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Christmas Quotes For Seniors

Christmas Quotes For Seniors

Here are some great christmas quotes from the past to share with older friends and family this holiday season.

  • “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” – Roy L. Smith
  • “Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
  • “Teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” – Zuzu Bailey, “It’s A Wonderful Life”
  • “The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young.” – Phillips Brooks
  • “I believe… I believe… It’s silly, but I believe.” – Susan, Miracle on 34th Street
  • “That’s what Christmas memories are made from, they’re not planned, they’re not scheduled, nobody puts them in their blackberry, they just happen.” – Deck the Halls (2006)
  • “Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance—a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” – Augusta E. Randel
  • “Christmas now surrounds us, Happiness is everywhere. Our hands are busy with many tasks as carols fill the air.” – Shirley Sallay
  • “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” – W.T. Ellis
  • “Christmas is forever, not for just one day. For loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away.” – Norman Wesley Brooks
  • “Christmas is a tonic for our souls. It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves. It directs our thoughts to giving.” ― B.C. Forbes
  • “Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance — each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon.” – Deborah Whipp
  • “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” – Winston Churchill
  • “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future.” – Agnes M. Pahro
  • “Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.” ―Peg Bracken
  • “Christmas is like candy; it slowly melts in your mouth sweetening every taste bud, making you wish it could last forever.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
  • “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” ― Eric Sevareid
  • “Mankind is a great, an immense family… This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas.” ― Pope John XXIII
  • “Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • “Love the giver more than the gift.” – Brigham Young
  • “Christmas will always be as long as we stand heart to heart and hand in hand.” – Dr. Suess
  • “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  • “The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” — Burton Hills
  • “Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” — Alexander Smith
  • “A good conscience is a continual Christmas.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Christmas, my child, is love in action.” – Dale Evans
  • “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” – Will Ferrell, Elf
  • “I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month.” – Harlan Miller
  • “There’s nothing cozier than a Christmas tree all lit up.” ― Jenny Han
  • “One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day. Don’t clean it up too quickly.” – Andy Rooney
  • “Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality.” — Washington Irving
  • “Christmas is a time when everybody wants his past forgotten and his present remembered.” – Phyllis Diller
  • “I heard the bells on Christmas Day / Their old familiar carols play / And wild and sweet, the words repeat / Of peace on earth, good-will to men.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart.” — The Polar Express
  • “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” – Marjorie Holmes
  • “Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” – Charles M. Schulz
  • “I don’t think Christmas is necessarily about things. It’s about being good to one another.” — Carrie Fisher
  • “Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.” – Helen Steiner Rice
  • “Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends.” – Margaret Thatcher
  • “Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” – Bing Crosby
  • “No man is a failure who has friends.” — It’s a Wonderful Life
  • “Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • “Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase
  • “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
  • “Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” – Calvin Coolidge
  • “Christmas isn’t a season. It’s a feeling.” —Edna Ferber
  • “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope
  • “May you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas Eve.”
  • “I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.” – Shirley Temple

More Christmas Quotes

Funny Christmas Quotes For Seniors

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

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Birthday Quotes For Seniors

Birthday Quotes For Seniors

Here are some great birthday quotes to share with older friends and family members to help them celebrate their special day. Find some special words to make them smile, maybe a quote from a well known person and more, all to say “Happy Birthday!”

  • “Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.” – Anon
  • “Life really does begin at forty. Up until then, you are just doing research.” – Carl Jung
  • “Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard, there is nothing you can do about it.” – Golda Meir
  • “Birthdays mean going through another year of one’s life. It means growing another year older. For me, human birth is the purpose of Gods realization. A birthday simply means another year to complete that goal that we were sent to achieve.” – Mr. Benjamin
  • “If every year is a marble, how many marbles do you have left? How many sunrises, how many opportunities to rise to the full stature of your being?” – Joy Page
  • “The years are ticking away, so let this birthday be the day that you set your goals to accomplish the things you are currently only dreaming about for your life! – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Have you ever considered that your birthday is truly a day of celebration? A day to recognize the special gift we all received on the day you were born; the gift of you. You are appreciated, you are loved. As another year begins for you may you be filled with the thoughts of how special you are to all of us! Thank you for sharing your life with us.” – Robert Rivers
  • “We turn not older with years, but newer every day.” – Emily Dickinson
  • “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “Each year as our birthday comes, our thoughts and beliefs may change a bit from year to year. But believe our wish for you is always the same, may you find happiness and blessings all of your days!” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Birthdays come but once a year, celebrate and be of good cheer.” – Robert Rivers
  • “Birthdays are among the most awaited day for children since it evokes fun and games that they can enjoy with their family and friends.” – Hal Jordan, Birthday Party Ideas and Party Supplies on a Budget
  • “Our birthdays are feathers in the broad wing of time.” – Jean Paul Richter
  • “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.” – Lucile Ball
  • “Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” – Francis Bacon
  • “A child whose birthday is coming up is so excited, they count down the days. But as we get older we seem to lose the excitement. We need to rethink and be happy we have reached another birthday.” – Theodore W. Higginsworth
  • “Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka
  • “Happiness may come from some achievement, whether big or small, a sense of self-empowerment at work or in a social setting or a pleasant gesture like a birthday surprise from family and friends.” – Amit Ahlawat, Seven Ways To Sustained Happiness
  • “A milestone birthday usually means taking the time to consider your life, your goals and what you have accomplished or not accomplished in your life up to this point.” – Jenny Mays
  • “A birthday is the anniversary of your birth. It’s the time most of us reflect over the past year and what we hope for in the coming year.” – Claudia T Hudson
  • “A birthday is not a day to fear. It is a day to celebrate and look forward to the coming year.” – Byron Pulsifer
  • “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.” – Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • “The way I see it, you should live everyday like its your birthday.” –  Paris Hilton
  • “May you receive many gifts, and may your day be joyous, and best of all may you be surrounded by family and friends. May all you wish for come true.” – Theodore W. Higginsworth
  • “Birthdays are inevitable, beautiful and very particular moments in our lives! Moments that bring precious memories back, celebrate the present times and give hope for the future.” – Bsbr Arish, Birthday wishes
  • “A birthday is a day that brings
    Much celebration and so we sing,
    A very Happy Birthday to You
    Our life would not be complete without You.”
    – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.” – Charles Lamb
  • “You are a very special person to us and on this day you were born we are remind of the unique and wonderful person that you are. Believe in yourself, be all that you were born to be!” – Kate Summers
  • “Just remember, once you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.” – Charles Schulz
  • “How you celebrate your partner’s birthday will tell them a lot about what they mean to you, and how important the relationship is to you.” –  Denise Brienne, 250 Romantic Ideas For Couples: Volume 1
  • “Live everyday like your birthday and drive your life with all varieties of appreciation. A life live with thanksgiving every day is never tired of being lived again and again!” – Israelmore Ayivor, Daily Drive 365
  • “Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.” –  Menachem Mendel Schneerson
  • “A birthday is just another day where you go to work and people give you love. Age is just a state of mind, and you are as old as you think you are. You have to count your blessings and be happy.” – Abhishek Bachchan
  • “The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.” – Oscar Wilde
  • “You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” –  John Mason
  • “There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay
  • “Today you have added another candle of knowledge and wisdom to your life. May it give you the power to enlighten the whole world. On your birthday, I wish you joy and happiness.” – Debasish Mridha
  • “You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred.” – Woody Allen
  • “In other words, live vicariously, beautifully, and excitingly, discover, love, dare and act as there is nothing to lose.” – Andy Hertz, Life, The Best Birthday Gift
  • “Today is the oldest you have been, and the youngest you will ever be. Make the most of it!” –  Nicky Gumbel
  • “I am long on ideas, but short on time. I expect to live to be only about a hundred.” – Thomas Edison
  • I believe that no matter what condition you are in when someone close to your heart remembers your birthday and wishes you a happy birthday, you feel happy. – A. Singla
  • “Don’t just count your years, make your years count.” – George Meredith
  • “A birthday is like a new year and my wish for you, is a great year full of happiness and sunshine!” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • “Don’t regret another birthday, the good news is that you are alive and can celebrate it.” – Catherine Pulsifer
  • The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. – Oprah Winfrey

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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New Grandparents Quotes

New Grandparents Quotes

Do you have friends or loved ones about to become grandparents for the first time and are looking for something witty and/or meaningful to say or write to them? Read on for some ideas as you celebrate this milestone in their lives.

For New Grandparents

  • Enjoy your grand-bundle-of-joy!
  • I know you will be a great grandparent.
  • I’m wishing your new addition to the family much love and happiness.
  • I don’t know who is luckier, you for having a new little grandchild, or your grandchild for having you as grandparents.
  • I know you’ll try to spoil your grandchild so much!
  • You have a new bundle of joy, whom I am sure you will thoroughly enjoy!
  • May your new grandchild provide you with hugs, love, smiles, and much joy.
  • Now you can give your grandchild candy and toys that make a lot of noise. It’s payback time!
  • Every step and event in your life has been leading up to your most important role and calling, being a grandparent!

Quotes About Grandchildren

  • “Grandparents, so easy to operate, even a child can do it.” —Author Unknown
  • “A grandchild fills the empty space in your heart that you never knew you had.” —Author Unknown
  • “The reason grandchildren and grandparents get along so well is that they have a common enemy.” —Sam Levenson
  • “Grandchildren are the gifts of yesterday, the pride of today, and the joy of tomorrow.” —Author Unknown
  • “If I had known how wonderful it would be to have grandchildren, I’d have had them first.” —Lois Wyse
  • “Grandchildren are God’s way of compensating us for growing old.” —Mary H. Waldrip
  • “Grandchildren: the only people who can get more out of you than the IRS.” —Gene Perret
  • “My grandfather is great. He’s a great grandfather.” —Chico Marx

Original Phrases

  • Grandchildren are a blessing to grandparents just as grandparents are a blessing to grandchildren.
  • Grandchildren are the reward for those who have labored as parents.
  • Grandparents are parents with more experience.
  • A small grandchild is always big enough to fill a grandparent’s entire world with joy!
  • Grandchildren are made to be spoiled by grandparents.
  • Studies show that people who have at least one grandchild are much happier than people who have none.
  • No one can spoil you like a grandma!
  • Grandparents are prone to being wrapped around tiny fingers.
  • Being a grandparent means spoiling the grandchildren and sending them home with noisy toys and a sugar high.
  • Grandmothers are the best type of mothers (or grandfathers are the best type of fathers).
  • Except for their grandchildren, grandparents are the most blessed people in the world.
  • Every moment with your grandchild is a blessing. Enjoy all the little things.

Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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Pets In Assisted Living

Moving from your home to assisted living can be overwhelming especially if you are going to lose your beloved pet. But some assisted living facilities are pet friendly. There may be some restrictions as to the kind of pet, the size and the number of pets, so read on to learn more.

Pet Ownership Benefits For Seniors

It is a fact pets are good the emotional and physical wellbeing of a senior. it helps them to live longer, happier and healthier. Pets give seniors a further sense of purpose, helps them retain an active lifestyle and has proven social benefits. Other pet ownership benefits include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Depression reduction
  • Greater spontaneity
  • Mental stimulation
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Decreases loneliness
  • Increased learning
  • Higher survival rate following a heart attack
  • Higher spirits for those with a memory impairment
  • Better self-esteem

Pet Friendly Senior Housing

As of the fall of 2017, 78% of senior communities welcomed pets and that number is increasing for assisted living communities as well. More senior comunities and assisted living facilities are realizing pet ownership is important and some even have “community” cats and dogs and even pet chickens! Some are even starting to offer grooming anda pet care among its extra services. However there may be weight limits for your pet and a maximum number of pets allowed as wel las a fee or additional deposit.

Pet-Friendly Community Questions

  • What are current ruels regarding pets?
  • Is there a safe area to take your dog or cat for a walk?
  • Is there a place for your pet to do its business?
  • Is the pet area well-lit at night?
  • How much of a deposit or fee is required upon move-in?
  • Are the rooms in your unit large enough for a pet?

Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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Ten Fun Things To Do With Someone In Assisted Living

Are you searching for activities for seniors? This post should help.

1. Group Exercise Classes

Group exercises, such as yoga, Tai Chi or Feldenkrais, are social and fun ways to enhance flexibility, balance and is essential in helping prevent accident and/ or falls in seniors. Some facilities even provide chair exercise programs, and some other facilities, water exercise programs, which may appeal to seniors dealing with arthritis.

2. Walking Clubs

Walking throughout the community is an easy way for seniors to keep active, and when walking with others it’s an easy way to make friends. Some facilities can even arrange transportation so that walking club members can walk in nearby parks or designated walking areas.

3. Gardening Clubs

Gardening is an excellent way for seniors to get outdoors, stay active and socialize with others. When gardening, planting and weeding can help seniors unwind and relax; but not only that, they get to reap the benefits of their efforts: gorgeous flowers and scrumptious veggies.

4. Book Clubs

If the senior in your life is has been or is an avid reader, chances are they will love the opportunity to share their opinions about books they’ve read with other seniors. Not only do book clubs help seniors stay sharp, mentally alert and in touch with the rest of the world, they also add a huge social element.

5. Life Story Exercises

There can’t be a more substantial activity for seniors than capturing their life story, by writing them down in a journal or by collecting their pictures and keepsakes together in a scrapbook — not only does it let them keep a part of their story, they get the opportunity to look back on their own life experiences.

6. Lectures and Continuing Education Classes

Increasing one’s knowledge base is a great way for seniors to keep themselves mentally alert and involved. To help with this, some facilities offer on-site lectures or continuing educational classes while others can arrange for their residents to utilize the academic and offerings of nearby colleges or universities.

7. Art Classes

For seniors who have worked hard all of their lives just to make a living, retirement usually opens the door to newly discovered creativity. Using watercolor and acrylic painting as well as sketching and drawing are all top priorities on the list of artistic expression and making art in a group type setting can be a pleasant way to socialize with others.

8. Pottery and Ceramics Classes

Crafts such as pottery or ceramics are also usually high on the activity list of retirement facilities. Shaping wet clay allows seniors a release for their creativity and gives them inspiring hands-on learning opportunities that can be perfect for seniors that have low vision.

9. Jewelry Making

Designing and making jewelry is another enjoyable craft that can help seniors enhance their fine motor skills and gives them an outlet for their creative side – as an added bonus the seniors get the benefit of wearing, giving them as gifts, or maybe even selling the jewelry they create.

10. Music

What can be more refreshing for seniors than making or listening to music? Senior retirement communities integrate music into the lives of their residents in a lot of ways. Not only do they bring musicians in for on location concerts, and they like their seniors to make their own music by singalongs or through karaoke.

11. Music Therapy

Music has great healing power, but particularly for those who suffer from dementia. Some assisted living facilities, specifically those dedicated to memory care, hire trained musical therapists to entertain its residents and provide small-group mental stimulation. In some facilities, seniors that have a background in musicianship can even partake in to provide entertainment or music therapy for their friends, family, and neighbors.

12. Pet Therapy

Rubbing a dog’s belly typically makes a lot of us feel warm and fuzzy inside, and it’s especially comforting to those who had to give up their pets when they had to move into a retirement facility. Pet therapy plans that bring in dogs to snuggle with seniors can fill that gap.

13. Outings

Even though there is a lot to do inside a senior living facility, plenty of seniors love the chance to participate in group outings. To help with this, retirement facilities take seniors on day trips to libraries, concerts and sports events as well as arranging seasonal trips such as viewing the holiday lights prior to Christmas.

14.Wii Sports

The senior in your life may not be able to shoot a basketball anymore, but the Nintendo’s Wii allows your senior move their body instead of pushing buttons or using a joystick, is a nice alternative. There are a ton of games your sports-minded senior can play, including tennis, bowling, golf and the previously mentioned basketball.

Find Quality Senior Living SLS Communities

These are just some of the reasons people love retiring in Arizona.  Share with us the reasons you’ve loved visiting Arizona or why you love living in the state!  If your considering retiring in Arizona don’t forget to check out the senior living services we provide.  In addition to assisted living we offer independent living, memory care, and home care services in the state of Arizona.  All of our service are rendered by the highest trained and skilled senior care providers whether at one of our locations or in senior’s own homes.

Source:

Pollock, Kris. “Beyond Bingo: 14 Activities for Elderly People That Aren’t Boring.” Beyond Bingo: 14 Activities for Elderly People That Aren’t Boring, The Arbor Company, 13 Apr. 2018, blog.arborcompany.com/14-activities-for-elderly-people-that-arent-boring.

Find enjoyable activities for seniors at Desert Winds Retirement Community.

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Great Balance Exercises For Seniors

How Seniors Can Keep Healthy This Summer

As you get older, it is more important than ever to maintain your balance to minimize the risk of an injury or even life-threatening fall. Read more here to learn about some balance exercises seniors can do to keep themselves in shape.

Disclaimer: You should speak with a medical professional before undergoing any exercise regime. Use proper safety precautions and have assistance available when you exercise.

Standing On One Foot

  • Grip a sturdy chair to ensure balance and stand on one foot.
  • Hold this position for ten seconds.
  • Repeat this ten times.
  • Repeat ten times with the opposing leg.
  • Then repeat fifteen times with both legs (one leg at a time!)

Heel To Toe Walking

  • Take the heel of one foot and place it in front of the toes of the other foot so they are almost touching or lightly touching.
  • Focus on a spot ahead of you so you maintain a sense of steadiness as you walk. Step forward placing your heel just in front of the foot you have just moved forward.
  • Repeat for twenty steps.

Balance Walk

  • Raise your arms to shoulder height.
  • Again focus on a point to help maintain steadiness as you walk.
  • Step forward in the same way you dod when doing the Walking Heel To Toe exercise.
  • Repeat for twenty steps.

Back Leg Raises

  • Take a sturdy chair and grip it for balance.
  • Slowly breathe in.
  • Breathe out very slowly, as you lift one leg back without bending your knee or pointing your toes. Do not lean forward!
  • Hold the position for a count of one.
  • Breathe in while lowering your leg once more.
  • Repeat this ten to fifteen times.
  • Repeat this ten to fifteen times with the alternate leg.
  • Repeat this ten to fifteen times with both legs.

Side Leg Raises

  • Gripping a chair for balance, stand with feet slightly apart and slowly breathe in.
  • Keeping your back straight and toes pointing forward, slowly breathe out while lifting one leg out to the side. SLightly bend the leg you are standing on.
  • Repeat these steps ten to fifteen times.
  • Repeat these steps ten to fifteen times with the alternate leg.
  • Repeat these steps ten to fifteen times with both legs.

Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities In Arizona

If you’re looking for the very best assisted livingmemory care, and senior living services in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help! We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more SLS delivers seniors the very best senior living services in Arizona.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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What Are Some Benefits of Assisted Living?

Do you want to find out more about “what are some benefits of assisted living?”, if you are, keep reading to learn more about the benefits of assisted living. When you are making the decision to move your loved one into an assisted living facility, it is usually hard for everyone involved. Today’s loved ones are met with a ton of choices when it comes down to finding new living arrangements.

Making a move to assisted living can feel scary, overwhelming, and just plain difficult. It can mean rifling through decades of household items, saying farewell to a family home, and the end of a chapter in life.

It is also is the start of a brand-new journey with brand new opportunities and new adventures awaiting today’s seniors each day.

8 Benefits Of Assisted Living

  1. Prevent Social Isolation

Seniors living that are alone face a higher risk for social isolation and increased feelings of depression and loneliness. In an assisted living facility, seniors live in community-like surroundings with friends and staff encouraging involvement in social events. Our communities have lively and diverse activity calendars that allow residents to start new hobbies, join fitness classes, and possibly even travel to destinations they’ve never been before.

  1. Around The Clock Professional And Compassionate Care

Residents in assisted living usually need help with activities of daily living, like dressing, bathing, taking care of their hygiene, medication assistance, and more. Our communities offer 24/7 care to ensure that needs are being met and each resident is getting the attention they need and deserve. Each staff member is trained to provide the care residents require in a way that protects their privacy and encourages dignity.

  1. A Focus On Independence And Fun

Although these communities are wonderful places to receive personalized care, assistance is provided with a focus on independence and fun – making sure residents are doing what they can when they can do it. We are always here to extend a helping hand by providing assistance or maybe joining residents for a meal or an afternoon stroll.

  1. Extended Free Time

It’s time to put away the house cleaning, yard work, and home upkeep. Assisted living communities are designed to be hassle-free. Residents won’t have to worry about cleaning, cooking, the mopping. It satisfies us to work for each of our residents, letting them catch up on a book trilogy, plan a trip across the state, take an interest in a new hobby, or invest more time in a lifelong dream.

  1. Appetizing Meals

Meals in assisted living are specially created to benefit our senior’s health. With nutritious meals prepared by highly trained chefs, residents in these communities enjoy savory meals that are not only good at promoting their health, but they taste good too. Additionally, elegantly designed dining rooms promotes mealtimes with friends, making each dinner, not just another meal but a fun social occasion.

  1. Readily Available And Safe Transportation

When driving starts to become unsafe, or owning a car becomes too much of a bother, assisted living communities offer dependable transportation to local shopping, outdoor concerts, social events, and doctor or dentist appointments. Reliable transportation helps our residents get to where they need to go, as they need it.

  1. An Investment In The Future

When moving into an assisted living, it is a move into a lifestyle that encourages healthy senior living and opens an abundance of options for the future if needs should ever change. Each of our residents has a personalized, custom care program that is regularly assessed by a medical team, making sure that any change in health is observed when it happens, resulting in early diagnosis and, in the long run, better treatment.

  1. Peace Of Mind

All of these benefits work collectively to create the most significant benefit: peace of mind. Friends and loved ones of residents can rest easy, knowing their loved one is being well taken care of in a home-like environment where their needs are being met. Seniors themselves can rest easier too, with the understanding that they have a family in their community who is there for them, cheering them on, and helping them make the most of each day.

Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, swimming pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more! SLS Communities delivers today’s seniors the very best assisted living care services in the Phoenix, Arizona area.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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How To Find An Assisted Living Facility?

If you are searching for an assisted living facility, read on! This post will help make you make some of the most important decisions.

Choosing The Right Assisted Living Facility

With so many different facilities to choose from, the choice of which assisted living facilities shall I consider can be very intimidating. The good news is if you are prepared the search will be much easier. Consider these factors:

  • Decide what you want and need
  • Discover locations that match those wants and needs
  • Judge locations using multiple resources

Finding An Assisted Living Facility

Start by thinking of your own desires and needs and think about a preferred location. Is it important to be near local medical professionals and hospitals or would you rather have a place close to entertainment and shopping options? Or perhaps you may want to be near your grandchildren and children. Think about your living arrangements. Will you need an additional bedroom to entertain guests, or perhaps a patio or a small kitchen? Are any of these important to you, movie theaters, pools, putting greens, art studios, bars, salons and on-site cafe’s? Lastly, work within a preset budget. Prioritize your list from your must have’s and your want’s to determine communities that may meet your requirements.

Questions When You Are On An Assisted Living Guided Tour

  • What background checks and training are required of staff?
  • What happens if I run out of my savings and available monies?
  • When would a resident be forced to move out of the facility?
  • Is there a medical professional or registered nurse available 24/7/365?
  • Can this community accommodate me if in the future I need a higher level of care?
  •  Do you hold my residence if I have a long term stay at a rehabilitation facility or long-term hospital stay?
  • How many apartments or rooms are currently empty?
  • How are services billed?
  • Do you participate in VA Aid and Assistance, Medicaid Medicare, long-term care insurance or any other payment program?
  • Can I see a contract that details all the rules, regulations and fees?
  • Can I have my own furniture and a pet?
  • May I continue to see my own physicians?
  • Can I leave and arrive at my convenience?
  • Are any activities prohibited in apartments or private rooms?

Checklist For An Assisted Living Facility Visit

  • Are the grounds well maintained? Is anything broken or run-down?
  • Do you see stains, dirt or smell odors? (An odor contained to a small area may suggest a recent accident, whereas an odor in a larger area suggests a problem.)
  • Are appropriate safety measures in place? (Look for grab bars, call buttons, emergency exit guides on walls, safety locks on doors and windows, overhead sprinklers and smoke detectors.)
  • Are the residents friendly, happy and well-groomed? (Ask residents how long they have lived there and how they feel about the facility.)
  • Do the residents seem board or willingly taking part in social activities?

Assessing An Assisted Living Facility

When you visit a facility, remember the staff need to sell you on their facility. They are not the best people for making a determination when you are making a decision. Speaking to residents and family members of people already living at the facility is a very good idea as is contacting the ombudsman covering the local area. If the facility is a Medicare provider, Medicare provides a five-star rating based on staffing, quality of resident care and health inspections.

Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more SLS delivers seniors the very best assisted living care services in Phoenix, Arizona.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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When Is the Right Time to Move From Assisted Living to Memory Care?

If your loved one’s dementia is progressing, it may be time to shift from assisted living to memory care. The decision can be a difficult one, since there is no single guideline for deciding when it’s time to make a change.

Transitions can be hard, particularly for those with dementia. You need to think about financial considerations, too, as the higher level of care at a memory care community usually comes with a higher price tag.

Selecting a community that helps residents make the change can make the decision easier. Families thinking about a senior living community for their loved one should consider what might happen if the loved one ultimately needs memory care. Continuous care in the same community offers great comfort to seniors and the people who love them.

The Difference Between Assisted Living and Memory Care

An assisted living community caters to seniors with a wide range of needs and conditions. In a memory care community, the community as a whole is designed around the individual needs of those with dementia. This means that memory care is a little more comprehensive. Your loved one will spend their days with highly experienced people at managing dementia and will soon become friends with other seniors living with the disease.

Other factors that make memory care unique include:

  • A focus on safety: Seniors with moderate to advanced dementia may wander or lose their ability to think acutely. Memory care communities are intended to keep them safe, without compromising their independence too much.
  • A more proactive method to socialization and activities: Dementia often means a loss of flexible thinking and socialization skills. Elderly living in assisted living usually can manage their own social lives. Those that are in memory care communities might need help socializing, choosing how to spend their days, and controlling their relationships.
  • Sharp awareness of sensory issues: Seniors with dementia can be overwhelmed by strange sights and sounds. They can also find great comfort in getting senses stimulated. Memory care communities work to keep seniors engaged and busy without making them seem overwhelmed or in danger.
  • Highly experienced team familiar with dementia: Dementia is more than simple memory loss. It can make it difficult in decision making, thinking clearly, and maintaining relationships. It can cause mobility issues and grooming difficulties. People who have an understanding of dementia know how to assist seniors facing these challenges.

Essential Questions and Considerations

There may not be a single time when you recognize the senior you love requires more thorough care. You may also be concerned that making the transition too soon will put your loved one in surroundings that are too restrictive or stressful. How do you make the decision? Think about some of the following:

If your loved one is living in assisted living already, talk with the people who interact with them on a daily basis. Inquire about your loved one’s behavior. Has it changed? Is he or she still taking part in activities? Or is confusion starting to overwhelm your loved one?

Is your loved one happy? If your loved one is showing signs of depression, becomes isolated, or has stopped making friends, he or she may need additional support of memory care.

Does your loved one’s dementia include symptoms other than their memory loss? If your loved one has started having trouble making decisions, behaving appropriately, or talking with others, a memory care community can certainly help.

Memory Care: A Way to Enjoy Your Relationship

The decision to transition to memory care comes down to one major concern: whether your loved one is content and leading the life they have earned. If your relationship is strained or they are lonely, they may need additional care.

Choosing the right memory care community will not cure your loved one’s dementia. But it can assist your loved one in having a more normal life. Memory care communities support people with dementia by providing assistance with the skills dementia takes away from them. This can make life better for everyone, specifically caregivers. If you’re feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed, know that memory care may be the answer.

Find Quality Assisted Living  And Memory Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living, memory care, and senior living services in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as greatly manicured landscaping, pools, movie rooms, on-site salons, and much more SLS delivers today’s seniors the very best retirement care services in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Questions For Assisted Living Interviews

The choices seem endless when it comes to assisted living communities. There are many different communities out there so asking questions is important. Keep these things in mind when you are looking for assisted living options for a member of your family.

Questions To Ask About Care

The level of support is the most vital consideration to think about. Yout loved one’s needs and wants need to be taken care of so you have to find a community where the services and amenities meet your requirements. Here are some things to ask:

  • In the monthly agreement what services are included?
  • Are services available a la carte?
  • If comprehensive care options if needed, can my loved one transition?
  • What is the ratio of residents to staff?
  • How do your competitor’s community care services differ from yours?

Questions To Ask About The Specific Community

Your loved one needs to feel at home in their new community, where they can meet new friends and enjoy themselves as well as having a variety of excursions and activities available such as religious practices, exercise facilities, and hair salons. Think about these questions:

  • How are activities chosen for residents, what are the activities and what is the level of participation?
  • Is their menu flexibility options available in the dining experience?
  • What is the social experience like? Do residents spend the majority of their time in their rooms or in common areas?

Questions To Ask About Administration And Costs

You need to know what the cost is and what it includes regarding a senior living community before you commit to it, Examples of things you need to know include:

  • That is included in the monthly fee?
  • How and where does the funding come from for the community?
  • What would the circumstances be to warrant an increase in costs?
  • What are the emergency handling procedures?

It is important to ask the right questions but don’t discount intuition. How does the community make you feel? Are the staff welcoming and warm? Are the residents well taken care of? Is the community safe and clean?

It is a big decision to choose the correct living community for seniors = be prepared with talking points and questions so you can make the best choice possible.

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Find Quality Assisted Living Care With SLS Communities

If you’re looking for the very best assisted living in Phoenix; SLS Communities can help!  We have 5 locations in the Phoenix Valley that seniors and their families can choose from. With great amenities such as meticulously manicured landscaping, pools, theater rooms, on-site salons, and much more SLS delivers seniors the very best assisted living care services in Phoenix, Arizona.

Check out our locations below

For more information about assisted living and senior living services please call 480-348-0300.

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