Fall Prevention Awareness Week: September 22–29

This year’s theme is “Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2016”

Among adults over age 65, falls are the leading cause of death from injury, nonfatal injuries from accidents, and hospital admissions for trauma. To bring attention to this critical health and safety issue, the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence sponsors Fall Prevention Awareness Week during the first week of the fall/autumn season. This year, during the week of September 22–29, older adults, caregivers, and families are encouraged to learn about seniors’ fall risks and how to prevent falls in 2016 and the years ahead.

“Falls can take a serious toll on older adults’ quality of life and independence,” says leading gerontologist Jon Pynoos, Ph.D., co-director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, “and the risk for falls increases with age.”

Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury, says the National Council on Aging (NCOA). At the heart of the message behind Fall Prevention Awareness Week is the good news that falls are preventable.

The NCOA advises seniors to stay safe with these six tips.

Find a good balance and exercise program. Strive to build balance, strength, and flexibility. To find a program, contact your local Area Agency on Aging for referrals. Find aging resources in your area at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (http://www.n4a.org/). Choose a program you like and take a friend, caregiver, or family member.

Talk to your health care provider. Share your history of recent falls, and ask for an assessment of your falling risk.

Regularly review your medications with your doctor or pharmacist. Medication side effects and drug interactions can increase your risk of falling. Remember to take medications only as prescribed.

Get your vision and hearing checked yearly and update your eyeglasses. Your eyes and ears are key to keeping your balance and avoiding fall hazards.

Keep your home safe. Remove tripping hazards (loose area rugs, clutter in main walk-through areas, and wet floors in the kitchen and bathroom, for example), increase lighting in stairways and hallways, and install grab bars in the bathroom and railings on stairs.

Talk to family members. Enlist family members and caregivers’ support in taking simple steps to stay safe on your feet. Falls are not just a seniors’ issue.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Raises Awareness and Funds For Alzheimer’s Care, Support, and Research

September events spotlight Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

The month of September has become a special time for focusing on research, awareness, and fundraising for Alzheimer’s disease nationwide and throughout the world.

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) sponsors the fifth global World Alzheimer’s Month in September to educate about the disease and challenge stigma. Worldwide, 35 million people and their families are affected by dementia. This year’s theme is “Remember Me,” for which ADI asks everyone to get involved by sharing their own favorite memories, or memories of a loved one, on social media during September with the hashtags #RememberMe #WAM2016.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s, held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, is the world’s largest fundraising and awareness event for Alzheimer’s. In fact many ISL communities take part in these walks. Participants of all ages and abilities gather for these local 2- to 3-mile walks, most of which are held on a day in September. To find a walk near you, go to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website and type in your zip code.

ISL Celebrates National Assisted Living Week with a commitment to “Keep Connected”

Today’s seniors are expecting more from every aspect of their lives.  The senior housing industry has responded by creating assisted living communities, a place where senior residents thrive. To celebrate the way more than one million people live, there is National Assisted Living Week® taking place September 11-17, 2016. This year’s theme “Keep Connected” showcases the integral role technology plays in assisted living communities such as those managed by ISL.

keep-connectedThe theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living communities are integrating technology into resident care. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing internet and social media users today. They typically use it to reconnect with people from their past, bridge generational gaps, and find online support for people living with chronic diseases.

ISL takes enormous pride in finding new ways to enhance the services we provide in assisted living.  “Incorporating 21st century technology whenever possible truly enhances are resident care in so many ways and helps them enjoy a better quality of life.

“Keep Connected,” recognizes the increasing opportunity technology can offer to enhance the care and overall experience in assisted living communities. During this week we encourage our communities to support opportunities for residents to use the latest communication tools to engage with the world around them. Furthermore, “Keep Connected” acknowledges the many ways assisted living staff and supporting business partners are revolutionizing the care provided in these communities through innovations in technology.

Happy Assisted Living Week!

5 Trusted Strategies When Researching Assisted Living & Memory Care

See a change in your parent or loved one that leads you to believe they might benefit from an assisted living community? You don’t know where to turn. As the healthcare industry experiences a digital boom, 77% of us begin our healthcare search online, according 2015 Healthcare Consumer Trends survey. But how do we know who and what to trust?

Here are 5 of the most trusted locations to help you begin your search!

  1. Always talk to your family, friends, and neighbors first – word of mouth is powerful
  2. Connect with people who serve seniors such as,
    • Senior centers
    • Rehabilitation Centers
    • Clergy
    • Meals on Wheels volunteers
    • Pharmacists and Dieticians
    • Hospital Administrative staff, nurses, and paramedics
    • Physical, occupational and speech therapists
    • Physicians, including ophthalmologists, neurologists, psychiatrists and geriatricians
    • Psychotherapists, psychologists and licensed counselors
    • Home care and hospice providers
  3. Research online reviews. Review sites publish reviews of local businesses, written by people who have had first hand experiences with the business. The top sites we recommend are Google and Yelp. Some review sites even help users find out which assisted living community will provide the best care for aging parents.
  4. Go to their Facebook page! Check out the vibrancy of the community. Do they go out on outings? Are they consistently connected to family, friends and the community? Are they promoting health and wellness? Do the residents look inspired or challenged? Are they happy?
  5. Call a handful of your favorite communities and set up a tour with your loved one. Experience first-hand what is offered at each community while asking questions.

Take Stock of Aging Parents During Holiday Visits

3 Tips to Prepare for the Future from Foothill Village

ANGELS CAMP, CA – Foothill Village in Angels Camp encourages families, during holiday visits with aging loved ones, to check on their health, discuss their senior care and review their important documents. Reuniting at the holidays is a natural time for adult children to observe their elderly parents and help them organize for long-term care.

“Many people go home ready to celebrate the family being together,” said Tim Batton, executive director of Foothill Village. “Then they notice their parents have changing needs. Holidays are a good time to pause and check in on how your aging parents are really doing.”
Batton suggests three ways to use family time to get organized for the future care of an aging loved one:

1. Take Stock of Health and Wellness
Evaluate your elderly loved one’s overall living situation including eating habits and look for weight loss or gain. Ask about their medical visits and call their doctor for another perspective. Take a photo of their prescriptions for your records. Inquire about their social life and listen for mental health concerns. Look for red flags that identify potential safety, mobility and health issues that you can help your parents address.

2. Discuss Senior Living Choices
Families reuniting for the holidays enjoy reminiscing about past get-togethers. Turn on the video camera and “interview” your parents on a variety of topics, such as growing up, their young adult years, favorite holiday traditions or whatever is of most interest to your family. This can lead to discussions about how they want to continue to live their life. This will ease you into the “tough conversation” on aging and different senior living options.

3. Review Important Financial and Legal Documents
Families can find themselves in a crisis needing to make quick decisions about care for an elderly parent or relative. Set aside time to collect important documents to prepare for a parent’s elder care and health care. Knowing where to find insurance cards, birth certificates, wills and financial records can help families be prepared for hospital visits and making decisions about senior care for their loved ones.

“Using your holiday visit for evaluating your elderly loved ones is more effective than a phone call or short-term visit,” Batton said. “Being proactive and engaging your parents about their future may seem awkward, but knowing how they feel and understanding their legal and financial realities, helps your family make better choices.”

Foothill Village Senior Living is a premiere senior community in Calaveras County. The beautiful senior living campus features an Active Senior Living community with sweeping mountain view and connected to an Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care wing.

This safe, loving environment offers residents a continuum of care through life’s transitions. Amenities include three meals daily, weekly housekeeping, transportation, activities, utilities, as well as personal caregivers and laundry service in the Assisted Living and Memory Care communities.
To learn more about Foothill Village Senior Living, visit their web site at www:foothillvillageseniorliving.com or call 209-729-2200.

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If you’d like more information about this press release, please contact Beverly Stricklin-Dierks at 209.729.2200, or via email at foothillvillagemkg@islllc.com.

Senior Housing: What Are Your Options?

In today’s Senior Living industry there are so many different housing and services options.  Knowing which community is right for you or a loved one can be very confusing.

There are a few key questions to consider about what is important to you in your new home, such as what amenities do you want and what supportive services do you need?  If you do not require skilled nursing care, a senior living community is one of your best options.

Independent Living communities provide housing and often some dining and housekeeping services, transportation, and an array of activities.

A Licensed Adult Home or Enriched Housing Community offers even more services and also support with personal care. The majority of these communities are licensed and operate under the auspices of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). NYSDOH licensing requires that services such as assistance with personal care, medication, meals, housekeeping, laundry and most importantly case management, be provided for residents in these communities.

A Licensed Assisted Living Program, another program within an Adult Home or Enriched Housing community, also provides supportive services and helps individuals who require financial support meeting the Medicaid guidelines.

The most recent certifications called Assisted Living Residence (ALR), Enhanced Assisted Living Residence (EALR), and Special Needs Assisted Living Residence (SNALR), provide individuals an opportunity to continue to safely reside in their current senior living community.  Residents receiving EALR services may receive support to include management of incontinence, diabetes, oxygen, and other medical equipment, and one person assistance with ambulation and transfers. SNALR services would provide supervision and care to individuals afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Other communities advertised as Assistive Living Communities (unlicensed) often have similar services but are contracted by the resident directly through a home health care agency.

The Senior Living industry has taken some forward steps by providing these options for our seniors and helping them to age in place. In other words, seniors may continue to reside in the senior living community they initially selected and which has become their “home,” able to receive additional necessary services without having to move to another facility.