Sherry Fischer, one of ISL’s Executive Directors is featured in an article about community renovations in Argentum’s Senior Living Executive magazine.
A New Senior Living Community in Naples
NAPLES, FL (September 8, 2016) All Season Naples, the newest luxury senior living community being developed by Beztak Land Company and co-managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL), a premier nationwide senior living operator chosen by Beztak for their expertise in Assisted Living and Memory Care, is set to start pre-leasing this fall, with first occupancies expected as early as the spring of 2017.
The All Seasons brand, which Beztak first introduced in Michigan in 2007, is a unique concept that offers seniors an alternative to traditional congregate senior living. The All Seasons mission is to be the absolute best standard bearer of the senior living industry and to operate in a manner that is similar to a five-star resort or boutique hotel. All Seasons communities focus on the highest level of care, utilizing elements of design, while providing an energizing, active lifestyle for their residents that is rich in amenities. The diverse social, educational and cultural programs, combined with an upscale resort setting, sets All Seasons forward and apart from other senior communities currently available around the country.
“All Seasons Naples will usher in a new era of senior living into the area with its gorgeous location and stunning architecture,” said Collette Valentine, CEO/COO for Integral Senior Living.
The community will offer 100 independent living and 62 assisted living one and two bedroom apartment homes, and 25 memory care studio apartment homes. Residents will be surrounded by lush tropical landscaping, communal herb gardens, and an expansive boardwalk, pier and gazebo with magnificent lake views. From the interior with sunlit dynamic views, to the outdoor terrace, invigorating pool and special water features, the atmosphere at All Seasons in Naples provides the backdrop for a refined Floridian lifestyle.
Staying true to the brand, All Seasons Naples will pride itself on offering signature amenities including a state of the art exercise facility, chauffeured transportation, 5 star cuisine served in an assortment of restaurant style venues, a prestigious Bosendorfer piano as the main living room centerpiece with frequent performances from accomplished entertainers. Among a myriad of events, residents will also enjoy lectures on a wide variety of topics presented by community professionals and educators.
All Seasons Naples’ desirable Naples, FL location on US-41 will allow residents to enjoy local treasures such as the Naples Botanical Garden, 80-plus championship golf courses, and countless upscale shops, galleries and restaurants. The community is located at 15450 Tamiami Trail, Naples FL 34110. For more information visit http://www.allseasonsnaples.com.
In the Beztak development pipeline, in addition to their current All Seasons portfolio of properties, will be All Seasons of Oro Valley in Arizona, All Seasons of Ann Arbor and All Seasons of Canton in Michigan.
For more than six decades, Beztak has developed, built, managed and invested in commercial, industrial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Today, Beztak owns and manages a diverse portfolio of commercial, office, retail, senior living, and multi-family residential real estate, and continues to develop and construct new properties as well as renovate existing properties to add value or reposition them in the market. Beztak also offers comprehensive and customizable fee-based property management services for companies seeking to generate higher revenues from their assets while improving overall performance.
Headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, Beztak has offices in Boca Raton, Florida and Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona, with communities currently located in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. For more information, visit www.Beztak.com.
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 59 independent, assisted living and memory care properties throughout Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, 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.
Today’s seniors are expecting more from every aspect of their lives. The senior housing industry has responded by creating assisted living communities, a place where senior residents thrive. To celebrate the way more than one million people live, there is National Assisted Living Week® taking place September 11-17, 2016. This year’s theme “Keep Connected” showcases the integral role technology plays in assisted living communities such as those managed by ISL.
The theme celebrates the countless ways assisted living communities are integrating technology into resident care. In fact, seniors are the fastest growing internet and social media users today. They typically use it to reconnect with people from their past, bridge generational gaps, and find online support for people living with chronic diseases.
ISL takes enormous pride in finding new ways to enhance the services we provide in assisted living. “Incorporating 21st century technology whenever possible truly enhances are resident care in so many ways and helps them enjoy a better quality of life.
“Keep Connected,” recognizes the increasing opportunity technology can offer to enhance the care and overall experience in assisted living communities. During this week we encourage our communities to support opportunities for residents to use the latest communication tools to engage with the world around them. Furthermore, “Keep Connected” acknowledges the many ways assisted living staff and supporting business partners are revolutionizing the care provided in these communities through innovations in technology.
Happy Assisted Living Week!
In April, ISL put into place in its communities a program that is truly enhancing the lives of residents called Vibrant Life®. One component of the program is called “Livin’ the Dream,” designed to take residents dreams and make them a reality.
Recently The Groves of Tustin made a dream come true for one of their residents, Terry Scholderer. She was recently crowned at the Miss Newport Coast USA/Miss Irvine USA Pageant 2016 as part of her “Livin’ the Dream.”
The pageant was held at the Red Lion Resort in Anaheim with over 300 people in attendance. Terry got her hair done at the community’s salon and then had her makeup professionally done by an artist at the pageant. She wore a custom purple evening gown that was made just for her for this event and was escorted on stage by her son Mike. She was then given her official “Memories Matter” sash and was crowned by the outgoing Miss Irvine Teen USA, Monica English! There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Terry waved to the audience and soaked in her moment in the spotlight!
The event was inspired when a group of beauty queens visited The Groves at Tustin. Terry was simply infatuated with them and enjoyed interacting with the group. This sparked an idea with the community’s Sales and Marketing Director Anna Gounev, who personally runs the Miss Irvine/Miss Newport Coast USA Pageant.
“We thought that it would be a great opportunity for Terry to live her dream and take part in the pageant,” adds Anna.
ISL’s Vibrant Life Program consists of four Signature Programs that were developed as a tool to help insure communities provide quality programming that contribute to the overall well-being and self-worth of our residents. ISL is assisting residents to find their purpose, to search out how each can better incorporate the seven components to living: Be Inspired, Be Well, Be Challenged, Be Adventurous, Be Family, Be Social and Be Connected.
What is a living will and who should have one?
Discussions about end-of-life and critical-care issues are never easy and often get put aside because no family members are at that stage, but planning ahead can prevent confusion, conflict and unnecessary suffering during times of worry and grief.
Knowing a loved one’s wishes before an illness or accident ensures that family members won’t have to make difficult choices on the loved one’s behalf during a crisis.
Livings Wills Are Legal Instructions
Also called advance directives or healthcare directives, living wills are written, legal instructions detailing a person’s preferences for medical care if he or she is unable to make decisions. Advance directives guide healthcare choices for medical professionals and caregivers if a person is terminally ill, critically injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.
Advance directives aren’t just for older adults. Because unexpected critical-care and end-of-life situations can occur at any age, it’s crucial for all adults to prepare these documents.
Studies show that older adults feel especially relieved to know that their specific and personal end-of-life preferences are documented and will be carried out, therefore freeing their families from making these decisions.
Living Wills and Power of Attorney
A living will typically works together with a medical power of attorney (POA). Some states combine the two into one document. The medical POA enables a person to select somebody (a spouse, other family member, or a trusted friend) to make medical decisions on his or her behalf. These two documents can allow you to control the types of medical treatment you’ve chosen, and who will make sure your wishes are honored.
Which Medical Treatments Should You Think About?
The living will typically spells out medical treatments you would or would not want to be used to keep you alive, as well as other options such as pain management and organ donation. Talk to your doctor, healthcare agent (the person with POA), your family, and friends about your personal wishes. Would you want to extend treatment in any situation? Would you want treatment only if recovery is possible?
These are some of the primary issues to consider:
- Resuscitation to restart the heart. You don’t need a living will to have do not resuscitate (DNR) and do not intubate (DNI) orders. These orders can be prepared separately and put in your medical record.
- Mechanical ventilation to take over breathing if you can’t breathe on your own.
- Tube feeding to supply the body with nutrients and fluids intravenously or through a tube in the stomach.
- Dialysis if your kidneys cease to function.
- Antibiotics or antiviral medications used near the end of life.
- Palliative care to keep you comfortable and manage pain at end of life, including being allowed to die at home, getting pain medications, being fed ice chips to soothe dryness, and avoiding invasive tests or treatments.
- Organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
- Donating your body for scientific study.
Coping strategies to help banish caregiver’s remorse and guilt
Being a caregiver to a senior family member is a valuable service and a great responsibility, performed out of love and devotion, and the task does have its rewards. Still, it is a hugely demanding job, often requiring round-the-clock responsibilities.
The enormous challenges of caregiving can bring forth many conflicting and unpleasant feelings, causing caregivers to believe they may not be up to the task. It’s common to fall into a pattern of self-judging, constantly criticizing yourself for the many ways you feel you’re not doing the job well enough.
How can you help chase away the constant self-judgment you hear in your head and reclaim your sense of competence in performing this praise-worthy function?
Acknowledge your negative feelings. All caregivers experience a range of emotions and reactions as they try to cope with their day-to-day duties. Common feelings include:
- Jealousy of others’ freedom
- Resentment of lack of appreciation for all you’re doing
And then add guilt for having these feelings! Guilt also arises when you feel you’re falling short of your ideal of the “perfect” caregiver.
The first step in managing these feelings is realizing that they’re normal and justified—and all caregivers experience similar feelings on a regular basis.
Notice damaging self-talk. Try to notice when you’re talking to yourself negatively. Keep a notebook and jot down whenever you have a self-judging thought: “Snapped at Dad this morning. I’m a bad daughter.” Or “Forgot to pick up Mom’s favorite juice. Why can’t I remember the simplest things?”
These thoughts may constantly run through our heads and we don’t notice how severely we speak to ourselves. Paying attention and writing them down will help you realize how often you’re doing it, and what you’re telling yourself. Ask yourself if you would judge someone else as harshly as you judge yourself.
Redirect negative thoughts, and look at the big picture. After you’ve been noticing your self-criticism, you’ll learn to recognize when it’s happening. Redirect your thoughts by focusing on something you’ve done well (no matter how small), or listing something you’re grateful for.
Instead of criticizing yourself for your trivial failures, look at the bigger picture. So what if the house isn’t spotless? So what if you served lunch later than usual?
Keep in mind what’s really important to you. Chances are you’ve delayed your household duties because you’ve chosen to spend quality time with your loved one to keep him engaged in life and boost his mood.
Keep in touch with other caregivers. Talking to other caregivers can give you fresh perspective. Caregiver support groups are ideal for sharing stories with others in similar situations. Many of their experiences, questions, and challenges will mirror your own. You may realize that you’re doing your best under difficult circumstances, there is no one right way to do the job, and you’re not alone in your situation.
To find a caregiver support group, check with local hospitals and community centers and senior living communities such as an ISL managed one. An online resource is the Eldercare Locator (http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx) where you can enter your zip code to find the Area Agencies on Aging in your area. Call or go to the websites of the Area Agencies on Aging (sponsored by the federal Department of Health and Human Services) that are near you.
Fun tips for staying hydrated in warmer weather
To stay healthy, all humans need water to keep joints moving, protect organs and tissues, regulate body temperature, and overall make the body work better. On hot days, our bodies lose water more rapidly than usual. Also, senior adults have risk factors that can cause problems in the heat, including a reduced sense of thirst and decreased kidney functions, hindering the body’s ability to adapt to extreme temperatures or low hydration.
If you observe signs of confusion, dry mouth, slurred speech and altered behavior in your older adult, especially in warm weather, you might mistakenly attribute these symptoms to age, instead of the health-threatening effects of dehydration.
Studies show that even a 2 percent reduction in body water weight (only 3 pounds on a 150-pound person) can lead to difficulties with short-term memory, attention spam and visual-motor tracking. For good health during the summer months, including optimal cognitive function, here are some fun tips for helping your senior loved ones stay well hydrated.
Infuse water with flavors. Add slices of lemons, limes, oranges, berries or cucumbers to pitchers of fresh water, and then refrigerate it. You’ll have a tasty, refreshing, natural beverage with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives.
Include other fluids. All fluids contribute to hydration, including tea, coffee, juices, milk and soups (but excluding alcohol, which is very dehydrating). The amount of caffeine in tea and coffee does not discount the fluid in them, even if they have a slight diuretic effect, says a report by the National Research Council’s Food and Nutrition Board.
Get water from foods. Eat foods that naturally contain water. Research shows that only 70 to 80 percent of our daily hydration needs to come from water; 20 to 30 percent can come from foods. All whole fruits and vegetables contain water, but these contain the highest amounts:
- 97% water: Cucumbers
- 96% water: Celery
- 95% water: Tomatoes, radishes
- 93% water: Red, yellow, green bell peppers
- 92% water: Cauliflower, watermelon
- 91% water: Spinach, strawberries, broccoli
- 90% water: Grapefruit
Provide a reusable water bottle. Avoid throwaway plastic water bottles that harm the environment—20 percent end up in landfills. Instead, buy a BPA-free refillable water bottle to help your senior adult keep track of his or her water intake each day. Try to make sure your loved one keeps the bottle nearby. With fluids right at hand, your senior is more likely to sip throughout the day.
San Diego (August 3, 2016) Casa Aldea at Santauz, a new assisted living and memory care community currently under construction, has been receiving attention from those interested to see what the spectacular new development is offering residents. To accommodate interest, a sales office is open for viewing Monday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm. Located in San Diego, Casa Aldea at Santaluz anticipates opening late 2016. The community isowned by Aldea Partners and professionally managed by Integral Senior Living (ISL).
“We are making excellent progress with the construction so now is the time to begin showing the surrounding area what Santaluz has to offer,” said Dan Felger, executive director of Casa Aldea at Santaluz. “Through our sales office, we can introduce Santaluz to those who live, work and reside in San Diego and the greater metropolitan area.”
At the sales office, floor plans, building renderings, design boards and actual community finishes are available for review. In addition, information about services, features, and amenities can be answered.
Casa Aldea at Santaluz is designed with the future in mind. The beautifully designed building and apartments offer a custom home approach to the aging population in a communal environment. Upon entering the front door, you immediately feel the warmth and care of home. The two-story building is 75,000 square feet and is on a beautiful 3.3 acres. The architecture is decidedly Tuscan in design. Built with green construction techniques, it will utilize solar power, and energy-star certification to guarantee the lowest carbon footprint currently possible. And we’ll provide the latest in technology applications and platforms. This will enhance our operations and resident services to ensure quality care and performance in every aspect of the community.
Casa Aldea at Santaluz will offer 64 residences with 47 assisted living units (studios, one and two-bedroom floor plans) and 17 memory care units. It is located at 14740 Via Fiesta, San Diego, CA 92127. For more information visit www.casaaldeaseniorliving.com
About Casa Aldea at Santaluz
Casa Aldea at Santaluz will provide the finest in assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in San Diego, It is scheduled to open in late 2016. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages senior living communities. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information visit www.casaaldeaseniorliving.com
ISL communities serve up superior dining experiences that prioritize healthy, delicious foods and enjoyable occasions to socialize
At any age, we all look forward to a good meal, and our expectations for healthy, delicious, and engaging dining choices are higher than ever. Residents at today’s senior living communities expect more when it comes to dining. To meet residents’ desire for better quality and variety, communities such as those we manage making the entire culinary experience more progressive. Gone are the days of cafeteria-type offerings. Today’s residents are served freshly prepared, homemade meals in a restaurant-style setting complete with extensive healthy menu choices, flexible meal times, resident input on menu planning, tableside service, and special events.
The Culinary Directors at our ISL communities are fully engaged in providing a restaurant dining experience. This includes offering a wide variety of menu items and preparations, specials of the day, and alternative menus. Some residents want grilled fish, some baked, poached or even sushi—we offer all those choices. In addition, we look at seasonal varieties of foods. In the fall there is more squash and pumpkin on the menu; in the spring and summer, fresh fruits. Local produce is always highlighted.
Local and Regional Foods. Whenever possible local and regional foods are sourced from local and regional suppliers to provide the freshest products available. In addition, ISL participates whenever possible in the “farm to table” experience. Residents are served regional favorites that appeal to the community, and meals incorporate in-season foods that are common to the area.
Specialty Menus and Thoughtful Preparation. To help seniors maintain healthy diets according to their needs, specialty provisions are offered, such as gluten free, allergy specific, low sodium, low sugar, low fat, low carb, low cholesterol, as well as pureed foods. Religious and cultural restrictions are also taken into account. To ensure great taste as well as freshness, authenticity, and health benefits, communities often use locally grown herbs, assorted spices, and other healthful substitutes to create delicious and nutritious offerings.
Social Dining Experiences. The dining experience does more than feed a hungry resident, it feeds the mind and soul when enjoyed in a communal setting. Many ISL communities stress the social aspect of dining and take it to another level. They offer special themed dining events that take dining to a new level, events that residents look forward to. “Our goal is to transport our residents to a destination dining place, to create an event complete with decorations, entertainment, activities, and, of course, delicious food. For example if we are doing a Hawaiian theme residents may enjoy a roasted pig, hula dancing and tropical drinks as just part of the experience,” adds Zeug.
Varied Menu Selections. Today’s residents want a variety of selections to choose from any time of day. No longer is it acceptable to only have a few menu choices. Now ISL communities provide full-service restaurant-style dining programs that rely on residents’ input on menu offerings, including food choices and preparation. Communities have culinary committees comprising groups of residents who offer advice on menus, and sometimes use residents’ recipes and food-preparation tips. Community dining staff members are innovative in menu selection and customizing offerings for their residents.
Flexible Dining Schedules. The dining experience no matter what time of day is a significant contributor to resident satisfaction in senior living communities. Many senior communities offer flexible mealtimes so that residents can choose a routine that fits their preferences and lifestyles. Those communities that don’t offer all-day dining often make fresh, well-prepared snacks throughout the day. Many communities have more than one location for dining, offering a fine dining area as well as casual dining locations within the community.
At ISL communities, we are creating new and exciting dining experiences for our residents. We strive to provide culinary experiences that residents not only look forward to but also enjoy. Our directors are present in the dining rooms, our chefs ask for residents input, and staff are always seeking new ways to improve our dining programs to best fit residents’ needs and preferences.
Summertime offers plenty of opportunities for families to connect—kids are out of school, vacation days are scheduled, and warm weather brings us out and about. When your grandkids (or great-grandkids!) come to visit, do you need some activities that are fun for all ages? We have a few suggestions for residents and their families—simple ways to have a good time together, anytime, anywhere.
Teach your grandkids a favorite hobby. Can you play the guitar? Do you know how to knit or crochet? Are you a good cook? Perhaps you’ve got a knack for crafts. A sport you love? Most of us have at least one thing we’re pretty good at. Give your grandkids a few lessons. Or else just let them gather round while you show ‘em how it’s done!
Take a slow walk around the neighborhood. Point out interesting things you’ve noticed: old trees, pretty plants, unusual houses, and cute pets. Ask your grandkids to tell you what catches their eye.
Ride the bus. Take the train. Does your city have a trolley car? Light rail? Head downtown, uptown, crosstown—or just choose a route and go. Even a short trip can be an adventure.
Make iced tea. Brew your own tea and add ice cubes. Bring the pitcher outside or serve it inside, depending on the weather and everyone’s mood. Have an iced tea party.
Go to a yard sale. Check the classifieds on Craigslist or in your local newspaper for neighborhood sales: garage, yard, estate, and tag, moving. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! If your grandkids or great-grandkids are small, give them a few dollars to spend on special trinkets.