoy while you sit, as you’ll likely see the greatest benefits after thirty minutes or more.
If your environment is too gray and cloudy and the sun never peeks into your window, you can try using a sun lamp—a small, extremely bright light that is specially created to emit light as close as possible to sunlight, approximating natural sun exposure. Thirty minutes of exposure to a sun lamp can have the same effects as sitting near a bright, sunlit window.
Our skin naturally produces vitamin D when exposed to sunlight. But in the winter months, when days are shorter and the weather keeps us from going outside, we can run low on this necessary vitamin. That’s not a good thing, as studies have shown that vitamin D may play a role in preventing disease and warding off depression, particularly seasonal depression.
Luckily, vitamin D supplements are readily available to replace the vitamin D we aren’t able to generate during winter’s cold, dark days. Check with your doctor about whether you need a Vitamin D supplement, and where to find a suitable one.
It is no secret that exercise helps the brain produce endorphins, chemicals that act as analgesics, which means they diminish the perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger feelings of happiness.
Regular exercise has been proven to ward off depression, relax the body, improve sleep, and boost self-esteem. All of those effects can combat the winter blues.
If you normally get your exercise outdoors and the winter weather has foiled your plans, switch to some indoor activities to get your body moving until you’re able to head outdoors again.
You may have noticed that you feel as if you need to sleep more in the wintertime. You’re not imagining it—there are biological reasons why you may need some extra sleep in the winter.
First, the shorter daylight hours affect your internal circadian clock, which tells your body when to sleep and when to wake up. Because the sun sets earlier in the winter, your internal clock sends the signal that it’s time to go to bed much earlier in the winter than in the summer. Second, your body requires more energy to maintain its internal temperature and regular functions in the winter. That translates to extra calories burned and feeling like you need some extra shut-eye.
Don’t fight the feeling! Trying to maintain your regular sleep schedule even when your body is crying out for more sleep will make you cranky throughout the day, and it will only make your energy levels dip further. To beat the winter blues, treat yourself to some extra sleep.
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Moving is difficult at any time of the year. Packing, selling or donating unwanted items, and dealing with showings and closings aren’t most people’s favorite things to do. And in the winter, you can count on additional moving challenges: freezing temperatures, ice and snow on the roads, and shorter daylight hours. With those additional hassles, many people would prefer to put off relocating until spring.
But Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Evans, Georgia, not only has great tips to make your loved one’s winter move easy, but the community also offers an incredible Easy-Move program that can make their move to Marshall Pines no problem at all.
If you’re planning a winter move to a new retirement community, these tips will help:
Winter weather can be unpredictable. When it comes time to move, you’ll likely be crossing your fingers for a clear, mild day. But you’ll have to be prepared for any winter weather typical for your climate—that could mean anything from freezing rain to ice, snow, sleet, or temperatures that could stiffen the joints and sting the skin of even the most experienced movers.
Leading up to your loved one’s move, monitor the weather report. And just in case Mother Nature surprises you with a snowstorm the meteorologist didn’t see coming, ensure you have a backup plan or alternative moving date set up with your moving company.
To make sure that everyone involved in your move is on the same page, plan out all of the details ahead of time, and confirm those details with everyone. It is helpful to plan the following:
Having a detailed plan will ensure that there are no surprises outside of whatever the weather may throw at you on moving day. And if the plan is derailed by the winter weather, you can easily set up plan B.
It’s well-known that moving can be a strain, and a few extra pairs of hands can go a long way toward making it run a lot more smoothly. The good news is that nearly anyone you would like to ask for help has been through a grueling moving day or two themselves. So all of your friends and family will understand how much of a difference their help could make.
If anyone offers to help with the move, make sure that you give them a specific task to complete—that way, you’ll know exactly what tasks are getting checked off the list and what still needs to get done.
The transition to senior living or a memory care facility can be difficult when faced with the normal physical and financial obstacles caused by downsizing one’s home. To help alleviate some of the stress involved with this life-altering change, Marshall Pines offers a program that lessens the strain associated with moving. Caring and dedicated staff are available to assist new residents in matters such as real estate, financial services, moving professionals, veteran assistance, and more.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Marshall Pines, contact our friendly team today.
The new year is a great time for a fresh start. Many people make new year’s resolutions to improve their lives in meaningful ways. They plan to leave behind the old in 2019 and move forward into the new decade with a new outlook and an improved quality of life.
The same can be true for your loved one who needs memory care or assistance with the tasks of daily living. At Stone Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care in Reno, Nevada, the community and its staff are excited to provide new residents with a warm, welcoming community, Person-Centered Care, and an improved lifestyle in the new year. They’re also proud to provide residents’ families with complete peace of mind.
Perhaps you already know your loved one would thrive in a retirement community. But the stress and hassle of moving can cause even the most motivated among us to procrastinate when getting the process started. And it’s understandable; the transition to senior living can be difficult when faced with the normal physical and financial obstacles caused by aging and downsizing one’s home.
But thanks to the community’s Easy-Move Program, your loved one can move into their luxury retirement community sooner than you might think. Caring and dedicated staff are available to assist you and your loved one with real estate matters, financial services, hiring moving professionals, veteran assistance information, and more.
If your loved one needs daily assistance or memory care, cooking for themselves may be difficult or even dangerous. And even if you are an amazing cook in your own right, making and delivering three meals a day to your loved one can easily become a prohibitively time-consuming task.
At Stone Valley, your loved one can enjoy gourmet food prepared from the freshest ingredients by the community’s Executive Chef and team of professionals—any time of the day or night. The team is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.
The daily menu incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which fosters brain health. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices.
And since the community staff can take on the responsibility of providing all of your loved one’s healthy meals, bringing your loved one some of their home-cooked favorites can once again become an enjoyable experience for both of you.
It can be difficult to turn your loved one’s care over to someone else, but Stone Valley gives families complete peace of mind with their customizable Person-Centered Care approach. The community’s caregivers focus on residents’ individual needs, while the Active Living Programs allow residents to live life to their fullest capability. Your loved one can receive the exact level of care that he or she needs with the community’s options for health monitoring, medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care.
And you’ll know your loved one is safe in the community’s comfortable apartments. Each apartment comes with safety pull-cords, and residents wear location-based pendants to provide an extra sense of security for families. The community’s grounds are also secured to provide your loved one with a safe place to enjoy the outdoors.
If you’d like to give your loved one—and yourself—a fresh start and higher quality of life in the new year, look no further than Stone Valley Assisted Living and Memory Care.
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Stone Valley, contact our friendly team today
Moving can be a hassle. Even in good weather, moving is likely at the bottom of everyone’s list of favorite things. And if you add in freezing temperatures, snow or sleet, and shorter daylight hours? Well, most people would rather stay put.
But winter can actually be a great time for your loved one to relocate to their assisted living or memory care community. At Quail Ridge Assisted Living and Memory Care in Bartlett, Tennessee, they provide their new residents with their signature Easy-Move Program that makes the moving process go as smoothly as possible. That program, along with these tips, will take the stress out of moving day—even in the dead of winter.
Many hands make light work. If you have local friends and family or some who are still lingering around from the holidays, enlist them to help with the packing and moving process. Most people are happy to lend a hand when a loved one is transitioning out of their home and into a retirement community. But in order to make the process as efficient and helpful as possible, be sure to coordinate and divvy up tasks between everyone who is assisting.
Take charge and assign specific tasks to each person who offers to help. If Cousin Mary has time tomorrow afternoon to lend a hand, be sure to give her something specific to help with. “Thank you so much! It would be so helpful if you packed up the clothes in the master closet.” Or, “You’re too kind! We’d really appreciate it if you could empty out the bathroom cabinets.”
And for that slightly-clumsy neighbor, you love but wouldn’t want anywhere near the china? Ask if he can bring over some lunch while the packing is going on.
Keep an eye on the weather report, and make sure that you and your movers are on the same page about all of the moving plans. Confirm when they’ll arrive, where they’ll park, and what route they’ll be taking to your loved one’s new community. Be sure that sidewalks and driveways are shoveled and free from snow and ice so nobody slips. Finally, ensure you have a backup plan with your movers just in case your moving date needs to change due to the weather.
Anticipating everyone’s needs beforehand can make your winter move much more pleasant. Keep extra towels, sheets, and blankets on hand just in case something unexpectedly needs to be dried, covered or padded during the move. A few extra pairs of gloves won’t hurt, either.
Turn off the heating system in the house so it’s not working overtime to heat the home while the doors are wide open for the movers (you’ll suddenly realize why your elders were always so adamant about not “heating up the whole neighborhood”).
Finally, surprise your movers with some hot drinks to keep them warm while they’re working—coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and cider are all great options.
The transition to senior living can be difficult when faced with the normal physical and financial obstacles caused by aging and downsizing one’s home. To help alleviate some of the stress involved with this life-altering change, Quail Ridge offers a program that lessens the strain associated with moving. Caring and dedicated staff are available to assist new residents in matters such as real estate, financial services, moving professionals, veteran assistance, and more
To learn more about residency or to schedule a tour of Quail Ridge, contact our friendly team today
The holiday season isn’t the time when most people think about their health. Most would likely do the opposite, they’re more likely to throw caution to the wind, leaving their health considerations for January’s resolutions. But the holidays can be even more enjoyable with a few simple strategies to stay healthy throughout the holiday season.
The holidays are so full of events and invitations that it can be impossible to attend everything. And then there are all of the other added holiday responsibilities: shopping, wrapping, cooking, writing cards, and more. With all of the extra tasks on your to-do list, you may be tempted to stay up later or get up earlier to get everything done. But remember that you’ll be more productive, happier, and healthier with a proper amount of sleep. Ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep—the recommended 7-8 hours if you can—as consistently as possible throughout the holidays.
Many of our holiday traditions are centered around food. And we look forward to our favorite holiday dishes and special treats every single year. But over-indulging can lead to stomachaches, bloating, headaches, or the dreaded “food coma.” To stay as healthy as possible throughout the entire season, stick to any dietary restrictions you may have. While it can be difficult to pass up the holiday treats, keeping healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables readily available can help. If you think you’ll be tempted to over-indulge, have a small healthy meal prior to attending that holiday party.
It can be exhausting to be in charge of the holiday meal every year. Cleaning the house and cooking for a crowd are holiday traditions that you can feel good about passing down to the next generation. Give another family member or friend a chance to shine as host, while you bring your famous holiday dish to the gathering. And while you’re at it, teach the younger members of your group some responsibility by having them help with the dishes.
There are plenty of festive drinks to enjoy throughout the holidays, from eggnog to hot chocolate to fancy cocktails. But before you fill your cup with something sweet, remember to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is an important part of feeling your best, and sugary drinks and cocktails just don’t do the trick. An easy way to remember to drink plenty of water is to fill up a reusable water bottle and keep it with you. You’re more likely to drink the water if it’s in front of you. If you prefer a drink with a little flavor, add a squeeze of lemon, some mint, or some sliced cucumber to your water bottle for a spa-like touch.
When you haven’t seen your family or friends for a while, you may be tempted to pack your holiday schedule full of as many activities as possible. But trying to visit with everyone, invite everyone over, and travel all across the country or even the globe could leave you exhausted. Instead of cramming your schedule full of every possible activity, be sure to leave some time to rest after traveling or visiting with friends and family.
With just these few tools in your back pocket, you can avoid some of the common health and wellness pitfalls of the holiday season. Enjoy your favorite holiday traditions without sacrificing your health this year!
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If you have a loved one who lives in an assisted living or memory care community, you may be trying to figure out how to coordinate your holiday celebration to include the entire family. But it’s easier than you think to bring holiday joy to your loved ones. These five tips from Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care community will help you plan the perfect celebration for your loved one.
A lot of our favorite holiday traditions involve food. Whether it’s Aunt Nancy’s green bean casserole or Cousin Sandy’s famous holiday cookies, one taste of a traditional family recipe can turn any get-together into a holiday party. Check with your loved one’s community to see if it is possible to bring them some holiday food or treats. The special family recipes or even your loved one’s store-bought holiday favorites will let them know you’re thinking of them. Be sure that any food you bring meets your loved one’s dietary restrictions, and try to modify any recipes to meet their needs.
Your loved one may not be able to leave their community on their own to do their holiday shopping. But that doesn’t mean they don’t want to participate in the gift-giving! Offering to do some holiday shopping for your loved one can make them feel like they’re fully participating in the holiday. Ask if you can help them purchase gifts for their friends and family, and then bring the gifts to their community to help them wrap them up. They’ll love being able to experience the best part of the holiday season—the joy of giving.
The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. Your loved one will love seeing everyone together, especially if there are any new babies they haven’t met or growing children they haven’t seen since they sprouted up in height. Before you plan a big family visit, remember to do the following:
Let your loved one’s friends and family know that you’re collecting gifts and holiday cards to give to them. Your loved one will enjoy seeing the cards displayed in their room and opening holiday gifts. Give everyone ideas for appropriate gifts, such as comfortable clothing, a cozy robe, favorite treats, photo albums, or recordings of favorite movies and music. Advise everyone specifically against certain gifts that would be inappropriate or dangerous for your loved one.
Your loved one has probably made new friends in their community, and they’d love for them to be a part of your holiday celebration. Ask if you can share your family recipes, watch a holiday movie, or sing holiday songs with other residents and staff. Including your loved one’s new friends will make them feel at home and will spread the holiday joy.
While the holidays may not be exactly the same as they used to be, there are plenty of ways to involve your loved one who lives in a retirement community. Use these tips to ensure that everyone has a happy holiday season.
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When someone is diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, a lot of questions arise. Family and friends likely think of their loved one’s needs first. What kind of care will the person need? Who will be responsible for making sure their loved one receives that care? Who will be manage their loved one’s finances, assets, and the logistics of memory care? Will the person stay home, or should they relocate to a memory care community?
With all of the focus on their loved one and their life changes, caregivers often forget their own needs. They may be getting less sleep, missing out on time with their children or spouse, putting their hobbies and relaxation on the back burner, and pushing through the emotional stress of seeing their loved one go through the changes associated with their condition.
Caregiver stress is particularly pronounced when caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, compared with caregivers of people without these conditions, twice as many caregivers whose loved ones have dementia or Alzheimer’s indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical difficulties. And families bear an average of 70% of the total lifetime cost of caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Over time, caregivers can suffer from extreme stress and burnout in the midst of caring for their loved ones. And if the caregiver burns out, everyone suffers; the person living with dementia or Alzheimer’s is unable to receive quality care, and the caregiver suffers the physical and emotional toll of neglecting their own well-being.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, signs of caregiver stress include denial about your loved one’s condition, anger or frustration that your loved one can no longer do things they once could, or a lack of desire to engage in hobbies or social activities. Caregiver stress can also manifest as anxiety, depression, exhaustion, irritability, sleeplessness, and inability to concentrate. Memory caregivers may also experience physical symptoms like a rapid change in weight or appetite, body aches, migraines or persistent headaches, or getting sick more often or for longer periods of time. Over time, these symptoms can lead to more serious or long-term problems.
If you or someone you know is experiencing caregiver stress or caregiver burnout or would like to avoid the possibility altogether, Specialized Memory Care Communities, such as Marshall Pines Assisted Living and Memory Care in Evans, Georgia, can help. Assisted living and memory care communities can ease caregivers’ stress while providing top-notch, person-centered care to their loved ones.
Marshall Pines is designed to be an all-inclusive, personalized care solution for residents while providing their families with peace of mind. The very architecture of the community was designed for resident safety; residents’ apartments are designed to minimize hazards such as elevation changes and potentially dangerous appliances, and the beautiful grounds encourage daily movement while remaining safe and secure.
And the community’s 24/7 staff and safety features mean that your loved one will never be alone. Professional, caring staff members are available any time day or night. Apartments come with safety pull-cords, and each resident wears a location-based pendant to give residents and their families complete peace of mind.
Marshall Pines also boasts research-backed memory care programming that residents may not be able to get at home. The community’s certified Life Enrichment Director leads engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program.
While caregivers may feel responsible for personally caring for their loved ones, a memory care community may be a more appealing option for everyone involved. Not only will residents receive top-of-the-line care, but family members can also avoid the stress associated with being the sole caregiver for their loved one.
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When your loved one starts to need specialized living assistance or memory care as they age, it can be tough to sort through the available options. You can choose from a multitude of in-home care options as well as several different memory care and assisted living facilities.
But Windsor Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Beechwood, Ohio, stands out above the rest as offering features that ensure each resident receives a personalized, Person-centered experience. The community offers a range of care options, including assisted living, transitional assisted living, and memory care. Each of these fully customized care options includes access to a variety of community features that will ensure both you and your loved one have an amazing experience.
Windsor Heights offers its residents a unique Life Enrichment Program based on the six Sunshine Pillars of Wellness, which include physical engagement, spiritual support, sensory stimulation programming, social connections, intellectual discovery, and emotional expression. This six-pillar philosophy is rooted in a Montessori-style approach, which was originally developed for early childhood education. Windsor Heights has built upon this approach, modifying it to honor the age and experiences of the residents. The program provides sensory stimulation and encourages cognitive stimulation while building on existing social skills. This unique programming enables your loved one to live life to the fullest in a safe and secure environment.
The certified Life Enrichment Director at Windsor Heights leads engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program. Residents can choose from multiple activities each day, including physical activities like yoga and chair exercise, as well as mental activities such as Jeopardy, story sessions, and baking class. They can also participate in weekly scenic outings and unique community events each month.
Even the dining program at Windsor Heights was intentionally designed for the unique needs of the facility’s residents. The daily menu incorporates foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which is intended to foster brain health and ongoing cognitive function. Entrees are served on colored plates to stimulate appetite, and a server greets each resident individually with multiple daily menu choices. Residents can enjoy a meal at any time of the day, and the experienced chef is happy to accommodate residents with dietary needs due to various health restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.
The entirety of the Windsor Heights community was designed with your loved one’s safety in mind. Each apartment offers a safe and convenient floorplan as well as safety pull cords. Each resident also wears a location-based pendant to provide you with an extra sense of security. The community’s grounds allow residents to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. The secured walking paths and enclosed gardens encourage a daily stroll, and residents can rest on the patio area’s comfortable benches to enjoy the beautiful views.
Your loved one will never be alone at Windsor Heights. The community’s team includes a highly-trained Executive Director, licensed Director of Nursing, licensed Memory Care Director, and certified Life Enrichment Director. Each of these professionals, as well as the rest of the staff, are trained to provide customized, person-centered care to each resident, including options for health monitoring, medication management, assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, and oral care.
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