Staff Celebration – Downtown Pleasant Hill

Staff Celebration - Downtown Pleasant Hill

Our community hosted our quarterly Associate Appreciation Gathering on 9/15 and the theme was Under the Sea.  We gather quarterly to thank our team for a job well done.  We hosted a buffet lunch and held a prize drawing for those in attendance. A costume contest was held as well.  Imee Segarra was the winner with her Jellyfish costume, complete with bioluminescence in the form of lights in the umbrella.  Malika Griffith was the runner up. The decorations we handmade by Diane Duarte.  She and her daughter are the creative minds behind most of the fabulous decorations seen throughout our community for holidays and celebrations. Enjoy the photo …

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What Steps Can You Take to Reduce Fall Risk?
Carlton Senior Living Blog | September 20, 2016

What Steps Can You Take to Reduce Fall Risk?

Fall-related injuries are responsible for sending more than 1.6 million senior Americans to the hospital, according to the National Institutes of Health. To put matters into perspective, one-in-three seniors are going to experience a fall each year, falls that often result in a loss of independence, may cause fractures, other injuries, and sometimes even death. What Can You Do? If you are trying to evaluate and minimize risks related to falls, there are a few different things that you are able to do. If you want to reduce the controllable risk of falls, we recommend the following: Make sure that you have a good fit – It is important to have g …

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Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager
Assisted Living | September 12, 2016

Reasons to Hire a Geriatric Care Manager

As a family caregiver, it is normal to feel overwhelmed and anxious. You can relieve some of your stress by hiring a geriatric care manager. These professionals can help you understand the elder care system and help with potential caregiving decisions. These are a few of the different reasons that many families have decided to hire a geriatric care manager: Reason #1 – Make Better Decisions Having a geriatric care manager can may help with recommending changes and provide an honest assessment of whether our loved one is able to care for him/herself. It is normal to be personally invested in decisions as a caregiver, but with a geriatric care …

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How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout
Carlton Senior Living Blog | September 2, 2016

How To Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Although a caregiver is always worried about caring for someone else, it is also imperative that they care for themselves. Caregivers who are feeling fatigued and hopeless the majority of the time may be suffering from caregiver burnout. A few characteristics of caregiver burnout include: Isolation from others; withdrawal from friends, family and other loved ones Loss of interest in activities that were previously enjoyable Feelings of irritability, depression and hopelessness Mental and physical exhaustion Difficulty concentrating Changes in sleep patterns including restlessness Caregiver burnout can best be summarized as a state of physical …

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Steps To Keep An Unsafe Driver Off The Road
Senior Living | August 25, 2016

Steps To Keep An Unsafe Driver Off The Road

What can you do if you know that your aging loved one is a hazard to him/herself and others on the road, but refuses to give up the car keys? We will discuss a number of different ways that you are able to persuade someone to retire from driving or just ensure that they do not have the option to get behind the wheel any longer. Your best option is going to depend on the personality of your loved one and the current situation. Option #1 – Get A Driving Assessment From An Occupational Therapist You will first have to find an occupational therapist who is a driving specialist, and you can then request a comprehensive driving evaluation for your …

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Red Flags For Finding An Assisted Living Facility
Assisted Living | August 23, 2016

Red Flags For Finding An Assisted Living Facility

If the time has come for your loved one to move into a long-term care facility, chances are that you want to find the best possible option for them. These are a few of the red flags that you want to be aware of that might indicate that this facility is not the right choice for your loved one. Red Flag #1 – Lack of Life Enrichment A good assisted living facility is going to offer stimulation for residents on an educational, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional level. You want to know what type of activities, services, and outings there are to offer encouragement and assistance – make sure that your assisted living facility stimulates act …

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What You Should Know About The Ombudsman
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 16, 2016

What You Should Know About The Ombudsman

Chances are that you have heard of the ombudsman before – but you probably have no idea what the ombudsman can do for you. The word itself means “citizen representative.” The ombudsman is in place to investigate and resolve complaints from private citizens against government agencies or officials. The LTC (long-term care) programs are available to any senior living in an adult care facility in the United States, whether it be a board care home, assisted living facility, or a nursing home. You can always rely on your local ombudsman to hear your issues. Best of all, the information and advice that you receive here is both confidential and free …

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Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 8, 2016

Fun Ways to Exercise Your Brain

Whether you exercise physically or mentally, you need to remain stimulated in order to be engaged for the long term. For those seniors who want remain mentally engaged but do not want to go for such lofty aspirations such as ‘learning a new instrument’ or ‘learning a new language’, these are a few simple ways that you can get started today to exercise your brain Tip #1 – Play A Game Even though it sounds obvious, puzzles are a great way to play a fun game that is going to keep your mental gears turning. This is going to lead to new neural connections in the brain, which helps with keeping your mind sharp as you get on in age. Once you get com …

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A Playlist For The Songs Of Yesteryear
Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 2, 2016

A Playlist For The Songs Of Yesteryear

We have previously discussed that music can be a tremendous trigger for memories in seniors. Making a playlist of their favorite way-back-when music can be a tremendous benefit to aging parents or loved ones. The songs of yesteryear allows older adults to reminisce and thank back of younger days. Especially older loved ones with a cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia) can greatly benefit from music therapy. It offers seniors are a great way to connect. Studies have even shown that seniors who have lost virtually all other memories can respond positively to their favorite songs. Whether someone has dementia or not, the …

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Ways Volunteering Benefits Older Adults
Senior Living | July 26, 2016

Ways Volunteering Benefits Older Adults

Volunteering provides seniors with so many advantages – benefits that go way beyond the feeling good about oneself. Whether seniors are helping to clean up a park, donating blood, or feeding people at a local soup kitchen, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities where the elderly can do something productive, remain social, and develop a high self-esteem. Here are some of the benefits one derives from volunteer work:   Sheer Enjoyment – Many seniors find volunteer work entertaining. It allows them to have something to do as they pass the time, and they can do things that are fun and engaging. For instance, a book lover might volunteer …

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Things To Avoid After Retirement
Carlton Senior Living Blog | July 11, 2016

Things To Avoid After Retirement

You have finally reached the day you have long dreamed of; after working for years on end pouring your heart, sweat, tears, and blood into your work, you are not at the doors of retirement. Yes, it is bitter sweet and letting go of work is like letting go of an old friend because it is what you know – it is your comfort zone, and retirement, well … it promises comfort but it is unknown to you right now. Give it a chance and you will find retirement time can be the best time of your life if you make the most of it. Don’t plan for a long time sitting in a rocking chair on a porch somewhere sipping at rum and whittling a stick (okay, have some r …

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The Importance of Heritage

The Importance of Heritage

Mothers are the unifier of the family unit – they are the person that establishes familial structure. The traditions of a family are handed down from one generation to the next through heritage and family bond: These same traditions prove to be what defines us a society members and individuals. Mom’s have an incredibly important role in the family and the role is deeply connected to family heritage. Heritage and Family Bonds The power of the written word is powerful indeed. Did you know that if you do not write down the traditions of a family over the course of three generations that information is lost forever. Think of it: remembering grand …

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