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Integral Senior Living to Manage Laurel, an Independent Living Community

CARLSBAD, CA (________2017)— Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, is pleased to announce it has been chosen to manage Laurel Riverpark, a refined senior community located in Oxnard, CA. The community is being developed by The Wolff Company, a private equity firm based in Scottsdale, AZ. The community is currently pre-leasing from a temporary office located at 1000 Town Center Drive #300 Oxnard, CA 93036 Suites #30 & #32. This is the third community ISL is managing for the developer.

 

When open, Laurel Riverpark will offer 136 one- and two-bedroom independent living residences designed for quality and style. The garden-style development will be located within the Riverpark master planned community and will feature coastal Southern California architecture. It will be directly adjacent to prominent dining, shopping and entertainment at The Collection.

 

The community will feature best-in-class wellness services and strikingly sophisticated amenity spaces such as a fitness and yoga studio, a full-service salon, a relaxing spa, an arts studio and multi-purpose rooms for interacting with friends, family and neighbors. A heated saltwater pool and spa anchors resort-quality outdoor living areas. In addition to groundbreaking style, grand accommodations and attentive service, Laurel Riverpark will offer outstanding dining experiences by partnering with Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life services, and acclaimed chef and Food Network star, Beau MacMillan. Residents can choose from innovative seasonal menus in the modern-American restaurant and classic favorites with a twist in the pub. Through ISL’s award-winning Vibrant Life® program, seniors can experience an expanded active lifestyle with projects and activities that contribute to their overall health and well-being.

 

About The Wolff Company

Wolff has invested in, acquired and developed high-quality multifamily assets for more than six decades. The Company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and maintains offices in Washington, Massachusetts and California. Contact us at 480.315.9595 or visit us online at www.awolff.com.

 

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 58 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout California, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Texas, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida and Indiana. It is ranked the 20th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Living Executive. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services. For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

 

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Media Contact:

Stacia Kirby

206-363-1492

Stacia@kirbycommunicationsinc.com

 

 

Integral Senior Living Adds Inspiration to Team Hope Nola

CARLSBAD, CA (March  2017)— Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier senior living management company, recently provided new inspiration at its annual Director of Sales and Marketing conference held in New Orleans.  At the conference, the group donated $1,500 to Team Hope Nola as part of the companies ISL Inspires program.

 

Staying true to its mission, ISL Inspires is a program designed to give back to local communities in a variety of ways. Prior to this donation, last month ISL Inspires raised $16,551 which was given to the non-profit organization Samaritans Purse to distribute funds to victims of the Louisiana 2016 flood.

 

The mission of Team Hope Nola is to provide at-risk students with the necessary tools to enable future success. The students develop an invaluable skill set and collaborative network through educational, cultural, recreational resources and activities provided. The men behind the vision are Robert Pack and Master P, two of New Orleans’s most prestigious sons. More information can be found at http://teamhopenola.org and  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0N3u5yJm-4

 

 

About ISL

Integral Senior Living headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, manages a progressive selection of senior residences to meet the growing needs of today’s aging population. It currently manages 60 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Georgia, Kentucky, and Washington.  It is ranked the 17th largest senior living provider in the U.S. according to Senior Housing News. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. The dedicated staff at each community is trained to maintain the highest standards of senior care services.  For more information about ISL, visit Integral Senior Living’s website, blog and Facebook page.

 

Simple and Creative Mother’s Day Gifts That Are Sure to Please

 After decades of choosing Mother’s Day gifts for your mother or grandmother, coming up with new ideas can be challenging. Whether your special senior is still active in the workforce or enjoying a well-deserved retirement, there are plenty of gift options for you to consider for this year’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14.

Here is a list of suggestions that our ISL staff members know would be appreciated by moms in their senior years.

Gripper socks. A colorful assortment of warm and fuzzy socks with nonskid treads can keep Mom’s feet cozy while helping prevent slips and falls. These socks come in various heights, materials, and patterns—and there are even double-sided gripper socks with treads on the top and bottom so they’ll provide traction whichever end is up or if they get twisted.

Customized gift baskets. Buy a decorative basket and fill it with items you know she’ll love. Tuck in some fuzzy gripper socks (see above!), her favorite lotion and lip balm, scented soaps, an assortment of tea packets, a book of postage stamps, a flameless candle, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers … small, handy, pleasant items your mom or grandma will appreciate having nearby.

Over-the-ear headphones. Many seniors who didn’t grow up using modern earbuds find them confusing and annoying. For enjoying music or audiobooks, your mother or grandmother might prefer larger, padded listening devices that fit over the ears. There are many lightweight, comfy, and easy to use ear-covering headphones that come in a variety of colors.

Puzzles and coloring books. Nowadays you can find sophisticated, beautiful, and challenging tabletop activities like jigsaw puzzles and coloring books that are not childish and provide hours of amusement. There are choices for all levels of ability and and all sorts of interests: flowers and gardening, nature scenes, pets and animals, art and design. These activities are fun distractions for helpers of all ages when family and friends gather.

Gift cards. Practical, thoughtful gift cards or certificates allow your loved one to plan a visit to a favorite restaurant or department store, or indulge herself at a beauty salon or health spa. Consider a gift card to an online superstore like Amazon. Don’t forget that less glamorous (but necessary!) venues like gas stations, grocery stores, post offices, pharmacies, pet stores, and hardware stores also offer gift cards.

May Is Older Americans Month

 This year’s theme is “Age Out Loud”

Each May, our nation celebrates Older Americans Month. This year’s theme, “Age Out Loud,” encourages all of us to learn from what today’s older adults have to say. More than ever, older adults are living their lives with boldness, confidence, and passion while serving as an inspiration to people of all ages. We see this example everyday in our ISL communities, where seniors are engaged and making a difference. This is particular evident through our innovative Vibrant Life® program, offering a pioneering approach designed for enhancing and enriching residents’ lives through core components for well-rounded and meaningful experiences.

The seven main components to living a Vibrant Life:

  1. Be Inspired— Gain a deeper sense of spirituality & feed the soul!
  2. Be Well— Intellectual stimulation, get moving & stay active!
  3. Be Challenged— Ignite competitive spirit, learn, grow & motivate!
  4. Be Adventurous— Try something new every day, explore & experience the unique!
  5. Be Family— Cherish family connections, share & continue family traditions!
  6. Be Social— Embrace friendships, celebrate the moments, talk, laugh & listen!
  7. Be Connected— Engage in meaningful community involvement, share experiences & expertise!

Currently older Americans are working longer, trying new things, and engaging in an active life. They’re taking leadership roles, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others.

A New Phase of Life

Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. For many Americans, it’s a crucial phase of life where interests, goals, and dreams can get a new start. Today, aging is about eliminating outdated perceptions and living the way that suits each person best.

ISL communities offers several recent examples of vibrant, forward-thinking older Americans who are loud about their Vibrant Life.

  • Leonard E. McCord, who is soon turning 95 recently displayed his paintings in a first-ever Vibrant Life ‘Living the Dream’ Art Show at The Arbors at Rancho Penasquitos Senior Living. At the art show his beautiful works were viewed, enjoyed and some even purchased.
  • Terry Scholderer, a resident at the Groves of Tustin Senior Living was crowned at the Miss Newport Coast USA/Miss Irvine USA Pageant 2016 as part of her Vibrant Life ‘Livin’ the Dream’ moment. She was given her official “Memories Matter” sash and crowned by the outgoing Miss Irvine Teen USA, Monica English.
  • 92-year-old Dorothy Williams of Shavano Park Senior Living took to the sky, taking part in an indoor skydiving experience with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter. What a day they had together.

This May we hope you celebrate Older American’s Month and live a Vibrant Life!

The Pointe at Lifespring Officially Opens For Residents To Move-In

Knoxville, TN (May 1, 2017) The Pointe at Lifespring, a new assisted living and memory care community, has completed construction and is pleased to announce it’s officially welcoming residents into their new home. Located at 4371 Lifespring Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918,  The Pointe at Lifespring offers residents a community committed to providing a warm and nurturing environment combined with advanced technology, innovative services, and impeccable amenities that make this new community a stand out in the area.

 

“We are so pleased to open our doors to the community of Knoxville. Our goal of providing the best senior living care in a beautiful and unique environment is now a reality,” said Heather Haley, senior director of sales and marketing for The Pointe at Lifespring.  “We welcome everyone to come by and see what makes our community so unique and special.”

 

Nestled on a picturesque country ridge in northeast Knoxville, Tennessee, The Pointe at Lifespring offers seniors and their families the utmost in vibrant and comfortable living. With the latest and most innovative concepts and technologies in senior living, residents receive personalized attention, ensuring confidence and constant peace of mind.  The location provides for easy access to local hospitals and other healthcare providers, as well as shopping and dining. Situated off Washington Pike in Northeast Knoxville, the community is nestled into the hill with stunning Tennessee views. Overall The Pointe at Lifespring offers 68 beautifully finished apartments, featuring 40 assisted living and 28 memory care including studio, one and two bedroom suites.

 

Key features of The Pointe at Lifespring

 

  • Highly trained and compassionate staff – peace of mind day & night
  • Plantation- style architecture, with sunset views
  • Physical, spiritual and social wellness- whole person well-being
  • Spacious Suites-Studios, One, and Two- bedroom options
  • Vibrant Life Program- Nurturing an overall well-being and meaningful social connections
  • Dining by Design at The Spring House Grille– Featuring healthy resident favorites with a local flare
  • Personalized Care Plans- Customized to resident preferences
  • Family participation & partnership- continued bonding with loved ones and team members
  • The Peake Fitness Center– Maintain a healthy, energized lifestyle
  • The Hilltop Salon– Look your best, conveniently!
  • The Oasis Bistro Café– coffee and conversation with friends
  • Full-time concierge- Information from a friendly face
  • Local transportation- Special trips & appointments
  • Weekly housekeeping and laundry- hassle free lifestyle
  • Story of a Lifetime Assessment- life achievements matter
  • Beautiful courtyard, outdoor dining & garden areas- relax & enjoy the fresh air
  • Pet-friendly- because best friend’s may have fur!
  • Utilities included- no more surprising bills

 

“We are committed to excellence in resident care, embracing relationships within and throughout our community, and ensuring that our residents have made the best decision in calling The Pointe at Lifespring their home,” adds Heather.

 

 

About The Pointe at Lifespring

The Pointe at Lifespring offers the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Knoxville, TN the expert trained staff will provide residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living (ISL), which manages senior living properties throughout the U.S. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information please visit ThePointeSeniorLiving.com.

 

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Media Contact:

Heather Haley

Director of Sales and Marketing

Phone: 865.687.5353

Cell: 865.254.8101

Email: LifespringDSM@ISLLLC.com

 

What To Do When Seniors Refuse Help

How should caregivers respond when older adults won’t accept advice or assistance?

Ask any caregiver about the most challenging aspects of assisting older adults, and you’ll likely hear examples of their frustration when help is offered but refused.

There’s no doubt that many senior adults need varying levels of assistance with daily activities, says a recent study from the National Center for Health Statistics. Approximately one in five seniors, age 75 and older, need help with day-to-day tasks such as shopping, doing household chores, handling finances, and managing medications, according to the study.

In a study published in The Journals of Gerontology found that more than three-fourths of grown children think their parents are stubborn about taking advice or accepting help with everyday activities.

For caregivers and senior adults, these conflicts—which may escalate over time—can result in a standoff in which the older adult will turn away from any advice, suggestions, or offers of help from caregivers.

What strategies can caregivers use to encourage seniors to accept assistance, especially when it’s obviously needed?

Understand their motivations. Try to discover why your older adult is resisting. Does he or she resent the changed power dynamic (you’re the “parent” and he is the “child)? Is she denying the realities of growing older and losing independence? Is there depression or confusion? Try to ascertain what the older adult is afraid of. Listen to his or her concerns without judgment.

Choose your battles. How important is the matter? Is it a critical health or safety issue? Or it is something that’s irritating you—but not, in the overall scheme, consequential?

Accept the situation. If seniors are not endangering themselves or others, step aside and let them to make their own choices. They will then experience the consequences of their behavior—and may be more inclined to allow your assistance in the future. They may even ask for help!

Ask them to help you. Explain to seniors how much it would mean to you if they would allow you to be useful to them. Aging adults proclaim that they don’t want to be a burden, which is understandable—but let them know that you want to feel needed. Assure them that their letting you give back to them would be a gift to you.

Veterans Benefits for Caregivers and Spouses

What are these benefits, who is eligible, and how to apply

More than 1.5 million wartime-service veterans and their surviving spouses are eligible for billions of dollars each year in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) pensions to help pay for long-term care.

Many are not getting the assistance they’re eligible for because they don’t know these benefits programs exist, what the benefits can be used for, or how to apply. If you are caring for a veteran of the armed forces, is your loved one receiving the benefits he or she deserves?

Certain VA benefits can be used for medical and non-medical care in these settings:

  • A veteran’s own home
  • Independent and assisted living communities
  • Skilled nursing homes
  • Other long-term care settings

Some of these benefits can be used to pay family caregivers for providing in-home care services for vets.

Surviving spouses of eligible veterans can also make use of long-term-care programs like Aid & Attendance and Housebound Pensions. And there are veteran burial benefits to ease the financial burden of funeral costs.

Eligibility may be the primary focus for many caregivers, but other areas of confusion and misinformation could affect families’ success in obtaining veterans benefits.

The VA doesn’t recognize Power of Attorney (POA)

Caregivers often hear about the necessity of getting a POA as part of planning ahead for elderly care, but to manage a legally incompetent veteran’s financial affairs, an individual must be officially appointed as the veteran’s fiduciary. To serve as a fiduciary, you must submit the beneficiary’s name and VA file number, and your name and contact information to the VA Regional Office nearest you.

Expediting a VA application

The VA has rules to expedite the applications of people age 90 and older. If your veteran is in this age group, make sure that the VA office handling the application knows this.

Veterans don’t have to be ill to qualify for Aid & Attendance

It’s not well known that when veterans turn 65 they are considered 100 percent disabled in the eyes of the VA. This means that they could be eligible for the lowest level of Aid & Attendance assistance, even if they have no major health conditions.

When a veteran dies, spouses must reapply for benefits

If a veteran dies before their spouse, Veteran Aid & Attendance Improved Pension benefits being received by the couple will cease. The surviving spouse to submit a completely new application to the VA to get their benefits reinstated.

Talk only to the local VA office that services the area your vet lives in

Caregivers won’t be able to obtain information from offices that do not handle their loved one’s account. VA offices are not allowed to pull files on beneficiaries or applicants who do not live in their area.

Murrieta Celebrates Grand Re-Opening

Now a Specialized Memory Care Community

Murrieta, CA (April 14, 2017) As America’s population gets older; the need grows for senior living communities to offer care for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. When Murrieta Gardens opened in 2004, it offered both assisted living and memory care options to residents. Now Murrieta Gardens is shifting its focus to exclusively specialize in care of residents dealing with memory loss. To celebrate the change, Murrieta Gardens is hosting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House for the community at large.

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

WHO: The Murrieta Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to cut the ribbon.

When: Friday, April 21, 2017

Time: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Where: Murrieta Gardens Senior Living

24200 Monroe Ave, Murrieta, CA 92562

To RSVP and get more information call 951-600-7676

Public is welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Enjoy refreshments, raffle, prizes and open house tours.

 

With specially designed and dedicated Alzheimer’s and Memory Care accommodations and staff, Murrieta Gardens ensures the comfort and security of all its residents. It offers two neighborhoods: Transitions and Generations, depending on what care is best for each resident. Staff at Murrieta Gardens partner with family members and care providers to develop a framework that supports the individual physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

 

Uniquely suited to care for seniors with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, Murrieta Gardens encourages residents to participate in activities, to enhance their joy, sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Staff take the time to learn about a resident’s past life experiences, favorite activities and daily routine. This enables them to encourage independence, support the resident’s strengths and capabilities, and assist them with their needs in a loving and dignified manner.

 

While media attention has focused on the later stages of Alzheimer’s and related dementias, experts are now recommending purposeful programs and care when memory loss symptoms first emerge. This can make a big difference, not only in quality of life, but also in the condition’s advancement. That is where Murrieta Garden’s Vibrant Life Program comes into play. The Vibrant Life program infuses excitement and unique experiences with well-rounded and meaningful experiences—so residents embrace a truly Vibrant Life!

 

 

About Murrieta Gardens

Murrieta Gardens provides the finest in senior living specializing in memory care options for residents. Located in Murrieta, California the expert trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Murrieta Gardens call (951) 600-7676 or visit www.murrietagardens.com.

 

Media Contact:

Jonalyn Kelman

murrietaDSM@ISLLLC.com
951-600-7676

 

Should You Volunteer After Retirement?

Here’s what to consider when weighing your options

Throughout the country, millions of people have found fulfillment donating their time to causes and organizations whose missions interests them. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that finances and runs AmeriCorpsSenior Corps, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and others, estimates that more than 64 million Americans volunteer nearly 8 billion hours each year.

A recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center reported that two-thirds of respondents ages 55 to 70 who hadn’t yet retired said they plan to spend more time volunteering in retirement.

By helping others, volunteers not only contribute untold value to their chosen organizations, but they also reap benefits themselves. Studies have connected volunteering with reduced depression and enhanced brain activity. Active volunteering also correlates with living longer, healthier, more meaningful lives.

“The biggest thing is to find an opportunity that suits you,” Samantha Warfield, a spokeswoman for the CNCS, told Consumer Reports. “Do what you’re passionate about.” 

In many cases, finding the right volunteer work isn’t so different from seeking a job that pays. Here are factors to consider.

Capitalize on your background—or not. When you contact an organization, mention the skills honed in your career. However, be aware that the very things you did while working won’t always translate into volunteer success, says Robert Laura, retirement expert and Forbes columnist. He talks about a recently retired social worker who was burnt out from all the heartache and stress caused by her job. Yet, after six months of retirement, she was bored, so she put her people skills back to work by volunteering in the very sector she’d left: social work. Not surprisingly, within three months she was burnt out again—and not even getting paid. Worse yet, she felt guilty about quitting because they were understaffed.

Take another direction. A retiring school administrator wanted to be a part of something that had definitive start and end dates, and a finished product to see and touch. This contrasted with her past work life that consisted of policies, curriculums, and procedures needing constant reviews, updates, and revisions. Nothing ever got finished. She signed up with Habitat for Humanity, whose mission is focused on building (and completing) physical structures to shelter real families.

What do you care about? To define how and where you want to spend your time, ask yourself, “What do I want do something about?” What do you want to change? What issues and conditions bother you? Your answers can give your volunteer efforts more purpose. You will be positioned to seek organizations that fit your goals and offer you the chance to make a difference in ways that matter to you.

Start small. Begin volunteering in brief stints—an hour per week reading to a preschooler or two hours in a food bank. If you’re tentative, bring along a friend for support. Keep in mind that that as a “newbie,” you may not get the plum assignments right away. Also, keep asking yourself, Is this the work I want to do?

Don’t forget an “exit strategy.” Your role with the organization may or may not turn out as you’d envisioned. Before you sign on, ask about the organization’s exit strategy in case you feel uncomfortable, the work doesn’t match your skills or interests, causes physical challenges, or doesn’t meet other expectations. A process to communicate your concerns or, if necessary, resign your position allows both you and the staff to make changes or to part ways without hard feelings and misunderstandings. 

How to find opportunities. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, and colleagues, check the websites of organizations of interest, or use search engines to find the types of volunteer opportunities available. Start with the websites VolunteerMatch.orgServe.gov, and for a long-term, full-time commitments, NationalService.gov.

April Is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

Groups raise awareness of the disease and its treatments 

More than 1 million people in the U.S. have Parkinson’s disease, says the National Parkinson Foundation, and as many as 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60. Parkinson’s strikes 50 percent more men than women. The average age at onset is 60, but some are diagnosed at 40 or younger.

Parkinson’s involves the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells in the brain, called neurons, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The job of some of these dying neurons is to produce dopamine, a chemical that sends messages to the part of the brain that controls movement and coordination. As the disease progresses, these brain neurons produce less and less dopamine, and the person loses movement control.

Common Symptoms

Symptoms vary from person to person, but primary motor signs include the following:

  • Tremor or the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Slowness of movement
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Instability of posture or impaired balance and coordination

Medications and Treatments

Many medications and treatments are available to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but none yet reverse the effects of the disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, doctors may also suggest lifestyle changes, especially ongoing aerobic exercise. Physical therapy that focuses on balance and stretching may also be effective. Speech-language pathologists may help improve speech difficulties. In later cases, surgical procedures such as deep brain stimulation may be recommended.

What’s New in Parkinson’s Treatments?

Deep brain stimulation. For two decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for Parkinson’s patients has been successful, says the National Parkinson Foundation. Evidence shows that DBS has meaningfully helped tens of thousands of patients worldwide, improving tremor, dyskinesia (involuntary movements), on-off fluctuations (reduced effectiveness of levodopa medication), and other Parkinson’s symptoms. DBS has fallen short in slowing disease progression, including walking, talking, and thinking. Some scientists advocate using guide tubes (straws that DBS leads are fed through to precisely place them into the brain) to deliver growth factors to improve brain function. There is also interest in developing DBS leads connected to pumps that could continuously supply factors to the brain while maintaining the electrical current derived from the DBS device.

The relationship between the gastrointestinal system and Parkinson’s disease. Evidence has been mounting in support of a relationship between the gastrointestinal (GI) system and Parkinson’s disease. Many pathologists and neurologists believe that Parkinson’s may start in the gut. Studies have found that many GI symptoms, such as constipation, occur as prominent and disabling Parkinson’s symptoms. People with Parkinson’s who are experiencing motor fluctuations that cannot be controlled by medication adjustment are advised to ask their doctor to test for H. Pylori (a common type of gut bacteria) infection.