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

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

Tour Tips: Questions to Ask When Touring Independent Living Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 10, 2017 10:50:50 AM

Independent living communities are a great option for your aging loved ones who no longer want the responsibilities of maintaining a home. These communities offer older adults the opportunity to focus on the things in life they truly enjoy without the concern of day-to-day tasks.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Tour Tips: Questions to Ask When Visiting Assisted Living Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Nov 3, 2017 3:15:35 PM

Assisted living communities are one of the most popular senior living options available, although with so many choices, it can be tough to know exactly what you should be looking for. That’s why it’s so important to visit a variety of communities and know what questions to ask to gather all the information and  help determine which is the best fit for your loved one.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities

Therapy Pets for Dementia Residents (Batteries Included)

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 20, 2017 1:35:25 PM

Animal and pet therapy has long been recognized as calming and soothing for seniors — especially those in dementia and Alzheimer’s care. Many senior living communities sponsor animal therapy programs, where residents can interact with animals periodically. While those programs are wonderful, they depend on the availability of the animals — which can be limiting. That’s where Companion Pets come in.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Caregiving

Using Meditation and Wellscapes to Improve the Wellbeing of Our Caregivers

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 19, 2017 12:14:05 PM

It’s no surprise that caregivers need care, too. That’s especially true for professional caregivers, as Katie Westberg, National Director of Life Enrichment for The Goodman Group points out. “In senior living and health care, there’s a high percentage of stress and burnout in the workplace," she says. "That can lead to higher turnover, and we don't want to see that. We want to take care of our team members.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Spiritual Wellbeing, Caregiving

Experiencing the Care Found in Senior Living Communities [VIDEO]

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 17, 2017 2:59:10 PM

“Oh gosh, they are awesome – from the housekeeper to the nurses,” exclaims Wendy Wells, daughter of a resident at Terracina Grand, a senior living community in Naples, Florida. “They really embrace the residents and make them feel at home.”

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Topics: Senior Living Communities, Videos

Assisted Living Decisions: Moving in as a Couple

Posted by The Goodman Group on Oct 12, 2017 2:37:19 PM

As life spans continue to increase, more and more seniors are moving into senior living communities as couples — rather than individually. That, of course, is wonderful. At the same time, it can present some logistical questions. Especially for couples moving into assisted living. Some questions may be, “What happens if each person has different care needs?” This is a common occurrence, and there are solutions.

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Child Care Within Senior Living: Intergenerational Communities

Posted by The Goodman Group on Sep 19, 2017 4:13:31 PM

The Learning Center is a pretty special place. The preschool and children's day care center emphasizes experiential learning, complete with a "tree house library" and "tug boat computer lab." The kids say it's "just like Disney World," but that's not just what makes it special. Located at The Palms of Largo senior living campus in Florida, The Learning Center also emphasizes intergenerational learning and friendship.

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Topics: Senior Living Communities