The Greatest Generation, as they are often referred to, came of age in one of our country’s most significant periods of economic despair, The Great Depression. Enduring the struggles that pursued, seeing their parents work hard just to lose their business, forged the idea of commercial importance in our society. Which is why the Greatest Generation is the greatest at saving, they have seen firsthand how dire it can be for the livelihood of a family. With our countries economic status waving in and out of turmoil they know to keep a few pennies in the bank but also to use it for what truly matters; money, food, their family’s needs and their own needs, such as senior living services.
Our August Employee Spotlight is Xak Hodges! Even though Xak has only been here for a little shy of 6 months, he truly stands out. Not only is he our first male caregiver at Oaks at Braselton, but he started off as our Oaks DJ performing for some of our parties.
For the month of July, we are excited to have Joe H. from Addington Place of Brunswick as our Resident Highlight! Joe was born in Huntingburg, Indiana in 1937. Joe grew up on 15 acres of sprawling land with his older brother and younger sister. His father owned a florist shop and a greenhouse that they all worked at as a family. Growing up, Joe was involved in many sports and hobbies including basketball, baseball, football, scouting, and music lessons. He enjoyed vacationing with his family in Florida, and watching the Cardinals play ball!
It is that time of year again, where Apple is launching the latest smartphone. Naturally, your 15-year-old has been asking you non-stop about purchasing the newest gadget for them. But, you are a little awe-struck when your senior mother is wanting the same phone! Seniors have been adapting to the change in technology and closing the learning curve. The internet and other modern devices can be very beneficial for information and socialization, but it is not risk-free. It is up to you to educate your older loved ones on safety tips in technology for seniors!
We all know getting older is a hard fact of life. When you are young and healthy, it is easy to take care of yourself. For many, all through their childhood, your parents were there to support you and help you grow whenever you needed them. Naturally, as the roles of caregiver slowly changes, you want to care for them as they age. However, life’s responsibilities can make it difficult to become a full-time caregiver, no matter how much you want it. Perhaps you don’t live close to your parents or you have work commitments 40+ hours a week. It is in these circumstances that senior living options can give you peace of mind that your loved one is happy and cared for when you cannot be there for them all the time.
With so many choices and businesses that offer senior living services… How does one choose? Deciding on a senior living option for your loved one is an intimidating job – and one we know you do not take lightly. So what sets a senior living company apart from the rest? Let us be honest; there is a lot - but let us look at one big difference you should consider.
It is not uncommon for seniors to feel chronically lonely. In fact, loneliness affects around 1 in 5 seniors nationally. It is, unfortunately, a devastating complication of aging that can often lead to larger problems like increased disabilities, cognitive decline, and even early death. The great news is it is completely preventable as long as it is recognized and addressed promptly.
You had a wonderful holiday with your loved ones but noticed that your parent was not their usual self. Some things you may have seen were unopened personal mail or bills, letters from the bank about overdue payments or overdrawn balances, mail piled up in their mailbox, or the house not as clean as they usually keep it. All of these signs and much more are common signs that your mom may need to explore assisted living or potentially memory care.
If you are a family caregiver, ensuring your senior maintains their health can sometimes feel like an uphill battle. Inevitably, little things snowball into big things and can often lead to a decline in overall health. To help prevent this cycle, let’s look first at establishing healthy habits for your senior (or even yourself)!
The successful businessman, philanthropist and founder of Virgin Group, Richard Branson is notable for saying, "Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients".
While this statement sounds counter to old business wisdom, it is inherently true. Employees are the first contact customers (or in the senior living industry – residents) have with an organization. Employees who are treated well, educated and routinely challenged in their roles are undeniably happier – directly affecting how they interact with residents. So what are senior living companies doing to help employees and caregivers reach their full potential and therefore improving overall customer service for residents?