Sunset Stories

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

Creating a Life Worth Living

Posted by Sunset Staff on Apr 19, 2018 7:45:17 AM

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.

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Topics: Long-term Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Why Sunset?, Pets, Aging, The Eden Alternative

Companion Animals and the Benefits They Provide

Posted by Gayle Young on Mar 6, 2018 8:55:53 AM

As many people know, animals are capable of incredible things. Whether they are saving lives as integral members of a police force, guiding the visually impaired through their daily routines, or showering those around them with unconditional affection, animals positively impact their human companions in ways that we often overlook.

So it should come as no surprise that there are many benefits to allowing care community residents to have pets reside with them. Clinical studies have shown that elders living in residential facilities with animals exhibit less stress than those who do not have a companion pet. Overall wellness is heightened for dog and cat owners, and their quality of life improves as a result.

Human contact with animals triggers an increase in serotonin production, causing a "feel-good" effect and making heart rate and stress levels drop. Lower blood pressure, increased physical activity, and reduced cholesterol have also been linked to pet ownership.

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Topics: Independent Living, Long-term Care, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Pets

Tips for Holiday Visits With Elderly Loved Ones

Posted by Sunset Staff on Dec 19, 2016 11:24:44 AM

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.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Continuing Care Communities, Holidays, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Posted by Sunset Staff on Nov 21, 2016 8:00:11 AM

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month, a time for acknowledging all those affected by Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

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Topics: Articles, Continuing Care Communities, Memory Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Living

6 Reasons You Should Move to Sunset Before Winter

Posted by Sunset Staff on Oct 5, 2016 9:19:18 AM

If you’ve been considering moving to an assisted living community, autumn is an ideal time to act. With winter fast approaching, settling into one of Sunset’s living communities holds a special appeal to anyone wishing to avoid the frigid, snowy hassles that accompany the season’s arrival.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Continuing Care Communities, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?

Understanding Senior Living Costs

Posted by Sunset Staff on Jun 30, 2016 11:28:40 AM

For many older adults, transitioning from home to assisted or supported living involves making tough decisions. More often than not, affordability is the most important consideration. When it comes to comparing costs between options—moving to a skilled nursing facility versus an independent living community, for example—understanding the various charges involved is critical to making informed decisions.

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Topics: Active Living, Articles, Continuing Care Communities, Independent Living, Memory Care, Nursing Homes, Residential Care, Senior Housing, Senior Living