Sleep is essential to human life, and a good night's rest has significant effects on our ability to carry out daily functions. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep enables us to concentrate and remain engaged in various settings. But as we age, many of us experience difficulty falling—and staying—asleep.
Aging Americans lose an estimated $36.5 billion each year to financial scams—and deceptive activity is especially high during the winter holiday season. Many older adults are trusting individuals with good credit and savings in the bank—qualities that make them likely targets for financial fraud. What’s more, scam victims are often too ashamed to report the crimes, making law enforcement efforts extra difficult.
When thinking about moving to The Woodlands or Fieldstone Villas, one factor to consider is the financial aspect. It’s important to do a cost-benefit analysis, comparing the costs and benefits of independent living at either one of these Sunset Communities’ to the costs and benefits of living in your current house.
Choosing the right assisted living community can be a daunting task. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to communities that provide the high quality care you expect for you or your loved one, the next way to compare is price and contract options. When every community has a different contract, how do you choose the contract option that’s best for you or your family?
Here are five areas of contracts to assess and compare as you make your decision.
1. What’s Included?
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.