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Coronavirus Update – March 15, 2020

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Hello River Glen of St. Charles community,

The health and safety of residents living in our community is our top priority, and we are closely monitoring the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus (COVD-19). We understand that COVID-19 is on everyone’s mind, and we want to be communicative and transparent in the steps River Glen of St. Charles is taking to prepare our community during this unprecedented event. Our team has been working tirelessly to prepare for possible scenarios related to COVID-19.

We’ve developed a series of precautionary steps that our community is implementing to help reduce everyone’s risk of COVID-19. Additionally, you can access updates at the following website.

Our community is:

  • Continuing to follow the guidance from both the CDC and local health authorities
  • Increasing the frequency and rigor of cleaning and sanitizing common community areas
  • Encouraging a temporary reduction in visitation and deliveries
  • Reducing on-site group social events and recreational activities
  • Reviewing our emergency preparedness and response program
  • Asking residents to communicate any travel plans
  • Coordinating best practices and across our large partner network
  • Making the CDC’s COVID-19 prevention resources and recommendations available to all residents

According to the CDC, many of our residents are at a higher risk for serious illness, and we’re providing all residents and their families with the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and local health officials on the steps they can take to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

We are strongly encouraging all our residents to follow the CDC’s guidelines for individuals at higher risk, which includes:

  • Avoiding crowds and large social gatherings
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting personal spaces
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Stay in your residence if you are showing flu-like symptoms or are sick with respiratory illness, including fever, and coughing

These are simple yet important steps that we should all be taking to protect ourselves and our community.

Our teams are staying in communication with local health officials and will share regular updates on COVID-19. For more the most up to date information and personal health recommendations, please visit the websites below:

Updates from LCS: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/

COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

COVID-19 Symptoms:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/symptoms.html

What To Do If You Think You Are Sick:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/sick-with-2019-nCoV-fact-sheet.pdf

 

 

Coronavirus Update

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The health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and families is always a priority at our community.  With the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the news and in the minds of many, we want to address actions, which are taking place related to this concern.

Some of the actions we are addressing include:

  • Consistent updates and communication to those who live and work at the community.
  • Evidence-based precautions that align with guidelines provided by the CDC.
  • Reviewing emergency preparedness and response measures in the event that a virus impacts our community or the surrounding area.
  • Changes to our travel and visitation guidelines for all employees, partners and guests.

We are closely monitoring local, state and federal health agencies to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively to protect our community and mitigate risks of an outbreak.

We will continue to remain vigilant in our efforts to preserve the health and safety of our community.

If you have questions, concerns or need more information, please contact RiverGlenStCharlesLIFE@RiverGlenStCharles.com at (630) 443-8220.

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization

Illinois State Health Department

Our Fifth Avenue Thanksgiving Feast was fun for all!

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Thanksgiving is for gathering around a table with loved ones for a time of feasting, counting blessings and celebrating those who are important in our lives.   We love to celebrate Thanksgiving in our Fifth Avenue neighborhood with our residents and their loved ones!  It’s a special day full of food and great fellowship with our residents, their families and our staff.

The spirit of gratitude was in the air!

Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven was a sweet treat!

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The Life Enrichment team at River Glen does a fantastic job helping residents get the most out of their days.  When FREE Slurpee day came upon us, we called 7-Eleven in St. Charles and asked if they could accommodate a group our size.  They were terrific and offered to let us come a day earlier to avoid the crowds and enjoy the free treat.  Cheers 7-Eleven!

 

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Researching Retirement Communities

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If you’re beginning to look for retirement communities for your dad, will you know where to begin? While the search may seem daunting, it’s important to be thorough: Choosing the right community—especially if he needs the support of an assisted living residence—will impact his quality of life as well as his happiness.

Save yourself a little time—and wasted energy—by avoiding these 4 mistakes that people commonly make when searching for assisted living communities:

1. Not being realistic

The number one thing to keep in mind when looking at a potential retirement community is that this will be Dad’s home. There are many options to consider, but your job is to remain realistic about Dad’s wants and needs. Look for a retirement or assisted living community that can support him now as well as in the future. Moving Dad from place to place as he ages is an expensive proposition—not to mention one that will take an emotional toll on both of you.

2. Not including family members

While this move matters the most for Dad, it’s also a big move for your family. Even if you’re the “point person” on the search, discuss your options with him and your family members. Together, discuss the retirement community and if it has the right mix of activities, amenities and services for Dad—as well as if it feels comfortable to him. Including everyone in the discussion can be helpful as he makes his final decision.

3. Waiting until the last minute

If possible, don’t wait to take action until the need for assisted living is urgent. Start searching for options early on so you can thoroughly research the retirement communities and narrow down your top options. Waiting until the last minute can cause you to act under pressure, incur unnecessary stress and potentially select a place that’s not a good fit for Dad. If and when the time comes, it will be much easier to make the move to assisted living if you already have desirable options in mind.

4. Not doing your research

Don’t just scratch the surface when researching: Thoroughly dive into all that the retirement communities have to offer. From the outside, several communities may seem comparable and a good fit Dad, but what do they each offer? Think of Dad’s needs—now and in the future—when researching places. Will he need transportation? Individualized services? Community activities? These are all questions to consider when choosing the right retirement community. Take the time to visit potential communities to meet with the staff and see how residents interact.

As you begin looking for Dad’s new assisted living community, you may find you have more questions than answers. Life Care Services can help. Contact us to learn more and request a tour.

Doing what’s best for dad and managing family dynamics.

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If Dad’s health or capabilities are declining, it may be best for him to get the care he needs in an assisted living community setting. For some families, that can be a difficult choice to make. But while you may be on board about getting him the assistance he needs, are your siblings?

Denial can be a tricky thing to handle, especially when it comes to deciding what’s best for a loved one. Your siblings may not recognize the level of care Dad needs or may not agree on how best to get it. Disagreements also can arise over the responsibilities that each sibling will have or the costs of his care—but it’s essential to discuss the next steps with your family members.

First and foremost, keep your conversations focused on Dad’s safety and care. Try these 5 tips for discussing Dad’s situation with siblings who may be reluctant to see his actual needs.

1. Plan a meeting.

Don’t blindside your siblings about the need for Dad’s care by simply bringing it up in an everyday conversation. Plan a time for you and your family members to meet so you can express your point of view and listen to what they have to say. During this meeting, talk about Dad’s current state of health, his projected health and how that may affect Dad’s quality of life, then discuss why these may mean he needs more care. You may need to have more than one conversation to allow everyone to feel like their opinions are heard.

2. Ask for help.

Be specific about Dad’s needs and your suggestions when speaking with your siblings. If they’re denying that he needs help, provide them with examples. Ask them to step in and help with simple things, such as tidying up his house or taking him to the grocery store. As they participate in these activities, they may begin to recognize changes in Dad that they’d not seen before.

3. Speak to a doctor.

If you can’t get past your siblings’ denial, it may be time to get a doctor involved. See if you can obtain permission—such as a health care power of attorney— to review Dad’s medical records. Discuss what’s in Dad’s medical reports and what the doctor suggests. Bringing in the opinions of a third-party medical professional often helps those in denial understand your concerns about Dad’s health.

4. Visit a senior living community.

Do you sense your siblings are resisting Dad’s move to assisted living because they hold outdated impressions of what that setting looks like? Ease their fears by scheduling a tour of the community with your siblings so that they can become familiar with a modern assisted living community. Let them know that they have a say in where Dad lives.

5. Secure mediation assistance.

If it’s been difficult to get your point across or come to a final decision, professional mediation may be the next step. There are many different mediation services that can help to lead you and your siblings to a resolution. Start with a compassionate geriatric care manager who can answer questions and allay fears.

In emotional situations such as Dad’s next life step, it’s important to separate your expectations from those of your siblings. They may be coping differently than you during this time, so being accepting, understanding, and open is essential to the decision-making process.

To learn more about the communities we manage or to request a tour, contact Life Care Services.