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.
We usually associate the winter holiday season with joyful times spent celebrating with family and friends. However, the holidays can leave some older adults feeling depressed. If you’re caring about a loved one this time of year, it’s wise to watch for depression’s symptoms.
Family members often express concern to us about the safety of their elderly loved ones who live alone at home. With aging comes higher risks for serious injuries resulting from accidents, so making sure a home is a safe living space is essential. Here are some around-the-house tips for making any home safer.
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.
Ashanti Hospice and Palliative Care, a service of Sunset Communities, presents Take Direction: Navigating through the Maze of Advance Directives. This seminar will provide information and an engaging conversation about advance directives with local attorney Dean Horrigan. Join us on Tuesday, September 25 from 11:30am – 1:00pm, at Epworth United Methodist Church in Toledo, Ohio. Lunch will be provided.
As college students get ready to begin classes over the coming weeks, Kallie Inman is gearing up for year two of an innovative Sunset resident engagement program. Kallie, Life Enrichment Assistant at Sunset Village, developed the program in 2017 as a way to connect veterans living at Sunset with ROTC students in universities around the country. The program proved highly popular among residents and students, alike. So Kallie is expanding this year to involve more schools and additional residents.
Outside the main dining room at Sunset Village, you’ll find a beautiful raised flower bed filled with flourishing Zinnias, Columbines, and Cosmos. The garden, along with several smaller ones located throughout the Sunset Village campus, are lovingly maintained on a voluntary basis by some of our residents and staff.
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.
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.
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.