Balance and agility naturally wane in an older adult’s later years. If nothing is done, this decline puts seniors at a greater risk of experiencing an injury-inducing fall, but it doesn’t follow that there’s nothing you can do to prevent a fall from happening. Some basic steps toward fall prevention can make a senior much safer.
Millions of older adults fall victim to scams each year, losing substantial amounts of money they need for their retirement. In fact, scammers often target seniors in financial scams, because they expect older adults to have significant savings in their bank accounts.
If your senior loved one becomes a victim of fraud, it can leave them in a precarious financial position with little time to recoup crucial funds. READ MORE HERE.
Although our Director of Memory Care, Anna Jensen, already had more than 21 years of senior living experience, and solid credentials in memory care, she pursued additional certification and completed training last November to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP).
“I am always looking to continue my education—as well as stay up-to-date on current trends,” Jensen explains. “With the CDP, those accomplishments are simply documented formally. Combined with my past education, the new training provided insights into new approaches and additional good ideas for memory care staff training at Clarendale of St. Peters.”
To earn certification, a CDP completes extensive training in the area of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Each student receives resources to support key aspects of dementia care, including communication techniques, disruptive behaviors interventions and tools for addressing concerns such as wandering, aggressive behaviors and poor nutrition.
According to the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, certification helps assure families that their loved ones will receive sensitive care by a trained and certified health care professional. There’s a reduced risk of injury and confidence that comes with understanding that CDPs know the appropriate activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Also, a CDP is certified to provide sensitive psychosocial support to both residents and families, including education and training in the areas of end-of-life care and comfort measures for end-stage dementia.
“My career journey has been driven by a desire to create a better quality of life for those who live and work in senior living,” says Jensen. “I believe the best way to give older adults a much-deserved, rewarding lifestyle is through teamwork and family. As time goes on, the CDP will help me to better train our staff and families in how to create the best possible home for our residents.”
Jensen’s past experience includes serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, Social Service worker, and Sales representative. Additionally, she holds two degrees from Lindenwood University—a bachelor’s degree in health management and master’s degree in Gerontology, as well as a Nursing Home Administrator’s license.
Deciding where to retire takes more consideration than opening a map, closing your eyes, and letting your finger be your guide. But no matter where you end up, your destination should put a smile on your face and a gleam in your eye, says Steve Gurney, founder of The Guide to Retirement Living SourceBook. “And the way to get that is by having a purpose in life,” he says. “Where we live should be a tool to make it easier to engage in this purposeful activity.”
To help you uncover what to look for in a retirement community, here are 10 factors that could turn a city, town, or suburb into a retirement destination that meets your unique needs.
Top Reviews from Residents and Families Showcase Outstanding Care Provided by Clarendale of St. Peters to Keep Seniors Feeling Safe, Healthy and Happy
St. Peters, MO January 29, 2021 – Clarendale of St. Peters, a senior living community based in St. Peters, MO, is proud to announce that it has been honored as a SeniorAdvisor.comBest of Senior Living 2021 award winner by A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM), the largest senior living referral service in North America. The best of senior living honor represents the best of the best of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, determined by the reviews of seniors and their families on SeniorAdvisor.com, the nation’s largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services. This exclusive designation honors only the top three percent of senior care providers across the United States and Canada.
This year has been tough for so many and Clarendale of St. Peters has shown its resilience in the face of this challenge. Many of the top reviews shared what kept residents feeling safe, less isolated, and stimulated both mentally and physically. From a pen pal program with elementary students, spacious and clean buildings, to having staff just be there to engage with residents and caregivers when they are needed most, Clarendale of St. Peters provided the utmost care.
Senior Living Industry is a Critical Category in Caring for Our Aging Population
Reflected in many of the top reviews, the Senior Living industry has remained a critical industry throughout the pandemic. A Place for Mom surveyed families that moved into a senior living community over the past six months with 86% of caregivers indicating that COVID did not influence their decision to move their loved one into a community during the pandemic, mainly as a result of seniors needing care beyond what could be provided at home. More so, almost 9 in 10 families surveyed with a loved one in Senior Living said they were satisfied/very satisfied with the care their loved one was receiving this past year, as caregiver fatigue became an unfortunate reality with 77% of caregivers reporting that they have been overwhelmed by the demands of caring for a senior since the pandemic began.
“During a year that challenged all of us, and particularly frontline healthcare workers, senior living communities demonstrated resilience going above and beyond to keep residents safe, healthy, and happy,” said Sue Johansen, Senior Vice President, Community Network, at A Place for Mom. “Of the nearly 45,000 senior living care providers in North America currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com and hundreds of thousands of reviews, only the top 3% were recognized with this prestigious award, simply by providing the highest level of care that residents and their families deserve.”
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.
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.
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:
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
“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.
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.