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What to Do With Your Belongings When Moving to a Senior Community

Posted by Marlene Williams on Feb 12, 2019 9:14:00 AM
If you've made the decision to move to a senior community you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as you prepare to move. You're probably downsizing from a larger home to an apartment, and it's hard to figure out what to do with decades of belongings. Here's a battle plan to help you through this challenge and make your move more enjoyable.
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Certified Aging in Place Remodel or Assisted Living - A Comparison

Posted by Marlene Williams on Feb 4, 2019 7:44:00 AM
If you're wondering whether you should remodel your home to make it more senior friendly and safe or to move to an assisted living campus you may be getting confused as to which option is the best. The truth of the matter is everyone's situation is different and you should weigh the pros and cons of each before making your decision. Here's a look at three key areas you should examine before you decide.
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How to Decide if Independent Living in a Community is Right for You

Posted by Marlene Williams on Nov 29, 2018 11:38:00 AM
If you're like most people you've looked forward to retirement for a long time. Now that it's getting close or arrived though, you may begin to wonder just how you want to spend it. Independent living in a community is one option, so here's some help in deciding if it's a viable option for your lifestyle.
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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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12 Tips for Touring Independent Living Communities

Posted by Marlene Williams on Apr 24, 2018 7:44:00 AM
If you're thinking about an independent living community as your retirement home there's a good chance you'll quickly become overwhelmed by glossy brochures and overzealous sales pitches. Before you make appointments to tour the communities on your list it's important to have a good grasp of what to look for when you tour. Here are a dozen tips to help you do just that.
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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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11 Tips for Touring Assisted Living Communities in West Seattle

Posted by Marlene Williams on Apr 25, 2017 10:00:00 AM
Check out the other residents: talk to some residents and see how happy and content they are. Listen carefully to any concerns or complaints, ask how long they've lived there, and pay attention to their grooming and overall appearance. Ask about security features: make sure the community is well protected, look for cameras, and see if there's an open door policy or if visitors must check in when they enter the main buildings. Make sure the outside is well lit and cameras are in place and active. Look for cleanliness: check the baseboards and corners and follow your nose. Make sure the common areas are clean and comfortable and odors aren't masked by heavy scents and sanitizers. Eat a meal: join the residents in the common dining room and ask for a copy of the menu. Make sure there's a variety of daily choices, the food is well prepared, and the residents enjoy their meals and the companionship of others. Ask to tour the kitchen and look for signs of neglect or low-quality ingredients. Tour an apartment: bring your tape measure so you can determine whether the area is large enough for the furniture it will hold. Make sure the living quarters are comfortable and easy to maneuver, and private yet easily accessible to staff. Watch the staff: the employees at an assisted living community are vital to the happiness of the residents. Note whether they treat the seniors with respect, take the time to listen, and interact naturally rather than with a forced demeanor. Ask a couple of residents which is their favorite staff member and why, and who they like the least and why, and pay attention to the answers! Sit in on an activity: whether it's a gym workout, craft session, or group game, you should sit in on an activity and see how much the residents interact and enjoy their time. Determine the levels of care: while your parent may be independent and active now you should ask what levels of care are available and how the staff determines a change of level. Ask for a cost estimate for the different levels of care your parent may progress through so you can make future financial decisions as they arise. Examine the records: look for the health department inspection and ask how many accidents or emergencies have occurred in the past year. Check for any violations of health or safety and make sure they were corrected in a timely manner. Get a breakdown of services and costs: make sure you know ahead of time what services are and are not included in the basic rent. Housekeeping, laundry, and transportation are examples of items that may be added costs to your parent's basic fees. Follow your instincts: above all, follow your gut feelings. If an assisted living campus looks, smells, and sounds great but you have a nagging feeling there's something off you're probably right. You don't have to delete it from your list immediately but mark it as requiring a more in-depth look at a later date.
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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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4 Questions to Ask When Assessing Levels of Care for an Aging Parent

Posted by Marlene Williams on Aug 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM
As you work to find an appropriate facility for your aging parent, you must consider the level of care they need. This is often a difficult situation to handle, but it can be simplified by asking four specific questions.
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5 Questions to Ask About Staff at an Assisted Living Home

Posted by Marlene Williams on Jul 26, 2016 6:00:00 AM
If your parent is ready to move into an assisted living facility, you may already be looking at possible locations that are close to home. While being near at hand is a convenient choice for visiting and socializing, make sure you investigate each facility thoroughly before making your choice. While a lovely apartment, tons of activities and beautiful grounds certainly can sway your opinion between one assisted living community and another, the staff could make or break it. One of the most important parts of the due diligence you’ll do is on the staff who will take care of your parent, yet this is often overlooked. Here are five things to check about staff at an assisted living facility.
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