Memory Care Communities Benefit Quality of Life for Seniors with Memory Loss

Memory Care Communities Benefit Quality of Life for Seniors with Memory Loss // Radiant Senior Living

Memory Care communities are designed to help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia to improve the quality of life for seniors experiencing memory loss. It is often difficult for people experiencing memory loss to be able to tend to or communicate their needs. A specialized memory care community staffs well-trained caregivers to assist in a variety of daily living activities.

“Often times an individual with Dementia or Alzheimer’s feel alone; like they are the only one that is living with their symptoms. Being around their peers gives them a sense of belonging and the opportunity to socialize and build new relationships,” said Jolene Rogers administrator at Baycrest Village’s Memory Care community.

Memory Care communities benefit residents and their loved ones by providing daily living assistance, reducing caregiver and resident stress, providing a safe environment and ensuring a variety of engaging activities.

Radiant Senior Living’s Memory Care Communities offer comprehensive health and wellness programs , full activity calendars, transportation to doctors’ appointments, housekeeping and much more.

Radiant Senior Living Communities with Memory Care include:

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Is it Time to Make the Move to Independent Living?

When to Make the Move to Independent Senior Living

Independent Living offers seniors comfort while allowing a relaxed, independent life-style. It may be the right retirement option for active seniors looking for a care-free retirement. Below are questions to ask yourself or a loved one when considering making the move to Independent Living:

  1. Are you regularly interacting with peers, family or friends?

Isolation from other people can lead to loneliness or depression, making social interaction necessary for mental health. If you are seeing friends less often, missing activities you enjoy or are looking to engage with others more often, then the move to a community with an active and diverse activity schedule may be a great option.

  1. Are you able to maintain your current home with ease?

Regular maintenance in a home– such as cleaning, mowing the lawn, and tending to house repairs—is a safety concern for many seniors. Making the move to a community that manages these chores is a smart idea for seniors that find necessary maintenance tedious or difficult.

  1. Are you able to attend appointments or engagements with ease?

One of the amenities that many Independent Living communities, including Evergreen Court at Baycrest Village, offer is transportation to and from appointments. If you are beginning to find driving or public transportation uncomfortable or unsafe then you may find this amenity reassuring.

Note: Independent Living typically offers amenities that help with daily tasks such as driving to appointments or taking out the trash. However, if you need assistance with daily living activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, medical assistance, or additional personal care then Assisted Care or communities that offer higher levels of care may be needed.

Click over to our website to see the many Independent Living options we have in our Radiant Senior Living family!

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Independent Living Offers Active Seniors a Care-Free Retirement

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The myth that living in a retirement community might mean the loss of independence has deterred many seniors from even considering making the move to a senior living community. Seniors often discover in touring a community that instead of restricting independence, the right community may allow them to enjoy the lifestyle that they wish to live. Healthy, active and independent senior adults may consider making the move to an Independent Living community for the amenities and reduction of responsibility that Independent Living offers residents.

Residents of Independent Living communities enjoy the freedom of living on their own while not needing to worry about house maintenance, transportation, or isolation. Discover the right fit in Independent Living by touring a community and exploring the offerings that are available.  Many communities offer full activity calendars that allow residents to choose activities, events and outings that engage and excite. Some communities also offer meal options, fitness centers, beauty and barber salons, outings to exciting destinations and more.

Independent Senior Living Reduces Daily Stressors

Radiant Senior Living Independent Living Communities

Radiant Senior Living, which offers a continuum of care that, includes several Independent Living programs which offer all the above benefits to residents to help seniors stay active, healthy and independent for the longest possible time.

“We pride ourselves in being a service-rich retirement community, addressing your needs for comfort and security, while respecting your desire to experience a relaxed, independent way of life,” remarked Donna Jones, Senior Sales Manager for Radiant Senior Living.

Our Independent Living communities provide a comprehensive Health & Wellness program, full activity calendar.

Our Independent Living Communities include:

Ashley Pointe- Independent & Assisted Living in Lake Stevens, Washington

Barnett Woods- Independent and In-Home Care in Medford, Oregon

Baycrest Village- Independent Living, Assisted Care, Memory Care & Skilled Nursing in North Bend, Oregon

Bozeman Lodge- Independent & Assisted Living in Bozeman, Montana

La Conner Retirement Inn- Independent & Assisted Living in La Conner, Washington

Pioneer Village-Independent & Assisted Living in Jacksonville, Oregon

South Pointe – Independent & Assisted Living in Everett, Washington

What is your idea of the perfect retirement? Comment below!

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Commitment to Being an Engaged Senior Living Provider

The Most Responsive Senior Living Providers on SeniorAdvisor.com [Infographic]

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More responsive communities tend to have happier families. If a community is paying attention to all forms of feedback, from suggestion boxes to phone calls to online reviews, it indicates it is a community that is committed to providing a positive experience for its residents and their families. — SeniorAdvisor.com article “Which Senior Living Communities Care Most About What You Have to Say?”

Radiant Senior Living is proud to have been included in SeniorAdvisor.Com’s round up of “The Most Responsive Senior Living Providers.” Our mission and values nurture our commitment to continually be engaged with our visitors, residents, families and staff in all of our communities.

Ways We Engage as a Senior Living Provider:

We have a variety of opportunities to engage with those that experience our Senior Living communities. This allows for anyone to connect with us in a way that is convenient to them and their schedules.

Website & Email

Reach out to any of our communities or our home office by visiting our website and connecting with us through email. Fill out a form via our website or send an email to our compliment/concern hotline: hotline@radiantseniorliving.com.

Phone

Call our hotline so that we may connect with you by phone: 1-877-736-4022. 

Social Media

Connect with us using Social Media! We love sharing and engaging about information, events, and news through our social media channels. Follow along with any (and all) of our social media channels to connect. Find us at: Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Review Sites

We know how important it is to be able to see what others’ think about a community when trying to find the perfect place for retirement for yourself or a loved one. We are continually engaging with those that take the time to leave us a message on review sites. Find our communities represented on Google, Facebook, SeniorAdvisor.com, Caring.com, Yelp, and more.

Blog Comments

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog. Engage with our posts by commenting at the end of each blog post.

Tell us, what is YOUR favorite way to engage with a business?

 

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A Strong Senior Living Team Ensures Quality Care

Full time employees at most businesses spend the majority of their waking hours at work. Employee morale is important for the health of both employees and a business. The American Physiological Association claims that unhappy workplaces may result in increased depression and heart disease rates. While employee health is important, studies also show that staff morale and production are linked, meaning that a better staff morale may mean better job performance.

Theresa Heis, Director of Operations for Baycrst Village Senior Care Communities, believes a focus on teamwork and improving team morale in business, but especially in Senior Living, is essential.

Happy Team Members Ensure The Best Care

Happy team members ensure the best care.

Baycrest Village Senior Care Communities Focus on Strong Team to Ensure Quality Care

Baycrest Village and its senior care communities reside on 14 beautiful acres in North Bend and Coos Bay, Oregon. Offering services in Independent Living, Assisted Care, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, and Memory Care, the expansive senior living family of communities has nearly 200 employees.

Director of Operations Theresa Heis oversees all components of care at Baycrest Village. Heis focuses on creating a strong, cohesive, and happy team, which she believes leads to happy residents and families.

“It is important to have a strong team, especially in Senior Living, in order to provide consistent quality care services, and to maintain fiscal responsibility,” explained Heis.

With over 40 years of experience in the senior living industry and 26 years as a skilled nursing home administrator, Theresa has worked with a variety of communities, and developed different programs to improve the services offered at her communities. Heis joined the Baycrest Village team over the winter of 2013 with a desire to empower her team and to make a positive difference in the community.

“We are doing a lot of neat things here,” said Theresa Heis of her team building efforts with team members of the Baycrest Village Senior Living Communities, “It’s about having fun in the workplace.”

“So much of my staff’s waking hours are spent here taking care of our residents and each other,” Theresa Heis explained, “I want them to be comfortable to communicate and to feel ownership and pride in our community.”

Heis believes that team building begins with promoting a culture of positive change.  Empowering her team to make decisions and to suggest improvements in services promotes teamwork and the best quality outcomes.

“We are passionate about the tools we give staff in order for them to provide the best quality care,” Heis said.

Constant on-going training enables Baycrest Village team members to examine their systems and be a part of a cohesive team approach to making improvements to those systems.

“Of course, we’ve also been hosting a lot of fun events to open communication,” said Heis with a smile.

She believes a well-trained, empowered, and happy staff is the best way to provide the quality of care that she expects from Baycrest Village to remain the provider of choice.

For more information on Baycrest Village please visit their website: www.baycrest-village.com

Additional Resources for Building Strong and Happy Senior Living Teams:

  • Provide an Employee Assistance Program to your team members. An EAP is a program that offers free and confidential services to employees who have personal or work-related problems. They typically cover a broad variety of problems including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, stress management, grief, and more.
  • Denise B. Scott: Catalyst for Change is a great website full of resources for providing person-centered care and creating a culture change in long-term care.
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Why we call Radiant Senior Living ‘Home’

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A dedication to a continuum of care and senior living services in a person-centered environment.

Aging happens to everyone, but it is not the same for everyone.  As a family-owned business with over 35 years in the senior housing and healthcare field, we know that seniors vary in their needs, desires, and tastes. We aim to provide a continuum of care of senior-living services throughout our many communities by providing the best options for retirement and beyond.

Radiant Senior Living was formed in mid-2011 with headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Our home office provides support to our 14 Senior Living Communities throughout Oregon, Washington, and Montana, staffing 850 employees and serving over 1,100 residents at all levels of care.

The home-office team– led by Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer, James Guffee and Chief Operating Officer, Jodi L. Guffee– is comprised of professionals with many years of experience in and a passion for the Senior Living field.

“The ‘Home Office’ as we refer to ourselves is important to how we support our teams of ‘families’ in all of our Radiant Communities,” says Jodi of the home office’s purpose. “The personal touch of ‘home’ instead of ‘corporate’ allows our staff to know that we are committed to the personal connection we make at every level. We believe that you are ‘home’ at a Radiant Community because you are a part of the family.”

Radiant Senior Living offers a family of services to meet the housing and healthcare needs of seniors at every stage of life. We have successfully developed 10 senior housing projects including retirement, assisted living, memory care, and state-of-the-art skilled nursing facilities.

Our dedication to care assures that our residents receive the support needed to enjoy the best possible quality of life in retirement, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, in-home, respite, and hospice environments.

Each of our communities is comprised of some of the best in the Senior Living industry. We are proud of the passion that is shown by our staff. We hear from residents and their family of the great care and attention shown by our administrators, community relations directors, caregivers, house keepers, nurses, kitchen staff, and maintenance staff. Our team of dedicated and compassionate staff is there when needed.

As a family of senior living communities, it is our mission to create and sustain comfortable, caring environments for those who depend on us. Our goal is to help our residents achieve maximum independence, while supplying excellent social, physical and emotional support. We offer exceptional wellness programs, social activities, and health care in a family atmosphere to create a community that can be called home.

Visit our website to view all of our Radiant Senior Living communities and the services that they offer.

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South Pointe Activity Treats Residents to a Day of Glamour and Photographs

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Each of our communities has a full event and activities calendar designed to engage residents. The communities Activity Directors have a true passion for the work that they do in creating and leading activities that are designed for seniors with varying interests and care needs. They keep their communities fun and active with exercise classes, social hours, excursions, live entertainment and more.

“I believe that a great activity department is the soul of the community,” said South Pointe Assisted and Independent Living’s Activity Director Elizabeth Mason.

Elizabeth enjoys creating events for residents that celebrates their lives—past, present, and future. She has put together anniversary parties for residents celebrating many years of marriage, planned exciting holiday events with live musical guests, and treated residents to a day of glamour and photographs.

“Activities are more than just fun and games— though there is a lot of that! It is about happiness. If your residents are happy, your community is happy,” she explains.

Recently, Elizabeth put together a day of glamour for residents to be treated to a Mary Kay makeover, the attention of a hairdresser, and styled photographs. Both men and women participated in, getting their photographs taken.

Elizabeth provided two back drops, several hats, feather boas, fur collars, gloves, and plenty of jewelry for residents to use if they wished. Many of South Pointe’s female residents enjoyed dressing up.

Participating residents enjoyed seeing their photos up on the wall and sharing photos with family members.

“I was going to take the photos down after Valentine’s Day, but the residents requested that I leave them up until the end of the month!” Elizabeth exclaimed.

For more about the importance of activities in Senior Living visit the following websites:

Alzheimer’s Reading Room “Teepa Snow on Planning Activities” 
A Place for Mom “Beyond Bingo: Activities at Today’s Senior Communities”
Read more about South Pointe on the South Pointe Website.
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Radiant Senior Living Communities Donate to Veterans’ Organizations

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The American Legion Gallatin 14 accepting a donation of $2,050 from our Bozeman Lodge community.

It is our pleasure and honor to have many veterans living in our communities. Stories of heroism, travel, acts of kindness, and lessons learned—just like the story of Cliff Gifford veteran of the U.S. Navy– often come in from the men and women that served our country that are now living as part of the Radiant Senior Living family. These men and women inspired our team to give back to veterans.

In efforts to support veterans, both living in our communities and the surrounding areas, we participated in a month-long fundraising promotion. Our Senior Living communities in Oregon, Washington, and Montana worked hard to support their local veterans’ organization. We were amazed about the response to the fundraising and are proud of our teams for coming together and gathering over $27,000 for veterans!

“Our heartfelt thanks go out to the brave men and women who have faithfully served to protect our country,” said James Guffee, President and CEO, “and we’re honored to raise funds for the local Veterans’ organizations serving our communities.”

Our teams are presenting their checks to their chosen local veterans’ organization at events scheduled from February through April. Follow along via our Facebook page to see pictures and read stories from these events.

Oregon Senior Living Communities Donating to Veterans’ Organizations

Barnett Woods—Retirement Living in Medford, OR—VFW Post #2302 $3600

Baycrest Village— Retirement and Senior-Care Services in North Bend, OR—Point Man Ministries $3600

Farmington Square Beaverton—Assisted and Memory Care in Beaverton, OR—Martin J. Ryan VFW $600

Farmington Square Eugene—Assisted and Memory Care in Eugene, OR—Veterans Services of Lane County $4200

Farmington Square Medford—Memory Care Community in Medford, OR—VA SORCC 135 $2400

Farmington Square Salem—Assisted and Memory Care in Salem, OR—VFW661 $5400

Farmington Square Tualatin— Assisted and Memory Care inTualatin, OR—VFW Post 3452 $1800

Pioneer Village— Retirement and Assisted Care Community in Jacksonville,OR—Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation $3000

Washington Senior Living Communities Donating to Veterans’ Organizations

Ashley Pointe—Retirement and Assisted Care in Lake Stevens, WA—American Legion Post #181 $600

South Pointe—Retirement and Assisted Care in Everett, WA—VFW661 $600

Montana Senior Living Community Donating to a Local Veterans’ Organization

Bozeman Lodge— Retirement and Assisted Care in Bozeman, MT—American Legion Gallatin Post 14 $2050

 

 

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Have a Radiant Valentine’s Day

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A sweetheart dinner at our Farmington Square Medford community.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our Radiant Senior Living family to you and yours! Our communities are all enjoying a weekend full of Valentine’s Day related activities to celebrate. We encourage you to follow along on our Facebook as we share community photos this weekend.

And, because it is Valentine’s Day, we’d like to celebrate love by sharing our recent post about three wonderful couples who each celebrated over 70 years of marriage this past year! Click on over to read more and pick up a secret or two on how to love a lifetime!

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Share Your Favorite Holiday Traditions

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Our communities are decking their halls in celebration of the Holiday Season. Christmas trees are being decorated, stockings are being hung on mantles with care, and holiday tunes are filling the air. One of our favorite things to do each season is talk with our residents about the holiday traditions that they enjoy each year.

Some of our favorite traditions each holiday season include:

  • Decorating our hallways with holiday cheer and our community buildings with beautiful lights!
  • Touring the town in our bus to view all the holiday lights. Hot cocoa is a great addition to this favorite tradition!
  • Singing carols or having carol singers visit our communities and listening to our favorite holiday songs.
  • Delicious Holiday dinners with friends and family.
  • Adopting local families to surprise with holiday gifts.
  • Going to pick out the perfect trees for our communities.
  • And much more…

We’d love to know…

What is YOUR favorite holiday tradition? Comment below!

And, don’t forget to LIKE our Facebook page to see updates and photos from our holiday celebrations!

 

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