Category: Senior LIving

How to Shed Light on the Holiday Blues

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The holidays are a time of joy, bright lights, and celebrations. Family and friends gather for meals, shopping, religious observations, and other meaningful traditions. Yet, for many, these same activities can be painful reminders of grief and loss or illicit feelings of what is often referred to as the holiday blues. Good news! There are… Read more »

Hobbies for Seniors in Assisted Living

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When a parent or older loved one enters Blakeford’s Assisted Living for the first time, they are often surprised by the amount of free time they now have in their schedule. We like to encourage residents to use this time to pursue interests and hobbies they didn’t have time to before, and for good reason–hobbies… Read more »

Glossary of Terms

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While researching the senior living industry, you’ll come across unfamiliar or confusing terminology. We hope you’ll find this Glossary of Terms helpful. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) – Physical functions that an individual performs each day, including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, walking or wheeling, and transferring into and out of bed. Advanced Directives – A… Read more »

The Blakeford at Green Hills Difference: Waiting for the Right Place

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There are so many options when it comes to Community Living. After researching your options and making the decision, you discover the community you have chosen has a waiting list. You ask yourself, “Should I get on the waiting list and wait?” What would be the advantage of doing this rather than selecting another community… Read more »

The Winter Home Prep Checklist

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More aging adults are opting to age in place, remaining in their own homes as they grow older. That means more seniors are handling their own home maintenance. For seniors who live in areas that experience all four seasons, preparing for the cold winter months by winterizing your home is a must. Home winterization makes… Read more »

Why Wait? The Benefits of Moving into a Life Plan Community in Your 70s

Life Plan Community

Imagine what your life would be like if you broke your hip and could no longer do the things you take for granted…like shopping, cooking or driving a car. This subject might make you squirm, but it’s crucial to prepare for a future that might include health challenges, especially if you’re in your 70s. Otherwise,… Read more »

4 Ways to Make Friends in a Senior Living Community

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Unless you’re an extreme extrovert, moving from a well-loved neighborhood to a senior living community where you don’t know a soul can be anxiety-provoking. The good news is that you can develop meaningful relationships surprisingly quickly, especially if you move to a community of like-minded people. But, just in case you still have worries, we’ve… Read more »

How Your Children Can Help You Make Your Decisions

Blakeford at Green Hills photo of senior woman and her adult child

In the many conversations I have with today’s seniors, there is a sense of role reversal when life begins to change. Adult children, however, can be one of the most significant resources in proactively planning for your future. They are the best “sounding board” you could have as you begin to explore the available options…. Read more »

Figuring Out the Cost Benefits of Senior Living Communities

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“It is SO much more expensive to live in a community than here in my own home. My home is paid for and I do not really have many bills here. It does not make sense to pay those monthly fees.” This is the perception of most seniors as they begin looking at options for… Read more »

Myths vs. Realities: Is a CCRC Right for You?

Blakeford at Green Hills, CCRC, Life Plan Community

If you’ve searched online or in person for retirement communities, you’ve noticed there are several options. One of those options is continuing care retirement communities, or CCRC (also referred to as life plan communities). These communities were created to provide lifestyle solutions to older adults if their health needs change. At a CCRC, you’ll find… Read more »