Saturday, October 13, 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Market Edge Realty

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in
SPOTLIGHT Senior Services & Living Options 

Jennie Miller PLLC, with Market Edge Realty LLC, is an award winning Real Estate Broker who has exceeded quotas, earning company and industry recognition for TOP sales performance and customer satisfaction annually AND Jennie has been featured on News Channel 3 in Phoenix! 

Ms. Miller specializes in working with elderly and home sellers. Always proactively seeking to improve customer satisfaction, Jennie strives to give her customers the best quality, value and service with an unwavering dedication. Jennie has implemented proven systems and built a team of talented personnel to channel her focused goals and commitments. 

She is a driven, positive person with impeccable attention to detail. Her high energy and effective leadership skills conduct a successful marketing plan equipped with creativity, education and knowledge. Always having uncompromising ethics and integrity during the 20 plus years of her diverse career, Jennie also displays the talents of being an articulate communicator, a skilled negotiator, and an expert in finance. This helps Jennie educate and empower her customers to alleviate the stress of selling their property making it a smooth transition. 

Originally from Chicago, Jennie has lived and worked and lived in the Phoenix area for nearly 25 years. Jennie holds a Master’s in Business Administration and earned the Certified Senior Housing Professional designation. The Real Estate experiences and education she has acquired undauntedly will pave the road of her success for years to come. 

Market Edge Realty, LLC
22849 N. 19th Avenue Suite 105 Phoenix AZ 85027
Phone: (480) 382-9681
Fax: (888) 958-1203

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

6 Things You Must Know about Behavioral Care in Assisted Living

Six things you must know about Behavioral Care in Assisted Living

1.      A facility who offers behavioral care needs a structured program to help those who have a mental health diagnosis know what is expected of them.  Having a structured program is predictable and comforting and helps residents excel.

2.      Behavioral Care has staff that is trained for mental health needs, knowing the residents’ rights and making sure those rights are respected and encouraging.  Making sure each employee receives behavior training is an important part in continuity of care. 

3.      Positive reinforcement in behavioral care is vital.  When the resident has a say in how the treatment plan is developed, there is more acceptance to the plan.  The resident is motivated to achieve the objective as opposed to being motivated to reject it because their opinions weren’t considered.

4.      Activities are very important piece to behavioral care.  Having a busy schedule and things to do is critical for mental health stability.  Keeping a mind occupied and having opportunities to engage. It is extremely healthy for residents who suffer from mental health related illnesses.

5.      Exercise improves mental health by reducing anxiety, depression and negative mood and by improving self-esteem and cognitive function.  Health benefits from regular exercise include the following:

1.      Improved sleep
2.      Better endurance
3.      Stress relief
4.      Improvement in mood
5.      Increased energy and stamina
6.      Reduced tiredness and can increase mental alertness
7.      Weight reduction
8.      Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness.

6.      Mental stability is key to a better quality of life.  A facility that is over seen by a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) is essential. This is the individual who manages all mental health medications and prescribes those medications as needed.  Instead of needing to leave the community to visit a mental health clinic, the resident can see the practitioner on site and have their medications or other concerns addressed immediately.  It cuts down on hospital and clinic visits, so the residents can focus on other things. 

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

How To Help A Loved One Who Needs Behavioral Health Care

How to Help a Loved One in Need of Behavioral Health Care.
Mental illnesses are disorders that affect a person’s mood, thoughts or behaviors. Serious mental illnesses include a variety of diseases including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and delusional. Although they can be scary, it is important to remember that these disorders are treatable. Individuals diagnosed with these diseases can live very full, rewarding lives, especially if they seek treatment as needed.

Being diagnosed with a serious mental illness can be a shock — both for the person diagnosed and for his or her family and friends. On the other hand, finally obtaining a diagnosis and treatment plan can sometimes help relieve stress in the family and start moving recovery forward. Family members can be an invaluable resource for individuals dealing with serious mental illnesses. By learning more about the illness, you can support your loved one through diagnosis and beyond.

While symptoms of serious mental illnesses vary, the following signs are among the more common:

·         Social withdrawal.
·         Difficulty functioning at school or work.
·         Problems with memory and thinking.
·         Feeling disconnected from reality.
·         Changes in sleeping, eating and hygiene habits.
·         Alcohol or drug abuse.
·         Extreme mood changes.
·         Thoughts of suicide.

Encourage your loved one to talk to a trusted health care provider. If he or she is hesitant to see a mental health specialist such as a psychologist, suggest a visit to a general physician. Offer to accompany them to the appointment if they’d like. 

If you feel your loved one is in danger of harming himself or herself, or harming someone else, that’s an emergency. Don't hesitate to call 911. If possible, ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention — many communities have officers on staff who are trained to diffuse a mental health crisis in the best possible way.

It is extremely normal to experience a flurry of emotions when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious mental illness.  Guilt, shame, disbelief, fear, anger and grief are all common reactions.  Acceptance with the diagnosis can take time, both for the individual who is diagnosed, and for you and other family members.  
One of the most important things you can do to support a family member with a serious mental illness is to educate yourself.  The more you learn about what to expect, the easier it will be to provide the right kind of support and assistance.  Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of the disease so that you can recognize when your family member might be showing signs that his or her illness is not well controlled.  

Medications can be helpful for controlling symptoms of many serious, mental illnesses.  They can take a while to become effective sometimes, and medication alone is often not enough to keep these diseases in check.  Encourage your loved one to take advantage of other resources, such as peer support groups and individual and/or group psychotherapy.

When your loved one is living with a mental illness remember that they still have an identity and a voice.  Encourage them to have open and honest conversations.  Ask what they are feeling, what they are struggling with and what they would like from you.  Work together to set up realistic expectations and plan the steps for meeting those expectations. 

Recognize and praise your loved one’s strengths and progress.  Compared to offering positive support, repeatedly prompting or nagging people with serious mental illnesses to make behavior changes actually can result in worse outcomes.  

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Hacienda del Rey

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

Welcome to Hacienda Del Rey in Litchfield Park, Arizona

Hacienda Del Rey is a community that truly feels like home, but with the care services to meet your needs. We are conveniently located close to shops, restaurants, a multitude of recreational opportunities, and excellent medical services in the sunny Phoenix suburb near Goodyear and Avondale.

Our unique, cottage-style setting allows us to provide the highest levels of assisted living and memory care that is based on the unique preferences and needs of you and your loved one(s). Our team of dedicated associates is committed to enriching your life and providing a warm, friendly environment with the finest services and amenities and the most attentive support and care – everything to make you feel at home here. 

It is our enduring purpose to "exceed the quality, service, and care expectations of those we serve."

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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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