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Two Things to Consider for Your Parents Continuing Care Retirement Community Move

Continuing Care Retirement Community We all want what’s best for our loved ones. At some point, we realize that our parents or loved ones cannot live as well or as safely independently like they used to. When everyday activities become difficult, a move to a continuing care retirement community will help a retiree thrive. Here are some helpful suggestions to consider before you tour a senior community. Is this a

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Senior Living Lifestyles

Senior Living Lifestyles   Having the amenities you enjoy and the social environment that fosters engagement are key factors to making the most of your senior living lifestyle.  In this article, we explore tips to help you transition and make the most of your new life! Do you remember the first day of school?  You were probably anxious, unsure of what was to come and perhaps wondering how you would fit in and how you would get to know your way around your new school.  Many of us face the same challenges when moving to a new way of life in retirement.  So the first step is to acknowledge those fears and begin to take small steps to put them behind you. Establish a new routine or hobby. Whether you read the newspaper first thing every day, take a morning stroll, or just relax and perhaps meditate by the water, find something that can help you create a new routine that you enjoy. Try something new!  Most senior living communities have plenty of activities and events scheduled throughout the day.  Why not try something new?  This will keep you busy, meeting new people, and may even provide some daily exercise.

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Getting the Most Out of Short-Term Rehab

Short Term Rehabilitation When you or a loved one needs short-term rehab, your mental state can be extremely helpful or hurtful.    In this article, we will discuss ways to recover quickly by keeping your outlook up. Mental Preparation  Short-term rehabilitation can provide much-needed care after an illness such as a stroke, surgery, or an unexpected fall.  But, the physical side of the therapy is only half the battle.  Experts agree that the mind plays a big role in the recovery effort and length of time needed in a short-term rehab facility. The August issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a review of 16 studies, spanning 30 years, looking at patients’ attitudes and the effect on recovery and health after surgery.  There was a direct correlation to the influence of positive attitudes on health and healing. Benefits of a Positive Attitude Many studies also show that when doctors and families address fears before a loved one enters a rehabilitation facility, the outcomes tend to be better.  Not to mention, that a positive attitude can help reduce stress.  The key here is to help manage expectations and good, thorough communication. Speaking of communication – this is an important component of

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Checklist for Choosing a Retirement Community

Retirement Community Checklist   Each of us has different lifestyles and priorities so, when it comes to choosing a retirement community, you want to be sure you’ve weighed all the pros and cons.  Baywoods of Annapolis is pleased to provide you with this checklist to use as you search for the right retirement community for you! Overall Community Considerations ✔Is the community located near friends or family who may visit? ✔Does the community offer different levels of care to accommodate changing health needs? ✔How has the community performed in recent state inspections? ✔Does the community allow pets? ✔Does the community provide transportation to doctors, shopping or other local activities? ✔What are the costs and fees? ✔Does the community offer a co-op program to provide additional financial benefits? ✔What types of culture, cuisine, and events are offered in the local community? Staff ✔Do they have time to speak with you or does it feel rushed? ✔Are staff members warm and pleasant when communicating with residents? Or do they seem stressed or overwhelmed? ✔Does the staff look happy? Do they seem to enjoy interacting with one another? Quality & Care-Taking ✔Do residents look well cared for? Clean clothes, shaven, hair clean and

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