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Tour Antebellum Grove - A Georgia Senior Living Community

  
  
  

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Antebellum Grove, located in Warner Robins, Georgia, offers all the comforts of home. We will exceed your expectations with a highly trained and experienced staff that provides personal attention to each resident and takes the time to make a difference in their lives.

We strongly believe that the key to a happy and content resident is a variety of fun and stimulating activities. At Antebellum Grove, residents have the option to participate in intellectual and recreational activities that make the day enjoyable and fulfilling.

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Residents are able to enjoy the outdoors by taking a nice walk, sitting on the patio, or caring for the flowers in our garden.

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And at Antebellum Grove, residents stay connected to the local community with visits from local groups, like the Girl Scouts, and through group outings.

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The community also features The Retreat, a dementia care program. Residents enjoy a secure environment with a professionally-trained staff taking a family-based approach to dementia care, as they join you in providing the support to you and your family in the daily care of your loved one. By sharing in the caring, we understand the benefits of being a best friend to your loved one, helping now instead of later.

We hope you've enjoyed your online tour of Antebellum Grove in Warner Robins, Georgia. Contact us to schedule a personal tour and learn more about how we are caring for seniors in our assisted living and dementia care programs.

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How to Make the Right Memory Care Decision

  
  
  

memory careIt can often be challenging to decide when your parent or loved one needs assisted living care. When memory issues are present, one's security, self-care, and other activities have their own set of urgency and considerations. Here are some of the things you should consider when evaluating the need for this special type of care and the facilities where that can be provided.

Bare Minimums

Communities that provide memory care have to meet certain minimum criteria. At the very least, you should make sure that the care center has LPN or RN nurses on staff, and residents should appear happy and well cared for. Residents should also be reasonably clean and well groomed.

Educated and Caring Staff

Memory problems are definitely not a sign of certain doom. In fact, new research is discovering that later stages of memory loss may be able to be slowed down when trained staff performs early interventions to prevent further losses of memory and other cognitive functions. Once you notice the early signs of memory loss in your parents, it might be a good idea to move them to a qualified assisted living community where they can get the care they need. Early intervention could actually slow the rate of decline and help to maintain their quality of life as long as possible.

Appropriate Therapies

Choosing a memory care community isn't about getting a sitter for family members who need too much supervision and help - instead, it's about getting them exactly the right kind of help that they need. Today, the medical community knows more than ever about how to help seniors with memory issues and dementia, and it's not something most people can do alone. High quality memory care communities help seniors with appropriate therapies, including art, regular and safe exercise, behavioral treatments, medical care and a nutritious diet. 

New research shows that Alzheimer's disease and other issues may be linked to diabetes, so monitoring for possible Type 2 diabetes or treating existing cases of the disease can make the difference in memory care management as well.

If you feel like you don't have the time and resources to devote to the care of your loved ones with memory and dementia issues, rest assured that you're not alone. Giving the level of care that your parents deserve is more than a full-time job, and because most people have careers and children of their own to raise, it's just not possible to do it all. You want your parents to have the best possible care. Please contact us so we can show you what we can do to help.

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5 Options for Senior Health Care Plans

  
  
  

senior health care plansDeciding that it's time to move one of your parents or other loved ones into an assisted living facility can be an emotional and difficult process. In addition to the challenges that come with making the decision and moving from an independent living arrangement to an assisted one, it's also extremely common to worry about how to pay for the care your loved ones will need. Fortunately, there are many funding options that can help you let go of some of your worries.

1. Medicare

Once you meet certain eligibility criteria, Medicare coverage kicks in and can pay for a significant amount of medical bills. Seniors can get Medicare at age 65 or older, and if they or their spouse worked for an eligible employer for at least 10 years. Among the senior health care plans, Medicare is one of the most popular. There are four types of Medicare coverage:

Part A covers in-patient hospital care, including skilled nursing and hospice care.

Part B covers doctor's visits, medical equipment and supplies, and home health care services.

Part C is a Medicare Advantaged Plan, which is administered by a select, approved group of private companies.

Part D covers prescription drugs.

2. Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI)

It's true that many of us will need long term care as we get older. You can purchase long term care insurance, or LTCI, in advance to help prepare for that possibility. If your parents had the foresight and ability to prepare their senior health care plans this way, LTCI can help to pay for certain types of care, including assisted living and home health care. However, LTCI has some unique eligibility criteria and consequences, so you should check with a financial advisor for more additional information about using such a policy.

3. Veteran's Benefits

If your loved ones proudly served our country, now it's our country's turn to help pay them back for all their efforts. The VA pension and the military's Aid & Assistance programs can help to pay for medical costs for seniors over 65 years of age who served in World War I or II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, or the Persian Gulf War. These senior health care plans can pay for long term care, assisted living and medications that aren't otherwise covered by other programs.

4. Reverse Mortgage

The family home is one of the most valuable assets most seniors have. Obtaining a reverse mortgage is one of the newer ideas that may help fund a senior health care plan. A reverse mortgage issues cash payments based on the balance of the equity in the home.

5. Senior Line of Credit

A senior line of credit can be a great option for financing a stay in an assisted living facility. This option is not suitable for every senior, but can allow seniors who have a strong support network to pay for care. The senior line of credit is an especially useful tool for families who need care immediately but need to find a way to pay for it before funds from other senior health care plans become available. 

You have many possible options for senior health care plans that will make sure your loved one gets the top care for assisted living. Contact us for more information about how we can help you find the right solution. 

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5 Winter Activities for Assisted Living Residents

  
  
  

activities for assisted living residentsWhen winter weather turns harsh and cold, it's tempting to stay indoors and hibernate. Fortunately, however, cold weather does not have to mean that everything becomes boring. Activities for assisted living residents ensure that you can stay active and engaged in life, no matter what the weather.

1. Exercise the Body

Cold winter weather can make it difficult to participate in outdoor activities, particularly when the ground may be icy and could contribute to dangerous slips and falls. But that doesn't mean that you have to stay on the couch for months until the weather warms up again. Exercise is one of the activities for assisted living residents that takes place every day, rain or shine. Even if the weather isn't suitable for going for a walk outside, there are several exercise options for strength, balance, endurance and stretching

2. It's All Fun and Games

Childhood isn't the only time when we need to have opportunities to play and have fun! One major advantage of life in an assisted living community is that seniors have many choices for playing sports and games that are a level appropriate for their physical and mental fitness. Seniors who remain living at home often find it difficult to get out of the house to participate in such activities and they can end up feeling lonely and bored. When it comes to activities for assisted living residents, they always have something fun to do, whether it's participating in a chess tournament or an ever-popular rousing game of Wii Bowling.

3. Keep a Busy Social Calendar

Having an active social life is important for people of every age. Everyone needs to have friends and things that they can look forward to doing together. That's another major benefit of life in an assisted living community: it provides a nearly built-in group of friends, which can help your loved ones fight off loneliness. We have plenty of activities for assisted living residents that will help their social calendar stay full and add a little more fun to daily life.

4. Participate in Art

Self expression is important. The role of art, in particular, is well known for having therapeutic effects. Art can be especially helpful in managing dementia care. Art can help to stir the emotions and to help Alzheimer's patients remain calm and find new ways to engage with others. As long as the art is at a mature enough level and there are trained, patient staff members to help them get started with the activity, arts and crafts can help patients with dementia to express themselves.  

5. Celebrate Spirituality and Worship

Spirituality and worship are an important part of many people's lives, and our residents are no exception. We make sure that religious worship is one of the activities for assisted living residents that is available, all year long. Whereas in the community, some seniors may find it too difficult to make it to religious services during the winter, we provide access no matter what the weather. Many of our facilities offer on-site worship, including music. In other cases, we help transport our residents to services, bring the observance to them using technology and televised services, and provide regular Bible study for those who want to participate. 

What are some of the activities you enjoy during the winter?

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Tour River Oaks Place - Lenoir City, TN

  
  
  

river oaks placeRiver Oaks Place - Lenoir City is a unique, spacious, and gracious environment. The community sits high atop the "old town" of original Lenoir City and enjoys beautiful views of the Tellico Lake and Smoky Mountains, yet is just minutes from doctors offices, banking, shopping, and dining.

River Oaks Place features The Retreat, a state-of-the-art dementia care program. Our team of professionally-trained staff take a family-based approach to dementia care, joining you in providing the support to you and your family in the daily care of your loved one. By sharing in the caring, we understand the benefits of being a best friend to your loved one, helping now instead of later.

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Spacious and beautifully furnished, River Oaks Place is elegantly cozy, comfortable, and feels like home. Residents enjoy homestyle meals, crafts, and social gatherings in our three large dining rooms.

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Residents can participate in recreational activities like our walking club, community garden, group outings, and more. There's always something fun to do at River Oaks Place!

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Family and friends are always welcome to visit. And sometimes we get visits from four legged friends, too.

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River Oaks Place offers floor plans for all lifestyles, whether it be Independent Living, Assisted Living, or Secured Memory Care. Residents feel right at home in our one or two bedroom apartments that feature optional private balconies.

We hope you've enjoyed your online tour of River Oaks Place in Lenior City, Tennessee. Contact us to schedule a personal tour and learn more about how we are caring for seniors in our assisted living and dementia care programs.

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4 Warning Signs of Elderly Depression

  
  
  

elderly depressionDepression can strike at any stage of life. Although some age groups such as teenagers are more commonly thought of as experiencing the blues, the elderly are vulnerable as well. According to the National Institutes of Health, physical illness, loneliness and stress associated with having to change living situations are all possible causes of elderly depression. 

When you have a senior loved one, it's important to watch out for these four warning signs of depression so that you can advocate on their behalf and help them to get well:

1. Sleeping too much

Many of the early signs of elderly depression are difficult to distinguish from normal signs of aging. One such symptom is sleeping too much, which is common as people get older but can also be a sign of depression.

2. Change in appetite

Eating too much or too little is a warning sign of depression in any age group, especially the elderly. Having a trained, professional staff that plans nutritionally balanced meals can make sure that seniors get a healthy diet.

3. Loss of interest and enjoyment

Losing interest in the things that once brought joy is a classic sign of depression. Elderly depression can be evident if they no longer look forward to seeing loved ones, for example. Seniors who live alone may be prone to this problem if they don't have many social outings anymore. The regular activities that are part of life in an assisted living community can help keep your loved one active and engaged, which can help prevent depression.

4. Inactivity and fatigue

Feeling exhausted all the time is another common sign of elderly depression. Unfortunately, fatigue and lack of exercise seem to be a vicious cycle; if you feel fatigued, you won't get exercise, which can cause more fatigue. Helping seniors remain active with appropriate exercise is an important part of remaining healthy and avoiding depression.

Depression doesn't have to be a normal part of aging. When you have well-trained staff looking after your loved one, you can make sure that both physical and mental wellness are a priority. Contact us today for more information on how we can help care for your loved one.

What are some of your concerns about elderly depression? 

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Senior Health Care Changes in 2014

  
  
  

Senior Health Care ChangesHealth care costs are a big concern for nearly everyone, including seniors and their families. The Affordable Care Act goes into effect in 2014, and may ease some of this pressure. It has many health care changes that will ultimately affect everyone. Some of the changes are positive, while others will present new challenges.

The following are some senior health care changes to note:

Medicare Eligibility and Coverage

Medicare is an important way of funding health care for seniors. It provides an essential form of security at the time of life when health care is most needed. Many seniors rely on Medicare to cover the costs of assisted living, and that is not expected to change in 2014. However, like everyone covered by any health plan, Medicare recipients are eligible for free preventive care, including an annual wellness visit.

Disappearing "Donut Hole"

Seniors covered by Medicare previously faced a common problem, in which they reached a point where their coverage for prescription drugs left them responsible for paying for part of the drugs out of pocket. Part of the Affordable Care Act that will affect seniors in 2014 is that the coverage gap, also called the "donut hole," is continuing to shrink. Seniors will receive a substantial discount on both brand name and generic drugs, which should make medication more affordable for most. However, higher-income Medicare recipients - those who earn over $85,000 a year, or $170,000 for couples - could pay more for prescriptions.

Protection for Pre-Existing Conditions

Pre-existing health conditions used to cause big problems for some of the people who needed health care the most, and insurers would routinely deny coverage for those dealing with long-term or chronic illness due to no fault of their own. One of the health care changes in the Affordable Care Act that goes into effect in 2014 is that insurance companies can no longer limit coverage to people with pre-existing conditions. So if your loved one is dealing with a long term illness such as Alzheimer's or diabetes, you no longer have to worry that their insurance provider can refuse coverage based on those grounds. That should provide a great deal of peace of mind.

No Coverage Limits

People who needed expensive care used to worry about how much their care cost because most health coverage plans had annual and lifetime maximum coverage limits. Thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act, as of January 1, 2014 there is no coverage limit. This is especially helpful in long term care situations

When you're looking for health care for your senior loved ones, it can be challenging to navigate health insurance and Medicare issues. Contact us with any questions you have and we'll be happy to help you. Although some health care changes go into effect in 2014, you can rest assured about the fact that most seniors will see improvements in access and coverage. What concerns do you have about health care costs? 

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5 Essential Tips for a Healthy Balanced Diet for Seniors

  
  
  

healthy balanced diet for seniorsA healthy balanced diet is the key to wellness and vitality at every stage of life. While it's easier to make a healthy diet a priority when you're raising young children, seniors may find it more difficult to keep up with the challenges of maintaining a healthy and nutritious diet. Fortunately, just a bit of time and intention can help seniors have the kind of balanced diet that will make them as healthy as they can be.

1. Focus on Fresh

Fresh fruits and vegetables are one of the most essential components of a healthy diet for people of any age. Fruits like berries and citrus are great sources of vitamins, and vegetables in a rainbow of colors will provide most of the necessary nutrients. But not everyone likes to eat fruits and vegetables or knows how to prepare them. That's why experienced nutrition staff in an assisted living environment can be such valuable partners in helping your loved ones have a healthy diet.

2. Power Up with Protein

Getting enough protein is another important part of a healthy balanced diet. Protein builds and maintains muscle, which is crucial at every part of stage of the life span. Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that consuming enough protein may even prevent or delay some of the declines in muscle tone sometimes associated with aging.

3. Just a Little Sweetness

Everyone loves a sweet treat every now and then. But a diet that's too high in sugar and other simple carbohydrates could actually lead to cognitive impairment in seniors, according to the Mayo Clinic. Having a carefully planned and supervised diet can make sure that your loved one gets an appropriate amount of sweetness. Life in a senior community can also focus the joy of eating on the shared experience instead of on empty calories.

4. Bulk Up with Fiber

Fiber is an essential part of a healthy balanced diet at every age. Fiber helps you feel full and satisfied for longer, and the Mayo Clinic reports that fiber helps to lower cholesterol levels, balance blood sugar levels and maintain a lower weight. Fiber is especially important in promoting healthy regularity in seniors, as well.

5. Food and Fun

Even though we strive to provide healthy, nutritious food for our residents, we also make sure that they still enjoy the fun aspect of food, too. We have special events where we provide special breakfasts and homemade treats to bring a little joy to the day.

A healthy balanced diet is more essential than ever to support wellness during the senior years. But seniors often find it difficult to plan and prepare the right combination of foods that they need to stay well. When you contact us to let us do the work, you'll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your loved one is getting the care they deserve. 

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Tour Carriage House Inn - A Tennessee Senior Living Community

  
  
  

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Carriage House Inn is located in Shelbyville, TN between the cities of Murfreesboro and Lynchburg, a little over 50 miles southeast of Nashville, TN. The community offers three living options: independent, assisted living and secured memory care.

At Carriage House Inn, the feeling of home is unmistakable. Each room is filled with warm, natural light. You can’t help but take in the irresistible aroma of made-from-scratch pie coming from the main kitchen. The soft music enveloping the central living room brings a little joy to everyone.

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Residents have the option to participate in activities, like visiting the library, exploring paths and a working garden, and participating in recreational activities and exercise programs.

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The dining room provides residents the opportunity to socialize with friends and guests while enjoying a memorable homestyle meal.CarriageHouseInnDiningRoom

Carriage House Inn features The Heart Remembers, our state-of-the-art dementia care program designed to provide the safety, companionship, and engagement residents need. Though memory may fail them...we never will.

We hope you've enjoyed your online tour of Carriage House Inn. Contact us to schedule a personal tour and learn more about how we are caring for seniors in our assisted living and dementia care programs.

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Tour Wellspring Senior Living at Powell - A Tennessee Senior Living Community

  
  
  

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Wellspring Senior Living at Powell is a memory care neighborhood that provides state-of-the-art Alzheimer’s and dementia-related care designed to stimulate residents’ memories and senses through practical life activities.

The community provides customized activities to engage the mind, body, and soul, as well as recreational and social events and outings.

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The pet friendly community offers plenty of opportunities for residents to enjoy the fresh air with its outdoor seating and open spaces.

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At Wellspring Senior Living at Powell, residents experience our memorable homestyle cooking while dining in the beautiful dining room.

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The residential apartments are filled with warm, natural light, helping residents feel like they are right at home.

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We hope you've enjoyed your online tour of Wellspring Senior Living in Powell, Tennessee. Contact us to schedule a personal tour and learn more about how we are caring for seniors in our assisted living and dementia care programs.

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