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DEBUNKING THE MYTHS ABOUT SENIOR FALLS

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.

SENIOR SCAMS & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR OLDER LOVED ONES

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.

RETIRE TO A COMMUNITY YOU LOVE BY ENSURING IT MATCHES YOUR INTERESTS.

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.

HEALTH RISKS OF POOR NUTRITION IN SENIORS

By Senior Living Options

It’s an age-old adage, “you are what you eat.” And while food does contain the building blocks our bodies need to heal and fuel themselves, when we’re younger, we have a little more leeway in what we put on our plate. But as we age, what we don’t eat can start to affect our overall health and wellness. Our later years are also when a lifetime of bad eating habits and the effects of poor nutrition and diet can start to catch up with us. In fact, many of the diseases that affect senior health are the result of dietary factors, which can then be compounded by changes that naturally occur as we age.

THIS POST will discuss how critical proper senior nutrition is and the health risks of poor nutrition.

TRAVELING LOCAL IN 2021: 10 PLACES IN THE US THAT FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN EUROPE

By Life Enrichment

We can’t know what the next year will bring or what travel restrictions may be in place. But if you were looking into traveling to the best places to visit in Europe and you’re now worried you won’t make it across the pond, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best places to visit in the USA that offer the European experience. CLICK HERE for a quick description of each.

TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT A RETIREMENT MOVE

By Senior Living Options

Communication and denial play major roles in parent-child relationships. Most kids strive to do what’s best for their parents. But there are some, unfortunately, who are looking for an easy way out. Parents, for the most part, just don’t want to be a burden to their families.

How can you make the process a family affair, a time to come together and deal with important issues that will affect the futures of both you and your children?

Let’s make it simple. We’ll start with the parents, since they are the ones whose lives will be affected most dramatically, about how to talk about moving to a retirement home:

CLICK HERE to read more.

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

By Community News

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

 

It’s a Proud Time to Live at Clarendale at Bellevue Place

 

Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent living senior living communities two years in a row — and we have you to thank for it. This award demonstrates that residents and their families are receiving the care and service they absolutely deserve.

 

The award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Independent Living Senior Living Communities encompasses six individual resident-experience factors. We’re excited to say that, not only did Life Care Services win the overall category, but it also ranked highest within each of the six factors:

 

  • Resident activities
  • Community staff
  • Price paid for services received
  • Resident apartment/living unit
  • Community building and grounds
  • Dining

 

“Life Care Services is privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. We are honored to be ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living communities for two years in a row by J.D. Power,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “This award represents the voice of our residents and is a testament to our commitment to serve the customer first and foremost.

Nelson notes this year’s award is especially meaningful given the unique circumstances of the pandemic. “I’d like to recognize the heroic efforts of our community staff who serve residents each and every day. Their diligence and perseverance provides residents with the best senior living experience possible,” says Nelson.

Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 855 in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from 4,992 residents, or their decision-maker, living in an independent, assisted-living or memory care community within the previous three years.

 

What Does This Mean for our Residents?

 

We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at Clarendale at Bellevue Place want to assure residents, family, friends and staff that we will continue to improve, evolve and innovate to provide the newest offerings to meet the needs of current and future residents.

 

If you’d like to know more about the way we enrich the lives of our residents, send us a message on our contact page.

 

 

 

 

Life Care Services received the highest score among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2019-2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

COVID Update – Fall and Winter Celebrations

By Community News, COVID-19

Dear Clarendale at Bellevue Place community,

 

As we begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, Clarendale at Bellevue Place has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority.

 

Our community continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow the additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:

 

  • When possible, host events outdoors instead of indoors.
  • Limit the number of invited guests.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Encourage guests to bring their own face mask, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

 

Of special importance, if you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.

 

We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.

Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

By COVID-19

Clarendale at Bellevue Place residents will be among the first in the country to have free access to the COVID-19 vaccine once it is available. Clarendale is partnering with CVS/Walgreens to provide priority access to the vaccine to residents in all care levels – independent living, assisted living and memory care – all free of charge.

Vaccinations will be carefully administered by a licensed professional within the community, offering the peace of mind that comes with not having to venture out in public to receive the immunization.

Life Care Services communities such as ours are dedicated to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We continue to put residents first by utilizing enhanced infection and disease control protocols, while still providing exceptional experiences for our residents.

Call us at 615-271-5511 today to learn more about becoming a resident and ensuring earliest access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

LONG TERM PLANNING: WHEN TO START AND WHAT TO CONSIDER

By Senior Living Options

When it comes to making a long-term plan for how and where to live as we age, you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t see the value in thinking through such an important issue. But according to a survey from The Conversation Project, while ninety percent of Americans say that talking to loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only twenty-seven percent have actually done it. Indeed – no one likes to think about not being able to live the way they want, but the reality is, people who take the time to make a long-term plan are less likely to die in a hospital or burden relatives with tough medical decisions. In the end, while starting discussion of  long term care planning may be difficult, the relief you’ll feel when it’s finished will free you up to enjoy the years ahead.

CLICK HERE to read more the essentials of a proper long-term care plan and the key advisors you’ll need to have in place.