Choosing an Assisted Living Community

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Moving into assisted living is a life changing decision for an elderly person.  As their adult child, you can help evaluate which of the Greater Reno assisted living communities is most suitable for your parent and your family.  Furthermore, as the transition can be challenging for some seniors under the best of situations, choosing the wrong community may not only be costly but traumatizing for an older adult.

Mistakes can be avoided or minimized if you do your homework beforehand and learn from others.  The Internet offers many commonsense tips on what to look for and what to avoid when searching for an assisted living community including advice from A Place for Mom, the nation’s largest assisted living referral service.

As senior living options include independent living, assisted living and memory care, experts say to realistically assess your parent’s health needs and choose a community capable of handling today’s needs as well as future ones.  A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Advisor, Melissa Pratt explains “Take a look at the health issues that your parent has and ask the doctor what support they will need in the future. It’s better to have a community that can handle those future needs rather than having to move your parent to another community in the near future.”

After looking over various senior living communities’ websites, narrow down your choice to a couple that seem to best meet your needs.  Then set up a tour.  Senior living advisors remind families to listen to the parent and not base their decision on which community appeals most to them.  If a parent is not up to making a decision, families need to remember what their parent is like and choose a place that fits their personality and preferences.  It is also smart to not make a decision too quickly.

MorningStar of Sparks offers 128 bright suites for independent living, 80 for assisted living, and 32 secure suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments. Please visit our website for more information about our beautiful, loving community.  If you like what you see, we encourage you to set up a tour.

MorningStar of Sparks’ mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other Greater Reno assisted living and independent living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to see for yourself our exceptional community.

 

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Learn to Communicate More Effectively with a Loved One with Alzheimer’s

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The Alzheimer’s Association has some effective tips for communicating with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.  As the ability to find the right words or to speak at all is one of the effects of the devastating disease, it is helpful to learn some tips to make the communication process easier.    

Typically in the early stages of the disease, individuals repeat themselves often and can easily lose their train of thought.  They may start to avoid speaking and have trouble following a conversation, and may even use gestures rather than words. Experts suggest at this stage that you make sure to address the person directly, don’t speak through a caregiver, and allow them plenty of the time to answer you back.  

The middle stages of the disease can signal lots of changes and usually lasts the longest.  If you wish to speak with the individual, make sure to do it in a quiet space without any distractions.  Your questions should be short and only require a simple yes or no answer, and again, look directly at the person.  In addition you can demonstrate the task or give clear, step-by-step instructions. Also use a soft voice and calm demeanor, and above all else, be patient and loving.       

In the late stages of the disease, which can last from a few weeks to several years, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests using nonverbal forms of communication.  When entering the person’s presence, always identify yourself and use the sound of your voice to convey the meaning of your words.  Experts recommend using touch, sight, sound, smell and taste to communicate, and as always, treat the individual with respect and dignity.  

In addition to assisted living, MorningStar of Santa Fe’s Reflections Neighborhood provides compassionate, loving memory care to those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.  Please call us to learn more about the area’s newest senior living in Santa Fe, NM.

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents.  Conveniently located on the west side of town, please call for more details on unsurpassed senior housing.

Source: alz.org/help-support/caregiving/daily-care/communications

Learn More About MorningStar Senior Living

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MorningStar at Arcadia’s mission is to provide the best senior living Phoenix offers. Our community has 80 bright suites for assisted living with configurations that include spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans (including penthouse suites).  In our Reflections Neighborhood, we have 30 secure suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

MorningStar Senior Living has over 30 communities currently open or under construction all across the country, including four in the Phoenix area.  MorningStar at Arcadia, with a loving care team and exceptional architecture and design, provides Phoenix seniors with a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community.

MorningStar began in 2003 when founder, Ken Jaeger had a dream to start a senior housing company that was defined by the human touch. He says, “I wanted to re-create my grandmother’s house, a place where one can go and feel a sense of family.”  From this came our guiding principles and three mission statements our company is based on:

  • Honor God in our business practices and relationships — a commitment to strong moral values and ethics
  • Value all seniors as gifted and contributing individuals — a commitment to creating a community that promotes a healthy, engaged lifestyle, while providing security and independence
  • Invest generously in our team’s ability to serve well — a commitment to hiring and retaining employees who use creative minds and compassionate hearts to serve residents

To eloquently illustrate our mission, all of our communities have a specially commissioned piece of art hanging in them.  The “Tree of Life embodies and celebrates our Mission and our Name. We encourage you to visit our website for more information, and while you are there, fill out our online form to set up a tour of our beautiful community.  

At MorningStar at Arcadia, we have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting. Please contact us to learn more about the finest senior living Phoenix has to offer.

Building Our “MorningStar Family”

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MorningStar Senior Living’s Founder and CEO, Ken Jaeger, first began forming the idea of starting a company from a desire to create senior living that was defined by the human touch.  He says his intention was to “re-create my grandmother’s house, a place where one can go and feel a sense of family.” This simple but profound concept has driven the overwhelming success of our MorningStar brand.  Now fifteen years later, MorningStar continues to add new communities across the Western U.S. including our new MorningStar of Santa Fe’s assisted living and memory care community.

At MorningStar of Santa Fe, our goal is to create a true home for our residents – one that feels like a family.  To help us achieve this, our dedicated team strives to live up to our unique mission statement, which includes honoring God in all of our business practices and relationships and valuing all seniors as gifted and contributing individuals.  The last part of our mission statement is to invest generously in our team’s ability to serve well, as we know our brand demands committed individuals who will use creative minds and compassionate hearts to serve our residents.

We also aspire to and nurture our core values of Love, Respect, Honesty, Fairness, Goodness, and Kindness to help us build our MorningStar family.  Last month we focused on “goodness” and thought about the many ways we could spread the feeling to our residents, their families, and our fellow team members.  

If you are looking for the area’s finest senior housing, please visit our website to learn more about our community as well as pricing and availability.   We offer a choice of smartly-designed floor plans and configurations, a wide range of care services, resort-style amenities, and a loving care team.          

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents.  We invite you to give us a call or set up a tour to see firsthand what the best senior living in Santa Fe looks like.

Loving, Compassionate Memory Care at MorningStar of Sparks

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As one of the top communities for senior living Reno or Sparks offers, MorningStar of Sparks feels it is our calling, and our privilege, to provide loving, compassionate memory care to those suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.  With 32 secure, memory care suites, we are equipped to care for your loved one from the onset of the disease to the most advanced stages.  The Reflections Neighborhood is designed to allow residents the independence to move freely and safely about their surroundings.  To ensure safety, we have a secure courtyard for the exclusive enjoyment of our memory care residents.

In fact every aspect of our memory care is tailored to serve the needs of our most tender residents from a team of exceptional caregivers to meals, wellness programs and services.  Once your loved one decides to join the MorningStar of Sparks’ family, we sit down with your family to learn as much as we can about their personal preferences, medical history and background in order to create an individualized care plan.  Every resident receives 24-hour care, daily health monitoring, access to a full-time nurse, and participates in daily activities and scheduled outings and events.

As dementia care specialists, our approach and philosophy to memory care is encompassed under the expanse of possibilities we call “Lavender Sky.”  Our program is another reflection of our Radiance culture and provides us with an insightful and intentional way to support the memory-impaired and their families.  All team members, regardless of their position, receive Lavender Sky training, which includes a deeper understanding of the disease and communication techniques to use with memory-impaired residents.  It also includes training in environmental safety and security and holistic solutions to challenging behaviors.

Along with memory care, we offer exceptional independent living and assisted living.   Please visit our website to learn more about our memory care as well as the many resort-style amenities and services we provide to all residents.  

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Sparks, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to learn more about the finest senior living Reno/Sparks has to offer.

 

 

Our “Extraordinary Brand” of Senior Living is Now in Santa Fe

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MorningStar of Santa Fe is not only the city’s newest senior living community but the most unique one with a mission statement of: honoring God in all business practices and relationships; valuing all seniors as gifted, contributing individuals; and investing generously in our team’s ability to serve.  We proudly bring to the area our special brand of compassionate assisted living and memory care, and while only open for a few months, we are well on our way to creating a loving “MorningStar family.”

Although we have all been busy, it has been enjoyable getting to know our new residents as we help them settle into their new home.  We attribute much of our smooth opening to MorningStar’s hardworking team members who embody qualities such as kindness and character.  We also feel blessed to have a group of wonderful residents and their families who have entrusted MorningStar’s team with their care. Another thing that has helped us to get it “right” is the fact that we are part of a company of highly-respected senior living communities spread out across the Western U.S., and thereby have lots of good examples to follow.   Our communities include MorningStar of Albuquerque, and MorningStar of Rio Rancho, which is set to open soon.  

The MorningStar of Santa Fe team would love to hear from area families who are interested in our community.  We invite you to give us a call or email us (visit our website for contact information). Our website also has several online links for pricing and availability or to set up a tour. In addition we have lots of resources and information regarding assisted living in general such as how to start a conversation on the subject with an elderly parent.  Moreover you will find out a lot more about our special brand of assisted living. Please keep in mind that today’s senior housing is much different than it was even a couple of decades ago and our beautiful new community is a great example.

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living Santa Fe style with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a ‘true home” for residents. Please visit our website for information or to set up a tour to see firsthand what the best senior living in Santa Fe, NM looks like.  

Chef Jacque Cornelis Creates a 5 Star Dining Experience

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MorningStar of Sparks strives to be the best senior living Reno or Sparks offers, and provide residents with all of the amenities and services they need to ensure carefree retirement years.  As part of those amenities, we proudly offer residents meals that are as delicious as they are nutritious.

Daily meals are prepared under the direction of our Executive Chef, Jacques Cornelis.  Jacques was born in Belgium and first entered a professional kitchen at 14. For the next four years, he attended school as well as a culinary apprenticeship at a Michelin-starred restaurant.   As Jacques puts it “I fell in love from day one. You either have the hospitality gene or you don’t.”

MorningStar of Sparks’ cuisine is much the richer for Jacques’ many stints as a chef in restaurants of many ethnicities and styles, from some of the finest restaurants in Antwerp, Brussels and Paris to a golf course and a Tahoe resort.  Jacques specialties? Well, in a word, everything. After over 50 years in the profession, he is accomplished in all types of cuisines. Jacques explains “With perfected techniques and correct improvisation, you can prepare anything.”

Senior living is an ideal fit for Jacques as he is a senior himself and understands the special requirements of his senior clients.  His delightful meals are prepared largely from scratch and include the freshest ingredients.  He loves hearing feedback and is open to all suggestions from our residents.

Our meals also include BrainWise super foods that are known to support brain health with their high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These include foods such as acai and other berries, fish, nuts, dark chocolate, and dark leafy greens.

Please visit MorningStar of Sparks to learn more about our wide variety of amenities and services.  Currently we are offering special pricing as an “anniversary gift to you.” Use our convenient online links to find out about availability and pricing or to set up a tour.

The unique mission statement of MorningStar of Sparks, “to honor, to serve, to invest,” sets us apart from other senior living communities. Our foundation is built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors, and investing in staff with a felt calling to serve. Dedicated to creating a real home for residents within a beautiful setting, we encourage you to learn more about the finest senior living Reno/Sparks has to offer.