WHY WELLNESS MATTERS: THE IMPORTANCE OF WELLNESS PROGRAMS IN SENIOR LIVING

By Health and Wellness

Great news: We’re living longer. In fact, for the first time in history, residents of high-, middle-, and low-income countries are likely to live to 60 years of age and beyond. Longevity is one of the greatest achievements of our time.

Time to thrive

But this success story is hollow if the quality of those extra years is compromised because of poor health or a loss of autonomy.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the importance of wellness.

Coronavirus Update

By Community News

After careful consideration for the health and safety of residents, employees, and family members, our community amended its visitor policy on Monday, March 16, and is restricting visitors from entering our community.

Please bookmark the LCS website for future updates and information regarding our community COVID-19 response and prevention measures already implemented, such as:

  • Educating all staff and residents in social distancing guidelines
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and disinfecting common community areas
  • Implementing temporary visitor restrictions, including deliveries
  • Canceling on-site large group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing and executing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents and employees to reschedule travel plans and remain in our community
  • Deploying an updated visitor advisory for communities and to campus
  • Coordinating best practices across the broad, LCS partner network
  • Making the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all employees

All future updates regarding the COVID-19 response, including visitor policies, social distancing guidelines, and prevention recommendations, can be found here. LCS has also opened a national hotline for information. Call 855-998-4934. For local information about our community, please use 615-271-5511.

Coronavirus Update

By Community News

Hello Clarendale at Bellevue Place community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps Clarendale at Bellevue Place is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

Our community is:

  • -Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • -Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • -Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
  • -Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • -Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • -Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
  • -Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
  • -Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • -Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • -Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • -Avoiding touching your face
  • -Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • -Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
COVID-19 Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

Ribbon Cutting – February 25, 2020

By Community News

Clarendale at Bellevue Place recently celebrated their opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Approximately 165 guests attended the event on February 25, including the first residents and their families, professional partners, business leaders, Chamber of Commerce representatives and the community’s developer. Guests enjoyed live entertainment, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, drinks and speeches from staff and community leaders. The ceremonial ribbon was cut by the community’s first resident, Patsy.

Left to Right:

  1. Mike Heselbarth, Director of Operations Management, Life Care Services
  2. Brandon Bornstein, Executive Director, Clarendale at Bellevue Place
  3. Gloria Hausser, Council Member District 22
  4. Patsy Williams, First Resident, Clarendale at Bellevue Place
  5. Dan Coen, Resident, Clarendale at Bellevue Place
  6. Amy Weishaar, Director of Real Estate Development, Ryan Companies
  7. Dan Swift, Senior Investment Manager, LCS Real Estate

Coronavirus Update

By Community News

The health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and families is always a priority at our community. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and in the minds of many, we want to address actions, which are taking place related to this concern.

Some of the actions we are addressing include:

  • Consistent updates and communication to those who live and work at the community.
  • Evidence-based precautions that align with guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • Reviewing emergency preparedness and response measures in the event that a virus impacts our community or the surrounding area.
  • Changes to our travel and visitation guidelines for all employees, partners and guests.

We are closely monitoring local, state and federal health agencies to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to protect our community and mitigate risks of an outbreak.

We will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve the health and safety of our community.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please contact ClarendaleAtBellevuePlaceLIFE@clarendaleatbellevueplace.com or (615) 271-5511.

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Tennessee State Health Department 

DEBUNKING SENIOR LIVING MYTHS

By Senior Living Options

There are a lot of myths out there about senior living communities. And if your only experience with a community was from several decades ago, some myths may seem easy to believe. The truth is, society has changed its ideas about aging, and senior living communities have changed right along with it.

This post will dispel common senior living myths and give you a better idea of the reality: seniors choose to move to a community to enhance their lifestyle and give themselves more freedom to do what they want to do. Here are some retirement myths and the truth.

SENIOR CARE AND SENIOR LIVING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS THAT ACTUALLY HELP

By Life Enrichment

We’re all intimately aware of how much technology has changed our everyday world and continues to do so at an increasing pace. And while seniors can sometimes be slower to adopt new technologies, in many ways, they may have the most potential to be helped by technological innovations.
CLICK HERE to learn more about technologies that are already making a difference in the lives of seniors.

We Are Iowa

By Life Enrichment

In the next 40 years, the number of adults age 65 and older will double, and more and more seniors will consider when is the right time to make the move to a senior living community.

In Life Care Services® communities such as ours, we aim to enable seniors to thrive and live their best lives, making the transition to senior living a choice many of our residents wish they would have made sooner.

Take Julia Lewis, a resident at fellow Life Care Services community Magnolia Springs SouthPointe, as a perfect example. Julia came to her community mobility challenged, using a walker and unable to do many of things she enjoyed in her younger years. Through the Life Care Services Health & Wellness Navigation Program, which helps our residents navigate the complicated care continuum, Julia received exercise training and therapy for over a year, dropped her walker and now, can’t help but let loose and dance. A viral video of Julia dancing the jitterbug has been featured nationally on Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America and has been shared by thousands – including Oprah – on social media.

Our desire is to help all of our residents be able to “get down” and dance again, join a book club, go to the opera, or garden – whatever their passion may be. Life Care Services communities seek to fulfill resident passions through our programming and partnerships.

You can get a glimpse into how residents at Life Care Services communities such as ours are loving their choice to move, by hearing from them yourself in this news clip featured on We Are Iowa.

2020 SENIOR LIVING TRENDS

By Senior Living Options

A Community of Individuals: 2020 Senior Living Trends

Baby boomers are set to become some of the most educated, savvy and individualistic seniors the industry has seen. 2020 will see a popularity spike for products, services and even community locations that enable older adults to retain more control over their surroundings and daily activities. Technology will focus on preventing and monitoring health conditions in an attempt to avoid independence-impacting crises. And living spaces will be chosen and designed to create flexibility and facilitate choice. READ MORE HERE.

AVOIDING ISOLATION IN OLDER ADULTS

By Health and Wellness

Healthy Connections: Senior Isolation and How to Combat It

Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.