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5 Fall Prevention Tips From Senior Apartments in New Orleans

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The Landing at Behrman Place Shares Fall Prevention Strategies

Falling down may not be an event of much concern for most young people. But as we age, falling becomes a much more frequent problem that can have devastating effects. According to the CDC, one in four Americans aged 65 or above experience a fall each year. And falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

To help prevent these tragic results, the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Falls Free Initiative promotes National Fall Prevention Awareness Day on the first day of Fall. To support that mission, The Landing at Behrman Place Retirement Community in New Orleans shares the following fall prevention tips:

Exercise to Improve Strength and Balance

As the body ages, muscles and bones weaken, resulting in a loss of balance. And poor balance increases the risk of falls. The NCOA recommends talking to your doctor about starting an exercise program specifically targeted to improve your strength and balance. Begin with an exercise class or program that is appropriate for your age and skill level, and stick with it. It can take up to 50 hours over the course of six months to measurably improve your balance. But that consistency will pay off by lowering your risk of falling.

Remove Risk Factors in Your Home

As you get older, your home may require some changes to remain safe for you. For example, you may need to remove throw rugs from your floors or use double-sided tape to make sure rugs do not move. Keep walkways and floors free from the clutter that could cause tripping. You may also consider installing safety features like handrails or switching out some of your light fixtures for improved visibility in your home.

Take Medications as Instructed

Loss of balance and the resulting falls can be the result of symptoms that are not being managed by proper medication, or by the side effects of the medications themselves. Take all of your prescribed medications in order to manage symptoms that could increase your risk of falling, including high or low blood pressure, dizziness, sleep disruption, and other neurological symptoms. Be sure that you are taking all of your medications exactly as instructed, and that you are familiar with any possible side effects. Ensure that you are filling prescriptions at only one pharmacy so the pharmacist can properly evaluate your medication. Regularly check with your doctor to confirm the dosing, usage, and possible interactions of all of your medications.

Check Your Vision

Worsening vision can lead to falls, so it is important to stay on top of your eye health and vision correction. Book an appointment for an annual eye exam to determine if you need corrective lenses or have any ongoing eye conditions. If you require vision correction, wear it regularly. And because bi-focal, tri-focal or progressive lenses can distort your vision, you may wish to have separate reading glasses. Finally, heed your eye doctor’s recommendations about cataracts or other eye surgeries.

Consider Relocating to an Independent Living Community

If you live alone, or if your family home is filled with fall risks such as uneven flooring or stairs, it may be time to consider relocating. Independent living communities such as The Landing at Behrman Place are designed not only for your comfort but also for your safety. All of the community’s floorplans are convenient and single-level. And with experienced staff available 24/7, you can have complete peace of mind that any situation will be handled professionally and quickly.

To learn more about becoming a resident at The Landing at Behrman Place Retirement Community, please visit

Customized Care in a Community Setting Fosters Independence

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.

Memory Care Life Enrichment Program

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.

Engaging Activities Calendar

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.

24/7 Dining

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.

Safe and Secure Location

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.

Experienced Staff Available Day and Night

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.

To learn more about residency at Windsor Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care, please visit.

Seniors Are Choosing Retirement Communities to Maximize Their Active Lifestyles

When many people think of downsizing to a senior living community, they think of their grandmother’s nursing home. They think of a hospital-like setting that people go to—kicking and screaming—when they are out of options. But today’s all-inclusive, resort-style senior living facilities are changing that perception.

More and more, seniors are selling their homes to fund an active retirement lifestyle in independent living communities. And for the residents at Country Club Village Retirement Community in Hot Springs, Arkansas, many times, relocating means upgrading their lifestyle.

Residents start to experience worry-free, luxury living right at the moment they move in. Country Club Village offers an easy-move program to assist residents with the logistics and stress associated with moving, including real estate, financial services, moving professionals, veteran assistance, and more. The community boasts free common area WiFi, front desk concierge service, weekly housekeeping, and on-call apartment maintenance. And the community offers no fewer than six different floor plans for residents to choose from, including 1- and 2-bedroom cottages, all with spacious decks to enjoy the beautiful Arkansas weather.

And while each of the floorplans is equipped with its own kitchen, residents don’t have to cook for themselves. Country Club Village offers 24/7 dining in the community’s dining room, where it’s easy to become a little spoiled by the Executive Chef’s selection of fresh, delicious food. And residents with special dietary needs don’t have to worry, as the chef is trained and happy to accommodate residents with dietary restrictions, such as low gluten and sugar-free diets, and much more.

The community also employs a Life Enrichment Director, who makes sure that the activity calendar is packed full of physical, cultural, and social activities for residents to enjoy. Residents can meet for exercise classes, including cardio exercises with bands or weights, stretching, and yoga, every day of the week. They can also enjoy organized physical activities such as beanbag baseball and line dancing lessons. Each Wednesday, the group heads out to another outing in Hot Springs. And on Fridays, residents can meet their neighbors for a community happy hour.

Seniors who relocate to Country Club Village will also find that they no longer have to worry about transportation. They can find a computer center, library, hair salon, and gym just steps away. The community also provides complimentary transportation to doctors’ visits, banks, beauty salons, shopping, and grocery stores, as well as the scheduled community outings.

Residents are always free to enjoy the outdoors on the community’s well-maintained 28-acre property, located just outside of Hot Springs National Park. But when they want a change of pace, Country Club Village’s unique travel program gives them the chance to explore 13 vibrant cities in six states, all while enjoying the comforts they know and love. Residents simply choose which of Country Club Village’s sister communities they’d like to visit and call to reserve the guest suite there. Then, it’s as simple as hopping on a flight to visit a new city.

Finally, residents and their families can be confident that Country Club Village is the perfect long-term option for their care and independence. Active seniors can enjoy the luxury apartment-style living, coming and going as they please. But should their care needs change, Country Club Village partners with a local third-party caregiving service to provide a neighborhood within the community specifically focused on providing assistance of daily living for residents who require additional levels of care. All residents of all care levels have access to the community’s professional, caring staff 24 hours a day.

With all of these features and benefits, it’s easy to see why today’s active seniors would choose a luxury independent living community for a fun-filled retirement.

To learn more about residency at Country Club Village Retirement Community, please visit.

How This Dunwoody Senior Community is Preparing for an Awesome Autumn

All-Inclusive Senior Living Means a Full Calendar of Fall Fun

In Georgia, it’s easy to forget that fall technically starts in September. Average daily temperatures hover around 77 degrees, and swimming pool season never really ends on Labor Day. But those lingering summer vibes haven’t stopped Dunwoody Pines Retirement Community from preparing a fun-filled calendar of fall activities for its residents.

It’s no secret that football, tailgates, and fall go hand in hand. So to kick off the first day of fall on September 23, Dunwoody Pines hosted a Visiting Nurse Presents event, which focused on FootballTailgate Party Games & Snacks.

Dunwoody Pines residents also love a good card or board game, so the staff at the community makes sure to organize plenty of opportunities for friends to get together to play. In just the first week of autumn, the activities calendar included multiple meetups for Mahjongg, Bridge, Bingo, and Rummikub. And every Wednesday and Saturday, the community gets together for Jeopardy.

While summer may be the season for blockbuster movies, Dunwoody Pines does not plan to stop gathering for movie nights or matinees just because fall is here. Every single day, residents can meet their neighbors for a movie at both 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. And if they are feeling like getting in on the action, residents can challenge each other to video games like Wii Bowling every Tuesday.

But don’t let the board games, video games, and movies fool you—Dunwoody Pines residents are staying active this fall, too. On Mondays, residents can join in for Cardio Exercise. They can also enjoy Zumba every other Wednesday and a 15-minute Ab Blast class on Thursdays. They can even meet up for a friendly game of balloon volleyball. And on Sunday afternoons, the community’s Walking Club meets in the facility’s Bistro area at 2:00 p.m.

This fall, Dunwoody Pines will also continue its weekly tradition of community outings, which includes a special activity and lunch at a different local eatery each week. The activities calendar will also include special events each week, such as a Dojo Karate Performance and PaperFortune Cookie Making. And, in honor of the Jewish tradition of eating apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah, residents can also participate in a honey tasting with apples on September 30.

If specialized, themed activities are not to residents’ taste, they can always meet up with their neighbors more informally. Each Monday, Dunwoody Pines hosts a “Coffee and Chat” in the Bistro area of the community, where residents can enjoy a warm cup of coffee and some conversation with their neighbors. And on the second Saturday of the month, residents can cuddle and play with their adorable furry friends when the therapy pets come to visit.

Residents can also take advantage of the slightly cooler fall weather and gather in Dunwoody Pines’ beautiful outdoor seating areas. Or, if the autumn chill becomes too much to handle, residents can simply choose to meet indoors over any meal of the day with the community’s 24/7 Dining experience. They can also meet up with their neighbors to get their hair done at the community’s hair salon, get in a workout at the community’s gym, or enjoy some reading at the library or computer center.

Be sure to remain updated on the rest of the fall festivities at Dunwoody Pines by downloading the community’s most recent activities calendar.

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Communities Offer a Safer, More Engaging Environment than in-Home Care

Perhaps the time has come when you’ve decided to look for in-home care, assisted living, or a memory care facility for your loved one. Today’s seniors have a multitude of care options available, so it can be a challenge to sort through those options and choose the one that best suits your loved one’s needs.

One of the biggest decisions to make is whether to choose an in-home care service or to relocate your loved one to an assisted living or memory care facility. Memory care needs are unique and not addressed by all home health or senior community options. And while many people’s initial reaction may be to have their loved one stay at home as long as possible, communities may offer a safer, more engaging environment for seniors than in-home care. Here are some things to consider:

Safety

As seniors with memory care need age, the homes they have lived in for years quickly become unsuitable for their new needs. Seniors diagnosed with or experiencing the symptoms of dementia may experience confusion, memory loss, and disorientation, as well as a loss of mobility and/or coordination. The average house, therefore, presents safety risks that you and your loved one may not be aware of. Rugs, flooring and elevation changes, stairs, appliances, and even cramped bathrooms can all contribute to accidents. While modifications may be made at home to alleviate some of these risks, those modifications could be expensive or impossible to implement in certain homes.

Memory care facilities, on the other hand, are designed with these unique safety needs in mind, which keeps your loved one safe and gives you peace of mind. At Quail Ridge in Bartlett, Tennessee, Seniors’ living spaces are designed with consistent flooring with no elevation changes, accessible bathroom safety features, and safety pulls cords to keep them safe and comfortable. Residents also wear location-based pendants to provide their loved ones with peace of mind. And the community grounds are also designed to be both safe and secure as well as conducive to residents living a full, engaged life. Entrances and exits are monitored, and staff is available at all times to assist your loved one.

Memory Care-Specific Programming

While it is possible to provide excellent in-home care to a memory care patient, assisted living and memory care communities offer specially designed programming to support resident’s needs. At Quail Ridge, residents can enjoy programs specifically designed to support their well-being, such as music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, health and wellness activities, and life skills stations. The community also offers a calendar of wellness-related, social, and cultural events to keep residents engaged.;

Even the dining program is designed for the particular needs of memory care residents. Quail Ridge’s 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. The MIND diet, in conjunction with the community’s many Memory Care programs, is intended to help hold off memory issues for as long as possible.

Socialization

Due to physical and mental limitations, seniors receiving at-home care may have limited contact with others, especially as it becomes difficult for them to participate in their favorite hobbies and social activities. This separation can lead to isolation, loneliness, depression, and a general decline in health. However, senior living communities are designed to provide daily activities, mental stimulation, and social contact for all residents. Community residents living with dementia, Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory impairment benefit from increased socialization; they may experience improved brain health, a sense of belonging, a stronger sense of time and place, and improved focus.

At Quail Ridge, residents can reap these benefits by enjoying the company of their neighbors in the community, participating in a variety of activities and events, and inviting friends and family to visit in the community’s common spaces.

To learn more about the differences between home health care and memory care communities or to schedule a tour of Quail Ridge today, contact our friendly team.

Community Living Can Better Suit Memory Care Needs Than In-Home Options

Seniors today have more choices than ever when it comes to retirement living. And for those experiencing the beginning of memory challenges, and for their families, those options come with an additional set of questions: “What type of care do I actually need?” “How will my needs change as time goes on?” “Which options are the most flexible and will adapt to provide long-term care as my needs change?”

More and more, seniors are choosing community retirement living over in-home care. And memory care needs are unique and not provided for by all home health or senior community options. For memory care patients, dedicated memory care community options can better suit their needs than home care for a variety of reasons.

Community Design

As seniors’ needs change with age, the homes that they lived in during their middle age may not suit them any longer. Stairs, large floorplans, home maintenance, and lack of transportation can make their old homes unmanageable for daily living.

And for memory care patients, the average home presents safety concerns. Conditions like dementia or other memory concerns may affect a person’s spatial awareness and balance, meaning that everyday home features become much more dangerous. Everyday home design is unsuitable for memory care patients, and features such as throw rugs, kitchen appliances, differences in flooring or elevation, and showers without safety features such as handrails, could cause accidents.

And while it is possible to modify the home to limit these risks, dedicated memory care facilities, such as Ashley Gardens, are designed with these concerns in mind. Seniors’ living spaces are designed with consistent, flat flooring, accessible bathroom safety features, and safety pull cords to keep them safe and comfortable. Residents also wear location-based pendants to provide their loved ones with peace of mind. And the community grounds are also designed to be both safe and secure as well as conducive to residents living a full, engaged life.

Specialized Programming

While it is possible to provide excellent in-home care to a memory care patient, assisted living and memory care communities offer specially designed programming to support resident’s needs. At Ashley Gardens, a certified Life Enrichment Director leads to engaging daily activities, weekly on-site social events, and fun cultural excursions as part of a researched-backed health and wellness program. Residents can enjoy programs such as music therapy, aromatherapy, validation techniques, health and wellness activities, and life skills stations.

Even the dining program is designed for the particular needs of memory care residents. Ashley Garden’s 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. The MIND diet, in conjunction with the community’s many Memory Care programs, is intended to help hold off memory issues for as long as possible.

24/7 Staff Access

At home, it may be difficult for seniors to receive a level of access to professionals similar to what they could experience at an assisted living or memory care community. At Ashley Gardens, the staff includes an Executive Director, a licensed Director of Nursing, a licensed Memory Care Director, and a certified Life Enrichment Director. Professional staff is available 24/7 to assist residents.

Socialization

Due to physical and mental limitations, seniors receiving at-home care may have limited contact with others, especially as it becomes difficult for them to participate in their favorite hobbies and social activities. However, senior living communities are designed to provide daily activities, mental stimulation, and social contact for all residents. Residents can enjoy the company of their neighbors in the community, participate in a variety of activities and events, and invite friends and family to visit in the community’s common spaces.

To learn more about the differences between home health care and memory care communities or to schedule a tour of Ashley Gardens today, contact our friendly team.

Marshall Pines Plans Wellness Events for Residents to Enjoy

Hollywood has done quite the job giving the public the impression that assisted living facilities are routine, ho-hum, and boring for residents. When many people think of assisted living, they think all that residents have to enjoy are tiny televisions perpetually set to the local news, staring out of windows at the same old views, and, if they’re lucky, the occasional card game. But at Marshall Pines Assisted Living facility in Evans, nothing could be further from the truth.

Marshall Pines Assisted Living & Memory Care facility is located in Evans, Georgia, and boasts that it is “not just a memory care facility, [but rather] a memory care community.” And the staff certainly proved as much during August, when everyone at Marshall Pines celebrated Wellness Month.

The staff at Marshall Pines planned a wide variety of activities for Wellness Month, touching on every area of residents’ wellness: education, arts, exercise, mental wellness, community service, and good old-fashioned fun.
Several educators visited the facility this month to teach the residents about various wellness topics. A Registered Dietitian spoke to residents about the importance of protein in their diet. And during the session, each resident got the chance to sample a natural protein supplement drink.

Another expert educated the community about heart health. Residents got the chance to listen to the instructor’s heart before heading outside to sit in the sun. But they were not just trying to get a tan; they learned that they were activating their skin’s ability to produce Vitamin D when exposed to just a few minutes of sunshine per day.
Residents also enjoyed a variety of opportunities to move their bodies during Wellness Month. Yoga class was certainly a hit, but it seems that dance-based fitness is the fan favorite around Marshall Pines. The group participated in their Toe Tappin’ Rhythm class, a Zumba fitness class, and a “Keep it Moving” exercise class that included music by the Temptations.

But don’t think for a moment that Marshall Pines neglected their mental and spiritual wellness during Wellness Month. The community also got the chance to immerse themselves in art with painting therapy. They also got creative by hand-painting clay pots and creating personalized photo cards. The residents enjoyed listening to classical music and a short story reading, as well.

Marshall Pines residents also had the opportunity to participate in a guided meditation session with CheVonne’s Garden of Healing Arts, a wellness and massage therapy practice. Participants experienced the sounds of music, drums, bells, and chimes during the session, which promoted relaxation and mental well-being.

Wellness Month also included giving back to the community. Residents packed up a surprise gift of school supplies for students starting the year at Sue Reynolds Elementary School in Augusta, Georgia. And they also gave back to their Care Partners by offering them lemonade, cookies, cards, and gifts to show their appreciation.

And, true to their commitment to residents’ total wellness, the staff at Marshall Pines made sure to put the cherry on top of Wellness Month by giving their residents plenty of opportunities to simply enjoy life. Some furry friends visited the community, and it was tough to tell who enjoyed it more: the residents who loved the adorable pets, or the pets who were reveling in the attention. And anyone with an August birthday was lucky to celebrate with a community-wide 50s-themed birthday party, complete with bomber jackets and red plaid tablecloths reminiscent of a classic burger joint.

Marshall Pines’ Activity Assistant explained to the residents that entertainment is more than a chance to take a break, but also a crucial component to overall wellness. The residents learned that laughter can help eliminate stress, anxiety, and sadness, and can increase quality of life and longevity. Upon hearing that lesson, one resident decided to boost the health of the entire community by walking up to the front of the room and sharing jokes that made everyone roar with laughter.

With all of that activity packed into just 31 days, it’s easy to see that Wellness Month, like every other month at Marshall Pines, was anything but routine and boring.

For more information about residency at Marshall Pines Assisted Living & Memory Care in Evans, Georgia, visit:
https://www.sunshineretirementliving.com/marshall-pines-retirement-community-evans-ga/

Copper Canyon Schedules a Full Slate of Activities to Celebrate Wellness Month

Arizona’s “dry heat” is famous—or infamous, depending on how you feel about it. Even in January, the coldest month of the year, the average daily high temperature is 66 degrees. But since winter is nearly nonexistent in the state, it is only natural that assisted living in Tucson includes plenty of outdoor experiences for residents to enjoy.
Copper Canyon Assisted Living and Memory Care facility is located in Tucson just north of the Rillito River. And at Copper Canyon, both residents and staff take indoor-outdoor living very seriously. The staff members at the community are on a mission to support their residents mind, body, and spirit. To accomplish this goal, the staff plans an extensive calendar of indoor and outdoor activities for their residents to enjoy.

Copper Canyon celebrated Wellness Month in August, and as one might imagine being in a state with no winter, the activities included connecting to nature in a variety of ways.

This month, residents took to Copper Canyon’s shaded outdoor patio area to try their hand at putting golf balls. Whether the balls made it into the hole didn’t matter; they were all smiles as they putted the balls across the temporary green the staff set up.

Residents also got the chance to get their hands dirty by planting corn and carrot seeds. They plan to experiment, tend the plants, and watch them grow over the warm Arizona fall and winter. And, of course, they hope to enjoy the fruits—or rather, vegetables—of their labor.

Even when no formal activity is planned, the Copper Canyon community still loves to get outside to experience the outdoors. And since no outing in the Arizona heat would be complete without a frosty drink, this month, residents and staff alike enjoyed sipping on icy strawberry slushies to cool down.

Wellness Month also included plenty of opportunities for residents to escape the heat with indoor activities—a necessity during the hot Arizona summer. Copper Canyon’s book lovers took a trip to the Nanini Library for an afternoon of learning and entertainment. August’s roster of air-conditioned activities also included dancing, making music, sunrise yoga hour, and a visit from The Humane Society of Southern Arizona, who brought Jake the ShihTzu to visit. Residents also got creative in art class, throwing it back to the 1960’s by making tie-dye T-shirts.
Copper Canyon also made sure to include relaxation and spiritual wellness in their activities for Wellness Month. The residents and staff made bath bombs both to relax and as a fundraiser to support the larger community. They made the bath bombs in two scents, and after handcrafting each one, the community made them available in Copper Canyon’s main lobby in exchange for a donation to the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Not only did all of these activities celebrate wellness, but the activities themselves also contributed to residents’ well-being. Copper Canyon is an assisted living and memory care facility, which means that the staff provides specialized physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual nurturing to ensure the residents’ well-being in a safe and secure environment. Activities like the ones the residents enjoyed this month are not only entertaining, but also offer benefits such like cognitive stimulation, comfort, relaxation, and the opportunity to connect and socialize with others.

If you or a loved one is seeking a community-focused assisted living facility in Tucson, look no further than Copper Canyon. Not only do the residents enjoy a variety of wellness-promoting physical and mental activities, but they do so with the specialized support of a caring staff.

For more information about residency at Copper Canyon, visit
https://www.sunshineretirementliving.com/copper-canyon-assisted-living-tucson

Key Differences Between Personal Care, Memory Care, and Assisted Living

Perhaps you’ve woken up and realized that it’s time. Time to seek out options that better nurture your loved one’s physical, emotional, and cognitive health in the midst of cognitive decline. If that’s you, we’re here to help.

The Haven offers specialized Memory Care services in a warm and welcoming environment. One of the most common questions we answer is, “How is a Memory Care facility different than Assisted Living?” We hope this information helps you recognize similarities and differences and ultimately make an informed decision about the care of your loved one.

Living Spaces

Traditionally, assisted living residents to live in apartments or cottages equipped with bedroom(s), bathroom, living room, and kitchen and set up much like home. Contrarily, memory care residents often choose between private rooms or shared rooms and then share common spaces within their communities. Kitchenettes are less common as they pose safety risks and increase anxiety for residents experiencing cognitive decline.

Staffing

Both assisted living and memory care communities offer 24/7 staffing. However, memory care employees receive specialized training to assist them in meeting the physical, emotional, and intellectual needs of memory-impaired residents. These employees are focused primarily in the area of memory care, while assisted living employees may be trained in multiple areas and expected to care for residents in all stages of the aging process.

Programming

Both assisted living and memory care communities offer programming that includes activities designed to promote physical, social, and spiritual wellness among residents. While memory care residents may be able to participate in some assisted living activities, the activity calendar in a memory care community caters to these residents in particular, which means they can participate in any activity they choose. Additionally, activities are selected based on the most recent and relevant research in cognitive impairment to ensure they contribute to the well-being of the resident and assist with memory retention and preventing disease progression.

Safety

The most significant differences between assisted living and memory care communities are related to resident safety. Assisted living communities are designed for residents who are largely independent; that is, they can come and go safely, prepare and cook their own meals, and even manage their own medications if they choose. Contrarily, memory care communities are designed to keep memory-impaired residents safe. Locking up dangerous chemicals, providing safety mechanisms on stoves and ovens, and preventing unmonitored wandering are just a few of the ways that safety is maintained in these specially-designed communities.

Personal care

Both assisted living and memory care communities offer assistance with common activities of daily living, like oral cares, dressing, bathing, meal preparation, medication administration, and housekeeping. There are very few differences between the personal care services available in assisted living communities and those available in memory care communities.

Setting

Research has uncovered that certain colors, furniture placements, and layouts can alleviate anxiety and improve familiarity for residents suffering from memory impairment. Memory care communities base community design and layout on recent research to promote resident wellness and comfort. This is generally not the case for assisted living communities since most residents are relatively independent and the need isn’t as strong.

Overall, there are a number of similarities between assisted living and memory care communities, but a few differences that lead many families to choose specialized memory care facilities over assisted living to promote safety and wellness. To learn more about the Haven or to schedule a tour of our building and grounds, please visit us online, give us a call, or stop by today. We’re excited to learn more about how we can partner with you for your loved one’s care.

*This blog was first published here: Sunshine Retirement Living, August, 2019.

Plan Ahead to Get All The Information You Need

When it comes to choosing a retirement community, one of the most important steps is the community tour, which gives you the opportunity to interview each community you visit. Not only are you able to take a look around, meet your potential neighbors, and sample the cuisine, but it’s also common to interview key staff to learn more about the community before making a decision.

So which questions should you ask to make the most of your visit and make the most informed decision about your retirement? Here, we’ve compiled some of the most common questions prospective residents ask to help you get organized and prepared for your visit.

Questions about food

Most residents who visit bring great curiosity about dining options. Perhaps they love to cook but are looking forward to less pressure and less mess when they want to put their feet up. Or perhaps they’ve never enjoyed cooking and would love to hear that they never have to do it again. Here are some of the questions they’ve asked:

  • Is dining available in this community?
  • How many meals are offered per day? Are snacks offered?
  • Can I cook in my apartment if or when I choose to?
  • Is dining included in my rent or will I be charged extra? How much will it cost?
  • Can you accommodate the diet my doctor ordered?
  • Are there gluten-free and vegan options available?
  • Can I eat at the times I choose, even if they fall outside of traditional meal times?

Questions about lifestyle

One of the leading reasons prospective residents explore retirement living is to experience the retirement lifestyle: luxury, relaxation, friendships, and adventure. Here are some questions you might ask about a lifestyle:

  • What kind of events and activities can I do in my spare time?
  • Will I be pressured to attend events and activities if I prefer to spend my time alone or at home?
  • What amenities are available?
  • Can I have overnight visitors? Are there common spaces where I can host a dinner?
  • Which services are available on-site (pharmacy, salon, etc.)?
  • Are there any travel benefits available?
  • How does the community promote health and wellness?

Questions about cost

Of course, ensuring the community you choose is within your budget is a critical step in the selection process. These questions can help you make an informed decision and avoid surprises when it comes to budget.

  • What can I expect to pay for rent?
  • Is a deposit required?
  • Which services and amenities are not included in my rent, and how much will I pay for them?
  • What might cause my rent to increase?
  • What’s included in the cost of rent? Are utilities included?

Questions about care

Finally, prospective residents often share curiosity about changing needs in retirement. Here are some of their most common questions:

  • What if I don’t need help now but I do need help later, either short-term or long-term?
  • Can I bring my caregiver with me?
  • What if I don’t need help but my spouse does, or vice versa?
  • How much notice will I be given if I have to move out of the facility following a change in health status?

To close the interview, the most important question you can ask is, “Why should I choose this community?” This gives the staff an opportunity to tell you what sets them apart from the others you’re considering.

To learn more about Summerfield Estates Retirement Community or to get guidance while you evaluate retirement communities in Tigard, stop by or give us a call today. Our friendly staff are available to support you while you explore your options (and to welcome you if you choose us!).