Thursday, July 26, 2018

Five Reasons to Have Long-Term Care Insurance

Aging is inevitable, so it’s important to prepare for it as much as possible. Below are five reasons Amada Senior Care believes having a long-term care insurance policy is a smart investment.
  1. The possibility that you’ll need long-term care continues to grow. The fastest growing group in the United States is people over 85. In the next 30 years, an estimated 1 million individuals will reach the age of 100. As life expectancy increases, the need for long-term care does as well. At some point, it’s likely that even the healthiest of seniors will need assistance with activities of daily living.

  2. You have more choices for how and where you’ll grow old. It’s ideal for many seniors to “age in place” at home. Long-term care insurance covers costs where Medicare doesn’t, like if a senior needs assistance with non-medical care like bathing, getting dressed, or cooking meals. Being financially prepared allows seniors to choose where and how they want to age. “Contrary to what most people think, the vast majority of long term care insurance pays for care in the home or in assisted living communities, not in skilled nursing homes. Consider long term care insurance as nursing home avoidance protection,” said Jessie Slome, director of the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

  3. You are prepared for the uncertainty of the future. You may not activate your policy for another 20 years, or you may have a medical emergency and need to activate it tomorrow. Whatever the situation, knowing you are financially prepared for long-term care can make the transition easier. Some may view long-term care insurance as an expense rather than an investment. However, the costs of long-term care (in-home care ranges anywhere from $14 to $28 per hour) are expected to keep increasing and can quickly exhaust even the soundest savings. Noretta Mitchell, an in-home client of Amada, said purchasing a long-term care insurance policy was the best financial decision she ever made. “I can’t even fathom the immense financial devastation it would have caused if I wouldn’t have had long-term care insurance,” Mitchell said. “I would be lost without it.”

  4. Your family will thank you. Families want their senior loved ones to receive quality care, even if that means taking on the caregiving responsibilities themselves. Especially for those in the “sandwich generation” – middle-aged adults who support an aging parent as well as their own children – the physical, emotional, and financial burden of caregiving can quickly cause stress and burnout. Knowing mom or dad is financially prepared for aging with a long-term care insurance policy will relieve the worries of your family members.

  5. You will have peace of mind. Long-term care insurance will provide financial security that can help seniors age with dignity and without becoming a burden to their families. Being able to afford quality care can help seniors enjoy a quality life – one with less worry, in which they can maintain a sense of independence while surrounding themselves with people and things that they love.
While the value of long-term care insurance is proven, policies can be difficult to decipher and the options for coverage can be overwhelming. The help of a professional, such as an Amada Senior Care Advisor, can be crucial to getting the most out of your policy. Amada’s team of professionals can help educate seniors on long-term care insurance policies, and help them manage and analyze existing policies. Amada Senior Care acts as an advocate – negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of seniors and policyholders.
“They are professionals. You just know you’re in good hands with them,” Mitchell said of Amada Senior Care. “With someone like Amada, I don’t really have to worry about the claims process or anything else. I just get to focus on my own health and on getting well.”
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living

We are pleased to announce our Corporate Sponsor in the
SPOTLIGHT Senior Services & Living Options Resource Guide

Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living is nestled in a quiet neighborhood setting in Mesa. We specialize in assisting our residents with behavioral issues that are related to specific mental health diagnoses.  
We have developed a structured positive reinforcement model, to help those who suffer from mental illness.  With this reinforcement model and with the proper treatment, proper medication management and proper support, our residents gain simple skills, self-control, self-worth, and confidence to engage in the greater and broader community.
Mental stability is key to a better quality of life.
Heritage Lane Behavioral Assisted Living employs a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP).  Her primary role and responsibility is to be present in the community for staff and to address specific resident needs as it relates to her scope of practice.
Our PMHNP is the individual who manages all mental health medications and prescribes those medications as needed. Rather than have a resident leave the community for a visit to a mental health clinic, the resident can see the practitioner on site and have their medications or other concerns addressed immediately.
In addition, residents can set appointments with our practitioners as needed and discuss challenges or accomplishments. They may negotiate or modify their plan of action in agreement with their treating practitioner.
Having a busy schedule and things to do is critical to mental health stability.  Activities are scheduled 7 days a week up until as late as 7:00 pm. Having an occupied mind and opportunities to engage, is extremely healthy for residents who suffer from mental health related illnesses.
Our AM activities are strictly geared toward active(muscular) and passive (range of motion) movements. Physical activities that get the body and mind moving in the morning to start the day.  Our PM activities are more relaxing and facilitate a more quiet and calming effect. Proper sleep patterns are critical for mental health residents and our activities are programmed to provide the most effective approach to enabling good health and proper rest.  Our community goes on 3 outings per week to give all residents the opportunity to interact in the community.
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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Nonprofits Team Up to offer Support to Grandparents Raising Children in Chandler Arizona

(Phoenix, Ariz.) – Duet: Partners In Health & Aging and Clothes Cabin have formed a partnership to offer a support group and other resources for grandparents raising grandchildren in Chandler. The support group for grandparents and other kinship care providers will take place the third Fridayof every month, beginning May 18, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Clothes Cabin, located at 1100 N. Alma School Road, Ste. 9, in Chandler.

In this new collaboration, Clothes Cabin will provide the space for the monthly support group, which will be facilitated by Duet. Clothes Cabin’s current clients will be welcome at the Duet support group. Those who participate in the support group and are in need of clothing will be able to receive clothing, hygiene products and linens from Clothes Cabin.

“When I saw a notice that Duet was offering a grandparent support group in nearby Ahwatukee, I knew that I needed to reach out and see if we could get the same services in Chandler,” says Amanda Nosbisch, executive director of Clothes Cabin. “At Clothes Cabin, we serve around 7,000 unique individuals a year with clothing, hygiene and linens, and we know that a significant percentage of those clients are grandparents caring for their grandchildren. Knowing that Duet will be providing support and resources for our non-traditional families, in what can be an overwhelming and stressful transition for all, fills our hearts.”

“I joined Duet’s staff as the new Kinship Care Services Coordinator thanks to a grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. One of my goals is to reach more grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship care providers so that they can benefit from Duet’s services and see that they are not alone in this new chapter of life,” says Jennifer Franzmeier, MAS-IFP. “In the support groups, grandparents are able to share the challenges and joys of raising their grandchildren, in addition to receiving validation and resources.”

Added to the new Chandler support group, Duet also recently launched a support group in Ahwatukee that meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month, from 9-11 a.m., at Mountain View Lutheran Church. Duet also hosts support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship care providers in Mesa, Phoenix, Goodyear and Buckeye.

To learn more about the new Chandler support group, and Duet’s other support groups for grandparents raising grandchildren, contact Jennifer Franzmeier at or call (602) 274-5022, ext. 114.

About Duet: Partners In Health & Aging: Duet is a nonprofit, interfaith organization that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren. Duet’s free-of-charge services are available in the greater Phoenix area. To volunteer, donate or ask for help, go to or call (602) 274-5022.

About Clothes Cabin: Clothes Cabin is located in Chandler and provides free clothing, hygiene and household linens to people in need. It is operated by One Small Step, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization. Our vision is that no person or family within our service area lacks the clothing they need to secure employment, succeed in school, maintain a healthy and hygienic life, and be socially accepted. To learn more, go or call (480) 285-4111.

Shelly Everson, Public Relations Coordinator
Partners In Health & Aging
10000 North 31st Avenue, Suite D200
Phoenix, AZ 85051
(602) 274-5022
Cell: (602) 819-2113

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Parkland Memory Care

We are pleased to announce our newest advertisers in the
Phoenix SPOTLIGHT Senior Services & Living Option Guide

Parkland Memory Care is located southeast of Phoenix in the vibrant town of Chandler. Parkland provides a supportive environment for those living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia related conditions.
At Parkland we know our residents come from a variety of different backgrounds and experiences so each care experience is different. Our program is structured to incorporate the individuality of our residents. At Parkland our goal is to help people discover new ways to feel useful and vital, indeed, to laugh again! To help people get the most out of their lives, even as their abilities decline. 

At Parkland, we welcome our residents’ home! Our cozy rooms, lovely courtyards and delicious made to order meals provide a warm and familiar experience. Each of our small memory care neighborhoods offers a secure homelike environment. Parkland Memory Care supplies a dignified, respectful, structured routine uniquely tailored to each resident’s needs. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, care is provided by specialists who understand the meaning of “aging with dignity and grace.” Attentive and well-trained staff is always ready and willing to enhance our residents’ physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual well-being. There is no better living environment for your loved one. Remember, you are not alone. Parkland is your caring partner, every step of the way.

With well-planned spaces and familiar activities, designed specifically for the memory impaired, Parkland helps its residents to feel comfortable by providing a sense of familiarity and promoting confidence. Common areas include a well supervised hands-on participatory therapy kitchen, comfortable living spaces, dining areas, spacious open courtyards, activity rooms that promote participation in familiar daily activities and private family visiting areas. Each personal bedroom suite offers comfortable living. Parkland offers private as well as shared suites equipped with full private bathrooms that include large walk in showers. Residents can bring their own furniture so they are surrounded by their own favorite things; their room truly is “home”!
At Parkland each of our neighborhoods has access to an outdoor garden completely enclosed with a secure perimeter fence so residents can enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather independently.
Our Life Enrichment program is designed to provide the highest quality of life for each of our residents; socially, psychologically, spiritually and physically. These programs are developed around each person’s specific interest, abilities, past history and routine. Life engagements flow through each day to promote cognitive, sensory, creative and physical skill. With programs such as Music and Memory, art and gardening, just to name a few, the Life Enrichment program supports life skills, enhancing each resident’s ability for self-care.

Food is one of life’s simple pleasures! At Parkland we offer a restaurant style dining program with variety and choice. Our residents will enjoy three delicious meals daily as well as snacks. Each of our individual neighborhoods is equipped with a beautiful dining room with plenty of room for family and friends to join us. We encourage family to enjoy meals with their loved ones. For special occasions, we even offer a private family dining room! We invite you to come enjoy our well balanced seasonal menus that include fresh green salads, vegetables, homemade breads, desserts and more!

“Health Services is just one of our priorities at Parkland,” says Peggy Brekke, RN, VP of Operations and Clinical Services, Seasons Management. “Our Personal Care Plans really are personal and unique!” We custom tailor our care plans to the needs of each individual resident. We strive to provide the right level of care to keep each resident safe, healthy and happy while respecting their individual needs and dignity.

The beauty of Parkland goes beyond the surface. We have worked hard to ensure that Parkland incorporates design concepts that are sensitive to the environment. “We understand the special environment that is Chandler. It’s a beautiful place; we want to do our part to preserve that beauty.”- Eric Jacobsen, CEO/President, Seasons Management

Discover the Parkland Difference and see for yourself the best in Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. We look forward to seeing you soon! OPENING JUNE 2018!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

5 Steps To Help Sleep Better As You Age

How to Sleep Better as you Age

March 16, 2018
Please raise your hand if you’ve ever wished you could sleep better.
We’ve all felt it: that groggy, disoriented feeling you get when you’re woken up from a terrible night’s sleep by your alarm clock. And often, this effect gets worse and worse as we age! Many older adults are chronically deprived of sleep or have sleep apnea, and there is a lot of evidence that lack of sleep is very detrimental to the body. You can’t age well if you don’t sleep well!
Luckily, there are many things you can do to improve the quality of sleep you get every night. We are happy to partner with Eric Collett of A Mind for All Seasons to bring in some expert advice on sleep and aging. With the right tricks and some extra knowledge, you will be able to sleep much more soundly each night, all while benefiting from the myriad of health benefits that proper sleep provides.
Follow along below as we walk through things you can start implementing tonight to start getting a solid 7 or 8 hours. Ready? Let’s dive in.

5 Steps to Sleep Better

1) Put away all electronic devices an hour before you want to be in bed.

Many of us tend to watch TV or use our phones at the end of the day to unwind. While there’s nothing wrong with doing so when we get home, looking at our screens right before we go to bed can really mess with our body’s natural clock. In the evening hours our bodies produce more melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep. The blue wavelengths of light produced by our phones, televisions, and the sun, suppress melatonin, making it harder to fall asleep quickly. In addition, we should be exposing ourselves to the right wavelengths of light as we wake up by doing such things as opening the blinds in the morning to let the sunlight in. Dimming the lights in your home an hour before bed is also another helpful trick to further trigger your body’s melatonin levels. Plus, it can help save on your electric bill!

2) Make sure that you have at least 3 hours between eating and bedtime

Eating raises our insulin, and eating too close to bedtime can also make falling asleep more difficult. This includes snacks as well! Eat dinner no less than 3 hours before bed and refrain from snacking to keep insulin levels down. It is also recommended to drink less fluids during this time, which will hopefully save you a trip to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

3) Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day

We are creatures of habit, and our bodies are no different. As you train your body to retire and arise at the same times each day it will become much more natural and easy to do. Often times this can be hard to do but doing things like setting alarms or scheduling a bedtime can greatly help make this goal a reality.

4) Refrain from activities that keep your mind active before bed

The goal here is to keep your mind from having many interesting things to process that may be a distraction as you attempt to wind down. Reading a good fiction book is one less taxing and fun way to wind down, but you could also try stretching, meditating, deep breathing, or listening to slower music to relax your mind into submission.

5) Don’t exercise right before bed

This tip may be an obvious one, but it is worth mentioning. Exercise elevates our Cortisol and Adrenaline, two hormones that will make it more difficult to fall asleep. Give your body enough time to relax before bed and you will be rewarded greatly. As a side note, research has shown that regular exercise can also have a positive influence on the quality of our sleep!

Try it for yourself

We all want to be more well rested, but sometimes it can be tough to know what can be done to improve. Applying some or all of these 5 steps is an excellent start if you or a loved one are suffering from poor sleep. If you are feeling determined, try and apply all 5 right away! If you like to take things a little slower, try implementing one or two of these steps until it becomes a habit and then moving onto the rest. The goal is to make long-term changes that will positively impact your sleep habits for good.
Proper sleep is one of the many important factors of our memory care at Avista Senior Living and serves an especially important role in our innovative new Enhance memory care protocol. Keep an eye out for more interesting content on healthy aging and dementia care!
For more information on our Enhance Memory Care programming, check out this article or visit one of our communities.
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Avista Senior Living

We are pleased to announce Avista Senior Living in  
Phoenix SPOTLIGHT Senior Services & Living Options

 Avista Senior Living was created with kindness in mind.
Our motto, "Where Kindness Counts", helps shape our goals for the company and the care we provide for our residents. We are locally-owned, and strive to be Arizona's premier provider of assisted living and memory care. 

Our passion is to build great teams and create an excellent resident experience at each of our lovely communities. 
With five convenient locations throughout the valley, our team of professionals is ready to serve you or your loved one. Whether you are just beginning your search and seeking to learn about assisted living and/or memory care, or you are ready to make a move, we would love to be a resource as you seek to make the best decision possible.

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