Rather than simply experiencing her triple digit age, Kathryn Marwitz is enthusiastically embracing it and enjoying just about every minute. The 104 year old may be the oldest resident of Friendship Village but her energy, sense of humor and charisma belie her advanced years. “I call her busy body,” said Areta Rodgers, activity manager of Willows Assisted Living at Friendship Village. “Not that she’s nosey. She’s just busy. Whenever I see her she’s on the go.”
Kathryn has lived at Friendship Village for twenty years. Until this summer, she was in a two bedroom independent living apartment. After a serious fall and extensive rehab, she transferred to Willows Assisted Living where she has assistance if she needs it. The fact is however, that she’s not often around her apartment. “I get out everyday. I know many people and like to keep in contact. There’s not enough hours in the day,” she said. “I think one of the key things in your life is keeping busy and interested. If you lose interest, there’s nothing left.”
During daytime hours, Kathryn is visiting with friends and participating in programs. She’s a fashionista who loves to shop and be pampered. “Kathryn’s always dressed to the nines,” said Areta.
“I recently met with a cosmetician who did a makeover. A gal needs something besides medicine you know!” Kathryn finds time in her busy schedule for weekly manicures.
In the evening, Kathryn is a bit of a night owl, staying up late doing puzzles and reading,
Kathryn said that she finds herself surprised at her own longevity. “I’m just an ordinary person doing the best I can. I never thought I’d live to be this age. I don’t know why I have. My motto has always been to do everything with integrity. You should always give 100%,” she said adding that Friendship Village is a wonderful home. “I’ve made a lot of friends and have a feeling of security. I know I’ll always be well taken care of.”
Areta said that Kathryn “always does everything with a positive attitude. “When you see her, her spirit just carries her in the most positive way. You’ve got to smile when you see her. When you visit with Kathryn you know you’re going to have a good laugh.”
Friendship Senior Options is the not-for-profit organization that sponsors two of the Chicago area’s leading Continuing Care Retirement Communities: Friendship Village of Schaumburg and GreenFields of Geneva. We are at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to satisfy the critical needs of the senior living marketplace. Friendship Senior Options provides a range of services for seniors in Chicago including independent living assisted living, skilled care, rehabilitation therapy, home services and memory support. For more information, visit www.FriendshipSeniorOptions.org or call 847-884-5300.
At MorningStar, it’s in the air. In the very chemistry of the place. You can feel it. You can see it with your own eyes, every day: our staff flat out loving our residents, loving them like they do their own moms and dads.
Ken Jaeger, founder of MorningStar, proved his acumen for the senior living industry through 15 years of executive roles, garnering experience in acquisitions, construction and management.
In 2003, an idea began to take shape, a pressing dream to create his own brand of senior living defined by the human touch. “I wanted to re-create my grandmother’s house, a place where one can go and feel a sense of family.”
Ken had specific designs on how to foster the ultimate environment for the well being of seniors. Out of these convictions, he established three precepts for MorningStar: Honor God. Value All Seniors. Invest generously in his team.
From his first home in Denver, MorningStar Assisted Living of Littleton, the difference was manifest: all the amenities of a five-star resort infused with the warmth of a real home.
And now, ten years and 12 homes later, MorningStar has become a landmark name in senior living.
From independent living to assisted living, from basic care through Alzheimer’s support, MorningStar’s continuum of service allows residents to extend their stay until a diagnosis calls for 24-hour nursing. Through Respite Care and Day Programs, MorningStar also opens its homes for short-term stays.
Our website offers even more about the MorningStar difference. There you’ll read about WellStar, our signature program which encompasses the physical, social, spiritual and intellectual sides of wellness. You’ll see a gallery of our award-winning architecture and gracious design. And find a Decision Guide that helps families understand & navigate the complex world of senior living, complete with downloadable templates. Read especially “Testify to Love,” which captures the sentiments of residents, their families and our staff as to why we do what we do and the impact we have.
We see our residents as heroes—men and women who have exacted out of life all its triumphs and trials, who in raw courage and tenacity have invested their days. Seniors are a testimony to the colossal events in history. They’ve witnessed world wars and the worldwide web—all in one glorious sweep. If anyone deserves honor and respect, it is our seniors. This is MorningStar’s high and chosen calling.
MorningStar Senior Living of Sparks, 2360 Wingfield Hills Drive, Sparks, NV 89436
With a documented, “rapid” increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among older Americans, there’s cause for concern about unsafe sex practices happening in retirement communities around the country, says a recent New York Times opinion piece.
Both chlamydia infections and syphilis diagnoses rose substantially among seniors aged 65 and older between 2007 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers are similar to STD trends in the 20 to 24-year-old age group, notes Ezekiel J. Emanuel, an oncologist and vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, and there are a few reasons why.
“First, retirement communities and assisted living facilities are becoming like college campuses,” he writes. “They cram a lot of similarly aged people together, and when they do, things naturally happen.”
Another factor: older people are living longer and healthier, allowing them to remain sexually active late into their lives. More than half of men and about 40% of women aged 60 and older report being sexually active, says Emanual citing a National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior.
“But while they are having a lot of sex, seniors didn’t seem to get the safe sex memo…
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Reaching your golden years is a great accomplishment. It is in fact one of the best things about living in the times that we do. There are so many opportunities and activities available now that did not exist previously, that it is almost impossible to take advantage of them all.
Senior citizen assisted living is one of those ideas that has come of age in a time when there are more people than ever who are retiring. The baby boomer group is the largest demographic group on the planet and many of them are reaching retirement age right now.
This has created a need for all manners of senior retirement arrangements that range all the way from complete and total care, kind of like the nursing homes used to be, through senior assisted living facilities which help seniors maintain all the independence they can for as long as is possible, to active adult retirement communities where often the primary focus is one golf or some other sport.
This range of choices is absolutely unprecedented in our society. Not only that, but with the touch of a few buttons on the computer keyboard, the internet springs to life and brings you tons of information about all these various living arrangements so you can decide exactly what kind of facility you need.
Assisted living facilities do a great job of tailoring specific service plans for their residents. This means that each person gets the care they need on an individual planned out basis. The goal is to not change the senior person’s lifetime of habits or lifestyle but still make it possible for them to receive the care they need to live a great and fulfilling life.
There are many of these facilities in many locations and each of them is a little different in what they have to offer their residents. The types and levels of services offered can be quite different one state to another, and because the industry is overseen more by the individual states rather than the federal government, it is important to make sure that the kind of care you need is available in an assisted living facility in the state that you are thinking of living in.
It is not that any of the care is worse in some states than in others, it’s just that the laws and regulations are a bit different. But as fare as getting the help you might need when you are living in a senior citizen assisted living community, all of them deliver exactly what you need. And not more than you need.
The goal is always is keep the most amount of independence possible and in the retirement community world, the assisted living facilities do the best job overall of juggling between providing care and maintaining independence.
Susan is a full fledged baby boomer and avid internet researcher who writes about active retirement communities and other baby boomer topics on her site at www.second50years.com.
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When it comes time to retire from work, there are some significant choices that you will need to make. One of them is whether you will continue to get up at the same time in the morning as when you had to go to work. Most people opt to not get up as early, but some still like doing that because it is such a habit.
Another choice is about where you want to live after retirement. It isn’t like anyone is saying you have to leave your house if you don’t want to, but many people think that finding an alternative kind of senior citizen housing is more appropriate than where they currently live.
There are so many baby boomers who are retiring right now, that there has been kind of a boom in the amount of places available for seniors to live in. There are a great amount of active retirement communities and assisted living facilities and even more and more nursing homes for people who need a lot of extra help.
But as far as where you are supposed to live, that is something that is completely up to the individual. And that kind of choice is one of the big characteristics of baby boomers; expecting to have a large amount of choice over their lives. That idea of being in charge of your own life certainly has not changed appreciably in any way since back when the boomers were in college.
In general, there are three choices in senior housing. These are identified by the amount of extra nursing and personal care that the residents require throughout the day. The active senior communities are where the folks live who need the least amount of extra personal care during the day. These are often based around sports like golf or tennis and have very active people living there.
The nursing home setups are where the people live who need the most extra assistance. These are staffed by nurses and doctors 24 hours a day and the people who live there need the most amount of extra care during the day.
In the middle are the assisted living facilities where people who need just a small amount of extra personal or nursing care live. This can be a place like a senior apartment complex or an entire community full of small homes where the residents live.
But no matter what amount of extra assistance a person needs after retirement, the internet can certainly help you find the best senior citizen housing option for you and your particular situation.
Susan is a full fledged baby boomer and avid internet researcher who writes about senior retirement communities and other baby boomer topics on her site at www.second50years.com.
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Many times when people think about retiring from the world of the working, they are left wondering what their options are. For some, what really works out the best for them is o live with one of their children. This is not as common as it used to be, but is still a popular option.
For others, the best choice might be to consider moving to a senior citizen community. There are few kinds of these and most of the difference depends on what you like to do after you retire and move there.
Most of these retirement communities require that you buy a property there. In some there are standalone houses and in others, condos or apartments. But for the most part it is like buying a home anywhere, you need to deal with an agent onsite and have a closing and that kind of legal stuff.
Often, this transaction can be taken care of right there onsite. And some of the communities even have their own financing options through a lender so that once you sign up, the details of the buying the property are taken care of all at once.
They are not all like this, of course, but the days of consolidation are here and sometimes it is just so much easier to deal with one or two people rather than having to go trekking all around town to put all the parts of a deal together.
Some retirement communities feature their activities very heavily. And often these are participant sports like horseback riding or golf or tennis. There is no reason why you have to be interested in those particular things in order to have a residence there. It’s just that if the entire community is centered around that one idea, then you might feel out of place sometimes if that one idea is of no interest to you at all.
Many times, the senior retirement facilities are places that feature very little activity and in these cases living there is a lot like living anywhere else. Neighbors around you all interested in different things in their lives and going to the community center for special events every once in a while.
The big difference, though is that by choosing to live in senior community, you are pretty much limiting your choice of neighbors by age group. And if it suits you that all your neighbors are going to be of retirement age, then a senior citizen community might be the perfect place for you to spend your retirement years.
Susan is a full fledged baby boomer and avid internet researcher who writes about senior retirement communities and other baby boomer topics on her site at www.second50years.com.
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As I speak to more operators and administrators of independent and assisted living facilities in regards to their telephone infrastructure strategy. It is clear that they are no longer providing telephone service as a standard amenity in their homes. This is for two main reasons; First they don’t want to have the hassle of billing like they are a phone company. Also, with all the phone options available today, senior citizens are also taking advantage of cable telephone, VoIP and cellular options. In fact, much like their grandchildren seniors in retirement communities are choosing to only use cellular service instead of having a landline or both. When I first started my sales career fifteen years ago middle aged people would come in and complain about how complicated the cutting edge bag phone and flip phones were. I sometimes laugh at this now because comparing those phones to the Palms, Blackberrys and iPhones of today is like comparing telegraph to the touch tone phone. However, companies like Jitterbug Cellular Phones are focusing on the senior citizen niche and making simple cell phones because not everyone needs a computer in their pocket.
The Jitterbug J, may be the perfect option for seniors wanting independence or who are living in independent and assisted living facilities. It can give their families who are always worried about eldercare, peace of mind, because they know it’s a phone simple enough for their elderly parents to use. We will look at what makes this generation of phone different?
The Jitterbug J, “the phone for everyone,” starts with a large bright color display that uses a large easy to read font with clarity. The keypad has large roomy backlit buttons that are laid out for easy dialing for the elderly. The earphone eliminates background noise, has a dial tone similar to landlines similar to landlines when you open the phone with a powerful speaker. The phone eliminates confusing menus and only requires a yes or a no. They offer 24/7 U.S. based customer service and operators who can update the phone book, connect calls and provide directory assistance.
The rate plans start at $14.99 per month and offer upgrades like the Jitterbug Complete Care Bundle. The bundle provides roadside assistance, handset replacement and Jitterbug LiveNurse through a partnership with FONEMED. LiveNurse gives loved ones 24/7 access to registered nurses in English or Spanish. They can assist in connecting them to a large pre-recorded health information library with current information on a variety of topics. The nurses can also help document a users personal health history.
With technology simplified, better customer service, and cheap and easy billing, it’s no wonder more seniors are using cell phones with assistive technologies for safety and security.
John Dondero has spent ten years in the medical equipment industry. He has sold radiology systems to hospitals, medical hardware and software, and now RFID devices including Senior Safety equipment to Senior Living facilities.
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Assisted living is an alternative living arrangement for senior citizens requiring moderate elder care, including help with activities like eating, getting dressed, bathing, and using the bathroom as opposed to the more intensive care provided in nursing homes. This type of care serves as an intermediate between in home care for the elderly and the elder care provided by a nursing home. Facilities for this type of living may be in connection with retirement communities, nursing homes, home health care agencies, or complexes for senior citizens, or they may be separate facilities. This type of elder care is known by many names, such as residential care, board and care, congregate care, and personal care.
Assisted Living Facilities
When looking for an assisted living facility, you can usually expect to have your own room or apartment, provided meals, a staff of caregivers for support, and some or all of the following services:
- housekeeping and laundry
- recreational activities and exercise
- guidance and monitoring of health care
- reminders about or help taking medication
- support with dressing, bathing, and eating
Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community
With these ideas in mind, it is important to choose the right facility for you. Each facility may have different ideologies of caring for the elderly, so not every facility may be a match for the kind of care and services you are looking for. When searching for elder care in an assisted living facility, there are a number of ways to determine whether a certain place will provide you with the comfort, security, and level of care you need:
- Think about your future needs and determine whether the facility can provide the right kind of care for those needs.
- Figure out whether the facility is near family, friends, and shopping centers or other businesses you’d like to walk to.
- Are there admission and retention policies that do not allow people with severe cognitive impairments or physical disabilities to live there?
- Is there a written statement of the philosophy of elder care of the facility, and do you agree with it?
- Make more than one trip to each facility you are considering, sometimes unannounced.
- Try to make some of those trips during mealtimes to check out the quality of food and service to the residents.
- Take note of interactions between residents and those providing the elder care.
- Ask whether each facility offers social, recreational, and spiritual activities based on your interests.
- Talk to residents.
- Find out what kind of training caregivers receive and how often they are trained.
- Review state licensing reports.
Researching Assisted Living Centers
If you have concerns after performing some of the preceding suggestions-or if you would simply like to be thorough in your search-you may also wish to consider the following:
- Call your state’s long-term care ombudsman as well as the local Better Business Bureau to ask about recently issued complaints against the facilities you are considering.
- If a facility is connected to a nursing home or home health care agency, you may want to find out more its counterpart. You can find information about nursing homes on the Medicare website (www.medicare.gov/nhcompare/home.asp).
Assisted Living Financial Considerations for Seniors
Another aspect of assisted living facilities to consider is cost. Assisted living is generally less expensive than nursing home care, but more expensive the in home care for the elderly. The usual range is anywhere from $10,000 per year to over $50,000 per year, so it is important to know what you can afford and how much each facility costs. Another thing to know is that there may be fees not included in the basic rate. It will be helpful to figure out how much extra you will have to pay to live in a certain home.
Insurance may help cover some of these costs, but usually charges are covered primarily by the senior citizens who decide to live in these residences or family members responsible for their elder care. Some facilities also offer financial assistance programs, which you may want to inquire about.
Medicare does not cover the costs of these residences or the elder care provided there. Medicaid-the joint federal and state program that helps senior citizens and people with disabilities pay for health care when they are unable to afford it-may cover the service component of assisted living in certain states.
It is important to consider the different options in elder care. If cost is a concern, it may be helpful to consider in home care for senior citizens. This type of elder care may provide sufficient care for your needs in the comfort of your own home. If the degree of elder care provided by in home care or an assisted living facility does not meet your needs, consider a nursing home.
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David Crumrine at the Caring Space We are an organization that connects caregivers and care seekers, providing an easy and affordable resource for families seeking care for friends/loved ones and caregivers seeking employment.
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At an awards ceremony in Las Vegas last night, North Hill, the leading Boston-area senior living community, was honored with three Gold and two Silver awards in the National Association of Home Builders Best of 50+ Housing competition. This included being named the Best Repositioned 50+ Housing project “on the boards” in the nation. And then North Hill was s ingled out by judges for a special award — an Innovation Award for its industry-leading PurposeFULL Living wellness philosophy.
“Stunned and proud,” is how Kevin Burke, CEO of North Hill Communities Inc. [www.NorthHill.org] described his reaction. “Our entire community has been so committed and creative in its efforts to transform senior living. We felt honored to even be named a finalist in this, the industry’s most prestigious awards program. To be further recognized for Innovation — it’s very exciting.”
The awards reflect North Hill’s progress with the Project True North Initiative — the community’s largest and most comprehensive investment in its 28-year history. Project True North enhancements to the community include new residences, transformed indoor and outdoor spaces, and innovative services and amenities. At the heart of all the changes is PurposeFULL Living, North Hill’s multidimensional wellness philosophy [www.NorthHill.org/PurposeFULL-Living]. The judges felt the concept and execution of PurposeFULL Living was so notable it deserved a special Innovation Award.
The 50+ Housing Awards were winners were announced on January 23 at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas. North Hill received the following awards:
• GOLD — Best Repositioned/Remodeled Community on the Boards
o See renderings at http://www.northhill.org/senior-living-ma-photo-gallery
o Learn more about PurposeFULL Living at http://www.northhill.org/pursuing-your-passions
• GOLD — Best Online Marketing Strategy
o Visit the new main website, http://www.NorthHill.org, as well as a sister site focused on the initiative, http://www.TrueNorthEvolution.org
o See a recent email at http://bit.ly/UL3uU4
• GOLD — Best Sales/Marketing Event
o See photos from the event at http://bit.ly/RrqwRY
• SILVER — Best Brochure
o See a sample of the brochure at http://bit.ly/12aZCQc
• SILVER — Best Integrated Marketing Strategy
o “Discover True North,” the campaign launching the True North initiative, included direct mail, online and offline advertising, email, public relations and special events (the first of which attracted more than 400 attendees and caused a traffic jam on the Needham/Wellesley town line)
o See a sample TV ad at http://bit.ly/U4cfXo
ABOUT NORTH HILL: North Hill provides opportunities for vibrant living from its campus on the Needham/Wellesley line. Founded in 1984, a combination of location, the innovative Lifecare financial model and exceptional quality in healthcare and hospitality service have made North Hill one of the most sought-after retirement communities in Massachusetts. The North Hill vision is to be the leading provider of the most progressive, personalized healthcare and hospitality services to older adults in the Northeast. To learn more, visit www.NorthHill.org.
Read about the role of horses and Dr. Andrew Weil along with other exciting news about Watermark’s latest innovation in senior living, The Hacienda at the River in Tucson, Arizona.
Innovative Senior Housing Community Takes Shape in Tucson
Partnerships and Affiliations Announced
Tucson, Ariz. – Before concrete is even poured for the Hacienda at the River, longtime Tucson senior housing developer David Freshwater and his operating partner, David Barnes, are carefully laying the foundation for Tucson’s newest and most innovative senior living community by solidifying partnerships and affiliations with some of Tucson’s biggest names in integrative medicine and therapy.
Most notably, Freshwater and Barnes are teaming with Andrew Weil, MD, to oversee onsite organic gardens and establish culinary principles that will promote optimum health. Co-directors of the Arizona Center on Aging, Mindy Fain, MD, and Janko Nikolich-Zugich, MD, Ph.D., have agreed to provide team-based interdisciplinary healthcare (Fain), incorporating the latest standards and advances of geriatric research (Nikolich) to Hacienda residents, complementing their primary care. Steven Wool, M.D. will serve as medical director and private practice doctor for the community. Evan Kligman, M.D. will coordinate and act as ongoing liaison for all University of Arizona partnerships and affiliations with the Hacienda at the River and other programs under development for Freshwater and Barnes’ organization, Watermark Retirement Communities.
According to Freshwater, the Hacienda team has also entered into an agreement with Barbara K. Rector, MA, CEIP co-founder of Therapeutic Riding of Tucson and Adventures in Awareness, to direct onsite equine therapy, believed to be the first program of its kind to be permanently integrated into an assisted living community.
“We’ve seen equine therapy work so well with residents in other Watermark locations that we’ve made it central to our vision for The Hacienda at the River,” said Freshwater. “Given that The Hacienda site is historically a horse property, we feel this use is especially fitting.”
Utilizing Mission Revival architecture, reflective of the Southwest’s iconic heritage, and set on the terrace at the edge of the Rillito River near River and Hacienda del Sol roads, the Hacienda at the River is envisioned to be a new style of community for mature individuals who need assisted living, memory care, nursing and short-term rehabilitation. The Hacienda is Watermark’s branded response to a new paradigm for de-institutionalized senior living environments: elders receive care almost invisibly through universal workers integrated into the core household, creating a family-centered setting that seamlessly provides expert personal and health support. Each of the four single-story homes at the Hacienda includes a living room and kitchen, library, family room and a front porch. The homes have courtyards with mesquite and other canopy trees. Resident suites in each home have private baths and roll in showers. Nursing and rehab services will also be provided at the new community in a two-story building with the look and feel of a boutique hotel rather than a traditional, institutional nursing home.
Other features of the development will include:
• Green building techniques including water harvesting and gray water systems, and other energy and water saving techniques leading to LEED certification;
• On-site orchard and gardens for providing a portion of fruits and vegetables used at the community;
• On-site restaurant and café featuring natural, organic foods (including those grown on-site) whenever possible serving residents, family members and visitors alike;
• Two rehab facilities for short-term and outpatient services including speech, hearing, occupational, and physical therapies. The Hacienda is also planning to integrate aquatic as well as equine therapies into its rehab programming.
The purchase of the 7.5-acre site closed October 3 and groundbreaking is expected in 2013. More affiliations are in the works, to be announced.
Freshwater and Barnes are nationally noted seniors’ housing experts who happen to live in Tucson. They opened their first senior living community, The Fountains at La Cholla, 25 years ago. Watermark now operates 31 communities coast to coast.
Vi Marks 25 Years As a National Leader in Senior Living
Vi – the developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities – is celebrating its 25th anniversary in August. Vi operates 10 continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments we have achieved during the past 25 years,” said Randy Richardson, President of Vi. “In an era of uncertainty, our employees and residents can take pride in the fact we are a stable, national presence within the senior living industry, free from third-party debt in our CCRC communities and managed by a strong, long-tenured team.”
Vi was established in 1987 as Classic Residence by Hyatt. The company changed its name to Vi in 2010. The company was created by Penny Pritzker, whose family founded Hyatt Hotels, to leverage Hyatt’s hospitality expertise in the growing retirement living industry to better cater to the needs and lifestyle of discerning older adults.
Vi (pronounced vee) is the Latin root for the word “life.” It was chosen as the name for the company because it captures the positive opportunities to live a more engaging and fulfilling life as an older adult.
Vi’s ability to merge its hospitality heritage with quality senior living is what differentiates the brand from others. Visitors and residents can sense this commitment to quality and service from the moment they walk into one of Vi’s communities, according to Richardson. “Hospitality is in our DNA; and every detail is meant to convey quality service, from the decor to our lifestyle and fitness programs and to our employees who’ve been specially trained in the art of making residents feel at home.”
In addition, Vi communities feature stylish dining venues that enable residents to eat well and dine in style. Menus offer a wide variety of options to suit residents’ nutritional needs and taste preferences. Meals are prepared by chefs who receive specialized training at The Culinary Institute of America.
As testament to Vi’s approach, a recent survey of independent living residents at Vi’s 10 CCRC communities finds them happy with their decision to live at Vi. The survey finds that 94 percent of Vi’s independent living residents who completed the survey are very satisfied or satisfied with the community. Almost 95 percent say they would recommend their Vi community to family or friends.
Late last year, Vi commissioned a report by Ken Dychtwald Ph.D., renowned gerontologist, psychologist, best-selling author, and CEO of Age Wave that challenges the “prevailing myths and misperceptions” about CCRC living. The report, “The Five Myths and Realities of Continuing Care Retirement Communities,” is available here.
Vi, formerly Classic Residence by Hyatt, is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a developer, owner and operator of older adult living communities. The company was founded in August 1987. The company is dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults by providing quality environments, services and care. Vi currently operates ten continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) nationwide. For more information about Vi communities, visit
Contact: Tim Hermeling, 312-803-8480
A move to senior living properties, retirement communities or estates is often complicated by perceptions and emotion. Make the decision as rationally and objectively as possible. A mistake will likely result in considerable stress and wasted money.
The questions, and their significance will depend on your personal circumstances and on how the estate is set up. I suggest that you go through each issue with a fine tooth comb.
Questions to be answered by the estate management.
1. With residents are there restrictions with for example: having someone to live with you, visitors, car parking, pets or anything else?
2. Are there any specific medical requirements to qualify to live independently?
3. Is it required to give details of any medical conditions or treatments? If so, who can see them and are they kept confidential?
4. Is there convenient estate or public transport available?
5. If the units are incomplete, can a resident change the design or finishes?
6. Are there any circumstances under which the deed of sale be cancelled?
7. Can a resident move, or be moved, from one type of accommodation to another. If so, how would the decision be made?
8. Are residents actively involved in the running of the village and in setting any fees and changing estate rules?
9. Are any resident rights at risk if the village is sold?
10. What exceptional charges will have to be paid by residents?
11. Are there any limitations when selling units? Could there be a disagreement over the selling price or improvements made?
12. Have all the estate management proven experience in this type of development?
Personal Check List – some points to ask yourself.
13. Does my my family, advisor and friends agree with my decision to move?
14. Am I considering the move because of all the daily hassles of running a home?
15. Have I considered all the information about the estate I have chosen? Has my legal representative explained all the relevant conditions in the deed of sale to me?
16. Do I think that this is the best choice for me? Does the this estate living suit the things that I believe are important? Have I spoken to any residents in the estate?
17. What choice is there if I become too ill to live alone? Will the estate and my unit suit me if I ever need a wheelchair or walking aid?
18. Are there services especially intended for the elderly like nursing care and an emergency call system? Will it meet my current and expected future needs?
19. Have I made a comparison of the facilities and the alternative financial arrangements of other developments?
20. Can I comfortably afford the estate I have chosen and what will it cost me if I decide to leave?
Working through these issues it is very apparent that this is an important choice in anyone’s life. The decision to consider senior living properties is often taken at a time of emotional distress so it is critical that it’s made in as objective and rational way as possible.
Patrick Millerd is a baby boomer “nevertiree” and aspiring digital nomad. He’ll help you discover how retirement planning can put you on the path to a create the retirement lifestyle you desire at www.Successful-Retirement.com
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Everyone wants to live in peace and happiness even in old age, and senior living options are available for these people. In such a fast-paced world, children usually don’t have time to take care of their ageing parents. If they look for some retirement options, however, things could be easier. For all retired people, retirement communities are a great place to spend their lives in happiness and contentment. For most seniors, independence comes with a lot of difficulties, but for those who find it tough to accomplish their daily chores there are assisted living homes. When people get older and their children are unable to take care of them, there are a variety of senior living options.
Most seniors resist frequent change, so selecting a retirement community has to be done with great care. Most of the assisted living homes are set up so that the residents of the facility can have a better quality of life than they would experience in their traditional homes. It has often being observed that when it comes to elder care, the most important thing is to get exercise and have activities that enhance their lives and promote longevity. Improving the quality of life through senior living is a very real possibility, and this is the top goal of the assisted living homes. These facilities are there for all senior citizens, whether they are retired or not and whether they need assistance or not. After retirement, a lot of people tend to stop taking care of themselves as well and try to keep living on their own, but this stage of life ought to be the most enjoyable one. If you want to enjoy your life, then check into the best retirement community.
For retired people, there are a number of senior living options that can be chosen depending on the needs of the individual. The two main choices after retirement are living with family or moving to a retirement community. The choice of these senior homes depends on the overall health, independence, and mobility. If the aged person does not like going very far, then assisted living homes that are located near shopping areas would be best. As we get older, we try to find activities that will keep us engaged and happy. A lot of senior living facilities organize events for elderly people to share their thoughts.
Active seniors who are independent in their daily lives can opt for a regular retirement community which serves their individual needs. Senior citizens need to understand that staying in senior living is not a social stigma, but is a way to enjoy retired life to the fullest without being dependent on anyone. The ideal place for retired people among all the senior living options is the retirement community because it really caters to the needs of retired people.
Horizon Bay’s retirement communities, Active Adult Communities communities and Assisted Living Community redefine life for seniors where they are respected as individuals and encouraged to live life more meaningfully.
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Meal times are bar none the most important activity of the day for seniors living in retirement and assisted living communities. Eating is an immensely enjoyable activity when you’re young (as evidenced by our 60% overweight population) and for the elderly, and is often the only enjoyable activity of the day. And while fattening home cooked dishes will always be on menus – just watch the uprising if they took away chicken fried steak from anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon line – communities should still be striving for quality and freshness.
- Our seniors spent their whole lives deciding when and what they wanted to eat. Isn’t it only fair that they get to do that now? While many communities have limited meal times – and this is not necessarily bad, it’s certainly better to have an all day dining program in place. When is the last time someone told you that lunch was served at 11AM sharp? Our seniors aren’t children and they’re paying a lot of coin to live in these places. Communities should attempt to be as flexible as possible in their scheduling to be respectful of the decision-making ability of these folks, even if they come in at the same time. Every. Single. Day.
- It’s just as important to give seniors the choice of where to sit. Senior communities can be like high school with folks moving in and out of social circles. Wouldn’t you get sick of sitting next to the same person every day? What if you didn’t like them? Assigned seating should be reserved only for residents with very high care needs who need extra attention.
- Knowledgeable Food & Beverage Director. All the better if the chef is a nutritionist (and in some states it’s the law). Even if no need exists now, he or she should be able to tell you what they can and can not do in the event diets change for health reasons. Diabetes, chewing problems and diverticulitis, among many others – are fairly common ailments among an aging population and something to think about when considering a move.
- Quality and Quantity. Look to see how extensive the menu is. Residents should be given at least three options at every meal, one hearty, one healthy, and one light. Even home style dishes should be made with fresh ingredients and a minimum of salt, and served with fruits and vegetables that will be pleasing to any palate.
- Cleanliness and Atmosphere. Keeping the kitchen and dining room clean are incredibly important to help prevent the spread of illness within a more frail population prone to picking up every little bug. Check food safety inspections and be sure to walk all the way into the dining room (and in the kitchen if they allow it) to make sure staff looks clean and crisp, salt and pepper shakers free of any visible debris, table surfaces sanitized, and glasses and silverware spotless.
- Don’t forget to try the food. While every community claims to have the best around, make sure you ask to try it for yourself. Your taste buds don’t lie and it will give you a much better idea of what the community is really like as a whole.
Ms. Harrison has consulted with over 10 different distressed and startup senior living properties across the nation. Seniors Best Interests is a free-to-family service that advocates on behalf of seniors and their families when they begin searching for senior living communities.
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Can baby boomers afford luxury senior living? This is one of the great questions that smart real estate developers have been asking themselves for the last few years. On the one hand, there are many boomers who have lots of money and good credit scores. And those folks are being targeted each and every day by people who are marketing to baby boomers.
The number of senior retirement places has increased astoundingly just in the last few years. Actually, it has reached the point where there is now a surplus of excellent senior retirement communities around. And when there is an oversupply that means only one thing to prices. They are going down.
That scenario, in a nutshell, is why so many baby boomers can now afford to buy luxury senior living places. The prices on these great communities have plummeted drastically. That is not such good news for the people who bought at the height of the real estate pricing because their property values fell through the floor. And in many cases, has seen a number of people just walking away from their properties because it mad no sense to keep paying on it.
But for those who waited, or for those boomers who are just now coming to the age where they are thinking about where they want to live when they retire, this is an ideal circumstance. There are literally tons of properties on the market at distressed prices. Some being sold by the property owners and some by the management of the retirement communities. Either way, though, the deals are quite amazing.
One of the areas hardest hit pricewise in the active retirement community market is the golf community. Many, many, many of these developments were built. And many of the properties were sold in these communities. And then the real estate bubble burst and folks started not being able to pay their mortgages. Just like what happened in the non-senior real estate market.
Lots of foreclosures, lots of second and third mortgage defaults, and lots of distressed properties coming up for sale.
So the answer to the original question is, yes, baby boomers can easily afford luxury senior living residences. And in many cases, can now afford to buy the retirement home of their dreams simply because so many people found out too late that they could not afford to keep the place they thought they would live in forever. And because we live in an online world, the real estate bargains are pretty easy to find with just a little bit searching around the internet.
Susan is a full fledged baby boomer and avid internet researcher who writes about active retirement communities and other baby boomer housing topics on her site at www.second50years.com.
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Senior living communities are relatively new, are responding to constantly changing demands and while even this industry is reacting to the current economic downturn, baby boomers are creating and responding to trends in a variety of ways. A recent survey conducted by Mather LifeWays with Life Services of Illinois in late 2008 revealed some interesting findings. This survey is “significant because there are few published studies that examine trends in programs, amenities, and environments among aging services providers,” states Mary Leary, President and CEO, Mather LifeWays.
Independent living is at the top of the list for most seniors and most are serious about technology. That means that senior living communities must offer state-of-the-art systems for computer savvy seniors. Those leaving the workforce today have become accustomed to and very adept at building their careers and a portion of their personal lives around computers. Seniors want services available that will allow them to maintain independence.
New models in Senior Living Communities
The Beacon Hill model, as described in American Association of Retired Persons Magazine is an innovative program that allows residents to stay in their homes and maintain their independence safely and comfortably. Beacon Hill Village in Boston is being embraced by communities with seniors across the nation because of its model as a full-service concierge program dedicated to linking older residents of the neighborhood with anything from a ride to the doctor’s office to house painting services to free lectures and exercise classes. Members must live in the neighborhood and pay an annual fee. The Beacon Hills Village program has sparked grassroots movements across the country.
“The New Retirement Survey” released in 2005 by Merrill Lynch focused on how baby boomers, who are quickly approaching retirement age, will have a noticeable impact on all aspects of senior living, including housing. In fact, because baby boomers will fundamentally reinvent retirement by living longer and remaining engaged and employed beyond age 65, the impact will influence all trends in senior living communities. The survey describes the “turning point”: 76% of boomers intend to keep working and earning after retiring from their current job and even exploring entirely new careers. This desire to continue working is motivated by earnings and by a desire for “continued mental stimulation and challenge which will motivate them to stay in the game.” Naturally, this finding supports the senior living community trend of a desire for further education. Visit the Bernard Osher Foundation to learn about the location of classes and opportunities for lifelong learning offered by this well-regarded foundation.
Trends can also be observed in surveys targeting the operators and owners of these communities. The Mather Lifeways survey describes trends in senior living communities that include wellness and lifelong learning options available as well as environmental considerations, such as green living standards. The survey also found that wireless technology is opening even more opportunities to pursue a wealth of knowledge. Currently, 22% of continuing care retirement communities are now offering Web-based education; however that number is expected to soar to 69% over the next four years, while wellness offerings, including classes and recreation, are projected to grow to 52%, up from 25%. Studies also reveal that 35% of senior living community providers are expected to observe “green” standards in new construction or renovation.
Another study, by Ziegler Capital Markets, queried senior living community owners, explores senior living community trends from a marketing standpoint. The majority of respondents stated that their multi-site organizations have been impacted by the current downturn in the economy. When asked how they intend to react, most said they will offer a variety of discounts on monthly service and entrance fees, which will naturally be attractive to those considering a senior living community. Marketing programs are also focusing more on what their community can offer in response to trends in senior living communities.
Technology, independence, education, health and environmental concerns will undoubtedly keep the newest members of the senior population occupied, challenged and productive for many years.
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Deciding to move to a senior retirement community is one of the biggest decisions you make. It can be an exciting time, but it can also cause some confusion when it comes to choosing which type of community is best for you or your loved one. People have different needs. Living options are not “one size fits all.”
To help you find the best fit, this article explains the main types of senior retirement options, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and continuing care retirement communities.
Independent living facilities are apartment style homes that allow a person to maintain complete autonomy. This type of facility is a very good option for those that can still do everything for themselves but need contact with other people – and less isolation than living at home alone. Senior independent living facilities usually have on site staff members that provide minimal supervision. Independent living facilities also offer activities and services for residents, ranging from tennis and swimming to fine dining and hair salons.
Assisted living facilities are designed to help those that have difficulty caring for themselves to the extent that they can no longer live in their own home. These facilities are staffed 24 hours a day. Employees are trained to assist residents with their needs and provide supervision. A typical person living in an assisted living facility may need help managing medication, bathing, or getting dressed. While assisted living provides residents with assistance with the activities of daily living, they do not provide round-the-clock skilled nursing services.
Skilled Nursing Centers
For round-the-clock medical supervision, Skilled Nursing is the way to go. Skilled Nursing facilities are designed to house and assist individuals who have health conditions that require constant monitoring and the availability of medical personnel. Because of the high level of monitoring that skilled nursing facilities provide, they are staffed with medical personnel 24 hours a day. Skilled nursing facilities provide an invaluable service to those that have medical problems that require constant medical monitoring and/or high levels of assistance.
Senior Memory Care Communities
Caring for those who have dementia requires special expertise. Alzheimer’s and dementia careãcommunities represent a special form of assisted living, with housing, supportive services and care to those who have varying levels of dementia. Staff members are carefully selected and trained to understand and manage the unique challenges associated with dementia care. Physical and behavioral issues as well as life history are key factors in creating daily routines and service plans for residents. Memory Support Centers provides daily structure seven days per week to help maintain the resident’s abilities and encourage the use of their remaining skills.
Continuing Care Retirement Communities
Continuing Care Retirement Communities, or CCRCs, provide a place where seniors can live, socialize and receive they care they need, while knowing that they can remain in the same community should their care needs change in the future.
A CCRC setting is one that will be able to accommodate you or your family member’s needs now, as well as in the future – all in the same community. If their need for care increases, a person who chooses a CCRC will be able to remain in the same community setting, but get Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing or Dementia care, while keeping the same neighbors and living in a familiar setting.
This means that the ideal living situation is one that can provide for an individual’s current and future needs while allowing him to maintain as much of his independence as possible.
Carol Cummings is a RN and Certified Wellness Coach at Brookdale Senior Living. She shares her knowledge and experience at Brookdale’s Optimum Life Blog. Brookdale Senior Living has a full spectrum of senior living communities throughout the United States, including Independent Living, Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Centers and Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Residences. Find a Brookdale Senior Living Community near you at http://www.brookdaleliving.com/.
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Among the Best Las Vegas Retirement Communities in Nevada
At Atria Sutton, you’ll find a charming, elegant Las Vegas retirement community with senior assisted living apartments and senior care personalized to meet your needs. Invite friends and family to celebrate special occasions in our festive common areas, or relax by the beautifully landscaped courtyards and grounds. Atria Sutton offers independent and assisted living options, and is just minutes from the bright lights of the Las Vegas, NV, strip. Convenient to nearby shopping, fine dining and three major hospitals, Atria independent retirement communities in Las Vegas are second to none.
Whether you are considering Las Vegas independent retirement communities or assisted senior living in Nevada, Atria Sutton is ready to serve your needs.
- A full-time events director
- An emergency call system in every apartment
- Assistance with activities of daily living
- Delicious meals served restaurant-style daily
- Retreat/temporary stays
Atria offers a respite (retreat) program for seniors who need assisted living services on a short-term basis. Atria Retreat permits seniors to test the waters of senior living. By allowing guests to stay for a short time in an Atria community, potential residents can decide if senior living is right for them. The retreat program is also an alternative to high-cost inpatient rehabilitation following an illness or surgery. Should a patient be ready to leave the hospital but not ready to go home, Atria offers the comforts of home and 24-hour assistance until they get back on their feet. All of our Retreat guests enjoy the same great amenities as our full-time residents, including delicious meals served daily, a full calendar of social activities, scheduled transportation service and more.
- Trained staff available 24 hours a day
- Cafe with complimentary snacks and beverages
Our community provides computers with Internet access specifically for resident use. Staying in touch with family and friends and staying connected to the world is important to our residents, and we want to make it easy to shop online, research, play games and more.