Our Insights, Opinions and Observations on Timely Topics in the Senior Living Space

August 29, 2022
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Life Care vs. Rental Communities: Which Is the Better Option?

Life Care communities and rental communities are two of the most popular senior living options available. However, the industry terminology surrounding these communities is confusing, which makes it difficult to decide which option is right for your loved one. While both options have their benefits, there are key differences between Life Care and rental communities that could impact the future of your family member. What Is a Life Care Community? Life Care communities, also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs), are senior living communities that offer residential accommodations and […]
August 15, 2022
Caregiver helping senior woman with her medication

10 Tips for Safe Medication Management for Seniors

The longer you live, the higher the chances become that you’ll need medication to maintain your health. And with more medications comes an increased opportunity for adverse interactions, missed doses, and other issues that can have negative and sometimes serious consequences. That’s where smart medication management comes in. If you’re asking yourself, “What is medication management?” Don’t worry. It’s simply a term used to describe how you, your family members, and other caregivers can proactively ensure that all medications are taken on time, in the right doses, and that no […]
August 1, 2022
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Senior Living Dining Trends in 2022

Today’s seniors have a sophisticated approach to food. They bring to the table a taste for international flavors and an awareness of the way culinary choices can impact health and the environment. This evolved gastronomic understanding is inspiring new senior living dining trends. Here are some of the innovative food and dining trends that make dining in a retirement community a treat: A Variety of Venues Senior living communities today strive to create a bustling atmosphere in which residents get to engage in activities they enjoy and choose the dining […]
July 22, 2022
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Post-Hospital Care: Home Health or Short-term Rehabilitation at a Senior Living Community?

When a medical crisis upends our lives, most of us just want to get back to normal – and back home – as soon as possible. But, after an illness, injury or major surgery, there is a transition period – a gap – between the hospital stay and “normal.” Most people need help bridging that gap, either with in-home care or in a short-term rehabilitation facility. A doctor’s recommendation is often the deciding factor in choosing between in-home or inpatient post-hospital care. But patients and their caregivers can have a […]
July 15, 2022
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Balcony Design Ideas to Elevate the Look of Your Senior Apartment Balcony

If you have a balcony, you’ve got your own little outdoor haven where you can soak up the sun, dine alfresco, entertain friends, or greet the dawn as you sip morning coffee. To make your outdoor space even more cozy, consider customizing your oasis so it suits your style. Here are some balcony design ideas to get you started. Create a Solid Foundation Whether you’re lounging, dining, reading or entertaining, you’ll want somewhere to sit in your outdoor space. Choose furnishings that are made for the outdoors and can withstand […]
July 8, 2022
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Are CCRCs and Life Plan Communities the Same?

If you’re looking into senior living options, you’ve likely encountered a jumble of terminology. And if you’re bewildered, you’re not alone. Adding to the confusion is the fact that terms like CCRC and Life Plan Community are often used interchangeably. What does each term mean? Here are some definitions to give you a clear picture as you navigate senior living choices. Same Community, Different Names Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) and Life Plan Communities are different names for the same type of community. The name CCRC was widely used until […]
June 25, 2022
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How Senior Living Combats Loneliness and Isolation

As we age, managing our health requires more than staying physically active, maintaining a nutritious diet, and keeping up with preventive care appointments. Did you know your daily interactions and social connectivity also play a pivotal role in keeping you healthy as you age? Senior loneliness and isolation have been shown to contribute to many health and wellness problems, including a higher risk of heart disease, stroke, dementia, and even premature death. In contrast, consistent social interactions have been shown to improve mental health and help seniors avoid issues such […]
June 14, 2022
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How to Find a Senior Living Community That Fits Your Lifestyle

Gone are the days of “one-size fits all” when it comes to senior care and living options. Today’s senior living communities offer a wide array of care, living, and retirement lifestyle options, as their owners and operators have come to more clearly understand and prioritize the importance of personalized care and a well-rounded lifestyle. Depending on where you live, you may find a number of senior living communities that offer far more than basic senior care. But finding the senior living option that fits you the best doesn’t have to […]
May 31, 2022
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Why Seniors Choose Assisted Living Over Aging in Place

For many aging adults, there’s an almost unavoidable decision that must be made: choosing between aging in place or moving to an assisted living community. Without question, aging in place is a natural preference and may seem desirable to most. But it’s important to also think about what the future may hold with changing needs and wants – including  your health care needs, physical limitations, desire to socialize, and much more. To help you make an informed, confident decision for the long run, we’ll further  discuss aging in place and […]

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