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Coronavirus Update

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Hello Clarendale of St. Peters community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps Clarendale of St. Peters is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

Our community is:

-Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
-Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
-Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
-Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
-Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
-Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
-Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
-Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

-Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
-Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
-Avoiding touching your face
-Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
-Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
COVID-19 Symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html
What To Do If You Think You Are Sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

DEBUNKING SENIOR LIVING MYTHS

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

There are a lot of myths out there about senior living communities. And if your only experience with a community was from several decades ago, some myths may seem easy to believe. The truth is, society has changed its ideas about aging, and senior living communities have changed right along with it.

This post will dispel common senior living myths and give you a better idea of the reality: seniors choose to move to a community to enhance their lifestyle and give themselves more freedom to do what they want to do. Here are some retirement myths and the truth.

SENIOR CARE AND SENIOR LIVING TECHNOLOGY TRENDS THAT ACTUALLY HELP

By Life EnrichmentNo Comments

We’re all intimately aware of how much technology has changed our everyday world and continues to do so at an increasing pace. And while seniors can sometimes be slower to adopt new technologies, in many ways, they may have the most potential to be helped by technological innovations.
CLICK HERE to learn more about technologies that are already making a difference in the lives of seniors.

Seniors Thrive at Life Care Services Communities

By Life EnrichmentNo Comments

In the next 40 years, the number of adults age 65 and older will double, and more and more seniors will consider when is the right time to make the move to a senior living community.

In Life Care Services® communities such as ours, we aim to enable seniors to thrive and live their best lives, making the transition to senior living a choice many of our residents wish they would have made sooner.

Take Julia Lewis, a resident at fellow Life Care Services community Magnolia Springs SouthPointe, as a perfect example. Julia came to her community mobility challenged, using a walker and unable to do many of things she enjoyed in her younger years. Through the Life Care Services Health & Wellness Navigation Program, which helps our residents navigate the complicated care continuum, Julia received exercise training and therapy for over a year, dropped her walker and now, can’t help but let loose and dance. A viral video of Julia dancing the jitterbug has been featured nationally on Fox and Friends, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America and has been shared by thousands – including Oprah – on social media.

Our desire is to help all of our residents be able to “get down” and dance again, join a book club, go to the opera, or garden – whatever their passion may be. Life Care Services communities seek to fulfill resident passions through our programming and partnerships.

You can get a glimpse into how residents at Life Care Services communities such as ours are loving their choice to move, by hearing from them yourself in this news clip featured on We Are Iowa.

2020 SENIOR LIVING TRENDS

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

A Community of Individuals: 2020 Senior Living Trends

Baby boomers are set to become some of the most educated, savvy and individualistic seniors the industry has seen. 2020 will see a popularity spike for products, services and even community locations that enable older adults to retain more control over their surroundings and daily activities. Technology will focus on preventing and monitoring health conditions in an attempt to avoid independence-impacting crises. And living spaces will be chosen and designed to create flexibility and facilitate choice. READ MORE HERE.

AVOIDING ISOLATION IN OLDER ADULTS

By Health and WellnessNo Comments

Healthy Connections: Senior Isolation and How to Combat It

Deeply rooted in all human beings is a need for community. But did you know that lack of connection and social interaction is a health concern? According to research by AARP’s Connect2Affect initiative, 26% of adults over age 65 are at an increased risk of early death due to feelings of loneliness. One of the best steps to take to maintain seniors’ health is to foster existing social connections and develop new ones. But it’s not always simple. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

RETIRE TO A COMMUNITY YOU LOVE BY ENSURING IT MATCHES YOUR INTERESTS.

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

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. READ MORE

HOW TO BE A LONG-DISTANCE CAREGIVER FOR AN AGING PARENT

By Senior Living OptionsNo Comments

Long-distance caregiving comes with its own unique challenges, whether you live an hour, a state line or even an entire continent away. As a caregiver for a parent, you’re responsible for the decisions that impact both their life and your own. The stress of this responsibility can be high, along with the guilt of feeling like there’s more you could do. Recent studies have shown that long-distance caregiving can mean spending an average of nearly $12,000 each year in care-related expenses.

For long-distance caregiving tips, CLICK HERE.