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Assisted Living in Westchester County NY – Westchester Center

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in All, assisted living, Retirement Community, Senior Independent Living | 0 comments

Westchester Center for Independent and Assisted Living


The Westchester Center for Independent & Assisted living offers a luxurious and elegant living experience for residents seeking assisted or independent living in Westchester county NY.

Assisted Living in Westchester County NY

The residence is located in a secluded and quiet residential area of Yonkers, NY. The campus comprises over 10 acres of park-like grounds, and is conveniently located near New York City.

The residence is an exclusive assisted living facility providing care as part of the ALP Program, while offering a luxury senior community experience. Catering to seniors seeking an independent living community and those requiring help with activities of daily living, such as dressing, bathing and medication management; Westchester Center is here to provide for all of your needs.

The residence provides beautifully appointed apartments and suites and featuring lavish facilities with luxurious lobbies and sitting areas. In addition, the Westchester Center offers grand dining halls, a cozy library, chef-inspired cuisine and a 24 hour country kitchen that allows residents to live luxuriously, every day.

The staff promotes resident independence and activity, and encourages the use of the in-house gym, salon, theater and multiple community social halls. Every detail of the Assisted Living experience is catered to by staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Assisted Living Program

The Assisted Living Program (ALP) is an Adult Home that is certified by the New York State Department of Health to provide Medicaid-funded home care services. The ALP is an alternative to nursing home care that enables nursing home eligible people to receive home health care services in the Adult Home, delaying or preventing the need for admission to a nursing home. Care services are provided by an on-site licensed home care agency operated by the Adult Home and a community certified home health agency (CHHA) under contract.

This enables residents to maintain an independent lifestyle while having the care necessary to help them in carrying on their lives in a dignified manner. At Westchester Center for Independent & Assisted Living, in addition to the many amenities offered, an array of services are also provided, including help with activities of daily living such as dressing & bathing, medication management, laundry & housekeeping, recreational activities, case management services as well as providing three daily meals of chef inspired cuisine, along with 24 hour Country Kitchen.

In addition, service is provided for those scheduling appointments, doctor visits or any other means of transportation. Each resident is provided the services required to ensure that they are receiving optimal care while maintaining their own independence.



Living Accommodations

The Westchester Center offers a variety of apartment types, including both private and semi-private accommodations, as well as studio apartments and suites to meet the differing needs of residents, and affording each individual the opportunity to create their own home.

For those residents who prefer a private bedroom and others who prefer the companionship of a shared room, Westchester Center has many apartments from which to choose.

Each rooms is beautifully designed and features a deluxe bathroom with courtesy toiletries, a kitchenette and an individual thermostat for heating and cooling control. Housekeeping and laundry services are provided.

Residents can enjoy walking through the elegantly decorated corridors to one of the many common areas or lounges. Each community features its own sitting area and activity room, with wireless internet access throughout. The library provides the perfect atmosphere for relaxing with a book, checking email, or winding down near the fireplace. Visit the in-house gym, treat yourself to the salon, or stop in at the movie theater. The Country Café is open 24/7 offering snacks and drinks for your convenience and the spacious grounds offer the opportunity for leisurely strolls outdoors amidst beautiful landscaping.


The chef-inspired menus are prepared using the freshest ingredients and seasonal specials. Each meal offers a variety of options to suit the tastes and preferences of residents, including diets low in fat, sugar and sodium making the dining experience enjoyable for all. The wait-staff attempts to provide a relaxing and comfortable ambiance, the perfect atmosphere for the ultimate dining experience.

Assisted Living in Westchester County NY

The Country Café serves drinks and light snacks 24 hours a day. For birthdays, anniversaries, friend and family gatherings or any other special occasions, the private and elegant dining room is available.





Contact us today at (914) 437-8675 to learn more about the Westchester Center for Independent and Assisted Living.


Yonkers offers many cultural activities and events.  Here is a list of events to consider attending.

Active Halo GPS – Smallest and Most Powerful Tracking Device

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care, assisted living, Dementia Care, home care, senior living | 0 comments

Active Halo GPS 


Active Halo GPS

Active Halo GPS

Active Halo GPS has just completed designing an amazing safety, tracking and reporting system in partnership with AMBERAlert. This new system is called Active Halo GPS, and it’s been designed  specifically for the adult market.

How It Works

The Active Halo GPS Tracking System combines the worldwide reach of GPS with to use web-based portal on your desktop, lap top or mobile device to ensure that you always know how to find the people you love. The small, lightweight device reports a location every five minutes so that you always know exactly where they are. Active Halo GPS comes equipped with an SOS button and 2-Way Voice. If they need help – they are only a button away. With the use of our world-class tracking portal, you can set zones around your home, neighborhood or anywhere you like and receive alerts when they enter or exit a zone. You can also check the history of the device to see where it’s been. You’re not just getting a tracking device and peace of mind, the person in your care is also getting the confidence to live an active and mobile life.

The Active Halo GPS can be placed in a backpack, purse, pocket, or car as well as attached to a wrist, ankle, or belt. You can call the Active Halo GPS Tracking System from your web-enabled mobile phone or smartphone to talk directly to them or they can press the SOS button to talk directly to you. Once the SOS button has been pressed, you will receive the precise location of your loved one along with a detailed map almost immediately. With GPS Tracking from Active Halo GPS you can rest assured, knowing your loved ones are safe, and that you can be there in an emergency.

Benefits of the Active Halo GPS

As technology becomes more readily available, tracking loved ones, employees and patients to assure their health and safety has never been so simple. As fleet tracking and employee monitoring has increased in popularity to ensure protection of a company’s personnel and assets, the use of a personal GPS device has breached over into the domestic market as an assisted living device for loved ones that suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or just need some degree of supervision. With features and benefits that make monitoring quick, easy and efficient from a computer or mobile device, the Active Halo GPS device significantly increases your peace of mind while assuring you that your family member is safe and secure.

For more information about this product, visit

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome, Cortlandt Manor, New York

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in Retirement Community, Retirement Home, Senior Independent Living, senior living | 0 comments

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome


diningStone Ridge at Fieldhome is a new independent senior living community opening in Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County. This senior community will have 100 residences.   The Fieldhome campus already provides assisted living and skilled nursing to seniors.   Stone Ridge at Fieldhome will offer a freedom, peace of mind and value to seniors who are looking to maintain an active and high quality lifestyle while desiring to maintain their independence and current lifestyle.

Fieldhome offers a scenic 96-acre campus located on the Cortlandt Manor-Yorktown border, and will feature a full assortment of social and wellness activities for seniors hoping to maintain an independent living lifestyle. Residents of Westchester County will now have an exciting new option for independent senior living with access to long term care  and the benefits of Fieldhome’s other senior care services.

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome will be a new community for independent senior living designed to let residents craft their own version of the perfect retirement. Stone Ridge will capture everything they love about their current lifestyle, and let them enjoy more freedom, security and peace of mind. The community will be maintenance-free, offering life-enriching services and amenities, as well as access to rehabiliation, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing services if residents ever need them.  For more information about this community or to schedule a tour, call us today at 1-800-987-4530.

Stone Ridge at Fieldhome will feature:

  • Beautiful new one- and two-bedroom residences
  • Variety of floor plans
  • Environment conducive to wellness and healthy living
  • Attractive social setting
  • Full assortment of wellness activities
  • 24/7 security

Incentive Program for New Residents

Charter Members who reserve now will receive the Stone Ridge  3-year long-term care benefit  included with residency. This will be offered for a limited time only.  Stone Ridge may well be your smartest choice for long-term care planning. Why?  “Life care” communities expect you to prepay for unlimited long-term care, whether you use it or not. And 55+ communities that offer no care benefit leave you completely vulnerable if your health needs change.

Stone Ridge lets you enjoy life in a brand-new community for independent living, confident your future is protected against health care unknowns. You’ll have access to the finest continuum of senior care services in the region —  assisted living, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation from Fieldhome — which has set the standard for high-quality long-term care for more than 100 years. And for Charter Members only, it’s all included with residency. Don’t let this limited-time promotion end without looking into Stone Ridge.

What makes independent living at Stone Ridge at Fieldhome even more rewarding is knowing that a continuum of care is available right on campus. These are the same industry-leading care services Fieldhome has perfected over the past 125 years. And unlike communities that ask you to prepay for long-term care services you may never use, this care benefit is already included in your residency agreement.

You’ll never pay for services you don’t use, yet you’ll know that high-quality care is available if you need it. So you can rest easier and go about the business of enjoying each day.

Assisted Living and Memory Care at The Seabury

The Seabury, which is part of the Fieldhome campus, provides professional assistance to seniors needing assisting living, including:

  • Gourmet dining
  • Fitness programs
  • Free transportation
  • Social activities
  • Weekly live entertainment

The state-of-the-art memory care residences at The Seabury create a safe, enriching environment for those with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other memory related disorders.

For more information about this community or to schedule a tour, call us today at 1-800-987-4530.


Fleming Point, Greece, New York – Independent Senior Living

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Retirement Community, senior care, Senior Independent Living, senior living | 0 comments

Fleming Point, an Independent Senior Living Community


Independent Senior Living

Fleming Point in Greece New York

Fleming Point is an independent senior community. The community is a part of Holiday Retirement’s family of senior care communities. The community is situated on beautifully landscaped grounds in the quiet community of Greece, you’ll be delighted by the friendly staff and charming facilities. Residents also appreciate the convenience of being just minutes from shopping, healthcare, dining and wonderful regional attractions. Take time to explore Kodak Memorial Park, the Port of Rochester, the nearby golf course, and Crescent Beach.

The community’s live-in managers are available to assist with any event or emergency 24/7. They take pleasure in getting to know each of the residents and look out for their comfort and happiness. The chefs prepare three delicious meals from scratch each day, served in the beautiful dining room. The community provides housekeeping, linen services, fun and stimulating activities, off-site excursions, transportation to your personal appointments and a variety of classes and programs.

For more information about this senior community, please call 800-987-4530.

Amenities and Services

The joy of an all-inclusive lifestyle is writing just one check a month and having life’s daily details taken care of for you. So what, exactly, does your rent include?

Community Features

  • Activity Room
  • Billiard Lounge
  • Chapel
  • Computer Room with Internet Access
  • Community Grounds
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Game Room
  • Barber/Beauty Salon
  • Large Screen TV Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Lounge Area
  • Parking
  • Private Dining Room
  • Resident Kitchen
  • Covered Parking Available
  • Live In Managers
  • Restaurant Style Dining Room
  • Community Fireplace
  • Pets Welcomed
  • Patio Area
  • Walking Paths
  • Exclusive Travel Program

Apartment Features

  • Cable TV
  • Carpet and Draperies
  • Emergency Response System
  • Wheelchair Accessible Units
  • Kitchenette in Units
  • Patio or Balcony in Units
  • Private Apartments
  • Telephone Hookups
  • Full Kitchen
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Most Utilities Included


  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Linen Service
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transportation
  • Daily Chef Prepared Meals

For more information about this senior community or to schedule a tour, please call 800-987-4530.


The Manor at Woodside, Poughkeepsie, NY

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Retirement Community, Senior Independent Living, senior living | 0 comments

The Manor at Woodside, Poughkeepsie, NY

Independent Senior Living

The Manor at Woodside in Poughkeepsie, NY

The Manor at Woodside is an independent senior living community and offers its residents an experience of living in the historic Hudson Valley.  The grounds include a lush green landscaped entrance to the patio just off the activity room, where residents can enjoy life throughout every season.  The Manor at Woodside is owned and operated by Holiday Retirement, a company in the business of providing comfort, value and security to seniors.

At The Manor at Woodside, seniors have 112 fully carpeted suites on three floors, each with ample closet space to store all family heirlooms.  Once you step out of your room and into the community, there is a wide range of amenities and activities to enjoy. Have a cup of tea with the ladies in the tea kitchen, make new friends in the dining room over supper, read the last book in the series you started in the library, or spiff up your look at The Manor at Woodside’s beauty and barber shop.

Named one of Forbes “Best Places to Raise a Family”, Poughkeepsie, NY is family-friendly town, and The Manor at Woodside is ready to welcome you to the community.

For more information about The Manor at Woodside, please call 1-800-987-4350.

Amenities and Services           

The joy of an All-inclusive lifestyle is writing just one check a month and having life’s daily details taken care of for you. So what, exactly, does your rent include?

Community Features

  • Activity Room
  • Chapel
  • Computer Room with Internet Access
  • Community Grounds
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Game Room
  • Barber/Beauty Salon
  • Large Screen TV Lounge
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Library
  • Lounge Area
  • Parking
  • Private Dining Room
  • Resident Kitchen
  • Live In Managers
  • Restaurant Style Dining Room
  • Community Fireplace
  • Pets Welcomed
  • Patio Area
  • Walking Paths

Apartment Features

  • Emergency Response System
  • Wheelchair Accessible Units
  • Kitchenette in Units
  • Patio or Balcony in Units
  • Private Apartments
  • Telephone Hookups
  • Most Utilities Included
  • Heating and Air Conditioning


  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Linen Service
  • Complimentary Scheduled Transportation
  • Daily Chef Prepared Meals

 For more information about The Manor at Woodside or to schedule a tour, please call 1-800-987-4350.


Assisted Living Westchester, New York – The Bristal in Armonk

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care, assisted living, Dementia Care, senior care, senior living | 0 comments

The Bristal at Armonk – Assisted Living Westchester

Assisted Living Westchester, New York

The Bristal Assisted Living at Armonk

The Bristal Assisted Living community is located in Armonk, Westchester County, New York nestled on beautiful landscaped grounds.  It is conveniently located to Chappaqua, Greenwich and White Plains.   Armonk has a lovely town and Westchester Medical Center is nearby only minutes away.  For more information about Armonk, please visit  The focus at the Bristal is on providing the best lifestyle as possible by allowing the resident to do what they want to remain as independent as possible. The Bristal understands the individual needs of residents and will work with residents and families to examine their needs before making any type of recommendations. For information about this assisted living community, please call us today at 914-437-8675.

The Bristal Assisted Living has a broad array of spacious Studios, 1-Bedroom and 2-Bedrooms suites with kitchenettes and private baths. Each resident receives 3 meals per day, daily housekeeping services, weekly laundering of bed and bath linens, 24-hour security throughout the building and extensive social activities.  Each of the Bristal Assisted Living communities has a private area called Reflections.  Reflections is a customized and personalized memory care program that specializes in helping aging adults manage early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease as well as other memory-related disorders. Reflections is built on six guiding principles: person-centered treatment, validation communication therapy, therapeutic activity, a dementia-capable staff, a dementia-friendly environment and partnering in care with families.

Assisted Living Services:

The Bristal offers a wide variety of personal assistance options. The following personal care assistance can be added to each resident’s care program:

  • Minimal Assistance: Individual requires no physical assistance but occasional verbal reminders with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, grooming and orientation.
  • Moderate Assistance: Individual requires partial physical assistance with activities of daily living, including daily assistance with dressing/undressing, grooming and orientation, and limited physical assistance with showers twice a week.
  • Complete Assistance: Individual requires full physical assistance or requires an above average amount of time with activities of daily living, including medication ordering and assistance, daily supervision and/or assistance with dressing/undressing, grooming and orientation, and physical assistance with showering 3x a week.
  • Medication Management: Medication ordering/re-ordering, supervision and/or assistance with medication administration
  • Transferring Assistance: May include standby assistance with moving from bed/chair to walker and/or escorting to/ from meals, activities, etc.
  • Incontinence Assistance: May include physical assistance with transferring on and off the toilet; assistance with incontinence products, hygiene after toileting and infrequent accidents.
  • Night Checks: May include two-, four-, or six-hour night checks for toileting, and/or incontinence care.
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The Game Room at The Bristal Assisted Living in Armonk


Art Studio
Putting green
Exercise Room for personal training and physical and occupational therapy
Swimming Pool
Barber / Beauty Salon,
In Room Cable/Satellite TV available and in room Internet
Outdoor Gardens
Arts & Crafts
Cooking Classes
Group Games
Shopping Trips
Social Outings
Religious Activities

For information about rates, availability and promotions for this community (Assisted Living Westchester), please call us today at 914-437-8675



How to Discuss Assisted Living With Your Loved One

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care, assisted living, Dementia Care, senior care, senior living | 0 comments

How to Discuss Assisted Living with Your Loved One

How to discuss assisted living with a loved oneMoving a chronically ill, bed-ridden or severely cognitively impaired loved one into a senior living situation is one thing. But approaching the conversation about assisted living when your loved one is still alert and fairly active can be emotionally overwhelming. No one wants to disrupt the status quo or unnecessarily question a loved one’s ability to function independently, so small concerns often go unspoken until a crisis situation forces the subject.

So how to discuss assisted living can be a daunting task.  However,  to allow you and your loved one enough time to research and make an informed decision, we recommend you start the conversation about elderly assisted living before it becomes an undeniable issue. Here are some pointers to help you breach the subject in a loving, beneficial way.

Start the Conversation When the Move is Not Imminent

Whenever possible, it’s ideal to begin inquiring about your parent’s long-term care desires when it’s still years before it will become an issue. If your older loved ones still enjoy a healthy, vibrant life, they’ll be more likely to accept your questions as a matter of curiosity.

Talk about Other Seniors in Assisted Living

If your loved one resists the topic of assisted living, you can try to get an idea of his wishes by talking about others in senior living situations. Something as simple as watching a movie (try The Notebook, Driving Miss Daisy, Cocoon, Fried Green Tomatoes or Say Anything) that involves assisted living can spur conversation that might illuminate your loved one’s views on the matter.

Ask What Types of Environments They Enjoy

You can find a wealth of information to inform your you about the topic of assisted living. Start a conversation about crowded places and quiet solitude to see if he’d prefer a smaller, home-based program or a larger, more socially focused facility. If he is at all inclined, you could take personality quizzes or inventories together and talk about the results.

Focus on the Positives

Some seniors resist the assisted living because they think of it as being cared for by strangers in an unfamiliar environment. Others embrace the idea because they view it as an efficient way of life that offers superior social opportunity. Do your best to talk up the positive aspects of long-term care.

Show Them What Assisted Living Really Looks Like

Some seniors shy away from conversations about adult assisted living because of incorrect assumptions they make about it. The stigma of the institutionalized, smelly nursing home can be broken by a couple visits to well-appointed assisted living communities in a location and setting your loved one is drawn to.

Get Support

Some situations require additional help from trained professionals. If your loved one refuses to get the help you know she needs, you may need to see a counselor, visit a geriatric care specialist, or join a support group where you can share camaraderie and get ideas. When your loved one’s safety is at stake, don’t let old fears, arguments or patterns keep you from giving the help you know she needs.

For more information about assisted living, please visit Advantages of Assisted Living, What is Assisted Living? and Assisted Living Federation of America.

Our team of Senior Living Advisors are available to discuss our services and answer any questions you might have, so please contact us today at:

Golden Years Living Solutions, Inc.
333 Mamaroneck Avenue #211
White Plains, New York10605

Phone #:  (914) 437-8675
Fax #: (888) 900-9850

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday (9 am – 6 pm)
Saturday and Sunday (by appointment)

Superhero Moms – Happy Mothers Day

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in All, home | 0 comments

In 1914, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Mother’s Day as a national holiday. One hundred years later, the holiday has become a global celebration to honor the mothers who made sacrifices to raise generations of children and support them through adulthood.

While flowers or chocolates are a perfectly suitable way to say thanks, it’s the special words you write in a card or the things you say to her that mean the most.

In honor of Mother’s Day, we searched and collected stories from around the world to share memories of when they were most inspired by their moms. The stories have been amazing, and we’ve shared a selection of the submissions below.

But the conversation doesn’t end here. If you haven’t shared your story yet, Share with us your most inspiring memory of your mother using the hashtag #superheromoms #GldnYrsLvngSlns

Ruswinar Nawangsari and her mother Rusmijati Nawangsari

“I love how my mother held my hand when I was a little. I love how she took care of me. Always her, never a baby sitter. She also always took good care of her appearance. Her beauty goes wherever she goes.” — Ruswinar Nawangsari, Indonesia

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Image: Courtesy of Wiwin Nawangsari

Olivia Uphoff and her mother Linda Uphoff

“My incredible mom beat cancer at the tender age of two; and despite being told by countless doctors she could surely never be pregnant, here I am, 23 and healthy!

Pregnancy for her body wasn’t easy, but my amazing mother never complained. She has always taken life with so much joy and faith. Despite unfathomable health issues, my mother is so much more today: She is healthy, strong, independent, beautiful, loyal, hilarious, an awesome cook, a dog lover, a wonderful wife and the person I most strive to emulate.

She is the embodiment of resilience, and as I start to build my own life, I am incredibly confident knowing she is, and always will be, part of me.” — Olivia Uphoff, San Diego

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Image: Courtesy of Olivia Uphoff

Jim Bond and his mother Kathleen Bond

“My mom’s passion and commitment to helping others has always inspired me and kept the rest of our family grounded in what’s really important in life.

She spearheaded the fundraising to break ground on the first no-cost housing option for cancer patients and their caregivers in Ohio, which has given hope to thousands over the past 18 years.

As someone who has grown to have kids of his own, I’m completely humbled by the outpouring of love and strength with which she takes on any challenge. She truly is the foundation of our family and I often tell my kids that their grandma is the real ‘superhero’ in every sense of the word.” — Jim Bond, Chicago

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Image: Courtesy of Jim Bond

Kourtney Leibman and her mother Kristie Smith

“When my mom was first diagnosed with cancer [in 2007], she was in complete shock. She did everything her doctors told her to do: chemotherapy, double mastectomy and radiation, and eventually went into remission. We were so grateful, and thought the nightmare was over.

In November 2009, exactly two years after her initial diagnosis, it was discovered that the cancer was back and had metastasized throughout her lymph nodes, bones, lungs and later on to her liver and a spot in her brain.

It seemed like an impossible fight, but she fought harder than I even knew was possible. She did countless hours of research on cancer and how it works at a cellular level. She changed her diet dramatically, going from a ‘meat and potatoes’ Midwestern diet full of processed foods and sugar to a predominately vegan and organic diet. She took up yoga and exercised with a personal trainer. She became fit and physically strong for the first time in her adult life.

It was around this time that I began to realize that my mom was so much more than ‘just’ my mom — she was an extraordinarily strong, smart, tenacious person who wanted nothing more than to be with her family and friends as long as she could.

My mom did everything she could medically, holistically, mentally, spiritually and physically to stay here with us. I will never forget that. It gets me through those moments when I’m missing her the most and asking, ‘Why isn’t she here?’

She wanted to be so, so badly. She moved mountains to stay. She looked death in the eye and said, ‘Not yet.’ And when the time came that she acknowledged that she could not win this battle, she had no fear. She told us she loved us, and kept telling us she loved us until her voice was gone.

My mom was the strongest, bravest person I’ve ever encountered, and I can say with certainty that no one will ever inspire me the way she did.” — Kourtney Leibman, Shawnee, Kansas

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Image: Courtesy of Kourtney Smith Leibman

Amar Trivedi and his mother Prerana Trivedi

“My Mum’s name is Prerana. It means ‘Inspiration’ in many Indian languages. She said she’d travel to New Zealand (for the first time all by herself, at age 73) to visit my wife Dee and I.

When she arrived in Dec 2011, I remember jumping over the airport barricades and running to give her a hug. For that 50-day visit, I thank God for every day… We traveled and ate and talked and laughed and made so many fond memories — they’re enough to last a lifetime.” — Amar Trivedi, New Zealand

Mother's Day

Image: Courtesy of Amar Trivedi

Ann Caren and her mother Katherine Mitchell

“On May 10, 2002, my daughter Madison was born. She was my parents’ first grandchild … A few days later, my father let me know that he was sick. Very sick. His cancer had returned and his circulation was so bad that the doctor’s wouldn’t do treatment. He was going to die from either the cancer or his heart. My parents kept this a secret during the last part of my pregnancy so as to not upset me.

Two weeks after my daughter was born, my father died … I can only imagine the heartbreak my mother experienced. However, it was also election day in my hometown, and coincidentally, my mother had already thrown her hat in the ring for a commissioner position, even before the dire realization of her near future.

She wanted to be a part of something greater than herself. She wanted to help out her small town. She wanted to make a difference. So in between the funeral, receiving mourners at her home and bonding with her new granddaughter, she not only voted for her say in the election, but SHE WON!!!!!

My mother has always taught me to be the bigger person, to have compassion for every person, to rise above and to above all, be my own source of strength. My mom never remarried, never dated, never even showed an interest. She has made her community, her friends and her family her life.” — Ann Caren, Kennesaw, Georgia

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Image: Courtesy of Ann Caren

Andrea Domínguez and her mother

“Ever since I was a little girl, for my birthday I would get one special gift from my mom. She would let me choose that one, and it could be anything from candy to a headband or a meal at McDonald’s.

When I turned 15 (for my Quinceañera party), I chose a stuffed toy in the shape of a Mexican dressed cucumber (from VeggieTales) that sang a funny song. When my family saw my special gift, they all flipped, and she stood up for me and said, ‘She gets to pick whatever she wants, and if she chooses to still be a kid, she will always be MY kid!’

I’m 25 now and she still gets me candy, stuffed animals, sticker books, Disney movies and bakes a big purple cake with Skittles all over it.

Not only [does] she inspire me … That woman rocks my world!” — Andrea Domínguez, Guatemala

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Image: Courtesy of Andrea Dominguez

Jamie Williams and his mother Lisa Williams

“When I was a child my mother was making my lunch one day when a fire erupted on the stove top. My brave mom ran into the kitchen, grabbed the flaming pot and ran outside with it. As if that wasn’t heroic enough… after the flames were gone, my mom sat in a chair on our porch and told me to stay inside and not to worry.

Her expression seemed a bit strange and she had her body turned away from me, but she was otherwise completely calm and collected. I later found out that she suffered third-degree burns from her elbow to her fingertips on her right arm.

She used every bit of strength and willpower she had to hold back tears and screams so that I wouldn’t get scared or worried.” — Jamie Williams, Fort Myers, Florida

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Image: Courtesy of Jamie Williams

Aurora Bolivar and her mother Eleuteria Bolivar

“I am 32 now, a graduate of AB Communication. I have two brothers and four sisters. During our school years, our uniforms were never bought in malls or any stores. ‘Nanay,’ as we call our mother, bought fabric and sewed it herself. She did the measuring of shoulders, arm length, etc. I remember my nanay sleeping late and saw her sewing our uniforms. It [was] certainly made with love.

Now, she has no clear vision, can poorly hear and [is] an old-aged woman. I may not have the chance to say this to her every day, but this time I wanted her to know that I’m proud to be her ‘anak’ (daughter) and I love her very much!” — Aurora Bolivar, The Philippines

Mother's Day

Image: Courtesy of Aurora Bolivar

Start Search for a Senior Community

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Alzheimer's Care, assisted living, companion care, Dementia Care, nursing home, Retirement Community, Retirement Home, senior care, Senior Independent Living, senior living, skilled care | 0 comments

When to Start Search for a Senior Community


Start search for a senior community before it is a crisis situation. The vast majority of those looking into assisted living for seniors do so in a crisis situation, brought on by a sudden change in Start Search for a Senior Communityhealth, housing, finances or family circumstances. Many of these last-minute placement issues could be avoided if loved ones kept an eye out for these ten signs and started the search for senior care early.    Look for these signs in your aging loved ones now, and you will have plenty of time to find the senior care option that’s right for them.

1. Decrease in Attention to Personal Care
Unbrushed hair, dirty clothes, odor and a lack of personal grooming are all signs that your loved one may require some help in the bathroom or around the house. As people age, these everyday tasks can become tedious and difficult due to loss of motor control, arthritis, pain or cognitive impairment.

2. Less Care Shown in Housekeeping
Take a look around your loved one’s living area. If there are sticky counters, un-emptied garbages, stained carpets or spoiled food, she may need help keeping up on household chores. Facilities that offer assisted living for seniors provide housekeeping and laundry services to residents.

3. Dangerous Driving
Do you hesitate to let your loved one drive himself or others? Are there unexplained dents or scratches on his car, or an increasing record of accidents or tickets? Loss of vision, cognitive impairment and diminished motor capabilities can all contribute to these signs.

4. Loss of Mobility
Trouble walking up or down stairs, rising from chairs and entering and exiting vehicles are all signs of diminished mobility. When aging individuals lose mobility, it is time to start looking into assisted living for seniors or other senior assistance.

5. Decreased Appetite or Interest in Food and Cooking
Some people never care much about food or cooking, but if your loved one starts skipping meals, grocery shopping or cooking too little to maintain general health, moving her to an assisted living facility will ensure three meals a day, and assistance with eating.

6. Lack of Care in Medication Management
Expired medicine bottles, unfilled prescriptions, or abnormally high pharmacy costs could signal an inability to manage medications properly. Proper medication is essential for many seniors who have medical conditions requiring treatment. Contact us today to find help for your loved one.

7. Reduced Attention Toward Finances
Bills piled on the counter, calls from creditors, or abnormally large donation receipts could indicate that your loved one is losing control over his finances. We don’t need to tell you how important it is to keep a good handle on finances, especially with the limited funds many seniors have. Talk to your loved one about their spending, or look for an organization that can help him, such as assisted living for seniors.

8. Memory Loss
Some seniors stay as sharp as a tack until the end of their lives. Others start to suffer from cognitive impairment as they age. Unexplained phone calls and loss of short-term memory are both signs that your loved one may be suffering. If this is the case, include memory care in your search for senior care facilities.

9. Diminished Communication Skills
Does your loved one have increased difficulty when following directions? Does she often have to stop and search for words when speaking? These signs are easy to overlook because we don’t want to see our loved ones lose the sharpness they once had. Being honest with yourself about their struggles will help you get them the help they need.

10. Depression
Depression affects people of all ages. Moodiness, anxiety, insomnia and loss of interest in things people once loved are all signs of depression. Try to stay in tune with your loved one’s interests so you’ll know if these symptoms show up. No one likes to suffer from depression, and the sooner it’s diagnosed, the sooner they can get help.

While these ten signs can indicate a senior’s readiness for assisted living, there is no hard and fast rule to follow. The most important thing is for you to know your loved one well, and take part in his life so you’ll be aware if anything gets amiss. You should always take noticeable changes in health, self-care, safety or cognitive ability seriously. Speak to a physician or geriatric care manager if you have concerns.

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When you start to see these signs, take the time to begin researching senior care options in your area. It’s never too early to get educated and start planning this important move. We make the search for senior communities easy by providing free consultations with experienced Senior Living Advisors.

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7 Types of care facilities

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in All, home | 0 comments

Assisted living communities are all around us. In fact, over one million people currently receive care in assisted living homes nationally.* Unfortunately, the majority of people seeking information on assisted living do so in the midst of a crisis situation. When an unexpected event, such as a fall, stroke or accident necessitates a higher level of care for your loved one, you may find yourself plunged into a whole new world overnight.

If terms like “activities of daily living,” and “geriatric care manager” are new to you; or if you don’t know the difference between nursing homes, assisted living communities, continuing care communities and rehabilitation centers, then you’ve come to the right place. Our assisted living guide will quickly familiarize you with the basics of senior living so that you can make an informed decision for your loved one.

1. 55+ Retirement Communities

2. Independent Living

3. Assisted Living

4. Residential Care

5. Continuing Care Retirement Communities

6. Skilled Nursing Care 

7. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care


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