Sunset Stories

The History of Sunset

Posted by Gayle Young on May 12, 2020 12:58:59 PM

Those of us who work at Sunset Communities love talking about the organization’s lengthy history. Founded by the Women’s Christian Association in the early 1870s, we initially went by the name, Home for Friendless Women. In 1889, we became The Old Ladies Home of Toledo, a name that would serve us for more than five decades.

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Topics: Senior Housing, Senior Living, Aging, Sunset History

Understanding the Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Feb 13, 2020 9:33:33 AM

From our expert vantage point at Sunset Communities, one thing appears obvious when it comes to individuals making senior living decisions: that is, most older adults prefer maintaining independent lifestyles for as long as their overall health allows. But while many seniors might appreciate assistance with routine household chores, some require help with essential aspects of daily activity. For those reasons, Sunset offers both independent and assisted living options on its Toledo and Sylvania campuses.

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Topics: Independent Living, Senior Care Terms, Senior Housing, Aging, Assisted Living, Caregiving, Level of Care, Activities of Daily Living

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.

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

Living in a Life Plan Community Improves Health and Wellness Over Time

Posted by Gayle Young on Apr 18, 2019 1:02:22 PM

According to early results from a five-year nationwide study, Life Plan Community residents report greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than older adults living within the community at large.

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Topics: Active Living, Continuing Care Communities, Independent Living, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Fieldstone Villas, Sunset Village, Life Plan Communities

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.

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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.

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

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

Clubhouse to Provide Special Gathering Spot for Fieldstone Villas Residents

Posted by Gayle Young on Oct 1, 2018 7:48:55 AM

Since 1871, Sunset Communities has adapted and evolved to meet the changing needs of those we serve. Our newest project, the Fieldstone Villas Clubhouse, is the latest example of that ongoing commitment.

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Topics: Active Living, Continuing Care Communities, Facility News, Independent Living, Senior Housing, Why Sunset?, Fieldstone Villas

A Blueprint for Independent Living

Posted by Gayle Young on Jun 20, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Walking through the front door of the Burgoon-style design at Fieldstone Villas for the very first time, you’re bound to experience an immediate sense of coming home. The most popular layout among Fieldstone’s newest construction phase, the Burgoon features a covered front porch that leads into an inviting entryway. Laminate floors spill into an open dining room that’s flanked by a modern kitchen on one side and a cozy living room on the other. It’s clear that great care went into designing this space.

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Topics: Facility News, Independent Living, Planning, Senior Housing, Senior Living, Why Sunset?, Fieldstone Villas

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