Speaking to your aging parents about assisted living can be an emotional experience for the whole family. It marks a transition and the beginning of a new chapter for your parents. Maybe you’ve decided to start this conversation because you noticed your parents need or because have expressed being lonely. Whatever the reason, having an open dialogue from the research stage through the decision-making process can assist in ensuring this is a positive experience.
Respite Care, Caregiving
According to the Caregiver Alliance, the average family caregiver is a 49-year-old female who works a full-time job outside of the house and has elementary age children. Because her only focus is not being a caregiver, other demands on her time are bound to come up. Whether it is a business trip, vacation, a school recital or just needing some time for herself, help is needed. That is where respite care comes in.
Aging, Senior Living
We all feel lonely from time to time, but seniors are especially susceptible to chronic loneliness. In fact, it affects 1 in 5 seniors. Isolation and loneliness can cause symptoms such as cognitive decline, depression, increased stress levels, high blood pressure and in some cases an early death. Thankfully, these side effects are entirely preventable by taking measures to ensure a high level of social wellness and regular activity.
Senior Living, Therapy Dogs
We all know pets make us feel better, but studies show us it is not just a feeling – it is a fact. Having regular exposure to animals is known to improve a variety of different conditions for children, adults, and seniors alike. We have seen the impact firsthand as we’ve welcomed our furry friends into our Fieldstone Communities.
“Scott is a wonderful addition to Cascadia Senior Living and Fieldstone Communities,” says Director of Operations, Thomas Cloutier. “He brings an undeniable passion for senior healthcare and is a dynamic leader. Scott is the perfect person to lead our newest community, Fieldstone Memory Care Issaquah.”
Born in Colorado, Scott grew up in the southwest and received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. He and his family moved to the Seattle area in 2001.
Together with Terri, his wife of 28 years, and their children, Alexis (21), Sydney (18) and Cameron (16), Scott explores the Pacific Northwest by camping, rock climbing, and skiing. He also enjoys working on his house and yard. The yard is more for his dog, Xander, who has been a regular guest at assisted living communities where he brightens the day of seniors and their families.
When asked about his four years in senior living, Scott lights up. “I’ve found my passion” he explains. “My commitment is to ensure that we deliver the best care in a shared environment between our resident, their family, and our staff. Coming to work is like getting to visit and love on my grandparents every day!”
Please welcome Scott to our new community! You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.445.8274. Fieldstone Memory Care Issaquah is under construction and will be opening mid- 2017.
Alzheimer's, Memory Care
Alzheimer's disease affects over 5 million people in the United States, with someone developing the disease every 66 seconds. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia and a neurodegenerative disease that causes a steady decline in not only memory but also thinking and reasoning skills. Because it is such a common disease, researchers are continually studying symptoms, looking for early signs and searching for new treatments.
Holidays, Senior Living
February is the month of love! While we hope you spread love and joy all year long, we know February holds an extra special place in all of our hearts. While you are showering your significant other or your kids with Valentine’s goodies, don’t forget the seniors in your life.
Moving, Assisted Living
Moving a senior loved one into an assisted living community involves legwork as well as a lot of planning to ensure that all is taken care of, including your loved one. We’ve created a list of things you should consider while preparing for the move to an assisted living facility like Fieldstone Grandridge.
We all know the December drill – many of us pack up the kids in the ole minivan and head to Grandma and Grandpa’s house for the holidays. Chances are, if you live more than a few hours away, it’s been at least a couple months since you’ve last seen them. If this rings true to what your holiday season looked like, you may have noticed progressive signs of mental decline or physical aging during your visit.
We all want to believe that our parents are invincible – they raised us, right? But this just isn’t the case. Your occasional trips home might amplify the rate at which you realize your parents are having difficulty. Although they may have seemed “all there” and able to get around the house during your trip over Memorial Day weekend, this may not be the case when Christmas rolls around.