How to Cope with Caregiver Guilt When Moving Your Loved Ones into Senior Living

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 10, 2018 8:56:56 AM

When Garry Wright moved his beloved wife of more than 30 years into Villa at Terracina Grand, a memory care community in Naples, Florida, he never imagined how challenging it would be. "We were as close as any two people could be," he says. "I think anybody that puts a loved one in a memory care community, regardless of how nice it is, feels guilty."

Garry's not the only one. Caregiver guilt is one of the most common and natural emotions you can experience when moving a loved one into a senior living community like memory care, assisted living, or even independent living in some cases. "There's no school for this," he says. "Nobody knows how to do this. You just do what you feel is right for you and your loved one."

Although you might not be able to avoid feeling guilty, there are ways to cope with these emotions when they arise.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Active Aging: Exercising with Core Stix for Fall Prevention

Posted by The Goodman Group on Jan 3, 2018 9:21:59 AM

Exercising is an important part of active aging, but some equipment, although all built for safety, is not easy for seniors to use. Many aging adults need more support for their joints and resistance to aid in making the proper movements when exercising that certain machines don't provide.

However, physical therapists at The Goodman Group managed communities, like Christine Holland, have found a system that is easy to use while also providing the safety and stability necessary to help residents build strength and confidence.

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Topics: Functional Fitness, Healthy Aging Tips

Questions to Ask When Touring Senior Apartments

Posted by The Goodman Group on Dec 28, 2017 3:19:39 PM

Designed with older adults in mind, senior apartments are a great option for your loved ones who no longer want to maintain their own home, but who don’t yet need the support of a senior living community. Senior apartments are often convenient one-level units that cater to older adult safety by featuring carpet and grab rails throughout the space.

When searching for a senior apartment, you’ll want to visit a number of locations in your selected area. There are so many variables that it pays to visit at least half a dozen options before you make a final decision.

Here are some key questions you’ll want to ask each community during your visit.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Reliving the Nostalgic Days of Radio with a Residents Players Group

Posted by The Goodman Group on Dec 21, 2017 10:15:53 AM

Back in the day, there was nothing better than gathering the family around the radio for a prime-time show. Before television took over, radio dramas and variety shows were a special source of family entertainment. Actors' voices and sound effects filled the airwaves while imagination filled in the blanks, creating the so-called "theater of the mind."

That’s the nostalgic era that’s being re-created by a group of 15 residents who call themselves The Timber Pines Players Group. This resident-led group of men and women who live at The Residence at Timber Pines, a senior living community in Spring Hill, Florida, all have a special fondness for the radio shows of yore.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Moments Matter

Understanding Senior Living: Breaking Down the Residency Agreement

Posted by The Goodman Group on Dec 12, 2017 9:54:22 AM

If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to understand what residency agreements are, how they work, and how they can influence your decision.

Here are the basics that you’ll find with most agreements. Keep in mind that the specifics can and will vary from community to community. Be sure that you are fully informed of all the details before signing on the dotted line. When faced with this important step, many older adults consult their attorney to make sure they understand and agree with all the agreement provisions.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Senior Independence: How Communities Help Residents Thrive

Posted by The Goodman Group on Dec 7, 2017 3:34:26 PM

Preserving our independence is important to all of us, especially as we age. Some older adults become concerned that the move to a senior living community means forgoing the freedom they currently have in their life. Fortunately, a senior living community doesn’t signal a loss of independence, but provides assistance when needed so your loved ones can focus on the things they enjoy while providing peace of mind for their family.

“Moving into senior living, you have people around you that have gone through similar experiences as you,” says Robin Katchuk, Executive Director at Royal Palms, an active senior living community in Largo, Florida. “It’s all about lifestyle. Making the move makes things easier for you.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Alzheimer's Care: Tips for Coping With New Behaviors

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 24, 2017 9:41:00 AM

Alzheimer's CareWhen caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you’re likely going to face new challenges and behaviors as the disease progresses. They may start hiding items that are important to them or wandering more often. It’s important to remember that their reality, while decidedly real to them, may be very different from our own. And while you may not be able to change the new behaviors, you can learn how to better cope with them to address your loved one’s changing needs.

Here are a few tips for coping with some of the common behaviors you may see from your loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

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Topics: Memory Care

How to Help Your Parents Navigate Their Limitations

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 22, 2017 11:24:56 AM

You would think that the longer we live, the easier life would get. Unfortunately, as we age, we are faced with the fact that we can’t do everything we once could. As caregivers, we want to help our aging loved ones manage these limitations, but it can be difficult not to overstep boundaries. It is important to help them recognize where they may need support so that accidents don’t happen, but there are ways to help them navigate their limits are as they age.   

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Aging Tips

4 Signs that Your Parents May Need the Support of a Senior Living Community

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 17, 2017 11:07:38 AM

The holidays are a wonderful time for gathering with the family and celebrating the season. When visiting with your aging loved ones, you may notice some of the early indicators that they are ready for the additional support found in a senior living community. Recognizing these signs sooner, rather than later, can help you avoid making hasty living decisions due to unexpected emergencies.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Honor Flight: Veterans Visit World War II Memorial

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 16, 2017 10:32:33 AM

"The Honor Flight reunions are very moving," says Char Antoine, Life Enrichment Assistant and Valiant Veterans Program Coordinator at Chandler Place, a senior living community in St. Anthony, Minnesota. As Americans, we know the importance of our military heroes when it comes to our rights and freedoms. But we also recognize that veterans can often go unthanked for their service and sacrifice. "They need to know they are heroes,” says Char. Through her involvement with the Honor Flight Network, Char has experienced firsthand the effect an Honor Flight can have on a veteran as they visit the U.S. war memorials in Washington D.C.

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Topics: Moments Matter