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This blog post discusses the joys of downsizing to a senior living community. Downsizing to a senior living community should be one of life’s true celebrations. You’ve raised your kids, they’re off to managing their own families elsewhere, and now it’s time to ease the physical burden of home ownership, live a quality of life supported by health care professionals, and spend more time with friends and neighbors.
Although leaving the house you’ve lived in for the past twenty, thirty, or more years is always a sentimental challenge, inevitably the logic of transitioning to assisted care wins out. Just consider the following perks that a assisted living community offers:
Less Home Maintenance Obligations
Assisted living offers you and your loved ones a range of options as it pertains to independence. As it pertains to cleaning and maintaining your residence, assisted living communities offer you and your loved one the ability to take as little or as much of cleaning and maintenance responsibility as you like. We understand the dignity that most take in self-maintaining their residence, but that should never come at the expense of health and safety. Our assisted living professionals are trained in the art of assisting you and your loved one to self-manage their lives to the maximum extend desired and/or possible.
Help is Within Reach
One of the core benefits of living in our assisted senior housing community here in Canton, GA is having on-site caregivers that assist the residents with personal and medical needs. This assures that nutritional and medical support needs are carefully monitored and delivered. Those who require assistance with daily personal care (bathing, dressing, eating, and medications) get custom levels of support depending on the orders of the resident, resident’s family, and the medical support team.
Improves Social Life
At Manor Lake BridgeMill's senior assisted living community, our residents build meaningful relationships with their peers and neighbors. We manage group activities and outings which support a meaningful quality of life.
To find out more benefits of transitioning from independent to assisted senior living, contact Manor Lake BridgeMill.
Our senior living care services in Canton, GA set the standard in providing family-like trusted and loving care for your loved ones. Our team is composed of certified and skilled staff ready, able, and eager to assist our senior community in any aspect of their daily lives. We take pride in meticulously monitor and adhere to family and physician’s orders.
At Manor Lake BridgeMill's assisted senior housing, we cook meals as if they were for our own family, assist with housekeeping and laundry services to the extent that our guests desire. We understand the value of self-sufficiency and are keenly aware at all times to act in a manner that delivers our guests (and your family member) with a high quality of life.
A keen focus of our care is to nurture the larger senior living community and motivate social interaction across the entire community. Friendships flourish here and it is a joy to witness.
If you are looking for a senior assisted living care community that you can celebrate together with your loved one, then Manor Lake BridgeMill here in Canton GA is a community you’ve got to see. Contact us to find out more about our services and programs.
The primary concern for every family considering assisted living services for their loved ones is what quality of care is he or she going to get. We welcome to demonstrate to you the loving quality of live delivered by the professional assisted living community team here at Manor Lake.
Although your initial research into assisted living services can be stressful, we offer reassurance that it need not be. You simply must personally visit and get to know each and every assisted living community that you are even remotely considering. You need to see the living space, meet the staff, view the activities, assess medical care services, and all other things that you need to see and verify as meeting the standard of living and care that you demand. Manor Lakes provides a wide space for living, active recreational and social schedule, and an unprecedented regional reputation for excellence in assisted living care.
At Manor Lake BridgeMill, our facility is open for short-term stays or for permanent residency. Our goal is to create a homelike atmosphere for our residents where we allow them to exercise their independence and provide wide variety of options and choice for activities that can help them thrive. Meanwhile, we deliver round the clock assistance especially on the medical needs of those with chronic illnesses.
The environment that memory care patients reside makes all the difference to both the patient and their family. Many dementia care specialists suggest that seniors suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia do better in very particular types of settings. When grading prospective memory care communities, look for the following characteristics common amongst the best:
- A senior community that encourage socializing but also provides privacy as necessary.
- A place that allows personalizing of units or living spaces. You can mimic the decorations and arrangement from her old house so the senior resident would feel at home to her new living space.
- Floor plan design with square-shaped corridors rather than straight hallways. A study in several group living facilities reveals dementia patients have experience greater spatial orientation in facilities with aforementioned floor plan layout.
- Spaces that are convenient to navigate with visible signs that can guide them locate what they need.
- Has exit diversions or door disguise which provides additional security to avoid patient wandering while providing a homey atmosphere. This also provides relief to AD patients who gets frustrated and anxious when they see a door they cannot access.
- High contrast flooring can appear uneven to seniors because of their impaired vision. This can cause agitation and unsteadiness which increases their risk for falls and injury. Thus, consider the place with low-contrast flooring.
- Uses adjustable lighting. Providing white light and blue light has a good effect for those with AD. These two lighting methods are noted to improve nighttime sleep.
Gardening is a common hobby among many (if not most) Americans as it promotes both mental and physical health. That is why we celebrate gardening as an active activity for our memory care residents! Gardening is a celebration of regeneration and gardening regenerates the spirit of not only our memory care residents but it regenerates the spirit of their family and our staff as well.
Here are several reasons why this particular stuff should be part of the many craft making activities for seniors:
- Promotes Mental Health - Starting a garden and caring for plants requires a person's focus and concentration. The activity enables the grower to be mindful of the nature and surrounding. This is beneficial for seniors with dementia for it exercises the brain.
- Relieves Stress and Anxiety - Simply by digging soil, planting, pruning and watering the plants can promote sense of peace and contentment. Also, getting a fresh air as you care for your garden in the open calms the mind and releases tensions in the body.
- Promotes Exercise - As a matter of fact, gardening can help you burn calories up to 330 per hour. It is actually considered as a moderate to high intensity form of physical activity.
- Immune System Enhancer - Since you got to spend more time outdoors to do your gardening, you get to take advantage of the Vitamin D that you directly get from sunlight. Vitamin D is important to better absorb calcium in body.
- Decreases Blood Pressure - Since gardening is a form of exercise, doing this physical activity regularly can help better manage a senior's weight which in due course lowers blood pressure as well.
- Enhances Balance, Flexibility and Stamina - Gardening tasks involves stretching and walking. Thus, in the process improves balance, flexibility and stamina.
At our Manor Lake Assisted Living and memory care communities gardening is one the most celebrated recreational therapies by our treasured residents. This activity is indeed a fun hobby to develop packed with many health benefits.
Contact Manor Lake BridgeMill to find out more about our recreational activities that we have in store for our senior residents.
Researching where a loved one with dementia can secure the best quality of life and quality of care is an unquestioned labor of love. It’s possible that you have researched and possibly visited several communities while looking for the right memory care program and community for your dear loved one. We are proud of the repeat feedback we get from our resident family members that we are the first and ONLY Alzheimer's and Dementia home community that they visited. We’re told by many that they knew we were right for their family from the moment they walked in.
When deciding where to move your loved one consider the following:
Support - The right memory care community delivers support and does not motivate complete dependency. It's important that your memory care community promotes independence and self-sufficiency to the maximum extent possible.
Choice and Dignity - Safety certainly is a top priority when looking for the right assisted living and memory care community. Encouraging an active lifestyle need not introduce risk to memory care residents as long as risk in professionally managed. Activities such as walking and exploring are important to boost senior's health and dignity but the activity must be actively managed by trained professional care givers. We are those caring, energized, and trained professional care givers.
Purposeful Experiences – Lifelong hobbies can and should be carried forward into memory care services. Bingo and live music provide entertainment, but lifelong loves like holding and playing musical instruments, dance, and any other art can and should be incorporated into managed memory care.
Alzheimer's Disease, sadly, increasingly afflicts people and their loved ones. Roughly five million Americans have been victimized by the disease. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease but there are already therapies that help delay the progression of the disease. Being fully informed of the illness especially of its early indicators are essential as these variables can help families help their loved ones, to manage family care support strategies, and when it might be time to consider turning to professional memory care services.
The list below are the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease:
- Difficulty in Performing Usual Tasks
- Memory loss
- Speech Problems
- Disorientation to Time and Place
- Poor or Decreased Judgment
- Issues with Abstract Thinking
- Misplacing Things
- Mood and Behavior Changes
- Personality Changes
- Loss of Initiative
When you notice these signs more frequently, it is highly recommended to seek medical experts that can help you manage the disease. Long before the disease is pronounced, you should strongly consider researching for a memory care community that you can trust to protect and nurture your loved ones quality of life.
We know the stress that family members suffer when caring for their Alzheimer's loved on. We exist to provide loving care to those suffer various forms of memory afflictions throughout Canton, GA. Don’t be afraid to talk about it. Contact the memory care professionals at Manor Lake BridgeMill.
For those who are seeking for ways to combat devastating memory loss, a research from University of British Columbia revealed that resistance training can help delay brain deterioration.
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society researched 155 women in 65 to 75 years of age. In the group, 54 subjects have a positive MRI scan result revealing brain lesions that indicates an aging brain. The team monitored these women for a year while they begin to perform three types of exercise program. This includes lifting weights once weekly, lifting weights twice per week, and stretching and balance training for the control group.
At the end of the year, another round of scan is done of the women’s brains. The control group has shown progression of brain lesions in both number and size. On the other hand, there's a delay in the progression of lesions in those who lifted weights twice weekly.
Other forms of strength training includes:
- leg squats
- resistance tubing
- free weight exercises
- resistance machine workouts
At our Manor Lake Assisted Living and memory care communities, we encourage our senior residents to participate in various workouts and physical activity offered to them. We also do believe that increasing physical activity in safe levels can significantly help slow down mental decline.
Contact Manor Lake BridgeMill to find out more about senior memory care.
At our assisted living community here in Canton we help children and grandchildren honor their senior moms on Mother's day. Aside from facilitating fun bonding moments for them, we also help them look for best Mother's day presents. Here are some useful gift ideas for grand moms staying in senior living community:
- knitting and crocheting supplies
- adult coloring books
- electronic photo frame
- favorite books
- favorite DVD movies or tv shows
- spa gift certificate
- crafts and painting supplies
- favorite music CDs
- bird feeders and seeds
- journals or diaries
- favorite snacks and homemade treats
- puzzles and adult gameboards
Of course, still the best thing you can give your mom on Mother's day is the gift of time. Spend the whole day with her and you will surely make their day. Contact Manor Lake BridgeMill and know the details of what we have in store for our senior mother residents for this upcoming Mother's day.
When touring an assisted living center, you’ll be on the lookout for standards of cleanliness and personal interaction. Eating a meal at the facility can be a great way to start gaining an insider’s view — so if possible, arrange an interview over lunch or dinner at the facility. It’s also helpful to observe a class or facilitated social activity. Here are some suggested questions.
Questions Related to the Home / Facility
- How many people live at the home? What is the ratio of caregivers to residents?
- Does the facility feel home-like? Do you like the décor?
- What are the apartment and room choices? Do you have a full apartment with kitchen?
- Do you have a private bath? Will you share an apartment?
- Does the residence have its own dog or cat? Can residents bring their own pets? What are the restrictions with pets?
- Can residents bring their own furniture and decor? What furnishings are provided?
- Is there a separate thermostat in your room? Is there plenty of natural lighting?
- What is the view like? Is there enough closet and storage space? Are kitchen cabinets easy to reach?
Questions Related to the People
- Talk to the residents and staff? Does the staff seem to genuinely care?
- Would you enjoy sharing meals with the residents? Do you share common interests?
- Are the residents somewhat independent? Is there social activity in the common areas?
- Do the residents seem happy?
Questions Related to the Safety
- Is staff there around the clock? Are all entrances and exits secured?
- Is there a fire sprinkler system? Smoke detectors? Emergency call system in the rooms?
- Are registered nurses on staff? What are their hours? If an RN isn’t on duty 24/7, it’s important to know the center’s protocol in case of nighttime emergencies.
- Are the halls and grounds well lit? Are there handrails in the hallways?
- Are the hallways and doorways wide sufficient for walkers and wheelchairs? Are there walk-in showers?
Questions Related to the Amenities
- Is there a monthly events calendar posted? Are the spiritual services on-site?
- Does the facility have a space for outdoor recreation? If so, make sure that the area looks inviting but is guarded against trespassers.
- Are there transportation schedules for errands and medical appointments?
- What social activities, classes and field trips are facilitated by the staff?
- Crafts room? Computers and printers? Massage therapy? Swimming pool? Convenience shop?
- Is the community near a beauty/hair salon and barber? Library? Grocery store? Movies? Mall?
Other Considerations / Questions
- Is there a meal menu and can choose when to eat? Do the menu selections vary from day to day?
- Ask to see the facility’s licensing and certification reports. These show any patterns of neglect and medication errors.
- Ask to see a copy of the resident agreement which spells out the facility’s obligations. And it will list the charge of items that are extra like laundry service. How close are you to friends and relatives? Are they allowed to stay overnight?
- What is the staff to patient ratio? A good ratio for fairly independent residents is 1 to 15. In some smaller facilities, the staff will perform all the duties while in larger communities there is a separation. What is the staff turnover rate? Rates in the double digits could indicate a problem.
- If a resident becomes more disabled can the facility accommodate those needs?
- Who dispenses medication and how much training have they had? States have training requirements.
- What are the move-out criteria? When might a senior be asked to leave?