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HEALTH RISKS OF POOR NUTRITION IN SENIORS

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

It’s an age-old adage, “you are what you eat.” And while food does contain the building blocks our bodies need to heal and fuel themselves, when we’re younger, we have a little more leeway in what we put on our plate. But as we age, what we don’t eat can start to affect our overall health and wellness. Our later years are also when a lifetime of bad eating habits and the effects of poor nutrition and diet can start to catch up with us. In fact, many of the diseases that affect senior health are the result of dietary factors, which can then be compounded by changes that naturally occur as we age.

THIS POST will discuss how critical proper senior nutrition is and the health risks of poor nutrition.

TRAVELING LOCAL IN 2021: 10 PLACES IN THE US THAT FEEL LIKE YOU’RE IN EUROPE

By Life EnrichmentNo Comments

We can’t know what the next year will bring or what travel restrictions may be in place. But if you were looking into traveling to the best places to visit in Europe and you’re now worried you won’t make it across the pond, we’ve assembled a list of the 10 best places to visit in the USA that offer the European experience. CLICK HERE for a quick description of each.

TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT A RETIREMENT MOVE

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

Communication and denial play major roles in parent-child relationships. Most kids strive to do what’s best for their parents. But there are some, unfortunately, who are looking for an easy way out. Parents, for the most part, just don’t want to be a burden to their families.

How can you make the process a family affair, a time to come together and deal with important issues that will affect the futures of both you and your children?

Let’s make it simple. We’ll start with the parents, since they are the ones whose lives will be affected most dramatically, about how to talk about moving to a retirement home:

CLICK HERE to read more.

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

By Community NewsNo Comments

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction

It’s a Proud Time to Live at Clarendale of St. Peters

Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent living senior living communities two years in a row — and we have you to thank for it. This award demonstrates that residents and their families are receiving the care and service they absolutely deserve.

The award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Independent Living Senior Living Communities encompasses six individual resident-experience factors. We’re excited to say that, not only did Life Care Services win the overall category, but it also ranked highest within each of the six factors:

• Resident activities
• Community staff
• Price paid for services received
• Resident apartment/living unit
• Community building and grounds
• Dining

“Life Care Services is privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. We are honored to be ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living communities for two years in a row by J.D. Power,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “This award represents the voice of our residents and is a testament to our commitment to serve the customer first and foremost.
Nelson notes this year’s award is especially meaningful given the unique circumstances of the pandemic. “I’d like to recognize the heroic efforts of our community staff who serve residents each and every day. Their diligence and perseverance provides residents with the best senior living experience possible,” says Nelson.
Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 855 in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from 4,992 residents, or their decision-maker, living in an independent, assisted-living or memory care community within the previous three years.

What Does This Mean for our Residents?

We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at Clarendale of St. Peters want to assure residents, family, friends and staff that we will continue to improve, evolve and innovate to provide the newest offerings to meet the needs of current and future residents.

If you’d like to know more about the way we enrich the lives of our residents, send us a message on our contact page.

Life Care Services received the highest score among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2019-2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

COVID Update – Fall and Winter Celebrations

By Community News, COVID-19No Comments

Dear Clarendale of St. Peters community,

As we begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, Clarendale of St. Peters has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority.

Our community continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow the additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:

• When possible, host events outdoors instead of indoors.
• Limit the number of invited guests.
• Follow social distancing guidelines.
• Encourage guests to bring their own face mask, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

Of special importance, if you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.

We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.

Priority Access to COVID-19 Vaccine

By COVID-19No Comments

Clarendale of St. Peters residents will be among the first in the country to have free access to the COVID-19 vaccine once it is available. Clarendale is partnering with CVS/Walgreens to provide priority access to the vaccine to residents in all care levels – independent living, assisted living and memory care – all free of charge.
Vaccinations will be carefully administered by a licensed professional within the community, offering the peace of mind that comes with not having to venture out in public to receive the immunization.
Life Care Services communities such as ours are dedicated to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We continue to put residents first by utilizing enhanced infection and disease control protocols, while still providing exceptional experiences for our residents.
Call us at 636-706-5100 today to learn more about becoming a resident and ensuring earliest access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

LONG TERM PLANNING: WHEN TO START AND WHAT TO CONSIDER

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

When it comes to making a long-term plan for how and where to live as we age, you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t see the value in thinking through such an important issue. But according to a survey from The Conversation Project, while ninety percent of Americans say that talking to loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only twenty-seven percent have actually done it. Indeed – no one likes to think about not being able to live the way they want, but the reality is, people who take the time to make a long-term plan are less likely to die in a hospital or burden relatives with tough medical decisions. In the end, while starting discussion of  long term care planning may be difficult, the relief you’ll feel when it’s finished will free you up to enjoy the years ahead.

CLICK HERE to read more the essentials of a proper long-term care plan and the key advisors you’ll need to have in place.

OUR FAVORITE EMOTIONAL WELLNESS APPS FOR SENIORS

By Health and WellnessNo Comments

Most of us appreciate the importance of physical wellness both now and as we age. Intellectual wellness too has garnered more attention as we learn about the effects aging can have on our cognitive functions. But what many of us never consider is our emotional wellness and our ability to reduce anxiety, boost happiness, and enjoy sharper mental focus.

Yet, within the ever-growing list of apps with which you can decorate your home screen are a slew of mental health apps that can help all of us in our quest to achieve emotional wellness and improved mental health. Each of these apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or on Google Play.

CLICK HERE for our list of favorites.

COVID-19 Update

By COVID-19No Comments

As the nation continues to navigate the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Clarendale of St. Peters has prioritized the health and well-being of our residents and team members.
With the support of our management company, Life Care Services, we have expanded our infection and disease prevention protocols based upon the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance for long-term care communities. This includes enhanced cleaning protocols, screening and restrictions for visitors and new residents, social distancing practices and increased training for team members.
And through it all, we have focused on providing the experiences Life Care Services communities are known for. We remain dedicated to serving our seniors, first and foremost.
We recognize the big moments.
Big moments deserve to be recognized, no matter what’s going on outside our doors. That’s why we’re taking time to celebrate the big moments in residents’ lives, like birthdays and anniversaries. While a virtual party can’t replace an in-person gathering, it does remind residents that we can always find ways to celebrate positive moments during this time.
We honor daily routines.
We know residents miss the little moments in the day that bring people together, like morning coffee or cocktail hour. Coffee deliveries and socially distant cocktail carts are just two of the many ways our community ensures residents still get to enjoy these routine-but important-activities.
We appreciate each other’s company.
It’s hard to be apart from friends and family, but technology has given us dozens of ways to turn life’s moments into virtual experiences. We recognize the activities residents typically look forward to and are turning them into virtual or socially-distanced events, providing the opportunity for meaningful connections daily.
We encourage physical and mental wellness.
Staying active – both physically and mentally – is essential to emotional well-being. From streaming exercise classes to setting up reading or pen-pal programs with local school children, we are dedicated to helping our residents stay active and connected.
Rest assured, at Clarendale of St. Peters, Experience is Everything. We remain inspired by the many ways our community team ensures residents feel connected and cared for as we all learn to adjust to this “new normal.”
Community Reopening Update:
Clarendale of St. Peters will continue to work in partnership with Life Care Services as well as local, state and federal government agencies to prioritize the safety of our residents. Our dining venues are now open for socially-distanced dine-in opportunities. We continue to provide engaging opportunities and activities for our residents. We welcome the opportunity to provide virtual visits to those wanting to connect with a loved one or view more about life at our community. Our ability to support in-person visits will depend upon current state and local guidance. Contact us directly if you are interested in scheduling a virtual or in-person experience with our team.

MANAGING THE EMOTIONS THAT COME WITH DOWNSIZING

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

Most older adults know a day will come when it’s time to downsize. Some people dread it. Others take it in stride as a necessary step to the lifestyle they want. Whichever way you look at it, downsizing — or rightsizing your life — can tug at your heartstrings and play with your emotions. To help you get through it without feeling overwhelmed, CLICK HERE for some tips for dealing with the emotions of downsizing.