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Sept 29th and 30th at 2pm-3pm EDT

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Become familiar with the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease and the differences between normal aging, hear from people who have the disease, and find out how to recognize the signs in yourself and others.

Click on URL to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/2788163985133806603?source=Arboria+of+Long+Grove

 

Oct 6th and 7th at 2pm-3pm EDT

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement while using hands-on tools to help incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging

Click on URL to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8359536737632948235?source=Arboria+of+Long+Grove

 

Oct 14th and 15th  at 2pm-3pm EDT

Dementia Conversations

This workshop offers tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about the challenging and uncomfortable topics of going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans.

Click on URL to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4732567835483628555?source=Arboria+of+Long+Grove

2021 AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF SENIOR LIVING

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2021 AND BEYOND: THE FUTURE OF SENIOR LIVING

Two seniors hold fun drinks with umbrellas and look at the laptop for a virtual call

Predicting the future has always been a risky business. Ancient oracles whose predictions turned out to be false didn’t last long. TV meteorologists who forecast floods and snow days that never happen see their ratings fall. So while we’ve identified four senior living trends for 2021 and beyond, don’t throw us into a volcano if they don’t all pan out. After all, no one saw the pandemic coming. But how the senior living industry has responded to it has helped bring the future of senior living into focus. Let’s take a closer look.

 

The future of senior living is connected.

Zoom meetings, virtual tours, virtual Happy Hours, and video chats with friends and family have become standard operating procedure during the pandemic. That trend is likely to continue long after the coronavirus has been contained.

Virtual tours make it easy to visit a community from any location connected to the internet. Pre-recorded video tours and 360° virtual tours that allow you to “walk through” a community similar to Google street view maps are becoming more prevalent. Sales tools like OneDay videos allow communities to provide a richer picture of senior living to prospective residents. Zoom meetings and FaceTime chats have made connecting face-to-face as easy as answering your phone. And that’s just the beginning. New technology tools are on the horizon that will make life easier, safer and more engaging for residents:

  • Motion controls or voice controls that allow residents to navigate communities without pressing buttons or grabbing handles.
  • Voice assistants such as the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa) and Google Home help seniors remember their daily schedules, take medicine, or visit their doctor.
  • Virtual reality systems that offer more immersive community tours, travel experiences (especially for those with mobility issues who are no longer able to travel), and reminiscent therapy (seniors can take a trip down memory lane, back to the places they used to live).
  • Robotic pets that respond to sound, light, temperature and touch. PARO pet therapy is already in use in memory care neighborhoods across the country.
  • GPS trackers that can locate dementia patients who wander; sensors that keep track of how active a resident is (if a person isn’t getting out of bed at a certain time, a notification is sent via text or phone); personal robots to track sleep patterns, heart rates and location.
  • Wearable smart technology, like smartwatches, that allow seniors to monitor their health, track their fitness level, and contact emergency services automatically when the wearer is unresponsive or suffered a fall.

 

Telehealth: The doctor will see you now on screen.

Telehealth went from a nice-to-have service to a necessity in 2020. With seniors reluctant to risk their health by sitting in a waiting room with other people during a pandemic, telehealth became a safer, faster and more convenient option. Instead of having to drive to your doctor’s office, you could connect by video chat and get seen by your doctor without leaving home. Health care providers now offer online telehealth visits that are HIPAA-compliant and easy to use. Going forward, telehealth is poised to become more user-friendly and more widely adopted. More importantly, it may lead to more seniors being evaluated sooner at the first sign of symptoms.

 

A healthier future with a focus on wellness.

For some years now, senior living communities have been moving away from a care-first mindset to a wellness lifestyle, with options for care available. We don’t see this senior living trend changing. If anything, the focus on health and wellness will become stronger.

According to a survey by the International Council on Active Aging, 60% of respondents said their retirement community will be based in a wellness lifestyle by 2023. To accomplish this goal, five types of wellness programs will increase within communities:

  • Education and lifelong learning
  • Exercise (led by both instructors and technology)
  • Health education and disease management
  • Food and nutrition education and preparation
  • Intergenerational programs linking youth and older adults

The future of senior living looks bright.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rapid changes in the senior living industry. Technology is playing a leading role in how seniors stay connected, both inside and outside retirement communities. High-rise communities may be next in line for change, with floors being divided up into small neighborhoods. Two things we don’t see changing are the sense of community senior living offers older adults and the focus on offering opportunities for a fulfilling lifestyle.

During the height of the pandemic, residents were grateful for the support of staff members who delivered meals to their door, along with grocery orders, prescriptions and anything else they needed. The camaraderie and creativity shown by staff and residents at LCS communities buoyed spirits and bonded neighbors. Communities stepped up to provide opportunities for engaging mind, body and spirit in new ways: online, on in-house TV channels, outdoors, and in large spaces where limited numbers could gather safely at a distance.

What the future of senior living will look like five to 10 years from now remains to be seen. But we’ll continue to adapt to the changing needs and wishes of older adults, and provide new opportunities for living life to the fullest.

 

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T STOP YOUR ASSISTED LIVING SEARCH IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

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Don’t let uncertain times stop your search for assisted living.

If you or someone in your family is considering an assisted living apartment or assisted living facility — you shouldn’t allow uncertainty to slow or stop your efforts to choose the best assisted living community. Why? For one thing, the clock is ticking on preserving your independence. Typically, the best assisted living communities have a waiting list for their assisted living homes and apartments. The average wait time is 6 months. And with the options of virtual tours and virtual visits available to you now, there’s no reason to let precious time slip away without making progress on your search.

 

It takes time to compare.

Choosing the assisted living community that’s right for your specific situation will likely take time for legwork and homework. Assisted living apartments, assisted living contracts and assisted living facilities, in general, can vary broadly. Some are home to just a small number of people, and others may have hundreds of residents. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to assisted living communities. They vary in size, appearance and the types of services they offer. There are also differences in the levels of assistance and care they offer and their associated costs.

Checking with your state or local Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or visiting the websites of LeadingAge and Argentum (formerly the Assisted Living Federation of America), can help you develop a short list of assisted living communities in your area to compare. Once you have specific communities in mind, you’ll need to gather relevant information about each of them.

 

First comes research.

Gathering information starts by calling to begin learning about the community’s location, size, types of services and more. You can request brochures, a price list, a site map and floor plans. You may also request copies of all documents that will need to be signed before admittance, including the residency contract. You can review everything carefully, bearing in mind that marketing literature and a residency contract are different in nature. The contract is legally binding.

When you’re ready, you should visit the community. In fact, you should have several visits over the course of time. Some of these visits should be unannounced on a weekend or in the evening.

These visits, in addition to having your financial advisor and attorney review the occupancy contract, will provide vital information on which to base your comparisons. Then, of course, there are the costs of assisted living to consider. Medicare does not cover assisted living. Most people pay for these services out-of-pocket. And though some states cover certain services under Medicaid, for the majority of people, assisted living costs must be paid through private resources.

 

Questions in need of answers.

When evaluating options for assisted living, there are questions that most people will have concerning the physical accommodations, amenities, and the level of service and care available. Then there are questions that probe a little deeper about the staff, their training and level of experience, the availability of clinical professionals on-site, and more. Finally, there are questions germane to your personal situation. You should spend time considering all this with your family to develop a checklist to keep in a notebook and refer to during an on-site visit or virtual visit. Here is a printable checklist from AARP on what to ask when comparing assisted living communities.

For a more comprehensive overview of key points to consider, as well as specific questions to ask when searching for the right assisted living facility, refer to this Life Care Services article, How to Spot a Great Assisted Living Community.

 

Experience is everything.

If you believe that you or a loved one could benefit from the environment and services of an assisted living facility, don’t allow the uncertainty of any unexpected situation to squander your precious time. Call a Life Care Services community to arrange a personal virtual appointment. Life Care Services communities offer a continuum of care that will let you move in and out of care levels as needed, often at no additional cost. That’s guaranteed care for life. But if you prefer convenience and flexibility, and don’t find an entrance fee to be appealing, a rental retirement community may be the best choice for your needs.

As you explore your options, use our Find a Community locator tool. With over 140 rental and Life Care communities around the country, Life Care Services is sure to have the right option for you and your family.

Let us help you explore your living options. Experience is everything. Just contact us through our website, or call 515.875.4500