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Jan 04, 2019

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Selecting a senior living community could be a daunting task. There are many factors to consider finding the perfect place.
Bruce Rosenblatt, owner of Senior Housing Solutions has over 30 years experience in senior housing and uses his expertise to help eliminate the guesswork of selecting a senior living community. Bruce is also a featured columnist for the Naples Daily News and provides senior housing advice in his column. Senior Housing Solutions has been proudly serving Lee and Collier counties for over 10 years.
Senior Housing Solutions looks beyond the fancy dcor and evaluate communities on quality of care and services, resident satisfaction, health care violations, operation stability, financial viability and overall lifestyle.
We meet one on one with our clients to better understand their needs and preferences. We narrow down the process through our in-depth knowledge of the market place and help create a roadmap for our clients. If desired, we schedule visits and join you on your tours. We even negotiate prices, as appropriate. As a trusted resource, we help you every step of the way including recommendations for Veterans benefits, attorneys, movers, Realtors and downsize experts.
Our services are 100% free to our clients. Let us help find a solution for you!
Call 239-595-0207 or visit our website at www.seniorhousingsolutions.net

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Facing Change with Hope and Excitement

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How a Senior Residence Helps You Grow Stronger

How a Senior Residence Helps You Grow StrongerAssisted living and senior residences have come a long way, becoming places for seniors to thrive and grow. Lets take a look at some of the innovative ways that senior living communities help older adults to grow stronger, and become healthier and more vibrant.Wellness and Comprehensive Care ProgramsThe most beneficial communities for seniors offer wellness programs that address their specific needs and mobility capabilities. From tailored fitness plans and physical therapy sessions to community activities that encourage cognitive function, each program should be geared towards increasing vitality and strength. As a result, residents may experience a significant reverse in frailty as well as mental and physical decline.Grow Stronger Through Fitness and NutritionNutritious meals are key to successfully fighting off frailty as we age. Senior living communities provide residents with a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet that is modified around specific dietary needs. This information will be outlined in their comprehensive care plan, which should be reviewed periodically for any new developments. Without proper nutrition, a senior cannot feel their best and grow stronger and assisted living communities can help.Engagement and Participation to Feel YoungerIsolation is one of the primary root causes of frailty in older adults. Trained caregivers in senior living communities are tasked with ensuring that each resident can participate in organizing a diverse calendar of activities that cultivate social bonds. Remaining engaged with others in the residence via events, games, entertainment and educational opportunities will significantly reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Not only that but interacting with others can boost cognitive function and develop a strong sense of community.Ready Access to HealthcareOne of the most common dangers of remaining at home is the potential of wandering or falling. As we grow older, however, having prompt access to healthcare is essential. By moving into a senior living community, residents can enjoy the convenience of onsite care services and experienced health care professionals. Being in close proximity allows better monitoring of a seniors health, allowing doctors to answer questions and offer preventative care, thus working to avoid frailty-related issues.Stimulation of Cognitive Processes Helps Us Grow StrongerKeeping the mind sharp and active is vital when combatting frailty. The advancement of knowledge in the area of cognitive and mental health has allowed care professionals to understand the human mind better than ever before. Assisted living and memory care centers can therefore structure games, educational programs and memory exercises that address each individuals unique needs. This level of personalization plays a vital role in supporting mental resilience and comprehensive mind-body wellness.Modified and Safe Living SpacesWhere we spend our days as we age greatly influences our level of declining frailty. Senior living facilities thoughtfully design living spaces that guarantee optimum safety, incorporating wide hallways, large print signs and water stations throughout the community. These adaptations all work to minimize the risk of accidents that may lead to weakness. Required modifications to apartments are then easily made as care needs develop and evolve, further supporting a healthy lifestyle.In other words, senior living residences are not just another random place to call home; they are vibrant, stimulating and engaging spaces where seniors can enjoy their golden years. By remaining active, interactive and healthy, they can actually grow stronger as time goes on.My Care Finders Can HelpAt My Care Finders, our professional team of senior care advisors works with families to determine the best residence for their loved one. If you need advice, knowledge or assistance, call us today. We are dedicated to the overall health and happiness of your senior family member.