Older Americans Month recognizes the countless ways in which elders contribute to our communities. The 2018 theme reminds us that we’re never too old to make a difference.
Most senior care facilities set and follow strict itineraries, with prescribed regimens for everything from bedtime to mealtimes. But Sunset Communities subscribes to The Eden Alternative, an approach that actually encourages residents to make their own choices about their daily lives.
Sunset Village is excited to present Aging Parents, Aging Brains, featuring author and national speaker Barbara Brock. Barbara uses heartfelt stores and humorous—but true—facts to explain how our brains age. The interactive program includes group participation in a stimulating brain exercise.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
9640 Sylvania-Metamora Road
Sylvania, OH 43560
The most common question rehabilitation patients ask Isaiah Rupp is whether their physical or occupational therapy is actually going to work.
“I tell them therapy will indeed work, as long as they participate in the process.”
Isaiah is part of an eight-person team that provides in-patient and outpatient rehab services at Sunset Village. Programs range from neurological therapy for clients recovering from strokes to physical therapy for those with joint and mobility issues. An important part of the team’s role is educating patients about how rehab aids in their recoveries.
“Many people don’t immediately understand the goal of rehab,” explains Isaiah. “While we don’t treat the conditions that caused a stroke, for instance, we do help patients regain functional ability following the event.”
In keeping with Sunset’s person-centered approach to rehab, Isaiah and his team work to understand their patients’ individual goals. Then, by tailoring programs to each person’s desired outcomes, they help motivate patients to apply the effort required for therapy to succeed.
On Sunday, April 2, Sunset Communities opened the brand new rehabilitation center inside Sunset Village. These new rehabilitation services expanded the continuum of care available at Sunset Communities to include both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.
Experienced therapists will provide physical, occupational, speech, and aquatic therapies for programs including orthopedic, neurological, cardiac, diabetes management, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post-surgical, pain management, and fall prevention.
The greatest joys in life come from pursuing your passions. Whether your passions lie in family, friends, art, fitness, sewing, or volunteerism, Sunset House’s one bedroom apartment creates the perfect base for you to pursue your passion – with the added benefits of Sunset House’s respected assisted living services.
When you enter the one bedroom apartment, a spacious living area greets you. Here, you’ll find ample storage in a large closet, a kitchenette, and plenty of space to create a comfortable, relaxing living room. Because the kitchenette opens to the rest of the room, it’s ideal for hosting friends and family – everyone can stay involved in the conversation even if they step away to get a snack or beverage.
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened."
For many, pets are an integral part of life. They provide companionship, snuggles, reasons to exercise, and can even spark new human friendships. Most pet owners would never considering leaving their beloved pet, which is why the team here at Sunset Communities is often asked, “Can I bring my pet?” The answer? YES!
Sunset Communities is proud to be a pet-friendly community. Our mission reads, “Enriching individual life journeys.” With that guiding philosophy, we do everything we can to ensure that your pet remains part of your individual journey.
“I have always had dachshunds,” said Ann, a resident of Sunset Communities. She has two pets – Kara, the cat, and Garland, a black and tan long-haired miniature dachshund.
Vicky’s passion for working with seniors is clear in every conversation about her work and passions. Her first experience in the senior living field began in 1976, as she worked to finish her bachelor’s degree in nursing. Vicky found a part time job in a nonprofit nursing home, and the rest, as they say, is history.
“I just fell in love with working with seniors,” she explained. “Unlike the hospital, where people come and go and you don’t get to know them, in senior living, you find out about the seniors, the families, and really get to build relationships.”
After getting married, Vicky and her husband moved to the Toledo area, where she didn’t even consider looking for a job in a hospital setting. That’s when she found Sunset Communities in 1985.
Here’s an interesting quandary: while experts estimate that today’s retirees face a 69 percent future risk of needing long-term care, six in 10 middle-aged adults consider themselves unlikely to ever require assistance living their lives. Those numbers indicate that aging adults are overly optimistic about their future living needs—and their confidence is causing many to postpone or forgo planning for long-term care.
This is a magical time at Sunset Communities, as we watch families reunite to celebrate the holidays. Of course, we also see the stress that the season’s hustle and bustle can cause among our residents. So if you’re planning to visit someone living at Sunset this season—or inviting an elderly loved one to your home holiday gathering—here are some suggestions for keeping the holidays merry.