Monthly Archives: February 2017

Tips for Choosing a Senior Community Right For You

What is assisted living

It seems that the idea of senior communities as a whole have a bad reputation. However, many senior communities actually provide good for its residents. Nearly 60% of independent living residents who participated in customer satisfaction surveys fielded by National Research in 2012 visited two or more residential communities prior to selecting the one they decided to call home. About 44% of those surveyed cited reputation and recommendation as the reason they chose the senior living community, followed by location at 40%. Although it may take some research and on site visits, beneficial assisted living communities can be found.

The location is generally one of the most important deciding factors in an assisted living facility. Most seniors want to move to so (more…)

27 Feb 2017

Tired and Achy? Your Mattress Could be to Blame

Mattress for a bad back

On average, we spend eight hours a night in our beds. However, many of us sleep on cheap mattresses that are causing us pain and fatigue. Do you feel refreshed when you wake up in the mornings? If not, your mattress could be to blame.

As many as 70 million adults in the United States have a sleep disorder. Approximately half of Americans say they don?t get enough sleep, yet do nothing to make their sleep better. Nearly half suffer from snoring, and in the past month, nearly 38% have fallen asleep during the day. Worse yet, nearly 5% have fallen asleep while driving.

An old, cheap mattress is likely the cause of these problems. While more than 90% of people believe in the importance of a comfortable mattress when it comes to a good night’s sleep, very few change their mattress as often as t (more…)

24 Feb 2017

The Terrible Twos How To Combat And Prevent Tantrums

Toddler screaming tantrums

Dealing with terrible twos behavior is perhaps one of the most difficult things a parent will do. A two year old child is no longer quite as easy to understand as an infant — their needs are more complex, their emotional range is expanding, and yes, they have the ability to throw tantrums on purpose to get what they want. Therefore, it can be easy for parents to get frustrated with their toddlers. The most important thing is that you don’t let your frustration get the better of you; you’re still a parent, after all, and while there is a need for discipline, you don’t want it to get in the way of bonding with your child. It’s important that you (more…)

24 Feb 2017

Creating a Nautical Theme at Home With Life Preserver Decoration Items

Nautical telescope

Like most people, it is likely that you too like to make changes to your home decoration to create an immersive mood and ambience. This is not always easy to achieve, especially if you want to maintain a level of consistency of composition and theme throughout your home. If you are someone who has a discerning mind and is very particular about home decoration, throwing random things together and hoping that things might look good is not likely to be good enough for you. It is more likely that you would first think of an overall theme, and then acquire the right items keeping with that theme, so that the decoration can have a consistency and a certain feel to it, creating a certain kind of ambience that you want in your home. This is the most crucial part, and the theme that you decide on would go on to play (more…)

23 Feb 2017

How to handle the most common toddler tantrums

Healthy food for picky toddlers

As far as infants go, your child was a dream. They rarely cried, often slept through the night and were all around, just plain adorable. But they just turned two…and suddenly they’re like a totally different child. They’re constantly picking fights, screaming, acting out and being your worst nightmare. Ah, welcome to the terrible twos aka toddlers and tantrums. While it’s a tough stage to handle, you can take comfort knowing that you aren’t alone and that most parents go through the exact same stage with their kids. It’s extremely common! But that doesn’t make it any easier. Here are some of the most common problems you’ll face dealing with terrible twos, and how to handle (more…)

21 Feb 2017

Being a Parent of Young Children Can be Challenging

Toddler screaming tantrums

You still remember your the days you spent in the Montessori child care and preschool. After working for one full year in the infant room as the lead teacher, you really felt that you had a good feel for children and their development.
You fondly remember the early mornings after the children had just arrived and the crawling babies enjoyed the freedom of traveling in and out of the crib rooms and quietly “hiding” from the adults who kept careful watch over them. After a few moments of silence the young crawlers wanted nothing more than you, or one of the other employees, to come “find” them. The chase would begin again and before long the giggles turned to cries as these young children became both tired and hungry.
these problems, however, were easy to solve. A snack time of healthy fruit (more…)

20 Feb 2017

Reasons to Hire a Maid Service

St. petersburg cleaning services

Most people like to have a clean home. It has been estimated that at least 87% of women think that the cleanliness of their home is a reflection of them personally. Having said that, many people just do not have the time to get their homes as clean as they would like them to be. For instance, while 84% of people in the United States say that you need a clean carpet to have a clean home, only 55% are able to take the time to get their carpets as clean as possible. Many people turn to professional house cleaning services, there are about 894,920 maids working around the country. Some people wait until they need cleaning right away and they will call in same-day maid se (more…)

13 Feb 2017

5 Advantages Assisted Living Communities Provide

assisted living communityWhen it comes to senior living communities, there are many options to choose from. While some seniors would prefer in-home care, it’s not always a feasible option, and it may not be in your loved one’s best interests. Very often, an assisted living community may be the best choice for seniors who need a little extra help with tasks but want to keep their independence for as long as possible. Essentially, it’s the best of both worlds. If you want to find out more about assisted living facilities and the benefits they can provide for your loved one, here are just five of the advantages they offer:

  1. Maintaining Independence
    One worry that seniors often have about moving into an assisted living community is whether they’ll have to give up their sense of independence. But actually, assisted living communities ensure that residents are able to maintain their independence for much longer than they might otherwise. Assisted living staff members will provide help when residents need it, but they’re also able to lead active lifestyles and complete important daily tasks themselves. Residents don’t have to give up anything upon moving into a facility; they’ll just gain extra help.
  2. Health and Safety
    When seniors stay at home, they can’t be supervised all the time. In many cases, they aren’t able to get the nutrition, physical activity, or medical care they need. But in assisted living, all meals will be provided with seniors’ nutritional needs in mind. Facilities also provide numerous events that help seniors stay active, and staff members are on-hand to make sure that residents get the care they need. And because senior living communities have modifications that make daily tasks easier — which many home situations do not — residents will have increased mobility and safety will be ensured.
  3. No Household Maintenance
    Maintaining a home can be a full-time job in itself. As we age, the responsibilities of upkeep can take a physical and financial toll. In assisted living, residents no longer have to deal with endless household or yard maintenance. In addition, they won’t have to worry about transportation or cleaning, as those are taken care of for them. When these burdens are alleviated, seniors can focus on enjoying their lives, stress-free.
  4. Social Interaction
    Seniors are especially prone to depression and social isolation, but according to a 2009 study, seniors in independent and assisted living communities are more likely to make new friends or try new things. That’s because these facilities put on events, offer classes, and provide opportunities for seniors to take up a hobby or become a part of a group. In these communities, seniors can socialize with their peers, rather than spending their days alone at home or with the occasional family member. And because our Virginia assisted living facilities provide tons of organized activities, our residents are never bored!
  5. Peace of Mind
    Above all, assisted living centers can provide peace of mind for both residents and their families. More than anything else, seniors fear that they’ll be a burden to their families in old age, but the care they receive in an assisted living community will drastically reduce familial worries and will ensure that seniors get the care they need throughout the rest of their lives.

To find out more about whether our assisted living or independent living communities are right for you or a loved one, get in touch with us today..

09 Feb 2017

Help the American Red Cross with Your Clothing Donations

Clothing donation pickup

Do you have used clothing donations to make? Were you aware that an American Red Cross Clothing pickup service is available through GreenDrop? This is a convenient way for you to donate clothes to the Red Cross.

Every year, 70% of people in the United States donate to charitable organizations. The American Red Cross, as you may be aware, is available every day of the year. They provide a variety of services to families and communities in need. In addition to clothing and blankets, they also provide shelter, food, and water.

The American Red Cross is also well known for its blood drives. During life-threatening emergencies, natural disasters, and similar situations, such as accidents, the Am (more…)

04 Feb 2017