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  • Elder Care Alliance: Senior Living and Services
    every individual s needs Learn more about the levels of care in elder care communities I am A Loved One A Professional A Senior Seeking General Information Select a Link Visit Our Communities Services Floor Plans Contact Us Featured Content View Library How to Finance Senior Living 5 Tips There are more resources available than you think to help you afford assisted living Creativity Opens Doors in Memory Care A resident art project represents the best of Elder Care Alliance s memory care communities Navigating the Emotions of Downsizing A professional organizer shares her strategies on helping aging parents through the emotional process of downsizing Testimonials I want to take this opportunity to express to you and your staff my heartfelt thanks for all the love and support that was extended to Elvira and me by your community In the year and a half that Elvira was with you there was never a moment when I didn t feel she was safe and secure in your good hands Your contribution to your community is truly outstanding and I want to thank you for every moment of it Posie Caregiver for AlmaVia of San Rafael resident I just want you to know that your enthusiasm and passion for what you do at AlmaVia was a huge positive factor for us moving my mom there It is always inspiring to meet someone who enjoys their work as much as you do and is willing to take the time to share the passion you have for your work with strangers Thank you for that Sara Daughter of AlmaVia of San Rafael resident Thank you for your excellent tour of AlmaVia I appreciate the time you spent with me my mother and her friend I am thoroughly impressed with your operations and personnel I greatly appreciate the time you took to talk to us show us around and make us feel welcome Theodore Utmost in our consideration to choose AlmaVia was the need for care services as my mother aged This has been accomplished and done so with professionalism and competency The full array of services that are provided brings peace of mind as I know that she is protected and cared for George Son of AlmaVia of San Rafael resident How can I thank you enough for being who you are to our parents who mean the world to us So from the bottom of my heart I do thank you for your desire for excellence to help our parents have an inviting safe and enjoyable place to live during this season of their lives Jana Daughter of AlmaVia of Camarillo resident My mother in law appreciates the choice of activities and for the first time since being widowed she is making new friends Mercy provides a supportive sense of community for its residents Mercy is always responsive and shows themselves willing to go that extra mile for my mother in law s comfort They are a caring compassionate and highly professional care

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/ (2016-01-08)
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  • What is Assisted Living?
    Retirement Community Care Coordination Communities AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Visit Our Communities Estimated Costs Floor Plans About Us Holistic Wellness Mission Vision Quality of Care Our Leadership Our Culture of Learning Mercy Brown Bag Program Events Contact Us Resources Caregiver Spiritual Leader Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center What Is Assisted Living All of us want to maintain our independence for as long as possible but we also want to lead meaningful fulfilling lives As we age we may face health challenges start to feel isolated or find it difficult to maintain a household Assisted living supports independence while addressing these challenges by providing a safe home along with opportunities to engage socially and build meaningful relationships Assisted living offers residents the benefits of a real community It s a place where you or your loved one can feel a sense of belonging develop friendships and pursue personal passions in a supportive nurturing environment Wellness services are available to support residents who need assistance with personal care medication management coordination of health care services and more Assisted living also offers housekeeping dining and activity programs as well as transportation to appointments shopping and other activities Along with these vital services assisted living provides diverse opportunities for residents to pursue hobbies and discover new interests Learn more about assisted living and how it might help you or your loved one live a meaningful and fulfilling life Our resources will guide you every step of the way Let s get started Learn more about Senior living options Signs a loved one needs assisted living The health benefits of community living Finding the right fit Talking to

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  • Is It Time for Assisted Living? | Elder Care Alliance
    Leader Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Is It Time for Assisted Living Aging well is a universal goal and finding the right environment is crucial to achieving it The realization that it is no longer best for you or your loved one to live at home can be a challenging and emotional journey Changes often happen gradually so paying attention to even the smallest shifts that impact quality of life is important You or your loved one may experience diminished safety an increased need for assistance with health or personal care or a desire for more social engagement to combat isolation When these shifts begin to negatively impact daily life it is a good time to consider relocating to a setting that will not only maintain but improve your or your loved one s quality of life Ideally you can explore your senior living options before an emergency or health crisis arises This gives you time to choose the best community for you or your loved one and plan for any financial changes and emotional impact required by such a move Signs it may be time for assisted living Slow recovery or complications from an illness Difficulty managing day to day activities Noticeable weight loss or weight gain Loss of ability to drive car accident or near accident Increased isolation Loss of interest in hobbies and activities Inability to manage a chronic health condition Inability to properly manage medications Loss of mobility Signs of neglecting regular household maintenance Macular degeneration Signs of memory loss Signs it might be time for memory care Memory loss that impacts health such as forgetting to eat or take medication Noticeable physical changes such as weight fluctuations Neglect of

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  • Assisted Living Options | Elder Care Alliance
    options covering a variety of needs Here s an overview of the most common types of senior living communities Independent senior living communities feature fully equipped private apartments or cottages for self sufficient seniors who want to maintain their independence and alleviate the burden of home maintenance These communities usually offer amenities such as dining housekeeping and maintenance services while supporting a lifestyle that includes travel spiritual care socialization friendships laughter and fun They may be called retirement communities senior apartments or active senior living communities Assisted living communities provide all of the support independent living provides plus services for residents who need additional assistance with personal care medication management coordination of health care services and other services These communities offer assistance when needed while providing as much independence as possible Residents stay active and continue to pursue their interests and often learn a new hobby or meet new friends Skilled nursing communities are designed for people who may need a higher level of care than assisted living communities offer Skilled nursing offers 24 7 care provides support for everyday activities and offers medical and rehabilitative services for a variety of conditions Residents can take advantage of long term care and short term rehabilitation following surgery or during recovery from an injury or illness Memory care services are provided by some assisted living or skilled nursing communities for residents living with Alzheimer s disease or other types of dementia Daily activities specialized programming and cognitive therapies are offered in a safe and supportive environment The philosophy and sophistication of memory care programming can vary widely so be sure to ask detailed questions about a community s programming Continuing Care Retirement Communities CCRCs provide a complete care continuum so seniors can remain on one campus and receive appropriate care as their

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  • Health Benefits of Assisted Living | Elder Care Alliance
    holistic approach to wellness looks at you as a whole focusing on all dimensions of wellness including social emotional spiritual and intellectual health For seniors assisted living can help foster that holistic wellness especially in the following areas Physical Wellness Physical wellness includes consuming healthy balanced meals sleeping well and remaining physically active Among seniors it also means maintaining mobility for as long as possible and managing any chronic conditions and medications At an assisted living community well balanced meals healthy snacks and hydration stations are provided as well as opportunities for physical activities Staff will notice significant changes in health and alert family and physicians as needed Many communities also coordinate with the resident s primary physician to ensure consistent care Social Wellness Social wellness is the ability to create and maintain meaningful personal connections a sense of belonging and a well established support system Older adults are often at risk of becoming isolated due to divorce disability or the death of a spouse Seniors who experience loneliness are more likely to have difficulty with daily tasks experience a decline in mobility face depression and die prematurely An assisted living community offers a built in social network and the opportunity to create meaningful relationships with residents and staff Cultivating fulfilling relationships can make life more meaningful for seniors positively impacting overall wellness Environmental Wellness Environmental wellness involves living in harmony with the environment and being aware of how your daily habits affect the world s natural resources Environmental wellness also encompasses safety Living at home especially alone can lead to accidents more than half of all falls occur at home Assisted living communities provide a secure environment for seniors While the risk of falls can never be eliminated assisted living communities have trained staff members available 24 7 should

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  • Choosing an Assisted Living Community | Elder Care Alliance
    community that feels like the right fit Here are some steps to help you navigate the process Identify Senior Living Preferences Health and personal care needs as well as budget will play into the selection process But people are unique and there are other aspects of everyday life to consider Here are a few things to think through Atmosphere What type of community culture would be right for you or your loved one What is most important to her Environment What kind of environment will make your loved one feel most at home Location How important is it to stay close to family or have your loved one nearby How important is proximity to shopping medical services or cultural centers Health What care services do you or your loved one need today and anticipate needing in the future Amenities Does the community have a garden spiritual care services or other services that are important to you or your family Activities What kind of activities does the community offer and how well do they align with your or your loved one s interests Reputation How important is it that the community ownership has great credibility reputation Is the managing company or ownership financially stable How well is the community run Cost Can you or your loved one afford this community Is financial assistance needed Additional tips Stop in at unscheduled times to see what is happening during off hours How are the residents being treated Do they seem happy Ask for testimonials and research any community you are considering This guide can help you start thinking about your own preferences or start the conversation with a loved one Understand Care Needs Wellness services are some of the important features of a senior living community and they can vary widely between communities Identify what health or care assistance you or your loved one needs today and might need going forward Then understand how well the senior living community is able to meet those needs The different levels of care include Assisted living offers support with daily activities while giving community members a high level of independence Assisted living communities offer different levels of care Some serve as a short term solution others as a permanent home Some communities offer both services so it is important to understand what type of care a community provides Skilled nursing services provide 24 hour skilled care for both long term and short term stays for people who require rehabilitative care after an injury or illness Memory care offers a safe and supportive environment for seniors living with dementia or Alzheimer s disease Residents receive assistance with daily tasks along with specialized programming to help those with memory challenges stay engaged A Continuing Care Retirement Community CCRC provides a comprehensive range of services With all of the care settings on one campus residents can remain part of the community even as their care needs change Visit an Assisted Living Community One of the best ways to identify

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  • Talking About Assisted Living | Elder Care Alliance
    in turn can help them find a community where they will feel engaged and where they belong Bringing up the topic as early as possible gives your loved one time to adjust and gives you time to research senior living options and specific communities These conversation starters can help you ease into the talk and keep the discussion positive Karen s mom has been doing great in her new senior living community Have you ever thought about whether that might be a good fit for you I talked to my lawyer today about estate planning Do you have your estate planning in place Are there any needs you d like to discuss I noticed you haven t been going out as much as you used to Do you feel like you want to spend more time with people Show Support Really listen to your loved one s vision of the future Most people have an idea about where they would like to live long term but take the conversation deeper What traits of the community matter most If your loved one isn t sure how to answer these questions talk through the different options to find the best fit However be sure that your offer to help with research doesn t feel like an imposition You re there to support their needs and wishes not to force your ideas on them Your loved one isn t going to make a decision after one conversation The goal is the conversation itself and then eventually asking your loved one to agree to visit a community that looks like a match for her needs and wishes A visit can help dispel preconceived notions and leave a positive impression about life in an assisted living community Do Your Research Senior living options are complex Learn as much as you can so you can provide information In the discussions about levels of care it often helps to be straightforward and leave emotional considerations for another time Bring resources with you to help guide the discussion and clearly explain the options For example you may want to discuss the social or health benefits of assisted living Involve Other Family Members A loved one s move to assisted living represents a big change for the entire family If possible all family members should agree on the path forward and understand the roles each person will play throughout the process For the person making the move having the support of the entire family can be a great comfort and ease stress Consider these questions with your siblings and other family members who will be actively involved in the decision making process What roles will we each play What s most important to each person regarding a community environment What are each person s top priorities Greatest concerns Who will be responsible for helping during the move Who will be responsible for day to day needs that might come up How often can we visit Who lives closest and

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  • Memory Care | Elder Care Alliance
    Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center What Is Memory Care Memory loss is common as we age but dementia is a serious form of memory impairment that requires special care and attention Loved ones living with dementia or Alzheimer s may need more assistance than you can provide In that case it may be time to consider a senior living community that offers memory care services What Is Memory Care Senior living communities with memory care services provide secure neighborhoods that are regularly monitored to ensure safety Many are designed to maximize the qu ality of life for residents living with dementia and these communities provide special programs and therapies designed specifically for people with cognitive impairment Residents take part in specialized programming in a safe supportive environment and services are often tailored to fit each individual s needs Memory care is typically provided in an assisted living community but in some cases it may be available in a skilled nursing setting About Memory Care Communities Memory care communities can vary widely in programming philosophy training and services provided Staff receives training specific to dementia care as well as training on how to provide other typical assisted living services Memory Care at an Elder Care Alliance Community Elder Care Alliance communities employ an engagement focused memory care philosophy founded on the belief that everyone has an innate ability to learn and succeed no matter how severe a resident s memory loss Using the I m Still Here TM philosophy we help people living with dementia remain creative and engaged through environmental adaptions communication and specialized learning techniques staff training and cultural and life enrichment programs Our approach tailors activities to an individual s cognitive abilities

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