Senior Living Blog

Seven ways to stay healthy during the summer

The heat of the summer months can make it challenging to get outside, get active and stay healthy. And we understand how important it is for our residents not only to stay healthy and active, but to be able to do so in a way that is comfortable for them. That is why every Integral Senior Living community offers the Vibrant Life® program. This innovative program gives residents a plethora of fun and engaging opportunities to not only safely beat the heat, but also have fun doing it!

Our Vibrant Life® program consists of seven core components to provide well-balanced and meaningful experiences for all of our residents. Through a holistic approach, Vibrant Life® addresses what it truly means to have healthy well-being. Here are the seven fundamental pillars of our approach:

  1. Be Inspired: This area of our program focuses on mental and spiritual practices. Since this looks different for each person, we also use this as an opportunity to celebrate diversity among our residents and their various walks of life.
  • Be Well: Here we like to focus on nourishing both our minds and bodies. A key way we do this is by the food we eat to fuel our bodies. With healthy, individualized eating choices, residents can “be well” in a way that’s just right for them.
  • Be Challenged: There’s no better way to grow and foster an energized life than by stepping outside your comfort zone. We strive for our residents to challenge themselves in everyday life to achieve their personal goals and keep reaching new limits.
  • Be Adventurous: At our ISL communities, we love to take any opportunity to break our everyday routine and keep life exciting. With a long list of outdoor excursions, our residents have opportunities to take part in some lively activities.
  • Be Family: We believe meaningful relationships and community are a key part to living a Vibrant Life.® That’s why we do our best to integrate “family” into our residents’ lives. When we’re able to create meaningful moments together, our community bonds are strengthened.
  • Be Social: Of course, we love to have fun at our communities. By laughing and smiling together, our residents can create meaningful friendships to experience everyday life with.
  • Be Connected: Our residents’ sense of belonging extends even beyond their immediate homes, to the surrounding community as well. From being a part of local advocacy groups to volunteering with various organizations, our residents are able to stay active in their respective towns and cities of residence.

Whether it’s the middle of winter or the heat of summer, our communities strive to encourage adventure, wellness and so much more. As we like to say: “Be You. Be Vibrant.”

Steppingstones on your path to wellness

According to the National Institute of Wellness, wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

At Integral Senior Living, we meet residents where they are in their health and wellness journeys to become their healthiest selves. Our Path to Wellness program focuses on enhancing the wellness of each resident’s mind, body and spirit through activities that interest them. Residents may choose to participate in individual or group wellness programming, including on-site physical therapy services, to stay fit, happy and healthy.

Our health and wellness programming encompasses three steppingstones to assist residents on their Path to Wellness:

Mind – one challenge at a time
Daily mental exercises are just as critical to wellness as physical exercise. Just like muscles need strengthening, the more you exercise your brain, the stronger it will become. Exercising and engaging the brain can improve sleep, boost mood and self-confidence, promote new cell growth, strengthen brain functioning, and even prevent memory loss.

Through this steppingstone, Integral Senior Living residents can complete daily challenges, including word puzzles, reading, trivia contests and more to enhance their mental health.

Body – one step at a time
Physical fitness for seniors can help increase metabolism, build muscle mass, reduce the impact of chronic illness and disease, and enhance mobility, flexibility, and balance. Exercising the body can also improve the connections among brain cells.

For older adults, regular exercise is especially important. We recommend seniors exercise 30 minutes each day and incorporate at least 3,000 steps into their daily routine. Highly active seniors may set a goal for 10,000 steps each day. We provide our residents with step trackers, walking paths in and around our communities, certificates of achievement, and a variety of individual and group exercise options to assist residents in achieving their goals.

From walking groups to group exercise classes and fitness challenges, we are here to support you every step of the way.

Spirit – one reflection at a time
Spiritual health is beneficial to people of all ages. Caring for the spirit can help prevent feelings of loneliness and depression, inspire hope and positivity, boost immunity, lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety, and help with concentration and clear thinking.

At Integral Senior Living, we understand every individual holds their own beliefs. Whether spiritual strengthening happens through prayer, meditation, relationships, affirmations, poetry, music, nature, yoga or breathing exercises, we believe making time each day for reflection is good for the soul.

Sometimes, it’s not the steps we take, but the energy we put into our wellness that keeps us on the path. At Integral Senior Living, there are no limits to how far residents can go. Interested in learning more about how to take the first step toward your Path to Wellness at Integral Senior Living? Click here to learn more.

Signs that you may need senior living

Our senior living communities are designed to make you and your loved ones feel at home. We strive to attend to every need and desire our residents could require.

Determining when it’s the right time to look into senior living options can be difficult. Seniors can feel as though they are losing their independence or freedom. ISL communities can provide a helpful hand to achieving a happy and active life while providing care tailored to you or your loved one.

When do you know it is time to look into senior living?

  • Increased number of falls or injuries
  • Unable to self-administer medication correctly
  • Increased need for monitoring
  • Lack of memory or memory loss
  • Difficulty with daily activities such as bathing, preparing meals, using the bathroom, etc.
  • Unsafe behaviors such as leaving the stove on, exterior doors left open, etc.
  • Continuous malnutrition or dehydration
  • Inability to manage home or yard upkeep
  • Changes in mood or aggressive behavior
  • Medical conditions getting worse

ISL communities offer independent living, assisted living, Generations memory care and respite care to provide the perfect experience for you or your loved ones.

The decision to take this step can be difficult, but you don’t have to make the decision alone. Contact us to learn more about options near you.

Live the life you’ve dreamed of with our Vibrant Life® program

The move to one of our senior living communities means rediscovering old passions, trying new things and spending your days your way. Looking to try a new exercise class? Maybe take on a new hobby? Or just relax at happy hour with friends? Whatever it is you want, we will make it happen with our Vibrant Life® program.

Vibrant Life® is our premier activity program designed to optimize health and well-being by passionately promoting a life filled with joyful experiences, meaningful endeavors, and abundant opportunities to connect with family, friends and the local community. The program is made up of seven core components:

  • Be Inspired – combine feelings, imagination and thoughts while enjoying deeply meaningful experiences
  • Be Well – energize both the mind and body
  • Be Challenged – take on new challenges and reach new personal heights
  • Be Adventurous – try new things in a safe setting
  • Be Family – share and continue meaningful family traditions
  • Be Social – talk, laugh and listen with good friends
  • Be Connected – remain connected to the greater community

We take care of the everyday hassles like weekly housekeeping and laundry services, cooking, and cleaning, so you can focus on spending your days doing what you love. You’ve worked hard all your life, so now let us take care of you.

This spring, say yes to new adventures, exciting opportunities and living as though you’re on vacation every day. With our Vibrant Life® program, and no chores or inconveniences, we will make sure you live the life you’ve always dreamed of.

We feel lucky to have our amazing associates

March is the perfect month for us to show how LUCKY we are to have our amazing associates. We have such a great culture that is evident as soon as you walk through the door of a community, and that is thanks to our associates.

One of our Culture Keepers is “Be passionate about what you do every day.” That passion that our associates bring every day has kept us going stronger than ever, despite the uncertainty the pandemic brought.

Without the joy they bring to everyday life, we would not be the community we are today. Our associates come to work ready to make a difference in the lives of our seniors. Their impact can be seen in the smiles of our residents and their families and throughout the endless positive reviews we see.

Please join us in thanking all the associates who keep our communities running and provide amazing care for our residents and their families. We truly are the best in the industry thanks to you!

Five reasons to love our ISL Communities

There’s so much to love and appreciate this month including all the wonderful things Integral Senior Living communities have to offer. Our communities all provide a variety of services, amenities and experiences to meet every need. We love our communities for so many reasons but here are five we know you’ll love too.

Vibrant Life®

Our Vibrant Life® program allows our residents to reach their goals, go on adventures and try something new. Vibrant Life® can help make your day-to-day activities exciting and inspire you. We’d love to provide you with the best experiences and help you accomplish your dreams.

Elevate® Dining

We know this month people like to splurge on sweets which is why our Elevate® dining is so incredible. Our Elevate® dining is designed to create an enhanced culinary experience that can be adjusted to our preferences. Craving some sweets this month? No problem our chefs have you covered. We want you to fall in love with every bite which is why our Elevate® dining can accommodate almost any dietary request.

Our Associates

This month is one to love and appreciate everyone around us and we are especially grateful for our associates who help make ISL so incredible. Our teams all bring with them experience, knowledge and dedication to our communities and we hope you love them as much as we do!

Amenities

Each of our communities offers a range of amenities that we know you’ll love! From game rooms, spas, in-home theaters, exercise rooms and even outdoor pools our communities will surely have something for you to enjoy with friends and loved ones.

Services

ISL communities offer many services tailored to the specific needs of our residents. We make it a priority to accommodate every individual for each level of care. We want to make sure you and your family feel comfortable, safe and loved in our communities.

We hope you love our communities as much as we do and we look forward to helping in any way we can!

Finding quality care for your loved one is a great gift all year-round

One of the best gifts to consider this holiday season is the gift of quality care for your loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. At Integral Senior Living, we aim to provide this quality care through myriad programs. But one that holds a special place in our hearts is our Generations Memory Care program. 

Generations was built around research-based programming and is specially designed to ensure comfort and security while providing around-the-clock care, community support groups and so much more. Each person deserves the best care, and supporting individuals living with dementia is what we do with love and passion!  

We believe wholeheartedly that each of our residents is the person they were and still are, and not identified by their disease or behaviors. So, at all times, we strive to celebrate and highlight the abilities of those we serve. There’s also the most important thing: care. By requiring all of ISL’s care partners to complete extensive training when hired and continue ongoing education sessions, each person is able to better support our resident individuals living with memory loss. This support includes doing the “little things” that are so important for our residents’ well-being. It means taking the time to learn about your loved one’s past experiences, favorite activities and daily routine. This enables us to encourage independence, support the resident’s strengths and capabilities, and assist them with their needs in a loving and dignified manner.  

With specially designed and dedicated Alzheimer’s and memory care accommodations, Integral Senior Living ensures the comfort and security of your loved one. Our on-site resident care professionals are always here to oversee the administration of medications, as well as other basic care needs. 

While this joyful season comes only once a year, our doors are open year-round. We cannot think of a better holiday gift than finding a loving and supportive home for your loved one, and we’d love to show you why ISL can be that home you’ve been searching for. Contact a memory care community near you to take a tour and learn how we can be the best support for your loved one. 

There’s so much to be thankful for at Integral Senior Living

During this season of gratitude, Integral Senior Living is reminded of all the dedication that our associates, residents and their families give to each other and their communities that allow for our senior communities to thrive year-round. 

We are entering into a blissful season to spend time with family and create memories with those in our community, while we reflect on all of the moments from our past. It is a time to assess accomplishments that we have made over the last year, and recognize how we’ve moved forward despite the challenges faced. It’s also a time to create goals and aspirations, both as communities and as individuals for the upcoming year. 

No matter the season at Integral Senior Living, we are committed to providing you with a remarkable senior living experience.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we know that food is a big part of the tradition when gathering with friends and family. Our senior living communities offer Elevate® dining, a traditional culinary experience that transforms every dining experience into a celebration. Our chefs are dedicated to spicing up your  meals for the holidays, and will offer one of your very own family recipes. We are committed to carrying out your family traditions in your community year-round, and especially during the holiday season. If you’ve been craving that old pecan pie recipe that you enjoyed at every Thanksgiving dinner, we welcome you to share it with us, so that our skillful chefs can bring your traditions into our community.

Allow the fun to continue even after you’re done gathering around the table. Most of our residents have activities or hobbies that inspire, engage and add fun to their daily lives. Our Vibrant Life® signature program goes above and beyond to help all of our residents bring their passions to life. No hobbies or interests come to mind? We’ve got you covered! Whether you have a dream of skydiving or simply want a quiet place to paint or play games with friends, we have a Vibrant Life® director who can help make sure you have everything you need.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the food and fun with those you love. We wish you a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Assisted living? Memory care? Senior living services explained

Senior living has changed rapidly in the last few years. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach. Now senior living communities across the country are tasked with providing not only topnotch care, but care that fits each resident’s unique needs. Generally, there are three main types of services that senior living communities offer: Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care.

At ISL, we can serve as a resource to help you make the decision to move to senior living, and help you determine what services you or your loved one needs. We know the process can be overwhelming, so let us help you every step of the way!

Independent Living

Independent Living is best for people who can still live independently but want to enjoy amenities and live life without the burden of chores like maintaining a yard or home, housekeeping, and laundry. They will also have access to care, if needed.

How ISL helps: ISL’s independent living communities are ideal for seniors looking for a carefree, vibrant environment that encourages simplicity and pursuing activities that mean the most to you. Whether you’re looking to travel, volunteer in your community or visit with family, independent living at ISL strives to make life easy and pleasant.

Assisted Living

Assisted Living is best for people who need some level of medical and personal assistance in their day-to-day lives. This is a great option for people who are no longer able to live alone but may not need 24/7 care.

How ISL helps: Our Assisted Living program is designed to help you live a vibrant life by connecting with the people and community around you. As needs and plans may change, our staff is readily available to help you or your loved one. We center our care around each resident’s specific needs, assisting them with daily tasks while encouraging their independence.

Memory Care

Memory Care provides a more structured environment and is best for residents who may have Alzheimer’s or dementia.

How ISL helps: With specially designed and dedicated Alzheimer’s and memory care accommodations like our Generations Memory Care program, ISL ensures the comfort and security of your loved one. Communities have on-site resident care professionals who are always there to oversee the administration of medications, as well as other basic care needs.

No matter what your specific needs are, ISL is a perfect fit. You can learn which services our ISL communities offer in your area here. Schedule a tour and learn how our communities could be your perfect new home!

How to find the latest information on what we’re doing to stay safe, healthy

As the leaves start to change and autumn approaches, the country continues to face uncertainty regarding COVID-19. The health and well-being of all residents continues to be our top priority, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate through this pandemic. 

As protocols and mandates change based on new information and local regulations, we want you to be assured that we are here for you. We welcome you to ask any questions and share your thoughts and concerns with us. As we continue to rely on the Centers for Disease Control, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Academy of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for information related to the COVID-19 vaccine, we have also created a resource for you on our very own website to find information.  

Please visit our dedicated website (isl-updates.com), for information on how we are maintaining the health and safety of our residents and their families, updates on plans and protocols, vaccine information, communities with confirmed cases of COVID-19, and frequently asked questions.

We are committed to sharing information with you regarding COVID-19 policies, vaccines and mandates, and we encourage you to regularly check our website for the most up-to-date information.

If you have other questions and/or concerns that are not found on our website, please feel free to contact your community executive director. We are all in this together, and ISL greatly appreciates you and your family.