Senior Housing Blog: "The Race"

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 Todd Barker

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

Lakewood & River Oaks Place Have Vacancies for 2015

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 27, 2015 10:00:00 AM

As you start this new year, have you thought about the possibility of helping Mom or Dad make the transition to assisted living or a dementia care facility? If this has been weighing on your mind, it may be time to take the first steps by talking to your loved one and scheduling visits to possible communities. At Senior Solutions, we understand how difficult this entire process can be and will work with you to find the perfect one of our Georgia, Tennessee or Florida community's for your loved one.  

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

What to Look for in Evaluating Assisted Living Options in Georgia

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 20, 2015 9:00:00 AM

"Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind." This line, from the famous song "Georgia", was made popular by the legendary Ray Charles. It's the official state song of Georgia, and represents the view’s of millions of people who choose to live in this beautiful state. Georgia is known for its sunny, subtropical climate, mild winters, many lakes and rivers, beautiful forests, and world-class healthcare and other amenities available in the city of Atlanta. It's an increasingly popular choice for those seeking an ideal assisted living environment.

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Topics: Georgia Assisted Living, assisted living

6 Steps to Take When Finding Assisted Living in Tennessee

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 13, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Tennessee is a highly desirable state for people of all ages and incomes. It's filled with interesting historical sites, beautiful rivers, lakes and of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tennessee is home to Nashville, the country music capitol of the world, and many famous musicians such as  Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Nashville's legendary Grand Ole Opry was founded in 1925 and hosts a weekly concert which has been broadcast on the radio since the 1920s.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

Why You Should Choose Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home

Posted by Christina Trentham

Jan 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

The decision to transition into a senior living community should not be made hastily. Whenever possible, work with your loved one in researching and identifying which senior living option is the best choice. It's also a good idea to plan ahead before immediate health problems intervene and force a decision on everyone. As you embark on this research, keep in mind that moving to an assisted living community is not a sad outcome. Even seniors who are mentally and physically active can become isolated and depressed as they age and lose spouses, close friends and neighbors. A vibrant senior assisted living community provides the social contact and stimulation that is essential for happiness and health.

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Topics: Assisted Living Communities

Winter Exercise Tips for Seniors

Posted by Christina Trentham

Dec 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM

"Though the weather outside is frightful," exercise can still be delightful. When it's cold and slippery outside, stay safe and take the exercise routine indoors. Regular activity is important to keep joints limber and flexible, maintain good blood flow and preserve strong muscles.  So, even as the winter wind howls outside, follow these winter exercise tips for seniors and stay warm and healthy.

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Topics: exercise

How to Evaluate Senior Care Options Providers

Posted by Christina Trentham

Dec 16, 2014 10:00:00 AM

There’s no place like home, said Dorothy in the classic movie, The Wizard of Oz. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our elderly loved ones could stay in their beloved family home for their entire natural lifetime? It’s an understandable wish for adult children of aging parents, but unfortunately it’s sometimes not possible. Maybe you’ve noticed that dad is having a harder time keeping up with the maintenance demands of his home, or maybe mom doesn’t look as clean and well-groomed as she used to, and her refrigerator is full of moldy food. These, and other signs of aging, are triggers for you to embark on a very important and loving task – finding out what senior care options exist for your loved one so you make the best possible choice.

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Topics: senior care

Staying Active - 4 Exercise Tips for Seniors

Posted by Christina Trentham

Dec 9, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Staying active is very important for seniors. An active senior lifestyle brings measurable health benefits, including stronger heart and lungs, lower cholesterol levels, and increased energy. Exercising regularly reduces the risk of falls and hospitalization, one of the biggest health dangers for senior citizens. Active seniors more easily perform everyday activities, which improves their quality of life.

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Topics: exercise, activities

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ALFA State Regulatory & Legislative Snapshot Now Available

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