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HOW TO BEGIN THE TALK – When it’s Time for Assisted Living or Memory Care

By Health and Wellness

Bringing up the subject is the trickiest part when it comes to getting the conversation about assisted living or memory care started. Mom or Dad may resist discussing it because they’re afraid of losing their sense of independence. Adult children might avoid the talk because they’re concerned about how parents may react. However, starting the conversation before a crisis arises removes anxiety and uncertainty, making it easier on everyone.

Here are three simple steps to help kick off the discussion.

Step 1: Know Their Options. Research assisted living or memory care communities in the area—including costs. Find out if your aging parents have long-term care insurance or if a parent was a wartime Veteran to explore available funding. Knowing what they can afford leads to a more productive conversation about their wishes and needs.

Step 2: Start As Soon As Possible. Bring up the topic before an emergency arises and you can discuss the future in a non-threatening way. Sitting at the kitchen table chatting, with no need to make a decision that day, makes the talk more comfortable.

Step 3: Acknowledge Their Wishes. If your parents are willing, involve them in community visits. Always present senior housing options with positive language and an upbeat tone, and let them know it’s important to you that they make the final decision.

Still need more courage to begin the talk?

Here are a few added tips.

Consider enlisting additional help. If you have siblings, they can also plant the seeds and join in group discussions, as needed. You can also get the family doctor involved if the physician is willing to speak with you and your parents without violating privacy concerns. The goal is to keep the discussion going.

We hope you’ll also consider Clarendale a helpful, expert, go-to resource. You can invite us into the conversation anytime—in private consultation with you or with the entire family.

Want to learn more? For details about assisted living and memory care options at Clarendale, click Assisted Living or Memory Care or simply Contact Us to schedule a visit.

Rachel Claiborne Takes Clarendale Residents’ Good Health to Heart

By Community News

It’s one of the most critical roles on any senior living community’s leadership team, and Rachel Claiborne has the background, experience and credentials to hold the title of Director of Health Services at Clarendale at Bellevue Place.

“I can’t think of a better choice to head up our health services department than Rachel,” says Executive Director Donna Adlington. “Her heart is in the right place. With sincerity and enthusiasm, she is committed and eminently qualified to administer the highest level of care to our assisted living and memory care residents.”

So, what exactly does a Director of Health Services do? Directors like Rachel Claiborne are responsible for providing overall leadership and management of the health and well-being of residents. She also plays an important communications role at Clarendale at Bellevue Place.  As a trusted, professional go-to source for information, family members can rely on Claiborne for updates and guidance about their loved one’s total health and day-to-day care.

“I love my job because it’s so rewarding,” says Claiborne. “Although, honestly, calling what I do a job or work doesn’t really apply. It’s my passion. It’s a joy overseeing the care of each resident and interacting with their families at Clarendale.”

In terms of formal qualifications, Claiborne is a Nurse Practitioner who brings more than 15 years of experience in health care and senior care to the position of Director of Health Services at Clarendale at Bellevue Place. Her educational achievements are impressive, too. Claiborne graduated with highest honors from Vanderbilt University receiving a Master of Science in Nursing, specializing as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner.

Additionally, her affiliation and participation with industry-leading organizations underscore Claiborne’s commitment to remaining connected with other credentialed colleagues and current on the latest advancements in nursing.  She is an active member of the American Nurses Association, Tennessee Nurses Association, The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, The Gerontological Society of America, the Vanderbilt University Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Honors Society of Nursing and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

With nursing experience ranging from geriatrics, neurosurgery, neuro-intensive care and traumatic brain injuries to post-acute care, post-operative care, adult medicine and primary care, our Director of Health Services is uniquely qualified to address the diverse needs of Clarendale residents.

Claiborne humbly admits she is honored to serve the vibrant community of Clarendale at Bellevue Place. She sums up her personal philosophy and approach to nursing with a quote from Florence Nightingale: ‘One’s feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.’

For more information about how Claiborne contributes to the overall good health and well-being of each resident, families may contact her anytime at the community.

Predictable Lifetime Pricing Guarantee – 2021 Rates

By Senior Living Options

Clarendale guards against rising memory care costs over the length of your loved one’s stay—guaranteed.


Memory Care Cost Considerations

You’re committed to finding the right memory care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia—and, naturally, costs are a consideration. With The Predictable Lifetime Pricing Guarantee at Clarendale, you’ll avoid the typical annual rate hikes of 3 to 5 percent at other communities.

A Guarantee of Predictable Pricing

When your loved one moves into the memory care neighborhood at Clarendale anytime this year, you can lock in current 2021 rates for all levels of care. You’ll know from day-one what costs will be even if your loved one needs a higher level of care in 10 years—or anytime in the future. The rates remain the same as quoted at move-in. Guaranteed!

A Guarantee of Greater Peace of Mind

Our Predictable Lifetime Pricing Guarantee is just one of the many reasons to choose Clarendale memory care. Add in the promise of exceptional quality of care, and you’ll find peace in knowing you made the right decision. The benefits are clear:
▪ Ends escalating costs of specialized memory care.
▪ Eliminates worries about annual rate increases.
▪ Aids in planning for a secure and meaningful future.

Take Advantage of 2021 Memory Care Pricing at Clarendale While There’s Still Time.

Hurry! To lock in current rates, residents must move in by the end of the year. Want to learn more? Simply Contact Us to schedule a visit.

10 WARNING SIGNS – Is It Time for Assisted Living or Memory Care?

By Health and Wellness

To ensure that Mom and Dad are safe and well, look for these signs to help you take the emotion out of the decision to recommend assisted living or memory care. Focus on ten objective measures:

  1. Driving. Don’t ignore near misses, fender benders, new dents or nicks. Request a ride to assess your loved one’s current driving skills.
  1. Appearance. Poor grooming or hygiene, like unwashed or uncombed hair and stained clothing, might mean a little assistance is needed.
  1. Activities. Watch for loss of interest in favorite pastimes. Giving up things that were once important may be a red flag.
  1. Moods. Frequent bouts of irritability, moodiness, depression or fatigue are always symptoms worth discussing.
  1. Mobility. To avoid the risk of falls and fractures, watch to see if your loved one is more unsteady when walking, has recently fallen or now has difficulty with stairs.
  1. Medications. Be on the lookout for empty or expired medicine bottles, unfilled prescriptions or confusion about proper dosage and medication times.
  1. Maintenance. Sloppy housekeeping or a neglected yard may reveal that your loved one isn’t faring as well at home alone anymore.
  1. Food. Check the fridge and cupboards. Look for food that’s old or spoiled—from past due expiration dates to moldy leftovers and sour milk.
  1. Finances. When unopened mail, unpaid bills and overdue notices stack up, it may raise concerns about how financial matters are being managed.
  1. Forgetfulness. It’s not just a natural part of aging when parents forget important appointments, repeat things constantly or frequently lose their sense of direction.

It’s often what aging loved ones need.

They just may not know it yet.

Even when the signs confirm it’s no longer safe for an aging loved one to live alone, Mom and Dad may simply cherish their freedom. It’s difficult to suggest they leave the home they love.

Check back next month for a companion article: How to Begin the Talk When it’s Time for Assisted Living or Memory Care.

Want to learn more? For details about how assistance with daily living at Clarendale maximizes our residents’ sense of independence, click Assisted Living or Memory Care or simply Contact Us to schedule a visit.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS – The Memory Care Courtyard

By Life Enrichment

The environment has real, recognizable, beneficial influences on the human mind. It can boost one’s sense of well-being and may lower blood pressure and levels of stress. Our memory care courtyard at Clarendale at Bellevue Place was created by Jack Carman, a renowned expert who designs spaces based on these effects.

According to Carman, “Listening to birds, watching a sunset, feeling the breeze on our skin…being outside in nature has positive effects on our mood and outlook.”

With that philosophy in mind, Carman created an environmental oasis for memory care residents and their visiting families at Clarendale. Essentially a natural outdoor living space, the courtyard incorporates plant materials and hardscapes that appeal to all five senses

Sight: Ornamental trees and multi-season shrubs catch the eye—from Japanese maples and Appalachian redbuds to butterfly bushes and arctic fire dogwoods.

Sound: A fountain water feature, flanked by rocking chairs, invites residents and guests to sit, listen, relax and meditate. Bird feeders tempt chirping feathered friends to stay awhile.

Taste: An intimate grouping of tables and chairs call residents, staff and families to enjoy coffee, lunch or a snack outside—because everything tastes better in the sun!

Touch: Resident gardeners can get their hands dirty in raised planting beds or simply sit and relax under the room-size pergola with a light touch of wind to welcome them.

Smell: In addition to plantings of fragrant English lavender and southern magnolia, planters are filled with herbs and flowers—from basil, parsley and sage to scented lemon, orange, apple and rose geraniums.

“Gardens are an essential component of any residence. Outdoor rooms can help individuals with dementia stay connected to the world around them,” says Carman.

About the Landscape Architect: Jack Carman, FASLA

The mastermind behind Clarendale at Bellevue Place’s memory care courtyard is the owner, founder and president of Design for Generations, LLC. With more than 20 years of experience as a landscape architect, Carman is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a nationally recognized expert in the design of therapeutic gardens, particularly for senior living communities and individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

Characteristically, Carman’s plans for gardens and natural areas are designed to meet the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of older adults using the gardens. As a Landscape Architect, he analyzes site conditions and creates design solutions that promote

improved quality of life. His philosophy? Blend the built environment with more natural aspects of design, taking advantage of nature’s beauty and restorative powers.

Want to learn more? For details about the therapeutic outdoor space at Clarendale at Bellevue Place, click Memory Care Courtyard or simply Contact Us to schedule a visit.



By Life Enrichment

Moving your parents or loved one to assisted living is a decision that requires a lot of thought and research. There are so many different aspects of an assisted living community to consider that without visiting communities, there’s no real way to know if it meets all your requirements, or if you, your parents or loved one will even like it. One of the ways to get a better picture of what assisted living is like in a given community is to take advantage of their respite care program. A short respite stay will give you and your loved ones an idea as to what the community is like, what services they offer, and if it’s the right choice for them.



By Senior Living Options

Children — even adult children — turn to their parents for support. They see their parents as caregivers, and it’s often a surprise when the roles become reversed. Seemingly out of the blue, sons and daughters notice their parents slowing down. They may even worry about their parents living in a house by themselves. Senior parents, though, almost always want to maintain their independence. Senior living is a smart solution to satisfy both parties.



By Health and Wellness

More than 25% of seniors experience a fall each year in America. Emergency departments see 3 million seniors for fall-related injuries. While falls are so common they’ve become the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults over age 65, that doesn’t mean they are an inevitable fact of aging. In truth, the belief that falls are simply a natural part of getting older actually puts seniors at a greater risk for falls.

Balance and agility naturally wane in an older adult’s later years. If nothing is done, this decline puts seniors at a greater risk of experiencing an injury-inducing fall, but it doesn’t follow that there’s nothing you can do to prevent a fall from happening. Some basic steps toward fall prevention can make a senior much safer.

Read 5 myths about senior falls HERE.


By Life Enrichment

Millions of older adults fall victim to scams each year, losing substantial amounts of money they need for their retirement. In fact, scammers often target seniors in financial scams, because they expect older adults to have significant savings in their bank accounts.

If your senior loved one becomes a victim of fraud, it can leave them in a precarious financial position with little time to recoup crucial funds. READ MORE HERE.


By Senior Living Options

Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”

To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, here are 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs.