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6 Ways to Deal with a Senior Parent in Denial

One of life’s most difficult transitions can be when an adult child becomes the caregiver for their parent. The role reversal can be tough for everyone involved. For the caregiver, it is emotionally and physically exhausting. No one wants to watch a parent’s health decline. For the proud family elder, accepting help can be awkward and uncomfortable. It’s much easier to deny that they need assistance and insist they can handle things on their own.

If you find yourself in this situation, know that you aren’t alone. Researchers who explored this issue found that 77% of adult children consider their parents to be stubborn! This is a generation of older adults known for their strong work ethic. Accepting that they need help doesn’t come easily.

What can you do to keep a senior parent safe while still protecting their pride and sense of independence?

It starts by being patient and trying to see things from the parent’s perspective.

6 Ways to Help a Resistant Senior Parent Get Help

  1. Exercise patience: Unless you feel the situation is so dire that …
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Putting The Life Back Into Senior Living

Today’s senior living communities are remarkably different from senior housing options a few decades ago. The industry has evolved to meet the needs of a more active and engaged senior generation. Not content to ride out retirement from home, they are looking for communities that help them continue to thrive in later years.

With seniors like Betty White, Jane Fonda, and Carl Reiner setting the standard for aging, senior living communities have refined their programs and services to meet changing demand.

Unfortunately, many negative stereotypes and myths about the industry persist. And they often cause seniors to delay moving to a senior living community.

We thought it would help if we took time to separate the facts from fiction when it comes to senior living.

Busting the Myths About Senior Living Communities

Myth: Senior living communities don’t provide residents with very many activities beyond playing Bingo and watching television in the community’s lounge.

Fact: This is far from true! Residents in senior living communities have a wide variety of life enrichment activities far beyond Bingo to participate in. Programs focus …
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The Truth About Pricing on Senior Living Websites

Allegro offers starting prices on their website and discusses the significance of providing customized pricing.

An article has been circulating in the media lately called ‘Why Senior Housing Prices Are Impossible to Find’ which discusses the lack of pricing information available on senior living websites. This lack of transparency is frustrating to viewers and poses the question, “why can’t senior living companies just post pricing information on the website?”

It’s understandable why this question is commonly asked. Seniors and families go online with the intention to find pricing. Many believe that senior living companies withhold pricing so that they do not scare away potential residents.

Pricing for senior living can be complex and wide-ranging. It is an emotional life decision that requires personalization. As a result, it’s often difficult to provide exact pricing to a senior or family member without first understanding his or her needs.  There’s a wide range of options among care types, services, dining and floor plans.

Typically, rental senior living communities offer a monthly base rent that includes dining, housekeeping, transportation, maintenance, social events, and …
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We Get By With a Little Help from Our Friends

Friends bring us encouragement, support and love. Humans need these essentials to survive and live a fulfilling life at any age.  As Ringo Starr says, ‘I get by with a little help from my friends.’ This saying is even truer as we age.

The New York Times recently ran an article titled Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote. In this article the author spoke about the importance of friends in later years of life. The article highlights the benefits new and old friendships bring to seniors. Instead of trying to accommodate a high quantity of friends, the article suggests that humans tend to invest in meaningful relationships as they grow older. Span, Paula (2016, December 30). Loneliness Can Be Deadly for Elders; Friends Are the Antidote. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/health/loneliness-elderly.html?_r=0

Growing older has enough challenges and without friends and family by your side, these challenges can seem terrifying.  Social isolation tends to creep in slowly as friendships become harder to maintain. But seniors do not have to face loneliness. There are still opportunities for meeting new friends throughout …
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Senior Living – How Do I Know Which Option is Right for Me?

Senior living communities offer several living options to meet the wide-ranging needs of each resident. Without understanding the choices available, it can be difficult to determine which care type will benefit you. You may search for one care level, but come to find out that another option is better.

Three common care levels offered are Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care. Communities may offer one or all three care levels. It’s important to understand which care level is right and what the difference is between these options. As you plan for the future, keep in mind that your needs will change and you may not need these care types in a sequential order.

Determining a care level for a senior living resident is a very complex process, and several factors and assessments go into this evaluation. A formal evaluation will have to be completed by a healthcare professional at your senior living community to determine an accurate care level. This information is intended to give you a general idea of which option might be best. It does not replace the …
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The Surprising Benefits of Short-Term Respite Care

As a caregiver, the daily routine of caring for a loved one with dementia can be a full-time job and can bring stress to daily life.  As a senior, the day to day tasks of meal preparation, cleaning and transportation can quickly become daunting. Short-term respite care can help.

What some seniors and caregivers may not realize is that short-term (or respite) stay options are available at most senior communities.  As a caretaker it can be difficult to find time for your own physical and emotional needs; however, your wellbeing is just as important as your loved one.

Below are a few ways in which a short-term respite stay can benefit both seniors and their caregivers:

• Increases socialization opportunities for seniors beyond their family. • Encourages seniors to stay active physically and mentally. • Improves the dining experience for seniors who do not have regular companionship during meal time. • Provide an emotional and physical break for the caregiver to take care of themselves and find time for activities to reduce stress. • Creates an extended support system for the …
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Tips for Engaging With a Loved One Affected by Memory Loss

For anyone with a close friend or family member affected by memory loss, you know first-hand how this condition can have an emotional impact on your relationship with this person. At times the role of son, daughter or friend can take a backseat to the new role of caretaker.

Depending on what stage of memory loss your loved one is experiencing, this condition can present new challenges in caring and communicating with the individual.  Regular activities that you once enjoyed may change and new challenges can present themselves when interacting with this person.  Finding ways to engage and care for your loved one will help ease the stress of caretaking and dealing with memory loss.

Tips for engaging with your loved one affected by memory loss:

  • Trigger Foods: The familiar smells and tastes associated with certain foods (example – fresh bread) can bring comfort and familiarity to your loved one. Finding out what food(s) this person enjoyed in their past could help determine what trigger foods evoke comfort for the individual dealing with dementia.