10 Cost Questions You Can’t Forget to Ask | Understanding the costs of senior living communities

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Touring senior living communities? Trying to decide which is best for you or a loved one? You’ve probably done your homework ahead of time by viewing the community’s website, preparing your list of questions to ask, and reading the advice of do’s and don’ts during your search process. But are you prepared to ask some detailed questions about the dollars?

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Senior Communities with a Continuum of Care | What’s the Big Deal? 5 reasons a Continuing Care Retirement Community is a great choice

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If you’ve ever visited a senior living community, you may have noticed that some offer only independent senior apartments, or only assisted and memory care units, while others offer a combination of options. All types of senior communities are wonderful entities, and they benefit countless individuals. One thing to consider, though, is the value of a senior community that offers the complete continuum of care – that is, a place where one can age in place without having to pick up and move the minute they need a higher level of care or different services.

Read on for our top five reasons a Continuing Care Retirement Community, or CCRC, is a stellar choice:

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Moving to a Senior Living Community? Add these 5 things to your “to-do” list!

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If you or a loved one are preparing to make a move to a senior living community, your head is undoubtedly buzzing with errands to run, appointments to make, and papers to complete before the big day. In the flurry of tasks, there are often a few simple but essential things that get overlooked.

Remember to get these five items squared away before the bustle of moving day – you’ll be pleased you did!

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5 Things You Need to Know About Memory Care

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Ibrain, knowledge, understand, memory, memory care, alzheimer's, dementiaf you’ve ever known someone with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that there is no cure or simple way to overcome it. Since the memory loss can alter personality and/or abilities to perform basic everyday tasks, a special kind of supportive care is often required. Loved ones must learn to adapt their interactions and expectations, which can be emotionally and physically draining.

Thankfully, there are specific types of communities that cater to people with memory loss, and they can be a life saver for the individual and their loved ones. Memory Care communities provide supportive care in a secure environment. Caregivers are present 24/7, and they are specifically trained not only in caregiving, but in working with people who experience memory loss.

So what else is there to know about Memory Care? Here are five biggies:

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Comparing 4 Common Levels of Care at Senior Living Communities – IL, AL, or SNF? Oh my!

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If you know a bit about senior living communities, you know that options abound. There are options about which community to choose. There are options about the floor plan of choice. There are options about how many meals to eat in the restaurant per day, which recreational groups to join, and which day works best for a weekly housekeeping appointment.

But what about the different types of buildings you may find as part of a senior living community? Before you can even delve into all those choices, it’s imperative that you know the basics about four common types of senior living buildings / units / levels of care. From there, you can work with your family, your physician, and the nurse at the senior community to determine the best level of care for you and carry on with the next sea of choices!

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Not Your Grandmother’s Senior Living Community | 7 amenities that today’s communities boast

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Holz Pavilion FireplaceSenior living communities are not nursing homes. They’re not places where older adults are sitting around in front of a TV all day. They’re not old buildings with tiny rooms and ancient furnishings. In short, they’re just not what you may remember if you are still carrying memories of visiting your grandmother back in the day.

If you haven’t been to visit a senior living community in the past couple of years, you’d be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find these days. Senior communities have evolved to be vibrant hubs of livelihood, full of luxurious amenities and catered options galore. If you’re up for it, go take a tour of the senior community in your town. Chances are, you’ll find the following:

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10 Reasons Why Wisconsin Is Best For An Active & Well-Rounded Retirement

Wisconsin, lake, Devil's Lake, cloudsIf you’ve been to Wisconsin, you know it’s a grand place full of cheeseheads, beer, and cows. Guess what? There’s even more to it than that! We’ve compiled a list of 10 reasons that make it not only a fantastic state in general, but a perfect one for retired adults who want to remain active and engaged in their community.

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Dealing with the Dollars | 6 simple tips for navigating the cost of living at a senior community

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You’re familiar with a senior living community in your town, know people who currently reside there, and maybe have been onsite for a program or meal with a friend. Have you found yourself considering a move but wonder about the costs?

For most people, cost is one of the biggest uncertainties when making the decision. What does it cost? Will senior communities divulge that information or will I have to dig for it? Can I afford it?

We’re going to let you in on a few things to consider when it comes to tackling cost.

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3 Tips for Making the Most of Family Dynamics during a Move to a Senior Living Community

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Multi Generation Family Enjoying Picnic TogetherEvery family has their quirks – good and bad. There’s the one family member who never ceases to voice their opinion. There’s the one who keeps quiet and lets the others dominate decisions. There’s one who just doesn’t seem to understand where you’re coming from. And then there’s you, feeling completely overwhelmed by it all.

As a leader in the senior living industry for over 100 years, we’ve seen our fair share of unique types of family dynamics. We understand that moving to a senior community can be a tough decision and a stressful time, and rightfully so – it’s an extremely important life change. More often than not, those unique family dynamics can increase the strain. Pat Tomczyk, Certified Social Worker on our campus since 1998, shares three tips for dealing with and embracing unique family dynamics. Continue reading

8 Crucial Mistakes to Avoid During Your Search for a Senior Community

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So you’re shopping for a senior living community. Hats off to you for beginning your research! Maybe you’ve narrowed down which communities you want to consider and read up on questions to ask, but there may be some things that aren’t on your radar. Here are eight common mistakes to avoid as you continue your search:

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