Senior Housing Blog: "The Race"

5 Meaningful Senior Living Activities You'll Find in Assisted Living

Posted by Christina Trentham

Apr 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Senior living communities come in many configurations, each designed to suit the varying needs of today's seniors. Options include independent living only, a mix of independent and assisted living, assisted living only, or all-inclusive arrangements that provide independent living through memory care/skilled nursing care. 

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Topics: activities, activities for assisted living residents

5 Dietary Benefits of Assisted Living

Posted by Christina Trentham

Apr 7, 2015 10:00:00 AM

When your loved one needs the daily care and safety offered by a good assisted living community, it's important to help them make a successful move. One of the keys to success is to focus on quality-of-life issues that are most important to mom or dad. Oftentimes, one of the top concerns is good food. If dad is used to home-cooked meals, he may balk at the idea of meals prepared by people he doesn't know in a kitchen he can't see. 

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Topics: healthy balanced diet

Oakwood Senior Living Helps Raise 6K for Knox County Mobile Meals

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 31, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Last Thursday, Senior Solutions, the BBQ Doctor, and the staff at Oakwood Senior Living teamed up to help raise more than $6,000 to benefit Knox County Mobile Meals. To say this event was a success is an understatement, as there were over 700 "Doc in a Box" meals sold to help feed 1,714 seniors. Check out all the fun photos captured at the fundraiser below!

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Topics: The BBQ Doctor

Are You at Risk for Caregiver Role Strain?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Caregivers often become victims of their own compassion when caring for loved ones who can no longer look after themselves. Because caregiving can be an all-encompassing, 24/7 responsibility, caregivers can easily lose sight of their needs and risk their own good health.

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Topics: caregiving

What Will Dining Be Like at a Senior Solution's Community?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Senior living can be a rewarding and positive experience, and a first-rate dining experience is a key component to resident happiness. Dining is not only important to nutrition and health, but it is also important to social well being. 

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Topics: assisted living nutrition, community tours, healthy balanced diet

4 Strategies That Help with Caregiver Role Strain

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 10, 2015 10:00:00 AM

 

The caregiver is someone who provides care for a person, usually a family member who is ill. This designated caregiver has high expectations placed upon him or her to provide good care and watch out for the safety of the person needing care. Typically, caregivers render care in a home setting, though sometimes, the burdens of care convince caregivers and their families to turn to an assisted living or dementia care community setting.

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Topics: caregiving

How to Deal with Elderly Caregiver Stress

Posted by Christina Trentham

Mar 4, 2015 10:00:00 AM

The caregiver for an elderly family member is often that person's elderly spouse or an adult child with their own children still living at home and a full-time career. Both scenarios can, and frequently do, lead to what's known as elderly caregiver stress. This is especially true if the person being cared for suffers from a long-term progressive disease such as dementia/Alzheimer's disease. People with dementia require high levels of care and support, which unfortunately can result in elderly caregiver stress. In fact, such caregivers are sometimes referred to as invisible second patients, because of the negative physical and psychological impact of the caregiver role.

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Topics: caregiving

At Home/DIY Caregiver Stress Test

Posted by Christina Trentham

Feb 25, 2015 10:00:00 AM

People who choose the caregiver role, or who are thrust into it due to family circumstances, can become overwhelmed by the responsibility and begin to suffer from caregiver role strain. Increasingly, elderly dementia/Alzheimer's patients have as their sole caregiver another elderly, fragile spouse who is at risk for his or her own medical problems due to the stress and strain of being the caregiver.

Eldercare researchers have noted several key predictors of strain among dementia-patient caregivers, including care receiver problem behaviors and functional limitations, and a perceived lack of support from others. On the other hand, caregivers who find effective coping tools are better able to see their role in a positive light, recognizing the significant impact they have on the loved one in their care.

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Topics: caregiving

What is Caregiver Role Strain Like and How Do You Defeat It?

Posted by Christina Trentham

Feb 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Anyone that is the primary caregiver for a loved one with a chronic illness, such as dementia/Alzheimer's, takes on a role that can become both physically and psychologically debilitating. "Caregiver role strain" is a term used by medical personnel to describe the symptoms and signs associated with caregiving. It's defined as a situation when caregivers find it hard to perform their roles or feel stressed by situations that include:

  • financial burdens

  • increased responsibilities

  • changes in the family life

  • personal role changes

  • care receiver's behavior and attitude

  • required adjustment in work/career

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Topics: caregiving

Introducing Oakwood Senior Living in Knoxville, Tennessee

Posted by Chris Sides

Feb 9, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Oakwood Senior Living is the newest addition to Senior Solution’s collection of assisted living and memory care communities. The community was originally built in 1914 as an elementary school and now, it is currently undergoing major renovations and technological upgrades to prepare for its March 2015 opening.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

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