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Independent Living VS. Assisted Living: Which is Best for You?

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Sep 5, 2019 9:58:00 AM
  If you're ready to consider a change in your retirement lifestyle you might be getting confused by the options available. For most seniors the most perplexing is figuring out the difference between assisted living and independent living. To add to the confusion is the way some communities advertise their campus, so here's a brief rundown on the differences:    
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2019 Survey Concludes Several Benefits to Retirement Community Living

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Aug 5, 2019 9:17:49 AM
As people age, they have different options to consider when selecting a place to live. The goal is finding somewhere they will feel supported physically, mentally, and emotionally during the later years of their lives. For some people, the decision may be heavily influenced by health needs and financial considerations. Others stick to what they know.   When comparing life alone at home vs. life at a senior living community, however, there are numerous benefits of living in a 55-and-over community that combines housing with optional care and support services, according to research recently published by ProMatura International. The move to a retirement community may initially be intimidating, but in the long run, community members feel happier, healthier, and more secure.
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The Genworth 2018 Cost of Care Survey

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Jun 27, 2019 10:01:24 AM
The Genworth Cost of Care Survey results are in for 2018! Genworth has been a leader in long term care services for over 145 years and has produced the Cost of Care Survey for the past 15 years. The survey is designed to give you the financial big picture when planning for current or future retirement care needs. Within, you can see average costs as well as projected costs for care giving services in each state. We wanted to help you compare those costs with what it would cost for similar and better services at Daystar Retirement Village.
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The 7 Best Retirement Communities in Washington State

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Apr 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM
If you're planning to retire soon you may be overwhelmed trying to find the best retirement communities in Washington State. As one of the top retirement destinations in the country Washington has thousands of retirement destinations. That’s why we compiled a list of the 7 best senior living communities in the area.
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How to Overcome Caregiver Guilt & Reduce Stress When Caring for Aging Parents

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Mar 13, 2019 3:02:00 PM
As you care for a senior family member, you may begin to notice you don’t feel as energetic as you once did. The added work and stress of caring for aging parents and even spouses begins to take a toll on you. As a caregiver, you may be trying to manage two households and deal with your loved ones’ issues while neglecting your own needs. Taking care of yourself may seem like a luxury, but in reality, it’s essential so that you can be at your best as you continue caring for your loved one.
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Before Becoming Your Parent's Caregiver, Ask Yourself These Questions

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Mar 11, 2019 4:35:46 PM
If you're faced with an elderly parent who is at the point of needing a consistent caregiver you're not alone. The Caregiver Action Network shares that nearly one-third of the U.S. population provides care for a family member. Although most will gladly step into the role of caring for their parent at their time of need it's important to understand the personal and financial repercussions that are part of the job. Here are 10 questions to ask yourself and to discuss with your family before deciding to care for mom and dad:          
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Assisted Living Or In-Home Care? Comparing Costs In West Seattle

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Mar 6, 2019 5:08:00 AM
Comparing Costs in West Seattle Deciding when to move from one’s own home into a community living arrangement can be difficult. For most people, cost is a significant factor in choosing a retirement community. In fact, the cost of senior care is significant, which is why it is important to make sure that you gather as much information as possible about the pros and cons of the various senior care options.
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How to Live in a Senior Community as an Introvert

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Jun 12, 2018 12:08:00 PM
One of the biggest attractions of living in a senior community is the social events available. With multiple studies showing how social interaction benefits both mental and physical health many seniors are now enjoying dances, games, dinners, and shows from the comfort of their neighborhood. While this is an excellent solution if you're retired and craving the company of others, how do you live in a senior community if you're an introvert?
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Biggest Challenges with Senior Living Communities

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Apr 17, 2018 7:09:00 AM
Not all senior living communities are created equal; each has its own unique atmosphere, amenities, and policies designed to accommodate seniors who are ready for a new type of lifestyle. That being said, when you're considering a move to a senior campus it's important that you look beyond a convenient location or a scenic view. While there are checklists you can use to decide which particular living arrangement best suits your lifestyle it's also important that you have a good overview of the most common issues in retirement living. Here are three challenges seniors often face when adjusting to senior living communities and three challenges the community administrations most often contend with. Evaluating the ways each community overcomes these challenges will help you evaluate the overall campus when considering your future home.
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What are the Rules for Visiting my Parent at Your Assisted Living Facility?

Posted by Robyn Huetter on Sep 15, 2016 6:00:00 AM
Making the decision to move a senior family member to an assisted living facility isn’t easy. Even after you have done the research and found a center you approve of, you’ll want to visit to ensure your loved one’s safety and happiness. It’s important to understand how visitation works and what you can expect.
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