Tag: senior living

Caregiving & Relationships: Coping with Guilt

As we move through our series on Caregiving & Relationships, we are learning ways to strengthen and maintain positive relationships. We’re exploring: The value of training for family caregivers How to set boundaries for yourself as a caregiver Learning to know when it’s time to hire a professional caregiver This week, social worker Robyn Arab… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: Setting Boundaries

Welcome back to our Caregiving & Relationship series. Last week, we looked at The Value of Training and its impact in a family caregiving setting. Gayle Alston, director of training at Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, Sherry P. White, a project manager at Schmiedling Home Caregiver Training, and Julie Cherry, Care Manager at Blakeford At… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: The Value of Training

“Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” (Tia Walker) For those who provide care to loved ones, this is certainly a true statement. But caregiving also calls on us to be more than we expected of ourselves. Daily responsibilities and the confidence to perform them may weigh heavy on our… Read more »

Caregiving & Relationships: How to Be at Your Best

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As someone who spent time as a caregiver, I know how personal it is. I know how life-changing it can be for everyone involved. All you want is to make sure your family member or loved one is safe and cared for. Because at the heart of family caregiving are relationships. In a caregiving environment,… Read more »

Decluttering 101: Tips to Make it Easier

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Have you ever made plans to clean out the garage or set aside a weekend for Spring cleaning? Then, you became overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve collected over the years and just gave up? Decluttering can be quite a chore. Debbie Keller, founder and president of Home and Office Transitions, answers common questions about… Read more »

After the Move: Transitioning into a Senior Community

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At some point in the last several months, you decided to move into a senior community. You signed the contract, put your home on the market, hired movers, and possibly had a garage sale. You took advice on how to plan your move to have as little stress as possible. Now, you’re sitting in a new apartment… Read more »

Redefining the Senior Living Industry

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Van Cluck, president and CEO of Blakeford, takes a look at the changes he’s witnessed in our industry over the years. Twenty years ago when Blakeford was opening its doors for its first residents, I was just getting my feet wet in the senior living industry. It was 1996, and for about a year I had… Read more »

So You Want to Go on Vacation . . . Make the Most of Your Trip with These Tips

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Gather up the sunscreen, those new walking shoes, the phone charger, the travel-sized toothpaste and throw them into your already too full luggage. It’s vacation time! Taking a vacation, no matter how far from home, comes with some degree of stress. Invariably, you end up forgetting something or plans change due to unforeseen situations. For… Read more »

Getting the Most Out of the Summer While Staying Safe

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Summer is on its way and with the temperatures getting warmer, people enjoy getting outdoors. As a nurse, I am frequently asked how to stay safe while participating in outdoor summer activities. This question is especially important for the older population because they are more susceptible to heat related illnesses. As we age, the ability… Read more »

A Photo Retrospective on Twenty Years

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Twenty years of history told through a few photographs highlighting residents, team members, and family members. Thanks to all who have been and who are a part of Blakeford’s family.