SENIOR LIVING RESOURCES

We understand the decision to select a senior living community is important. Below are some helpful educational resources.

Beginning the journey of looking for a senior living community for you, a parent, grandparent or friend, whether independent, assisted or memory care is a challenge for everyone.  And in spite of what seems overwhelming at times, the journey can be a positive adventure.  Managing your later years, or, if you are an adult child or grandchild, supporting your parent, grandparent, or a friend in a creative way can be a wonderful gift.

There are many resources to help take the stress out of the search and ideas that will help you plan for a brighter tomorrow.  Aging services in housing and care in America are changing often, and your options are many.  Each of us at Grand Living has been on this journey with our parents and family members during the past 10 years.  We have collectively worked in this field for well over 100 years.  Based on our personal and professional experience, we have put together some resources that we hope will help you in your search.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

INDEPENDENT LIVING SENIOR COMMUNITIES
Find Help Guide Suggestions at:
www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/independent-living-for-seniors

ASSISTED LIVING SENIOR COMMUNITIES
Find Help Guide Suggestions at:
www.helpguide.org/articles/senior-housing/assisted-living-facilities

MEMORY CARE SENIOR COMMUNITIES
Find Help Guide Suggestions at:
www.helpguide.org/home-pages/alzheimers-dementia

SENIOR MOVE

MANAGERS

WE RECOMMEND working with a professional Move Manager who is certified by the National Association of Senior Move Managers.  They provide a wonderful service that takes the stress and work out of moving.  The term Senior Move Manager® is a service mark owned by NASMM. Only NASMM members are Senior Move Managers®. All NASMM General Members have completed required courses in safety and ethics, and are screened for insurance and experience. Please confirm the Senior Move Manager® you hire holds the proper insurance.

www.nasmm.org

VIDEO

A DAY IN THE LIFE AT AN ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITY
By ALFA – Assisted Living Federation Living Community: Published on May 9, 2013

“The dedication and passion of all the big-hearted people who choose to serve seniors is a reason why resident-centered senior living is the fastest-growing long-term services and support option in the United States. The high-quality, resident-focused care provided by these outstanding individuals and their communities is what our nation’s seniors need and deserve.” – Rick Grimes, President & CEO, ALFA.

Click on the arrow to watch the video to the left, or click this link to watch on You Tube. www.youtube.com/watch

BOOKS ON MEMORY CARE

YOU SAY GOODBYE AND WE SAY HELLO:
THE MONTESSORI METHOD FOR POSITIVE DEMENTIA CARE

by Tom & Karen Brenner
Tom and Karen have dedicated years to working with persons living with dementia.  This practical tutorial explores the roles of the declarative memory system and the procedural memory system.  The book shares wonderful stories that lead to practical advice in continuing and developing your relationship with a person living with dementia.  Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. 

STAYING AFLOAT IN A SEA OF FORGETFULNESS:
COMMON SENSE CAREGIVING

by Gary Joseph LeBlanc
A sensitive story about Gary’s life with his father as they traveled the journey together, discovering the importance of routine and structure in managing their relationship. He develops five main characteristics in the book that you as a caregiver should try to embrace while fulfilling the role of caregiver. They are Commitment, Compassion, Endurance, Unselfishness and Honesty. Available at Amazon.

CREATING MOMENTS OF JOY
by Jolene Brackey
This wonderful book takes you on a practical journey of helping you understand the person with Alzheimer’s; explores tools that you can use to create positive outcomes in your relationship with someone living with dementia; gives practical hints for communications; makes suggestions for memory enhanced environments; and concludes with ideas on how to discover what will bring back joy to the person, and to you! Available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

NEWSLETTERS

HUMAN VALUES IN AGING NEWSLETTER
H.R. Moody, Editor
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THE ALZHEIMER’S READING ROOM
Read the newsletter online at: www.alzheimersreadingroom.com
A one-stop resource that’s consistently voted the number one blog by notable outlets like The New York Times. Editor Bob DeMarco cared for his mother, Dotty, as she bravely fought Alzheimer’s in her final years. He continues to add to the more than 4,000 video and editorial items stored on the site. Topics include just about anything that will help educate and support caregivers, from those just beginning their care journey to those who are more familiar with the course of the disease.