Sunset Stories

Will Mom be happy here? Answers to our most frequentlyasked questions.

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 9, 2019 10:13:00 AM

Picking an assisted living facility for an aging loved one is hard. We know because we regularly field questions from family members struggling to make the right choices.

Read More

Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Assisted Living, Life Plan Communities, Caregiving, Level of Care

Caregiver: Care for Yourself, Too

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 28, 2019 8:53:38 AM

Caregivers, this one is for you. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding caregiving-related injuries and emotional tolls.

Read More

Topics: Long-term Care, Assisted Living, Safety, Caregiving, Level of Care

Reducing Caregiver Stress

Posted by Gayle Young on May 29, 2019 3:12:44 PM

Providing care for older adults is a rewarding line of work—albeit a sometimes demanding one. That’s why we love what we do at Sunset. However, we know that not all caregivers are trained professionals. Many people serve as informal caregivers to their loved ones. We recognize that for those individuals, the physical and emotional requirements of caregiving can prove extra challenging. Indeed, 38 percent of family caregivers describe their roles as highly stressful.

Read More

Topics: Respite Care, Sunset Village, Sunset House, Assisted Living, Senior Wellness, Caregiving

Making Assisted Living Feel Like Home

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 27, 2019 2:31:02 PM

Moving into a new home is usually exciting, but it can sometimes prove emotionally challenging. The process involves abandoning parts of your past—and leaving a place where you made countless memories. Moving to an assisted living facility can be additionally tricky because it means acknowledging that we're getting older and that we might require help with certain activities.

Read More

Topics: Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Senior Wellness

3 Common Myths About Assisted Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 11, 2019 1:52:01 PM

Contemplating a move from your own home to an assisted living community involves significant consideration. The transition often means dealing with emotional issues and facing unknowns. Making an informed decision becomes even more difficult when you have misinformation.

Read More

Topics: Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Sunset Village, Sunset House, Assisted Living

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right for You?

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

By 2020, the national average cost for a private room in a nursing home is projected to be approximately $9,000 per month. At that rate, an extended stay in a long-term care facility could drain a person’s savings in a hurry. There are insurance products that help pay long-term care costs. But premiums can be expensive, and the policies often limit the types of care covered.

Read More

Topics: Long-term Care, Planning, Senior Care Terms, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Long-Term Care Insurance

The Eden Alternative in Action

Posted by Gayle Young on Jan 28, 2019 11:19:20 AM

In the early 1990s, Bill and Julie Thomas began developing a new approach to elder care. Their cutting-edge method, now known as The Eden Alternative, gave nursing home residents greater privacy, independence, and control over their lives. With the goal to improve the wellbeing of older adults, The Eden Alternative aims to eliminate what Bill Thomas calls the “three plagues” commonly found in senior living facilities: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom.

Read More

Topics: Facility News, Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, People, Residential Care, Aging, The Eden Alternative, Assisted Living

Helpful Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Posted by Gayle Young on Dec 10, 2018 1:51:43 PM

Providing care for an aging family member is almost always a difficult task. The challenge is often intensified when you must be a long-distance caregiver.

Read More

Topics: Continuing Care Communities, Long-term Care, Planning, Residential Care, Senior Living, Aging, Assisted Living, Safety

Is Your Assisted Living Community For-Profit or Nonprofit? The Difference Matters to You.

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 31, 2018 9:45:13 AM

Are residents of assisted living facilities forced to leave their homes when they run out of money? Are a facility’s policy decisions based on bottom-line financial results or what’s best for the residents? Answers to those questions could depend on whether the assisted living community is a for-profit or nonprofit organization.

Read More

Topics: Continuing Care Communities, Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, The Nonprofit Difference, Assisted Living