There’s no place like home at River Glen!

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A daughter of one of our residents sent our staff this lovely note:

To all of the River Glen staff,

Yesterday my mother returned to River Glen after a short stay in the hospital.  I was so happy when she described how she was welcomed when she returned.  Mom said:

“So many people greeted me and said they were glad I was back.”

“The concierge at the front desk gave me a big hug.”

“The waitress in the dining hall was so excited to see me.”

“The nurses were glad to see me”  (Mom thinks everyone is a nurse).  I know she was including the aides in this comment.

“So many of my friends said they missed me.”

“I guess people like me since they were so glad to see me.”

I am crying as I write this email because Mom was very unhappy, confused  and agitated in the hospital, yet all  of those memories were erased when she came through the River Glen doors.  I am so happy she has warm, loving, caring people to be with.

 

We’re happy she’s here too! 

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!

 

8 Healthy Habits for Seniors

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It’s a fact: People celebrate more birthdays now than ever before. According to data from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), by 2050 there could be as many as one million individuals living in the U.S. who are 100 years old or older.

Want to be one of them? Follow these suggestions offered by the NIA.

1. Exercise. A good idea at any age, exercising as you get older helps reduce the risk for disabilities and age-related diseases. Exercise helps keep you limber—and you’ll feel more energetic, too!
2. Eat healthy foods. Don’t forgo good nutrition: It’s the fuel your body needs to function well. Ask the dietitian at your grocery store or your senior living community about healthy food choices and learn more at Choose My Plate.
3. Watch your weight. Weighing too much (or too little) can impact your long-term health, so follow your doctor’s recommendations to find the ideal weight for you.
4. Stop smoking. Even if you used to smoke, there are health benefits once you quit. Forgo other tobacco products as well.
5. Quiz yourself. Keeping your brain active with puzzles, games, and other challenges can help you stay sharp as you age.
6. Practice wellness. Treat yourself to simple pleasures to stay well and healthy. Socialize with those you enjoy, get plenty of sleep, and express gratitude for what you have.
7. See your doctor. Regular checkups can help you stay on top of your health.
8. Drink only in moderation if you consume alcohol.

As with any activity, check with your doctor before making changes to your lifestyle or diet. Life Care Services cares for more than 33,000 older adults who live in the communities we manage. Contact us to learn more about finding a senior living community that can support your overall well-being as you age.

It’s always an A PLUS day with Bill Cho comes to River Glen!

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Bill Cho’s United Taekwondo Center in St. Charles writes:  “What a blessing to share the morning with these beautiful people!  Grand Master Cho shared tips to strengthen their bodies and souls.  And the joy, excitement and pride filled the room as they challenged themselves and worked up the courage to break through the boards.  They were amazing!  It was overwhelmingly contagious and we are still smiling from ear to ear.  Thank you to our friends at River Glen of St. Charles for allowing us to be part of your day!”

 

How seniors benefit from volunteering

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Senior living communities have a lot to offer seniors—but one opportunity may surprise you. Many residents become active volunteers. Seniors have time and talent to offer, and by joining together with other residents, can make an impact with their volunteering. The opportunities for getting involved can be wide-ranging, from helping young children read, to working in a communal garden, to gathering items for charity.

If Mom lives in an independent living or assisted living community or is thinking of making a move, encourage her to think about getting—and staying—involved. These activities aren’t just beneficial for those being helped, but they’re beneficial for her, too. Here’s how:

  1. PROMOTES HEALTHY ACTIVITY 

Mom may be encouraged to go on walks or participate in group activities in her assisted living community, but volunteering adds an extra measure of involvement. Donating perishables to the foodbank or walking around a museum as a volunteer can help Mom stay active and maintain a healthy level of physical fitness that will help stave off injuries or diseases as she ages. Better still, when she is volunteering, she may not even notice she is exercising.

  1. Offers social benefits

Social interaction is essential to healthy aging. Volunteering is a great way for Mom to connect with other residents and to meet new people, too. Through these interactions, you may notice her self-esteem improve as she flourishes socially within the community.

  1. Provides a sense of purpose

Through her volunteer efforts, Mom can build connections with more people, both within and outside the community. Volunteering can instill a sense of purpose in her because she knows she’s being relied on. And, after the task is done, she will also gain a sense of accomplishment for her role in serving others.

  1. Prevents isolation

Donating time is a great way to enhance Mom’s social health. Being surrounded by others who share her volunteer interests can help reduce the risk of isolation and the depression and illnesses that often accompany it. Volunteering can give her a reason to get more involved in the community to share her wisdom and talents.

Help Mom make a difference in her community—and her own well-being—by encouraging her to volunteer. Life Care Services communities encourage opportunities that help residents stay involved. Find the community that fits Mom’s needs and lifestyle today by contacting us.

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.