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ISL Executive Carrie Delaney Takes Top Honors

ISL Executive Carrie Delaney Takes Top Honors

Carrie Delaney, divisional vice president of sales and marketing for ISL was recently recognized as a Senior Living Leader Under 40. The award was given by Argentum, the largest national association exclusively dedicated to supporting companies operating professionally managed, resident-centered senior living communities ad the older adults and families they serve.

Argentum recognized professionals under 40 who are emerging visionaries and thought leaders working to create a better future for senior living. The professionals are leading and implementing programs to advance senior living initiatives; working to advance meaningful public policy on behalf of senior living providers and those they serve. Carrie has been working in the senior living industry for 17 years, and with ISL since 2009.

 

Veterans Benefits for Senior Living and Home Care Costs

Many families are unaware of financial aid for vets and families

Memorial Day is May 29, a special day for honoring Americans who served in the country’s armed forces, so this month is ideal for veterans and their families to research their eligibility for financial support.

The Veterans Aid and Attendance (VA&A) Pension provides benefits to veterans and their spouses to help pay for costs of care—both in-home care and senior housing. Unfortunately, many families are not aware of the benefit and miss out on key financial support to help pay for senior living and home care expenses. The benefit is anticipated to change in the coming year, which could affect the number of new families eligible, so families are encouraged to take action now to determine their eligibility.

Veterans benefits provide financial assistance to those who have served their country, as well as their spouses, during their retirement years. Veterans who are at least 65 years old and who served during war time (though not necessarily in combat) may be eligible for financial assistance through the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to help pay for care. Spouses and surviving spouses of wartime veterans are also often eligible. For many families, veterans benefits can make a significant difference for those struggling to pay for care.

Senior housing benefits from the VA

The VA provides nursing home care through different types of facilities:

  • The VA’s own nursing homes
  • Private nursing homes that contract with the VA to care for veterans
  • The VA’s Community Living Centers that provide short-term residential care and outpatient care
  • State Veteran Homes for vets not eligible for direct VA nursing home care

Community and home care benefits from the VA

The VA has long-term community and home care programs for vets who don’t qualify for nursing home care or who want to live at home but need regular assistance with activities of daily living.

  • Community Residential Care provides many of the types of care and services in assisted-living facilities. Veterans who don’t require nursing home care are provided with room and board, plus limited personal care and supervision.
  • Hospice/Palliative Care offers supportive services for veterans with end-of-life medical conditions.
  • Home health care enables long-term medical care in the veteran’s own home supervised by a treatment team.
  • Homemaker/home health aide services are provided by a home care agency.
  • Adult day health care that provides medical and rehabilitative services is available to veterans in a group setting during daytime hours at a VA or community facility.

How to get help applying for VA care benefits

Through a VA Vet Center (https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter.asp), located in every state, you can get free assistance by phone or in person. Assistance is also available by contacting the Veterans Benefits Administration office (https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/division.asp?dnum=3) nearest you. The VA also has a toll-free telephone help line at 1-800-827-1000.

 

New Website Helps Navigate Senior Housing

There is a new website called Where You Live Matters which is a great resource for individuals to learn more about the many aspects of seniors housing. It was created by ASHA (American Senior Housing Association), an organization that has helped seniors and their families navigate housing and lifestyle choices since 2001.

“We believe it’s very important to provide the public with information regarding seniors housing and options available. On this website, you’ll be able to read informative articles. We share resident and family stories and their experiences. And we’ll also provide you with data and research related to senior living options,” said David Schless, president of American Seniors Housing Association. “We’ve assembled leading experts in successful aging from across the United States who will share their professional insights with you. These are nationally known experts who work with families as they make decisions about lifestyles, including the possibilities about moving to a senior living community.”

Topics covered on the website include:

  • Choose well to live well.
  • Compare the lifestyle options.
  • Learn about life at a senior living community.
  • Form a plan to live well, longer.
  • Make a family decision.
  • Prepare and manage your finances.

The website helps you live well, live better and live where you maximize the possibilities. Whether you are a senior searching for answers or a caring family member eager to assist, you’ll find the site’s unbiased, research-based, thought-provoking resources will guide you toward smart, confident decisions.

Visit the site today at http://www.whereyoulivematters.org/

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