6410 21st Avenue W., Bradenton, Florida, 34209Rehabilitation Facilities
Freedom Village of Bradenton, located just six miles from the Gulf Coast beaches in West Bradenton, Florida is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers beautiful and spacious living accommodations and a full range of health care services, including Rehabilitation. Our community provides a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for our residents, from upscale apartments and villas in Independent Living, to the personalized services we offer in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.
After an illness or injury, only the best short-term rehabilitation services can get you back to your life as soon as possible. Our team of expert clinicians collaborate with each other and with you to design an individualized plan tailored to your challenges, abilities and goals.
* Physical, occupational and speech therapies
* Orthopedic rehabilitation
* CVA/Stroke rehabilitation
* Fall prevention program
* Pulmonary program
* Cardiac heart failure program
* Balance and vestibular therapy
Call 941-799-6855 to learn more about our services or to schedule a personalized visit. We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus with you.
Freedom Village of Bradenton, located just six miles from the Gulf Coast beaches in West Bradenton, Florida, is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers beautiful and spacious living accommodations and a full-range of health care services. Our community provides a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for our residents, from upscale apartments and villas in Independent Living, to the personalized services we offer in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. Nestled on a scenic, 34-acre campus, our residents enjoy peace of mind, security, connections with others, and a worry-free lifestyle. Freedom Village provides a blend of tranquility and abundant opportunities for residents to pursue their interests without the burdens of home ownership. Our resort-style living offers a variety of dining options, top-notch amenities and services throughout campus, and a full schedule of social, educational, and wellness events and activities. Our dedicated staff is available 24 hours a day; you~ll rest easy knowing that we consider it a pleasure to meet your every need. We invite you to come experience exceptional senior living at Freedom Village Bradenton today.
Freedom Village of Bradenton, located just six miles from the Gulf Coast beaches in West Bradenton, Florida is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers beautiful and spacious living accommodations and a full range of health care services, including Memory Care. Our community provides a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for our residents, from upscale apartments and villas in Independent Living, to the personalized services we offer in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.We follow the principles of Heartfelt CONNECTIONS - A Memory Care Program. This nationally recognized philosophy establishes a continuum of care for those diagnosed with dementia, as well as their families. Our knowledgeable caregivers get to know each resident personally to create an environment that reduces fear and anxiety and promotes self-esteem and well-being. * Assistance with daily living activities * Nursing staff supervision 24-hours-per day * Specialized activities and programs * Scheduled transportation * Personal concierge services * Weekly housekeepingCall 941-799-6855 to learn more about our services or to schedule a personalized visit. We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus with you.
"Discover the pinnacle of senior living at Freedom Village of Bradenton, ideally situated just six miles from the Gulf Coast beaches in West Bradenton, Florida. As a leading Continuing Care Retirement Community, we provide spacious living accommodations and a comprehensive range of health care services, including Skilled Nursing. Our community offers a safe, friendly, and comfortable environment, featuring upscale apartments and villas in Independent Living, along with personalized services in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing, and Rehabilitation.Our dedicated and professional team delivers high-level care around the clock for both long-term residents and those recovering from a hospital stay. Employing a holistic, person-centered approach to care, our community seamlessly combines expertise with compassion to enhance the well-being of our residents.Key features include private and companion care suites, personalized care plans, and a comprehensive team of health care professionals. Contact us at 941-799-6855 to explore our services or schedule a personalized visit. We look forward to showcasing our beautiful campus and discussing how Freedom Village of Bradenton can cater to your unique needs.
Freedom Village of Bradenton, located just six miles from the Gulf Coast beaches in West Bradenton, Florida, is a premier Continuing Care Retirement Community that offers beautiful and spacious living accommodations and a full range of health care services. Our community provides a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for our residents, from upscale apartments and villas in Independent Living, to the personalized services we offer in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.Nestled on a scenic, 34-acre campus, our residents enjoy peace of mind, security, connections with others and a worry-free lifestyle. Freedom Village provides a blend of tranquility and abundant opportunities for residents to pursue their interests without the burdens of home ownership. Our resort-style living offers a variety of dining options, top-notch amenities and services throughout campus, and a full schedule of social, educational, and wellness events and activities. Our dedicated staff is available 24 hours a day; you~ll rest easy knowing that we consider it a pleasure to meet your every need. Call 941-799-6855 to learn more about our services or to schedule a personalized visit. We look forward to sharing our beautiful campus with you.
As an older adult, considering a new pet can be equal parts exciting and stressful. The idea of having a new furry friend to love is great, but there are also quite a few things to consider along the way. Can you handle a new pet? Does your senior apartment allow for pets? What type of pet is best for seniors? Much like parents with young children, adding a pet to your life as a senior is a big decision. The best type of pet will be one that fits into your current lifestyle, living arrangements and needs. Most importantly, you need to find a pet you can confidently care for day after day. Below are some of the primary considerations for choosing the best pet for a senior apartment. Living Arrangements Whether you live in a 55+ community or reside in a full-service senior living community, the most important thing to do is check your apartments pet policies. Does the community have a pet coordinator? Find out all the rules, costs, and important information surrounding pet ownership before you start researching a new pet.Energy and Attention Span When finding the best pet for your senior apartment, consider your energy level and attention span. Dogs require regular walks, and kittens prefer owners that are agile and can play with them. If you have limited mobility, you might want to consider a pet that wont be as physically demanding as a dog or cat.Pet Care and Costs Even if you plan on adopting a pet, there are various other care costs associated with owning a pet that you will be responsible for as a new pet owner. Keeping a dog of any breed brushed, bathed, groomed and fed can get expensive. Cats, fish, and birds are often less costly initially, but litter boxes and cages require regular cleaning. Think about what you can afford in terms of vet bills and training, and if you feel physically able to care for a pets unique needs.Your Health Condition If youre living in an independent senior living community, you might feel confident in your abilities to care for a pet in the foreseeable future. However, your health needs could change over time, so its important to choose a pet you can confidently care for now and well into the future.BEST TYPES OF PETS FOR SENIORSOnce youve confidently decided to invest in a pet, its time to start researching the types of pets that would be ideal for your living arrangements and lifestyle.Dogs The companionship dogs provide is unparalleled, but their love comes with some work. Dogs need to be walked, bathed, fed and played with daily. Seniors considering a dog as their pet should consider looking into senior dogs that are well trained and looking for a good home. Popular apartment-friendly dog breeds include pugs, French bulldogs and poodles.Cats Cats are one of the best pets for senior apartments because theyre relatively independent creatures that require more mental stimulation than physical exercise. Cats provide great companionship and are self-reliant, making them ideal partners for aging adults. Popular cat breeds for apartments include the ragdoll, exotic shorthair and Maine coon..Birds Since birds take up such little space, they are ideal for senior apartments. They are somewhat lower-maintenance and can be an excellent option for seniors who arent as physically active. Popular bird breeds include parrots and cockatiels.Fish Studies have shown that watching fish swim can help lower blood pressure. These low-maintenance pets dont take up much room in a senior living community apartment and offer some sense of companionship for older adults. The best freshwater fish to consider include tetra, goldfish, angelfish and betas.A pet can enrich the lifestyle of an aging adult. They provide much-needed love, support and companionship. If you think a pet will contribute to your overall health and happiness, its worth considering.
Could a dining room table keep you from downsizing out of your empty-nester house and moving into a senior living community?In a word, yes.Actually, it happens more than you might think. And at the root of it, it isnt even about the dining room table or the antique china cabinet, or the vintage divan, or that lawyers bookcase you refurbished. Its about seeing your belongings and knowing logically they wont all fit into your new space but emotionally being unable to part with items associated with so many fond family memories.And its about feeling frozen in place, because you dont know where to start downsizing and organizing your home to make your move into senior living. HOW TO START ORGANIZINGMoving into a senior living community should feel exciting, even freeing. Youre trading a big house with spaces you never use, and all its attendant maintenance and upkeep, for a thoughtfully designed, maintenance-free residence and chef-prepared gourmet meals, wellness programs, a packed calendar of activities and like-minded neighbors, all just outside your door.Its the process of moving that may not feel so exciting. But neither should it feel overwhelming.Try getting organized first with these moving tips:Know your floor plan. Many senior living communities, including Freedom Village of Bradenton, provide virtual tours and downloadable floor plans on their website that show the square footage of each room. Start thinking about what you want to bring into your new space in terms of what will fit. Then,Measure everything. Will your chairs, coffee table and rug fit into your new living room? Ask for a printed copy of your floor plans dimensions, or download a PDF of your floor plan from the communitys website. Measure all the furniture you hope to take. If youre moving to an upper-floor apartment, will your dining room table fit into the senior living communitys elevator, or through your front door? Measure your door and the elevator, and the halls, just to make sure everything will fit on the way to your apartment.Ask if your new residence comes with a storage unit. If you dont have a private garage, a small storage space on campus gives you extra space to stash holiday decorations, golf clubs, winter coats, bicycles, and other items you dont want hogging coveted closet space in your new place. If you wont have a storage space,Consider renting a storage unit. You might need to temporarily store your furniture, clothes, and other belongings as you take time to decide what to do with everything. Some extra space in a storage unit is perfect for that.Here are some storage unit tips to consider as you select your unit:Does the storage unit offer secure storage options for jewelry, artwork or collections of stamps, coins or something similar? What about insurance for these items if you choose to store them?Are staff members on-site at the storage facility to help you if you need to retrieve an item? Will they help carry an oversized or heavy item out, and if so, is there a fee for this service?Would you need a special climate-controlled storage unit so your items are protected from extreme heat, cold and humidity?Can vehicles be stored at the storage facility? This is helpful to know if you have an RV or second vehicle, but have only one parking space available to you at your new community.Can a friend or family member get access to the site without you being present? How do you grant permission for someone other than you to retrieve your belongings, and how does the storage facility document visitors so you know whos been there? HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM A STORAGE UNITStoring your items before making your move into senior living can relieve your urge to delay moving until your whole house has been thoroughly downsized, packed up and moved. With a storage unit, you buy yourself some time to be thoughtful about what you want to do with that china cabinet, vintage divan, lawyers bookcase and yes, that dining room table.But you should have a storage strategy.Here are some helpful storage tips:Try using two of the same size boxes for everything. Using a variety of sizes in your boxes can lead to issues when stacking. Large boxes may tempt you to pack them too full. And if you stack heavy large boxes on top of smaller boxes, the larger boxes will collapse into the smaller ones. Choosing small boxes means youll have lots of little boxes to contend with. Opt for medium-sized boxes and use them consistently, which will also make them easier to stack in your storage unit.Label and number every box and group them by their room. Youll need to access items occasionally, so label each box by its contents: holiday decor, seasonal clothing, hobby supplies, kitchen gadgets, etc. Then place all boxes for individual rooms together (kitchen, bedroom, office, etc.). Use a different color of tape or marker for each room to make it easy to keep boxes with their proper rooms.Shelve your boxes, and let your unboxed items have the floor. Elevating your cardboard boxes from the floor helps keep moisture and critters from getting inside and damaging the contents. Buy inexpensive shelving units and put your boxes on shelves but dont put the heavy boxes over your head where you couldnt comfortably remove and replace it by yourself without risking injury. Shelves keep the storage unit floor free for things like your bicycle, large drink coolers and lawn furniture.Make a map and leave it somewhere visible in your storage unit. Divide your space evenly into sections, listing the items and box numbers in each section on your map. If you need a box or item that got buried in the back of the storage unit, you can use your master contents list and map to find it without digging through boxes blindly. The map will also help if you send someone else to grab a box for you theyll know right where to go. This helps with even tiny storage units, because it encourages you to put the boxes back in the same spot every time. GET MOVING TO FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONWondering what your life could look like when you become a resident? If its any indication, freedom is part of our name. Wed love to tell you about the freedom youll find in our independent living. And the freewheeling, fun-loving residents youll find living and loving life here, every day. And the freeness youll feel when you finish downsizing and organizing, and spend your first night in your new residence.
Choosing a senior living community is an essential step in planning for your future. The right community isnt just a place youll call home, though; its where youll build a life you love.When you begin your senior living search and start compiling a list of potential senior living communities, you may find it useful to narrow the options using practical, subjective criteria, such as limiting your picks to places where you can access multiple levels of senior care within the community. (Remember, more options for future care means a more solid, stable plan for your future needs.)Ultimately, however, its the lifestyle factors that will help you determine which community feels most like home. Identifying your priorities will help ensure youre selecting a community that matches your vision for an ideal retirement lifestyle. Your life experiences and needs may mean you prioritize certain aspects of life differently than others might; the key is identifying what matters most to you, so you can create the best retirement lifestyle for you.LOCATIONJust like choosing a home and neighborhood in your earlier stages of life, the location of your retirement community significantly influences your senior living lifestyle. Climate may be a consideration if you have certain health concerns like asthma or allergies, and youll need to decide if youll be happiest in an urban setting or a suburban neighborhood. You might also feel drawn to certain geographic features, like the mountains or the ocean.Many seniors who prefer life near the water choose Bradenton and nearby Sarasota for the plentiful entertainment and lifestyle options they offer, including museums, theater productions, shopping, dining and, of course, beaches. Choosing senior living communities in these locales puts you in proximity to popular attractions like Pittsburgh Pirates spring training, Manatee Performing Arts Center and the Gulf of Mexico.SERVICESChoosing a community with robust services means choosing less responsibility and more time to spend doing the things you enjoy. Services like indoor and outdoor maintenance, housekeeping, and access to a concierge are just some of the services that make for a carefree retirement lifestyle. Its also worth exploring services that protect your safety, such as security and emergency response systems.AMENITIESThe services may be what makes life easy, but the amenities make it more rewarding. When youre evaluating a communitys amenities, think about what youll enjoy exploring, discovering, learning and sharing with others. Some amenities may be physical structures, like dining venues and fitness centers, while others may align with specific interests, like a woodworking shop or community rose garden. Collectively, these amenities define a communitys culture and give you a sense of how youll fit in, since others who share your interests are likely to be drawn to the same offerings.WELLNESS PROGRAMMINGAs an older adult, dedicating more time and attention to your well-being is a proactive way to protect and even improve your quality of life. A community that allows you to explore multiple dimensions of senior wellness will help you achieve greater balance and fulfillment in your physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, vocational and environmental wellness.PET POLICYIf youre a pet lover and own a pet now or think you may want to add a pet to the family in retirement, youll want to ensure the community you choose allows pets. Its a good idea to ask about policies and restrictions (such as breed and weight). Youll also want to explore what pet-friendly amenities are available, such as walking trails and doggie parks, whether on the community grounds or nearby.START PLANNING YOUR COASTAL RETIREMENTIf coastal living is your retirement dream, youll discover a retirement lifestyle where you can embrace each enriching day well into the future at Freedom Village of Bradenton. Our maintenance-free senior living options ensure you have plenty of time to get acquainted with your neighbors, explore our 34 sprawling acres, and discover balance through our holistic approach to wellness. Meanwhile, our thoughtful attention to detail means were prepared to satisfy your every comfort and convenience. Connect with our team to learn more about the incredible senior living lifestyle our residents enjoy. Call us today at 941-219-5294.
Preparing to move to a senior living community? Congratulations! Youre headed for a truly fulfilling adventure. But the adventure starts with packing and moving. Youll have some decisions to make, and its best to outline your moving plan in advance. This an opportunity to begin your new life with a streamlined footprint that frees you to enjoy each day and come and go as you please. Use these packing and moving tips to simplify your move. Remember, the process of moving only involves a few weeks. Feeling safe, comfortable, and happy in your new home will last for years to come.
If your loved one is hospitalized after surgery or treatment for a serious illness or injury, the decisions about medical care dont stop when theyre discharged from the hospital. Families are faced with decisions about where their loved one will go for post-hospital care and recovery, and whether they can recover at home or in a community setting where short-term rehabilitation services are provided on-site. THE KEY TO A QUICK RECOVERYShort-term rehabilitation services help reduce pain and improve function so your loved one can rebuild strength and abilities, and get back to living as independently as possible. The following services are typically offered in a senior rehabilitation center:Physical therapy can help improve mobility, build strength and improve balance.Occupational therapy is tailored to help each person perform activities of daily living and learn to use adaptive equipment, if needed.Speech therapy can help with conditions affecting communication, swallowing, cognitive skills and memory loss. When its time for hospital discharge planning, you want to be confident that your loved one has the support they need for post-hospital care. The length of time needed to recover varies for every person and situation. Whether your loved ones recovery may last a few weeks or several months, learning about the options for rehabilitation can help support your decision-making process and ultimately help your loved one have a successful recovery in a safe environment.AT-HOME RECOVERY OPTIONSAt-home recovery may be a good option for those who are able to move around the home safely and handle everyday tasks independently, or with a little extra help from family and friends. In some cases, you may realize after returning to the home environment that your loved one needs more help than originally anticipated. Thats why its important to follow the advice of the doctors and also follow your own instincts when assessing how well your loved one will be able to navigate their recovery at home.When planning for at-home recovery, you may need to coordinate physical, occupational and/or speech therapy appointments for your loved one. You may also need to bring in home health care providers to help with medication management and activities of daily living. If family members plan to provide care at home, keep in mind the costs associated with taking time away from their work and family life.SHORT-TERM REHABILITATIONSenior rehabilitation centers provide therapy and services designed to help with recovery after an illness or medical event. Lets explore some more of the benefits of a short-term rehabilitation stay in a senior living community: Time to focus on your recovery. Staying in a rehabilitation center allows your loved one to focus on their recovery without the burdens or distractions of being at home. Everything is taken care of so they can put their energy toward making progress for a smooth transition back home. A treatment plan for recovery. Your loved ones care plan will be coordinated by a team of doctors, nurses, and rehabilitation therapists to make sure all their needs are met. Convenient access to rehabilitation therapy. A short-term rehabilitation stay provides the opportunity to recover in a safe setting with regularly scheduled sessions for physical, occupational and/or speech therapies. Without the hassle of traveling for therapy appointments, your loved one can maximize their time in therapy without missing any appointments. Some costs possibly covered by Medicare. A short-term rehabilitation stay may be covered by Medicare if certain criteria are met, including having spent at least three nights as an inpatient in a hospital within the last 30 days. In some cases, Medicare may cover a short-term rehabilitation stay up to 100 days if deemed necessary. Youll meet with a care coordinator who can walk through the costs. Peace of mind for family. Knowing your loved one is safe and well cared for can reduce stress and relieve the burden of caregiving for family and friends.CARE YOU CAN COUNT ON At Freedom Village of Bradenton, our senior rehabilitation services are provided in a welcoming residential setting with all the comforts of home. A rehabilitation stay with us can help your loved one achieve their recovery goals faster, so they can get back to the activities they love as soon as possible.Contact us, at 941-219-5294 to learn more about short-term rehabilitation services at Freedom Village of Bradenton.
For many seniors who choose to age at home, theres a risk of living an increasingly isolated life over time. An older adult likely wont have adult children living at home, they may have lost a loved one and they may no longer be comfortable driving a car. All these factors contribute to spending more time alone than someone might want and science shows that this isolation can lead to symptoms of depression, as well as other health risks.Senior isolation can even increase over time because, as isolation leads to loneliness, the subsequent symptoms of depression can make that individual even less willing to seek social interaction. When an older adult is less free to leave their home, they depend on visits from family and friends. Without constant effort and opportunity for loved ones to visit, a senior living alone may feel that their place in the world is not as important as it used to be.RISKS OF ISOLATION-INDUCED DEPRESSIONSome people may believe that senior loneliness and the sadness it can cause is a normal part of aging. But science has made it clear that aging and depression do not have to be directly related. Also, senior isolation can lead to a host of health problems, some directly associated with depression, and some not.Studies show that senior isolation can also lead to an increased risk of:ObesityType 2 diabetesHeart disease, high blood pressure and heart attackStrokeLoss of immune functionMemory loss, Alzheimers disease and other forms of dementiaDeathSIGNS OF ISOLATION-INDUCED DEPRESSIONIts normal for anyone to feel sad sometimes, but the symptoms of loneliness for seniors can be different than those for a younger person. These symptoms can include:Memory problemsActing more irritable than usualConfusionBeing more demandingComplaining moreDifficulty sleepingMoving lessLoss or gain in appetiteDelusions, or even hallucinationsPREVENTING SENIOR ISOLATIONBeing sad or depressed doesnt have to be part of aging. With some effort and planning, preventing senior isolation is easier than ever. There are so many activities, programs and groups for seniors to participate in that loneliness and the risks associated with it need never be a worry. And theres no better way to live a vibrant and active social life than at a senior living community.A calendar of events and activities is always full at a quality retirement community like Freedom Village of Bradenton. With this lifestyle, you have the freedom to participate in the activities you enjoy, and also spend quiet time on your own when it makes you happy to do so. When you spend time around people who care about you, you naturally become more conscious about eating well, you spend more time being physically active together, and you can engage emotionally and intellectually in satisfying ways.Here are just some of the ways you can be socially active at Freedom Village of Bradenton:Group fitness and yoga classesPersonal physical training sessionsArt classes and crafting opportunitiesLifelong learning through lectures, seminars and classes Volunteer opportunitiesHappy HoursMovie nightsSpecial interest groupsA wine clubA woodworking roomWalking pathsand dozens of destinations around nearby Sarasota.SENIOR CARE AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONPeople used to think that a senior living community might be a sad and lonely place for someone to live. But that couldnt be further from the truth. Freedom Village of Bradenton offers so many opportunities for senior socialization, health and fun that no one could possibly match by aging in place. Given what science now knows about senior loneliness and the serious risks it poses on health and wellness, its clear that the best solution is a great retirement community like Freedom Village of Bradenton. We provide premier senior living in Bradenton, Fl. Call us today at 941-219-5294.
For many, a Life Plan Community is a way to ensure comfort, connection and continuity as you grow older. Youll have an attractive residence in independent living with a busy roster of activities that keep you active and engaged. Youll have a meal plan with appealing options for dining. Therell be amenities for exercising, entertainment and recreation. Youll also have the relief of knowing higher levels of care are available on the same campus if you need them. But there are costs involved. Most Life Plan Communities require an entrance fee an upfront cost many people handle with the proceeds from selling their home. Theres also a monthly fee that makes all those great services and amenities possible.Lets look at the costs of senior living and senior care and find out how a good Life Plan Community like Freedom Village of Bradenton offers financial options and strategies to make senior living more affordable than you might think.WORKING WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF SENIOR LIVING COSTSLife Plan Community entrance fees range from around $100,000 to more than a million dollars, depending on the region where you reside, residential contracts, and floor plans. Monthly service fees may start near $2,000, increasing to $4,000 or more in some markets. Costs vary widely, particularly if you opt to shield your future finances and your family from future costs of assisted living or nursing care by selecting a Life Care contract now. Life Care will cover all your on-site care as needed without substantially raising your monthly fee. The rate youll pay for care will be less than current market rates. Its considered the gold standard of long-term care coverage, but it does require the largest entrance fee.A Type A Life Care contract can be especially smart for couples, who may sometimes have different care needs.To keep costs down, you can prepay for less care.A Type B Modified Plan contract includes a set allotment say, 30, 60 or 90 days of covered or discounted care.If you have a long-term-care insurance policy, you could opt to pay even less with a Type C Fee-for-Service contract. With that, youre typically guaranteed access to future care but must pay the market rate at the time. Refundable entrance fees are common. Some communities offer a flat percentage of the entrance fee as a refund when the resident moves out or dies while living there. This is usually anywhere from 75% to 90%, with some communities even offering a 100% refund.Other contracts offer a percentage of your entrance fee on a declining basis over time: You get a larger refund if you live there for a shorter time, but the percentage declines over the years; some communities offer no refund on the entrance fee after a certain number of years.With any senior living community you might be considering, its crucial to understand the contracts and residency agreements that community offers.THE INHERENT FINANCIAL ADVANTAGES OF LIVING IN A LIFE PLAN COMMUNITYIf you move in while youre still healthy and active, and then calculate what youd pay over, say, a period of 20 years, its often cheaper over the long term. Entrance fees tend to fund long-term capital improvements within a community, so youre essentially investing in your own future.Many nonprofit Life Plan Communities offer benevolence funds as part of their mission, so residents will have access to health services such as assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care for the rest of their lives, even if they outlive their financial resources. You might see this as a form of built-in insurance. Finally, consider the additional costs of having to move again when youre older and dealing with a health crisis, just to secure the care services already provided at a Life Plan Community.SMART WAYS TO MAKE A LIFE PLAN COMMUNITY MORE AFFORDABLEUntil you compare the monthly expenses with what youre paying for housing now, including food and all other costs, you wont know whether a Life Plan Community is affordable for you or not. Hiring a financial advisor for a one-time consultation might help. Remember too, that when you make your home at a Life Plan Community, homeownership costs for taxes, insurance, utilities, repairs and so forth are all covered by your monthly fee. Even broken appliances will be replaced at no additional charge, making those costs of senior living much more affordable. Here are three other tools to consider. Bridge financing helps people fund their entrance fee by bridging the financial time gap between the sale of a house and moving in. This is a form of short-term lending. Long-term care insurance generally wont kick in and cover residential living expenses, but every policy is written differently and may include or exclude coverage for:Home careAssisted livingSkilled nursing care (i.e., a nursing home)Adult day care servicesHome modificationCare coordinationFuture servicesPolicies will explain their requirements and what they specifically cover. With the right policy, youll have options you can afford. Medicare can be used to pay for some services, including physician visits and hospital stays, though it usually doesnt cover long-term nursing care.YOULL HAVE FINANCIAL OPTIONS AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONAt Freedom Village, we want you to embrace the best of independent living at a premier Life Plan Community, and secure lasting peace of mind for yourself and your family. And we offer you the tools to make it happen:Flex Your Future lets you customize senior living costs to suit your budget. The Flex Your Future program lets you select your residence with less out-of-pocket expense now and then pay the remainder of your entrance fee on a flexible, tailored timeline.The Type A Life Care contract at Freedom Village offers a simple way to pay for long-term care expenses, making them more predictable. Itll save you money by protecting you from the constantly rising cost of care services.Customized living ensures youll always reside in the appropriate level of care assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing or rehabilitation. For an initial entrance fee and subsequent monthly fee, your residence, services, and amenities are customized to suit your lifestyle and changing needs.Entrance fee refundability on certain senior living contracts refunds a portion of your entrance fee to you or your heirs, preserving your assets and ensuring your legacy.Tax deductions to reduce your tax liability. The IRS has ruled that a portion of both your entrance fee and/or monthly fee is deductible on your federal income return as prepayment of medical expenses. Certain tax deductions also apply to veterans and/or their spouses. Consult your tax advisor regarding your individual eligibility.
Give your heart some love with our cardiac rehab program.A healthy human heart beats 100,000 times a day, pumping more than 14,000 pints of blood to every living cell in the body. When your heart doesnt pump enough blood for your bodys needs, heart failure develops. This can happen if your heart cant fill up with enough blood. It can also happen when your heart is too weak to pump properly.Most often, heart failure is caused by another medical condition that damages your heart, including coronary heart disease, heart inflammation, high blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, or an irregular heartbeat.Heart failure may not cause symptoms right away, but eventually you may feel tired and short of breath. Fluid may also build up in your feet, ankles and legs, or around your stomach or neck.While theres no cure for heart failure, healthy lifestyle changes, medicines such as diuretics and ACE inhibitors, or a heart procedure can help many people enjoy a higher quality of life.HOW CARDIAC REHABILITATION FOR HEART FAILURE CAN HELP.Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes as part of a cardiac rehabilitation program if youve experienced heart failure. At Freedom Village of Bradenton, we specialize in cardiac rehabilitation for heart failure. Well work with your medical team to create a plan thats safe and easy to follow. The main areas of treatment include:Exercise Your plan will likely include aerobic exercises like walking or cycling, and strengthening exercises like light weightlifting.Lifestyle changes Limiting salt intake, quitting smoking, limiting or stopping your alcohol intake, aiming for a healthy weight, getting enough sleep, and learning how to manage stress can improve your heart failure symptoms.Support Depression and anxiety are common for people with heart disease. Emotional and psychological support is an important part of your treatment. We can help you learn ways to cope.IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CARDIAC REHABILITATION AND REHABILITATION FOR HEART FAILURE?Cardiac rehabilitation is for people with various types of heart disease. They may have had a heart attack, heart valve replacement, angioplasty, coronary bypass surgery, or coronary heart disease. The goal of cardiac rehabilitation is to improve strength, prevent the condition from worsening, and improve health and quality of life.Cardiac rehabilitation for heart failure is designed specifically for people with heart failure. If your heart failure is relatively mild, lifestyle changes may be all you need to feel better. But if your doctor thinks youd benefit from cardiac rehab for moderate to serious heart failure, the rehabilitation specialists at Freedom Village of Bradenton can help.Learn more about senior rehabilitation services in Bradenton, Florida, at Freedom Village of Bradenton. Call 941-219-5294.
As youve probably discovered throughout every phase of your life, where you live can have a big impact on how you live. The quiet of the countryside can put you miles away from shopping, dining and entertainment options. While the hustle and bustle of the city can make it hard to find a place to relax. And regardless of where you live, there are the never-ending responsibilities of homeownership.If youre looking for an option with more freedom and social opportunities, the independent living lifestyle offered at Life Plan Communities can allow you to get more out of today while putting a smart plan in place for the future. This blog post will look at the benefits of choosing a maintenance-free independent living community like Freedom Village of Bradenton.WHAT IS INDEPENDENT LIVING?Designed for active seniors, the independent living lifestyle is for anyone whos ready to explore lifes opportunities and possibilities with fewer worries and responsibilities.Live among friends: The independent living lifestyle is only for older adults. So everyone around you will share similar life histories and experiences, making it easy to find things in common. In fact, dont be surprised if your new neighbors soon start to feel like lifelong friends.Be social: Independent living communities feature a monthly activity calendar with a range of social events like Happy Hours, game nights, book clubs, discussion groups, and trips to local theaters and museums.No more home work: Owning a home can be a lot of work. Consider all the chores required to keep it up: vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, dusting, doing laundry, mowing, trimming, weeding, and planting, just to name a few. The independent living lifestyle means all the housekeeping, upkeep and maintenance are taken care of by a trusted team of professionals.Built for you: When you first buy a home, you picture yourself living there for years, and maybe even for decades. But is your current home set up to help you maximize the years ahead? Or does it need to be modified so you can continue to live safely at home? We offer a range of floor plans specifically designed to help you gracefully age in place.Be free: If all the household chores were taken care of, what would you do? Explore? What hobbies would you take up or revive? What goals would you pursue? When all the mundane things like cooking, cleaning and upkeep are taken care of, you have the free time to do whatever you want.Go exploring: If worrying about the house has kept you from being gone for extended periods of time, those days are over. The independent living lifestyle means you can visit friends, travel the country, or explore foreign lands knowing well take care of everything while youre away.Peace of mind: By choosing a Life Plan Community like Freedom Village, youll have access to a full continuum of care including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation right on-site, if ever needed.
When most people think about wellness, they often think of physical or emotional wellness. While taking care of our minds and bodies are two very important parts of a holistic lifestyle, spiritual wellness can also have a profound impact on our overall health.Discover the importance of spiritual wellness as you age, and learn tips from our experts at Freedom Village of Bradenton on how to enhance your spiritual growth during retirement. WHAT IS SPIRITUAL WELLNESS?Spiritual wellness means living by a set of beliefs, morals, principles, and values that give your life meaning and purpose. Its the act of looking beyond your physical being and connecting to something greater. Many people find this connection through religion, meditation or nature.Spirituality is a lifelong practice that focuses on the connection within ourselves, our communities and a greater sense of purpose. It drives our inner belief system and helps us decide what we truly value in life.THE BENEFITS OF SPIRITUAL WELLNESSMost research on the benefits of spiritual wellness is relatively new, but studies have shown that everyone can benefit from strengthening this essential dimension of a holistic lifestyle. Look at how your life can improve by cultivating your spiritual growth:Reduce stress.Using your energy to focus on spiritual activities that help you practice mindfulness is a great way to reduce stress and stay positive. Setting aside a few moments during the day to meditate or reflect on your spirituality can help you feel less overwhelmed in stressful situations, and help you let go of negative feelings that arent serving your greater purpose.Decrease feelings of anxiety and depression.Improving spiritual wellness changes your attitude and behavior in a way that helps you reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, because it provides you with a regularly renewed sense of hope. Even when the road is long, spirituality provides an unwavering resource of comfort and support. Make stronger social connections.There have been several studies that show regular religious or spiritual involvement is linked to larger and more stable social networks. Keep in mind that spiritual activities dont always have to be religious services. Connecting with other people during a peaceful hike, attending a yoga class, or volunteering are all great ways to foster your spirituality and build meaningful relationships. Indulge in more meaningful travel.An unexpected benefit of spiritual wellness for seniors is more enjoyable travel. Older adults who travel to boost their spiritual growth experience greater levels of self-transcendent emotions and an increased sense of well-being. Spiritual seniors who travel also report their adventures provide a greater sense of meaning to their lives and help them reflect more positively on the meaning of life. ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE YOUR SPIRITUAL WELLNESSEveryones spiritual practice looks a little different, and theres no one way to find a deeper connection with something greater than yourself. The best way to find out what works to cultivate your spirituality is by trying new activities, repeating the ones that feed your soul, and leaving behind those that dont.Here are spiritual wellness activities that might work for your routine during retirement:Take a mindful walk in nature.As you walk, feel the ground beneath your feet, the air on your skin, and hear the sounds of nature that surround you. For an extrasensory experience, take a barefoot walk on the beach.Have a conversation with yourself.This is called exploring your spiritual core. Ask yourself questions about the person you are, the person you want to be and what gives you purpose. These questions can lead you on a journey toward self-discovery and fulfillment. Try yoga or dance.Synchronizing your breath and movement helps you enter a state of flow, which is when youve achieved complete focus on a single activity. Plus, dancing with intention or completing a yoga flow allows you to release your emotions and ease anxiety.Attend a church service.Theres nothing like sharing your passion for spiritual wellness with your friends and family at a church service. Along with attending your regular service, try a service during a different day of the week or different time of day to meet other members of your congregation, or ask to tag along with a friend to experience service at a new church. Get creative.Spirituality can present itself in many ways. Celebrate and cultivate your spiritual wellness by creating a beautiful painting, cross-stitching your favorite proverb, or even baking holiday cookies for your neighbors. One of the biggest benefits of improving spiritual wellness is that it also has a positive impact on other key dimensions of wellness including emotional, physical and social dimensions. So the next time you work on cultivating your spiritual growth, reflect on how it could also strengthen other areas of your life. ENHANCE YOUR SPIRITUAL WELLNESS AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONWith services and amenities like an arts and crafts studio, community rose garden, chapel, energizing volunteer projects, and group fitness classes including yoga there are opportunities to enhance your spiritual wellness around every corner at Freedom Village of Bradenton. To learn more about our community or schedule an in-person tour, contact our senior living representatives online. Well be in touch shortly! Call us today at 941-219-5294.
If you are just starting to explore senior care for yourself or a loved one, know that its common to feel a bit overwhelmed and uncertain. Todays older adults have more levels of care to choose from than ever before. While that variety helps ensure families can find a level of care that meets their needs, there is a lot to learn about each type. Navigating the maze of options, from independent and assisted living to memory care and skilled nursing, takes time and patience.In a Life Plan Community like Freedom Village of Bradenton, youll find what is referred to as a continuum of care. Its an option that accommodates a seniors current needs while also planning for their future. Because multiple types of care are found on the same campus, residents can seamlessly transition from one type to another if their health changes.Before you begin making calls and scheduling in-person visits to communities, it might be helpful to learn more about independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing; and short-term rehabilitation. And to compare assisted living, one of the most popular types of senior living, with other options.WHAT IS ASSISTED LIVING?An assisted living community is a senior living option many consider an ideal combination of support and independence. Each resident has their own private apartment or suite to call home. Most communities offer several floor plans with a range of sizes and styles. Some even have their own kitchen or kitchenette.This allows residents to maintain a sense of independence and to feel they are still in charge of their own life. They do so, however, knowing the support of caregivers is nearby 24/7. The caregiving staff can assist with everything from taking a shower to helping with medication.Residents of an assisted living community generally require help with two or three activities of daily living (ADLs), as well as medication management support. Examples of core ADLs include personal care tasks (e.g., bathing, grooming, dressing), transferring, toileting, and continence care.Other services and amenities usually found at an assisted living community are:Healthy, chef-inspired meals and snacksTransportation program for outings and appointmentsPersonal laundry, linen changes, and housekeepingWellness programs, daily activities, and community eventsUtilities, internet access, and cableOn-site security and emergency call systemsFor many older adults, the most popular part of community living is the life enrichment activities. These can vary from one community to another but often include billiards contests, yoga classes, book clubs, art workshops, card groups, happy hours, movie nights, shopping trips, and cultural outings. Opportunities to participate in volunteer projects are also common.WHATS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ASSISTED LIVING AND OTHER TYPES OF SENIOR CARE?The best way to understand how assisted living differs from other senior care options is to learn a little more about each one:Independent living: Older adults who are looking for maintenance-free living are often attracted to independent living communities. Instead of spending your days mowing the yard, making home repairs, or cleaning the gutters, youll have time to socialize, travel, and enjoy life. Its a lifestyle that promotes choice, flexibility, and freedom. Independent living residents are generally more active and able to care for their personal hygiene needs than those in assisted living.Skilled nursing: While residents in an assisted living community typically require help with ADLs, seniors in a life plan communitys skilled nursing center tend to have more complex medical needs. Licensed nurses are on-site around-the-clock to assist residents. Many also have nurse practitioners and physicians who oversee care. These residents still enjoy the same amenities as an assisted living communitys, such as nutritious meals, life enrichment programming, and support with personal care.Memory care: When a senior loved one has a diagnosis of Alzheimers or another type of dementia, family caregivers face unique challenges. Safety is a leading concern. Because judgment can become impaired, an older adult with dementia might not be safe alone. They may also experience episodes of wandering from home, agitation, and increased anxiety. Even figuring out what meals to cook can be tough. In a memory care program, youll find a secure environment designed to be peaceful and comforting. Activities are developed to work around disease-related losses, enabling the resident to feel successful and productive. Every aspect of these specialty programs is focused on protecting dignity.Rehabilitation: This type of care is short term and typically follows a hospital stay. If an older adult has had a serious illness or injury or a planned surgery, they may transition from the hospital to a rehabilitation center to continue their recovery. In addition to nursing staff, you will usually find physical, occupational, and speech therapists. The goal is to help the senior recuperate and return to whatever setting they call home, whether it is a private residence or an apartment in an independent or assisted living community.HEALTH SERVICES AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONIf your search for care includes the Gulf Coast of Florida, we invite you to consider Freedom Village of Bradenton, a recipient of the Joint Commissions national Quality Seal of Approval. This Life Plan Community offers a full continuum of care from independent living through all levels of health services. That means as your needs or those of a senior loved one change, you can smoothly transition from one type of care to another.Contact us today at 941-219-5294, with questions or to schedule a time for your personal visit so you can experience our premier senior living community
Youve worked your entire life to get to the point where you could retire and do more of the things you want to do like travel, spend more time with family and friends, or go wherever your interests and hobbies take you. But if you find yourself doing more of the things you have to do like cooking, cleaning, home repairs and maintenance and less of what you want to do, then maybe its time to consider moving to a senior living community. To help you figure out if youre ready for independent living, here are six signs to look for:Are You Ready for Independent Living? 1. Youre tired of cooking every day: Its a question you have to answer two or three times a day: What do I want to eat? Wouldnt it be nice to take a break? At Freedom Village of Bradenton, our culinary team creates menus as diverse as they are delicious with a range of healthy and homestyle options for you to choose from.2. You want more possibilities and fewer responsibilities: Independent living is a lifestyle that embodies more freedom and less stress. Well take care of the cleaning, mowing the lawn, watering, weeding and making household repairs, while you do what matters most. Take a daytrip to the Gulf or travel the world. Spend time with people you care about or just relax knowing everything is taken care of. And because these services are included in your monthly fee, you dont have to hassle with figuring out who will do what.3. Youre a lifelong learner: Maybe youve always wanted to learn a new language, dive into philosophy, or try your hand at watercolor painting. Or perhaps youd like to dust off the musical instrument you used to play or start writing your memoir. Independent living makes it easy for you to expand your horizons. At Freedom Village of Bradenton, we take a holistic approach to wellness with programs, services and amenities that are structured to support your overall physical, social and emotional well-being.4. You know the value of small conveniences: Sometimes its the little things that matter. Like knowing that when you travel, your home is secure and looked after. Having ready transportation to an event or appointment so you dont have to deal with traffic or parking. Being able to take a short walk to the fitness center or salon, or having classes and entertainment right on-site. These are the kinds of conveniences independent living offers and they can all help make your life easier and a lot more enjoyable.5. You want more social connections: Friends make life better. As part of a senior living community, there are plenty opportunities to build and maintain friendships. Its easier than you might realize to widen your social circle. Meet your neighbors at one of our classes, recreational activities, volunteer opportunities and resident committees. Freedom Village is full of residents from a broad range of backgrounds and life experiences, and theyre always looking for a new friend to enjoy life with.6. You want a more secure future: Its hard to know whats going to happen tomorrow, but you can plan for it. At a Life Plan Community like Freedom Village, we offer a full continuum of on-site care, should you ever need it. And with our Life Care contract, higher levels of care are available at a predictable monthly rate.
As your loved one with Alzheimers or another form of dementia needs more care at home, you might find each day more challenging than the last. While these changes are difficult for everyone, memory care communities can give both you and your loved one the support you need to maintain your bond but when is the right time for a higher level of care?Ask yourself these 6 questions about caring for your loved one at home, and learn if memory care is right for your family member.1. ARE THEY AGITATED OR AGGRESSIVE?For several reasons, agitation and aggression are common with seniors who have dementia. The two primary reasons are confusion and the inability to articulate or identify the cause of physical discomfort.For instance, an older adult who used to perform an activity of daily living unassisted may lash out at their caregivers when they cant remember the steps it takes to complete the task. Or a person experiencing discomfort from something like a urinary tract infection may express it through physical aggression.In the Memory Care neighborhood at Freedom Village of Bradenton, our staff can redirect aggressive behavior with specialized care that reduces frustration, fear and anxiety in your loved one, which gives you the opportunity to return to the loving relationship you once shared.2. DOES YOUR FAMILY MEMBER HAVE SAFE LIVING CONDITIONS?When a senior with dementia is aging in place, they may neglect essential household duties like taking out the trash, cleaning up after a pet, or disposing of spoiled food. Some seniors may also hoard items or wander their neighborhoods.Other risks may include trip hazards, medical fall risks, kitchen appliances, firearms, or household chemicals. For your loved one to age safely at home, youll need significant and expensive safety modifications. The 24/7 security and care in a Memory Care neighborhood provides a secure environment where your loved one can thrive. At Freedom Village of Bradenton, we take memory care a step further by including a maintenance-free residence, housekeeping and personal laundry services, and Life Safety pendant alert systems.3. IS YOUR FAMILY MEMBER FEELING SOCIALLY ISOLATED?While loneliness and social isolation are related, theyre a little different. Loneliness is the distressed feeling of being alone, whereas isolation is the lack of social connections to provide regular, positive interaction with people and your environment. Social isolation can lead to:AnxietyDepressionHigh-blood pressureHeart diseaseLack of energyFeeling isolated is a common problem for seniors living with dementia. Its difficult to recreate social situations at home, or your loved one may lack the confidence to take part in group activities.Retirement communities have amenities, services, and a calendar full of events just for memory care residents. From a supportive dining environment to welcoming and secure places to gather, your loved one always stays engaged and socializes with their neighbors and care team. 4. HAS YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS SLEEP PATTERN CHANGED?As we age, our bodies produce less melatonin, which is a sleep hormone that helps us get tired when it gets darker in the evening. Research has shown that as a persons dementia progresses, melatonin production is particularly impaired. Combined with side effects from medication and other long-term health conditions, like diabetes or high blog pressure, sleep can be difficult for older adults with dementia.Your loved one may have difficulty getting to sleep, wake up several times during the night, sleep less deeply or sleep less overall.Poor sleep patterns can lead to waking up at night, resulting in your family member being anxious or confused over what time it is. Instead of going back to sleep, they believe its time to begin the day. Your loved one may try to return to an old routine, like making breakfast or getting dressed for work.This is very stressful for family caregivers, especially if youre worried your loved one may do something that is unsafe, like wander, which can lead to a life-threatening fall. 5. ARE THEY NEGLECTING PERSONAL CARE?Neglecting self-care is a major indicator your loved one needs extra help with activities of daily living. If your family member once wore clean, pressed clothes or was always clean-shaven, and is now wearing ill-fitting, dirty clothes or has unkempt facial hair, it might be time to consider memory support services. Its important to remember physical symptoms of dementia come in many forms. Here are other signs your loved one might need a higher level of care in a Memory Care neighborhood:Dramatic weight loss or weight gainForgetting to eat or take medicationsLoss of mobilityNeglecting regular baths or showersAt our retirement community in Bradenton, FL, we believe each one of our residents should live according to a personalized routine that reflects their preferences and choices. We offer flexible care in a dementia-friendly environment that promotes a self-directed lifestyle. For instance, the residents in our Memory Care neighborhood have access to appropriate community amenities like the salon and barbershop, fitness center and pool. We also offer compassionate, personalized help with daily living activities, including dressing, bathing and medication management. 6. DO YOU HAVE CAREGIVER BURNOUT?Taking care of a loved one with Alzheimers or another form of dementia is arduous work, and many family caregivers face burnout. You might dedicate too much time to your family member with dementia and neglect other important areas of life like work, friends, and other members of your family who need attention.Many family caregivers have to take time off work, which may be paid or unpaid, while some have to reduce their work hours altogether. This can lead to feelings of resentment, depression and isolation.Watch for these other common signs of caregiver burnout:Difficulty sleepingDrinking, smoking or eating moreFeeling tired and run downFeeling helpless and hopelessNeglecting personal needsTrouble concentrating or relaxing, even when help is availableIf youre a family caregiver struggling with the emotional and physical exhaustion that comes with providing someone with dementia a high quality of life, its likely time for expert memory care services at a retirement community. Be sure to refer to our suggested memory care checklist when taking next steps. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF MEMORY CARE AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONChoosing the right care for your loved one with dementia is a tough decision. At our retirement community in Bradenton, FL, were here to provide any and all information we can to help you make the best decision for your situation.To learn how your family member can be supported in our Memory Care neighborhood at Freedom Village of Bradenton, contact our senior living representatives online, and well be happy to answer your questions! Call us today, 941-219-5294.
Nothing can prepare you for the changes ahead when someone you love is diagnosed with dementia. However, knowing what to expect at different stages can help you find ways to cope as the condition progresses. As a caregiver for someone with Alzheimers disease or dementia, learning as much as you can about the stages of dementia can help you mentally prepare for whats next.The Global Deterioration Scale developed by Dr. Barry Reisberg defines the seven stages of Alzheimers disease and other forms of primary degenerative dementia. The scale is commonly used by health care professionals when communicating with patients and families about planning for dementia care. The progression of dementia looks different for everyone and the length of time for each stage can vary, but most people with dementia experience a gradual shift from mild to moderate to severe symptoms.Stage 1: No Cognitive DeclineThe first stage can be defined as a normal functioning stage where a person has no memory impairment or symptoms of cognitive decline. The changes that happen in the brain in this early stage are often hidden. In this stage, a person continues with normal activities with no indication of any problems related to dementia.Stage 2: Age-Associated Memory ImpairmentIn this stage, a person may experience very mild memory impairment thats comparable to normal age-related memory loss. Your loved one might forget familiar names, forget words, or frequently misplace things. Although your loved one might be aware of these memory slips, the changes are usually mild enough to go unnoticed by friends, family members and doctors. A person with age-associated memory impairment will be able to continue working, traveling, and managing daily tasks as usual.Stage 3: Mild Cognitive ImpairmentMemory loss may become noticeable to your loved one and those around them at this stage. Mild impairment shows up in a variety of ways. Your loved one may have trouble remembering recent events or activities, or the names of familiar people or things. Symptoms can also include difficulty following conversations, changes in mood or emotion, and mild problems with coordination. Its time to see a health care provider when symptoms begin to interfere with day-to-day life.Caregiver concerns: Although your loved one may be able to live independently at this stage with occasional help from friends or family, you may be thinking about how to support them as their needs increase. Caregiving in this stage focuses on adjusting to the changes and making plans for the future. Time frame: This stage can last 2 to 7 years.Stage 4: Mild DementiaIn this stage, you may notice increased forgetfulness and problems with thinking and reasoning. Your loved one may forget what they had for lunch or struggle to recall the names of friends and family. As dementia affects communication skills, they may struggle to use the phone and may not engage as much in conversation. They may withdraw from social situations. Simple tasks may become more difficult, and they may need help paying bills and managing their finances.Caregiver concerns: Safety becomes a larger concern in this stage. Start making plans now for the changes ahead, including exploring options for in-home nursing care or moving to a memory care community. Learning as much as you can about dementia care will make navigating next steps easier. Time frame: The duration of this stage is about 2 years.Stage 5: Moderate DementiaProblems with memory, thinking and judgment worsen at this stage. Your loved one may forget how to do simple tasks like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. They may need help with getting dressed, making meals, or other activities of daily living. At this stage, its common to forget significant information like their address or major life events. As dementia progresses, your loved one may be confused about where they are or what day it is, and they may experience problems with orientation and wandering.Caregiver concerns: Keeping your loved one safe becomes the top priority, as theyll need 24/7 care and supervision at this stage. As a caregiver, its important to take care of yourself and seek emotional support from family members, a support group or counselor.Time frame: The duration of this stage is 1.5 years on average.Stage 6: Moderately Severe DementiaThe effects of dementia make it increasingly difficult to communicate and perform basic skills at this stage. There may be times when they dont recognize family and friends. Anger, paranoia, wandering, eating problems, obsessive behaviors, hallucinations and incontinence may occur. Disturbed sleep patterns can lead to sleeplessness during the night and exhaustion during the day.Caregiver concerns: Challenging behaviors like shouting, agitation, disturbed sleep, and repetitive behavior can make caregiving increasingly difficult. During this stage, its essential that your loved one has the support they need in a safe environment.Time frame: This stage can last around 2.5 years.Stage 7: Severe DementiaLate-stage dementia brings devastating changes for patients and their families. Your loved one may lose the ability to communicate, walk, smile, swallow, or participate in personal care activities. They may be unable to recognize people, places and objects. Constant care will be needed In this stage, and hospice care can provide or extra support focused on pain management and comfort care near the end of life.Caregiver concerns: Communicating with your loved ones care team at a memory care community can help ensure your loved one is getting the support they need.Time frame: This stage may last 1.5 to 2.5 years.SUPPORTING YOUR FAMILYS JOURNEY WITH ALZHEIMERSFreedom Village of Bradenton offers specialized, compassionate memory care services for all stages. We understand the challenge and heartbreak that different stages of dementia can present, and the importance of having quality memory care and support every step of the way. Contact our team today to tour our memory care facility. Contact us today by calling 941-219-5294.
NURSING HOME OR MEMORY CARE?Whats the best choice for your family member with dementia? Evaluating your loved ones long-term care needs isnt easy. Eventually, the options will boil down to whether you choose more general long-term care such as that found in a nursing home, or whether a dedicated memory care community will better serve their specific needs. Weve provided an explanation of the differences and closing tips on how to make the choice. Nursing HomeNursing homes for dementia patients also provide a broad range of long-term care for other seniors. These are older adults with medical or health conditions who can no longer live independently. For these seniors, living in a nursing home feels like a long stay in a hospital. They are usually not ambulatory and need help with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as showering, dressing or using the toilet. A nursing home for dementia patients has a lower level of privacy, because rooms are set up to allow staff to provide continuous care. Along with long-term nursing care, a nursing home for dementia patients may provide assisted living and short-term rehabilitation services. Certain staff members may have special training to help people with dementia, but not all. Since they deal with a wide range of care, a nursing home for dementia patients may not be set up to cope with certain behaviors that are triggered by memory loss, and if these behaviors become extreme, they may ask the resident to leave.Memory CareSometimes a stand-alone facility and sometimes part of a senior living community, a memory care community is dedicated to the care of those at all stages of cognitive decline. This includes Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons, and other forms of dementia. Unlike a nursing home for dementia patients, the setting is more homelike, with residents usually living in their own apartments.There are other striking differences between a nursing home for dementia patients and a memory care community. The physical layout of a memory care community incorporates visual cues, circular hallways with no dead ends, secure outdoor areas, and other features that support people with dementia. Treatments and therapies slow the advancement of disease, and activities such as music, arts and crafts, and events encourage residents to socialize and engage with others.Dementia poses unique and specific challenges. Memory care staff are trained to identify the different stages of the disease and know what to do next. They understand how to manage a residents anxiety, hallucinations or sundowner syndrome, connect with someone who is having trouble communicating, and de-escalate aggressive or confused behavior. HOW TO CHOOSE?Both types of facilities share similarities. They both provide a safe environment and expert care. They both provide meals, activities, assistance with ADLs, and shared spaces to enjoy. Both accommodate residents with early-stage dementia. However, because regulations vary, its important to check with your local authority to learn about the specific requirements and certifications that staff should have.If your loved one with dementia is also affected by another medical condition that requires highly skilled, 24-hour care, then skilled nursing and rehabilitative therapies at a nursing home may be a good fit. However, since dementia care may only be a small part of their services, it may fall short of your expectations. In contrast, a memory care community addresses every stage of dementia with customized care plans. For loved ones with advanced memory loss, or who have difficult-to-manage symptoms such as wandering or aggression, a memory care community is a better choice.Another important point to consider is how your loved ones memory loss affects the whole family. The changes in relationships and uncertainty about the future are stressful for everyone. Staff at a memory care community are better prepared to help families through this tough time and can connect you with resources, support groups and counseling as you need them. MAKE THE DECISION EARLY.Decide what to do before your loved ones dementia is too far advanced. Its easier for your loved one to adapt to a new living space while theyre still able to weigh in on the decision and participate in the move.
If youve made the decision to move out of your single-family home and into an apartment, youve joined a popular movement among seniors. But how do you choose between moving to a regular apartment open to all ages versus moving to a senior apartment in a retirement community? Lets compare and contrast some of the similarities and the differences youll want to keep in mindHOW ALL-AGES APARTMENTS AND SENIOR APARTMENTS ARE SIMILARFor a number of reasons, apartment living, whether its a complex for all ages or part of a senior living community, is an attractive option for older adults. Theres less space to keep clean, no steps to climb and typically, theres someone you can call to fix things that break.In an all-ages apartment complex, youll generally have a pool, a fitness center and a party room, and sometimes pets are allowed. In a senior apartment, youll have all of these amenities as well but youll also have so much more, as youll see later in this article5 CHALLENGES OF ALL-AGES APARTMENT LIVING TO CONSIDERMoving to an apartment complex can be appealing if youre on the younger side of seniorhood and also in good health. But its important to think long-term. According to LongTermCare.gov, someone turning age 65 today has almost a 70% chance of needing some type of long-term care services and support in their remaining years. And 20% of those over 65 will require that care for more than five years.That said, in a few years, you could be facing five big challenges living in an all-ages apartment: 1. Needing to move again Should your health change and you require professional care, youll need to move to receive it.2. Paying out-of-pocket for caregivers Private aides and nurses are costly, and youll have the added burden of the hiring process and finding trusted help.3. Too much alone time You may be surrounded by many neighbors, but in all-ages apartments, residents typically go their own way and stick to themselves. Its easy to become isolated, and thats magnified if you need to stop driving.4. Most chores are still yours Youll still need to hire a housekeeper, wash your own linens, hang your own pictures and make your own meals.5. Safety issues How quickly can help arrive if you have an emergency? All-ages apartments arent set up with pull chains or buttons to use if youre not near your phone. And if you begin to have memory, sight or hearing issues, the safety concerns multiply.FIVE REASONS MOVING TO A SENIOR APARTMENT MAKES SO MUCH SENSEWhen it comes to services, amenities, cost and care, the independent living lifestyle youll enjoy in a community like Freedom Village of Bradenton really cant be beat.Remember, independent living communities are designed for older adults like you. That means youll meet people who have all kinds of life experiences in common, and likely share similar interests in music, activities and how they like to have fun. Thats how great friendships are born!And those worrisome challenges you could face living in an all-ages apartment? Consider them eliminated. Compare these five key perks of choosing a senior apartment:1. Youll never have to move again Everything you need to make life enjoyable, carefree, convenient, comfortable and safe are here for you, including higher-level care if you ever need it.2. The care you may need someday can be covered in full In a Life Plan Community like Freedom Village of Bradenton, you can choose a contract that provides access to a full continuum of care at no additional cost including assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, and its all on campus.3. You can be as active and engaged as you like Living in a retirement community, your only challenge will be choosing which activity, class, day trip or discussion group to take part in each day and what to order at Happy Hour and dinner that evening. Feel like staying in for a cozy evening? Thats your choice, too!4. Someone else will do the chores Say goodbye to that to-do list. When you live in a senior apartment, someone else takes care of the housekeeping, flat linen laundry, and comes to the rescue if something needs fixing. The same goes for exterior tasks like mowing, painting and snow removal.5. Your apartment and the community are designed for safety You wont find a community more responsive in an emergency than a retirement community. With a security team on call 24/7 and at your door at the touch of a button, youll always feel safe at home.
Are senior living communities safe to live in? This question is often asked when considering residential options for oneself or a loved one. While senior living provides many lifestyle advantages, safety and security are among the most important.Retirement communities want their residents to live with maximum freedom and independence, and protecting personal safety is a big part of this. This is as true for residents who live independently as it is for those who need assistance caring for themselves because of memory loss or other health conditions. State and national guidelines, such as building and fire codes, govern how retirement communities provide safety for residents, and individual communities also set their own rules. Balancing the need for senior safety with a residents sense of freedom and personhood is where Freedom Village of Bradenton excels.Six Ways Retirement Communities Provide Senior Safety Certain concerns affect seniors more than the general population. Thats why, although many older adults wish to stay at home as they age, it may no longer be a wise or practical choice. Residences and shared spaces in a retirement community are purposefully designed for senior living safety. Specialized features, services and health care are how retirement communities provide safety and peace of mind.1. WanderingResidents with Alzheimers disease or other forms of dementia are most at risk for wandering and becoming lost. A Life Plan Community offering memory care services will assess the individual risk of a person with cognitive impairment and plan personalized care according to their abilities. A memory care neighborhood may use different methods to prevent wandering. There may be cameras and security at entrances and exits, and security codes for elevator use. Memory care staff also monitor shared areas and homes to make sure residents are where theyre supposed to be. A high-risk resident may also wear an alert necklace or bracelet that activates an alarm if they go out of bounds.2. InfectionsEven before the coronavirus pandemic, infection control measures were a critical feature of how retirement communities provide safety for the people who live and work there. At Freedom Village of Bradenton, hygiene drills, hand-washing, disinfectant use and cleaning protocols have always been part of our standard procedure. While senior living communities have adopted federal- and state-mandated guidelines for mask-wearing and PPE use, wellness monitoring and temperature readings are also used to keep tabs on the spread of illness. Communities also provide education and resources to educate residents and their families about the importance of vaccinations against easily spread diseases such as the flu and pneumonia. Nowadays, team members may also encourage virtual visits rather than in-person visits from family members if theres an illness on either side.3. FallsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are among the leading causes of injuries for adults ages 65 and older. Senior living communities reduce the risk of a fall, beginning with a comprehensive physical assessment of the individual. Health conditions such as low blood pressure, Parkinsons or arthritis can increase fall risk, so medications are monitored and adjusted to minimize effects like dizziness or drowsiness. Most falls happen near the bed or in the bathroom, and communities mitigate this with assistance when a resident needs it, even at night. Our team members are trained in techniques to help older adults with transfers, walking and other activities. Our Life Plan Community also offers rehabilitation and physical and occupational therapies to improve walking, balance and strength. Learn more about reducing fall risk.4. At-Home SafetyMost suburban homes were built for families, not for older adults who may be living on their own. They are usually multilevel homes with stairs and lack wide hallways and doorways. The bathrooms usually feature a tub instead of a no-step-entry shower, and kitchens may not be well lit or have appliances with easily manageable electric controls. Fitting a home with senior-friendly modifications grab bars in a bathroom, nonslip floors, handrails on stairs, etc. is costly and expensive. These built-in modifications are how retirement communities provide safety for residents in everyday living spaces. Staff members are also vigilant in monitoring and removing tripping hazards. Residents in community care settings may also have the benefit of a raised or motorized bed that makes it easier to get in and out.5. NutritionSeniors have unique nutritional needs. Preparing specialized meals in a home kitchen may no longer be safe for a senior if their physical and/or mental abilities are impaired. Senior living communities provide access to specialized diets and nutritionist-approved meals for high cholesterol, diabetes and more. They also arrange supervised fitness classes, physical therapy, and safe and supervised exercise programs to improve cognitive function and enhance health.6. Emergency PreparednessFamily members with an older loved one living alone at home worry about what will happen to their loved one in an emergency. Emergency preparedness is part and parcel of how retirement communities provide safety for residents. There are protocols in place in case of fire, power outage or a natural disaster that outline how communities communicate with concerned family members and protect the safety of residents and staff members. Many communities provide 24/7 security, and most will offer an emergency call system or wearable alert devices to summon immediate help.
When youre looking for skilled nursing care for a loved one, having a clear understanding of the options can help you make the right choice. Skilled nursing care is provided in several different settings, including hospital wings, free-standing nursing homes, and Life Plan Communities (also known as continuing care retirement communities or CCRCs). However, its important to know theyre not all the same, and the experience youll have with skilled nursing in a Life Plan Community versus a nursing home is very different.Here, we explore the differences between skilled nursing care in a Life Plan Community and a nursing home, and what to expect with each type of care. SKILLED NURSING CARE IN A LIFE PLAN COMMUNITYSkilled nursing care is offered by Life Plan Communities to provide short- and long-term care for those who need continuous care for medical needs and significant help with activities of daily living. This level of care may be needed for a short time after a hospital stay for rehabilitation, or for the long term in cases when a persons chronic illness or disability requires the specialized care of skilled nursing. The goal of short-term skilled nursing care is to work toward recovery and regaining the ability to perform daily tasks, so the person may be able to return to an assisted living or independent living setting.Complexity of care: Skilled nursing facilities within a Life Plan Community employ trained medical staff licensed to offer care, including wound care, IV therapy, medication injection, and close monitoring of chronic health conditions. In addition, rehabilitative care is provided to help patients recover after an injury, illness or surgery. Specialized care plans may be developed for Parkinsons care and stroke recovery. Medical team: An attending physician or nurse practitioner oversees the care of each patient in a skilled nursing area, with care delivered by a team of medical providers including medical directors; registered nurses (RNs); licensed practical nurses (LPNs); certified nursing assistants (CNAs); licensed social workers; registered dietitians; and licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists. NURSING HOME CAREA nursing home, also known as a long-term care center or extended care facility, provides long-term residential care for older adults who are no longer able to live independently. The focus of care is to provide assistance with dressing, grooming, bathing, meal preparation and other daily tasks. Residents of a nursing home may reside in a private or semiprivate suite with a nurses station nearby. Complexity of care: Nursing home care is intended for those who need extensive help with activities of daily living and general care such as medication management, catheter care, administration of oxygen and monitoring of health conditions. Some nursing homes have special areas for those who need more complex medical care.Medical team: Nursing homes are professionally staffed by nurses, nurses aides, social workers and dietitians. CNAs provide much of the care with oversight from an RN or LPN. BENEFITS OF SKILLED NURSING IN A LIFE PLAN COMMUNITYIf a doctor determines your loved one would benefit from skilled nursing care, you want to find a place where theyll have everything they need to recover and regain as much independence as possible. Choosing a Life Plan Community for skilled nursing care ensures access to a high level of care in a supportive environment where theyll have opportunities to engage socially and thrive.Heres why you should consider skilled nursing in a Life Plan Community:Skilled nursing facilities within Life Plan Communities are able to provide care for residents with medically complex conditions.Your skilled nursing team in a Life Plan Community will get to know your loved one and develop a personalized care plan for their medical needs.Skilled nursing care is overseen by an attending physician or nurse practitioner, with 24-hour nursing care provided by licensed nursing staff.Life Plan Communities offer a full continuum of care, making it easy to transition to other levels of care on the same campus, if needed.Life Plan Communities have a warm and inviting environment that feels more like home than a hospital stay.Skilled nursing care may be covered in part by Medicare for up to 100 days, if eligibility requirements are met. Learn more about Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facility care.WHY CHOOSE FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTON?Our long-term care, including skilled nursing, at Freedom Village of Bradenton provides peace of mind when you need it most. You can trust that your loved one will be cared for in a supportive environment, with every comfort and convenience at their fingertips. In addition to 24-hour skilled nursing care, we offer a variety of services and amenities, including daily housekeeping and laundry; chef-prepared meals with dietary options; daily activities in music, art and technology; and so much more. Contact us to learn more about skilled nursing care in our Life Plan Community. Call us at 941-219-5294.
For many seniors, taking medicine is a normal part of a daily routine. But many necessary medications cause unwanted side effects including a risk of medication-related falls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Americans 65+ experiences a fall each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury-related fatalities and nonfatal trauma-related hospital stays in the same demographic.Many people think clearing walkways is the only way to prevent senior falls. Its a smart precaution to take. Also remove tripping hazards like extension cords, throw rugs and unnecessary clutter. Take it further and install non-slip bathtub mats and handrails. But one of the most important steps seniors can take is knowing which medications make them more susceptible to falling.Medications That May Cause Senior FallsMedications that are most likely to increase risk of senior falls can be categorized into three main groups:Medications that affect blood pressureMedications that lower blood sugarMedications that affect the brainYou may already know one or several of your medications puts you at risk of falling. But if you arent sure about the side effects of your prescriptions, have a conversation with your pharmacist or doctor. If youre taking multiple medications, a doctor or pharmacist can tell you if potential drug interactions are putting you at greater risk of medication-related falls.STEPS TO PREVENT MEDICATION-RELATED FALLSPractice Good Medication Management Habits: Forgetting a dose or taking more than prescribed can increase your risk of medication-related falls. Keep your prescriptions organized and stick to a schedule. Setting an alarm on your phone can help keep you on track. If youre still having trouble remembering your prescriptions, ask for help from a loved one or a caregiver.Ask for Annual Medication Reviews: A qualified health care provider, such as your doctor or pharmacist, can conduct an annual medication review and identify any risks. When you speak with your health care provider, make it clear that youre concerned about medication-related falls and you want to take any prudent steps that reduce your risk.Weigh the Benefits Against the Risks: If a medication review reveals that one or more of your prescriptions make you more susceptible to senior falls, your health care providers may be able to recommend alternative treatments. If there are no viable alternatives to your medications, you and your doctor can discuss whether the medicines benefits outweigh the risks.Take Risky Medications at Bedtime: If you need a prescription that causes medication-related falls, ask your doctor if you can take it before bed. There may be reasons to take the prescription earlier in the day, but if you can, taking it at night is a smart step toward fall prevention.Consider Vitamin D Supplements: Low vitamin D has been associated with higher risks of senior falls. Vitamin D helps regulate calcium levels and protein in the muscles. Taking a supplement may help build strength and stability and improve gait.
Deciding how big your home should be when youre moving into senior living comes with different considerations than when you purchase other property. If youre looking through floor plans for an independent living home and wondering how much space you really need, here are some helpful questions to make the decision easier.How Big Should Your Home Be? Answer These Questions to Help You Decide:How many people are moving into your new residence?At many senior living communities, one or two people can move into a residence of any size. For one person, a studio or a one-bedroom senior apartment will likely suit just fine. Two people can be comfortable in a one-bedroom, but many choose to look at two- or three-bedroom apartment or even a villa to give themselves some extra space.How comfortable are you with downsizing?Some older adults look forward to the prospect of reducing the number of their belongings when moving into senior living. They can sell, donate, or pass down items theyve loved so the item can benefit someone else. Some new residents even buy all new furniture to suit their senior apartment or villa.However, the majority of seniors will downsize or rightsize, if you prefer many of their belongings, but still have pieces they love and want to keep. If there are larger pieces of furniture you want to move to a new residence, these pieces may help determine how big your house should be. Pro tip: You can use graph paper to draw the floor plans youre considering. Then cut shapes to scale that represent the furniture youd like to bring and move them around the floor plan to figure out where they could fit in your senior apartment or villa.What are your storage options?Ample storage can make you feel much more comfortable in your new residence. Consider the closet space in your current apartment. You likely wont need nearly as many cleaning supplies as youre used to because youll have regular housekeeping service. Additionally, you wont need as many pots and pans because youll have daily meals prepared for you by a professional chef. With roomy closets and smart organization, youll likely be able to find room for each of your belongings, but some senior living residents choose to rent a small storage unit for items they dont need very often, like seasonal decorations.What kind of amenities will you enjoy at the community?When considering how big your house should be, remember that the whole senior living campus will be yours to enjoy. Depending on your preferences, you may not be in your independent living home very often. You may be using the fitness center, reading in the library, working in the business center, or walking the landscaped grounds.
Understanding the likelihood that even older adults in good health may need long-term care as they age can be a pivotal first step in building a dependable plan for the what-ifs of life. So lets start with this:Thats the chance healthy 65-year-old couples will have at least one partner who requires significant long-term care as they age.The baseline for home health care is 44 hours per weekWhile home health care stands as a preferred option for many, the expense of such services can quickly escalate.For those 44 hours a week, seniors can expect to pay more than $50,000 annually. However, if more hours of service are needed, home health care can easily and significantly exceed the annual cost of a nursing home.Is the average cost for 84 hours per week or 12 hours of daily care. If changing needs require 24/7 support, that average annual cost rises to $215,376.When considering the costs of long-term care whether provided at home or in a nursing facility its important to also think about the role geography can play. In areas of the country with higher than average overall cost of living, the amount seniors can expect to pay for care services will be higher than the national average.Its never too early to look ahead.Health changes can happen out of the blue. Thats why its important to proactively consider how a Life Plan Community and the right insurance can prepare you for whatever tomorrow has in store. Our continuum of services include assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and rehabilitation.Connect with one our senior living consultants today to discuss the value of a community that affords you priority access to on-site health services and significant savings on the rising care costs of the open market. Then speak to your financial planner to see what additional tools, policies or plans may complement the peace of mind Freedom Village of Bradenton provides.*Facts and figures within this piece have been gathered from HealthView Services June 2021 report, Long-Term Care and Financial Planning.
Where do you see yourself in retirement? Will you be busy at home or branching out as part of a larger community? How will you spend your free time? If youre considering the options of aging in place at home or moving to a Life Plan Community also known as a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) it pays to look closely at the costs and benefits of each option. Keep in mind that perspectives may evolve and priorities may shift as you make plans for your future.THE REALITIES OF AGING IN PLACEThe idea of aging in place in your home may sound appealing, but modifying your home with age-friendly features and/or potentially hiring in-home care can be expensive, labor-intensive, and stressful. Most private homes have to be modified to accommodate the needs of seniors, such as wider hallways, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, and entryway ramps. People often assume the option of staying in their home will be less costly than moving to a Life Plan Community. However, you may be surprised to see how the costs add up in the long run.Instead of living with the burden of home maintenance and the uncertainty of how to handle future health care needs, you can live in luxury and comfort when you choose a Life Plan Community. Plus, youll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with having a solid plan for the futureWHAT IS A LIFE PLAN COMMUNITY?A Life Plan Community, also called a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), provides an exceptional value for older adults who want financial protection from the rising costs of senior care and guaranteed care for life. The entrance fee, which is paid upfront to secure your place in the community, ensures youll have priority access to health care services offered by the community, such as assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care and that you can receive these services at prices well below market rates. If youre on the fence about moving to a Life Plan Community, here are some compelling reasons to choose a community like Freedom Village of Bradenton for your next home:Maintenance-free LivingOwning and maintaining a home is a lot of work, and there may come a time in life when youd rather be relaxing or spending time with loved ones instead of doing chores around the house. When you move to a Life Plan Community, you can let the professionals take care of lawn mowing, housekeeping, meal preparation, home repairs and more. Youll have more time to enjoy what youve earned, and more freedom to travel without worrying about who will take care of your home while youre away.Financial SecurityChoosing a Life Plan Community with a Life Care contract can save you money by protecting you from the rising costs of senior care. Life Care gives you guaranteed access to higher levels of care at predictable monthly rates with little to no increase above the cost you pay for independent living.Resort-like LifestyleWith distinctive homes and floor plans to fit every lifestyle, you can customize your senior living residence to match your preferences. Plus, youll enjoy a host of amenities and services that make each day fun and fulfilling. You can choose to be as active as youd like, with an array of wellness activities, educational lectures, social events and more. Experience the benefits of a Gulf Coast retirement lifestyle at Freedom Village of Bradenton.Social EngagementMaintaining social connections as you age is one of the best ways to protect your health and well-being. Its easy to expand your social circle when you choose to be part of a community filled with friendly and like-minded peers. Seniors who age in place at home are often at risk for social isolation, especially if they arent driving places to visit friends and socialize. Learn more about how senior living combats social isolation.Peace of Mind for Your Loved OnesYou cant predict the future, but you can take control of your options now so your loved ones dont have to worry. Moving to a Life Plan Community means they wont have to rush to find health care if the unexpected happens and you suddenly need help with activities of daily living or round-the-clock care. Your family will have peace of mind knowing youll have access to advanced levels of care, if needed, along with the safety of having staff available 24/7 should an emergency occur.DISCOVER TRUE FREEDOMIts normal to feel hesitant about giving up the space you have at home to move into a senior living community. However, once you experience the expansive lifestyle waiting for you at Freedom Village of Bradenton, youll see how your living space opens up to a whole world of opportunities that you dont want to miss.Contact us to schedule a tour and see what senior living in Bradenton, Florida is like on our scenic campus just minutes from the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. Call us at 941-219-5294
After a stroke, portions of the brain remain damaged. Post-stroke rehabilitation provides the strategies and focused practice that strengthen neuroplasticity. This rewiring of the brains circuits is key to relearning lost skills. After a stroke, seniors may experience weakness, loss of sensation, difficulty speaking, impaired coordination, walking challenges, weakened grip strength, and diminished eyesight. Disciplined therapy with expert instruction works to rebuild these abilities and can vastly improve a seniors quality of life after a stroke. Therapies Encountered in Post-Stroke RehabilitationRecovery journeys will look different for every individual. Rehabilitation plans should be customized for each persons circumstances. Depending on what parts of the brain and body are damaged during a stroke and the seniors age and abilities, different types of training may be beneficial. Speak with a doctor or therapists to get a more detailed understanding of the specific recovery plan. But any stroke recovery is likely to include several of the following therapies. Mobility Training:The rehabilitative team will assess the seniors capacity to walk, transition from sitting to standing, transfer from a bed to a chair, and even roll over in bed. Based on those abilities, the team will set individualized goals and create a plan to achieve them. Motor Skills Strengthening:Therapists will help residents regain their ability to perform functional tasks anything from buttoning clothes to cutting food, grooming oneself, and tying shoelaces. Muscle redevelopment, practicing fine motor movements, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation will likely be suggested in some combination as the senior requires. Range-of-Motion Therapy:After a stroke, muscles may constrict, and the tension can be difficult to ease. By moving limbs through their full range of motion, therapists can help seniors maintain flexibility and prevent joint contractures. Speech Therapy:If a stroke affects the left hemisphere of the brain, it will likely impact the language center in one (or more) of three ways: dyspraxia, dysarthria, and aphasia. Aphasia is the most common condition this language disorder affects both communication and comprehension. Dysarthria causes weakness in the tongue, lips and mouth that control speech. Dyspraxia deteriorates the muscles that produce and amplify the voice. Speech therapists help residents in addressing each of these afflictions. Medication Management:Under a doctors guidance, people recovering from a stroke may be prescribed medication to promote ease of movement, increase alertness or decrease agitation. Doctors may also suggest antidepressants to help their patients cope with the rapid change of circumstances. Occupational Therapy:Ability changes after a stroke can make it difficult to live independently. Occupational therapists can help seniors adjust their environment to their current abilities and find adaptive tools to account for new challenges. This type of therapy is far-reaching, and the goal is to help the senior become as independent as possible. Achieving this goal could mean procuring mobility devices (like walkers or canes), suggesting clothing thats easier to put on and take off every day, teaching new strategies to open packages, researching transportation services, or breaking down activities into small, manageable steps and more. Post-stroke rehabilitation can begin as quickly as 48 hours after the seniors condition has been stabilized. Short-term rehabilitation at senior living communities like Freedom Village of Bradenton provides 24-hour staffing, access to expert senior care services and rehabilitative therapies, as well as everyday personal needs such as dining, housekeeping, laundry services and transportation. This all-inclusive care can begin a seniors stroke recovery on the best foot possible. If youd like to find out more about post-stroke rehabilitation at Freedom Village of Bradenton, get in touch with us. A member of our team would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Is Independent Living Right For Me? A Quick Guide to Choosing the Best Community for Your Retirement This old house has given you great memories, but you just dont need the hassle of homeownership anymore. Youve heard your friends talking about how much they enjoy the freedom of retirement communities, but arent sure if one is right for you.So what exactly is independent living, and can it really offer you the retirement lifestyle youve always wanted? Get the answers in this simple guide on modern senior living, and learn how you can find a community thats the perfect fit for your retirement.DESIGN YOUR RETIREMENT WITH MODERN SENIOR LIVING Independent living is not a nursing home. Its a modern senior housing option that allows an active retirement lifestyle without limits. The best communities offer spacious floor plans, top-of-the-line security, and amenities you wont find in a traditional neighborhood or basic apartment complex.Look for communities that feature convenient services and amenities that spark your interests and take your retirement to the next level. For instance, sip on new varieties of vino in a wine club, stretch out stress in a yoga class, or freshen up your curls at an on-site salon.Choosing independent living means you can design the hassle-free retirement of your dreams. Use your newfound freedom to pursue your passions, travel far and wide, or simply spend more quality time with your loved ones.ITS ALL GOOD IN THE NEIGHBORHOODTheres great news! You dont have to choose a retirement community thats drab and dreary. Instead, live in a vibrant, neighborhood-like community filled with friendly faces, gorgeous landscapes and stylish interior designs.In fact, many independent living communities offer unique ways to gather your friends and neighbors for unforgettable fun. Discuss your favorite novel over coffee at a bistro, brag about your grandkids as you garden, or grab your pals for a game of pool in the billiards room.Top-notch, 24-hour security offers a convenient lock-and-leave lifestyle. That means you and your neighbors can book a lengthy cruise without fear of something happening to your home. Plus, someone is always there to take care of the lawn.BRING YOUR FURRY FAMILY MEMBER WITH YOUYour pet is an irreplaceable member of your family. Only their wet nose and wagging tail can bring you ultimate peace after a hard day. Thats why its essential to find a pet-friendly retirement community in Florida that fits your needs and those of your furry family member.Of course, there are rules and restrictions regarding pet ownership in a retirement community. At some communities, these might include:Birds, snakes, and other exotic or undomesticated animals arent allowed.There may be restrictions s about certain dog breeds.Your pet may need to weigh less than 15 or 20 pounds.The community may require proof that your pet is up to date on vaccinations.The only way to know for sure if a community will accept your pet is by scheduling a tour and asking questions. Youll be surprised to find out how easy it is to transition into independent living with your pet.ITS TRUE YOU CAN AFFORD INDEPENDENT LIVINGOne of the biggest myths about independent living is that its expensive. While the cost of a retirement community varies with its location and services, most communities are designed for middle-income seniors.They feature thoughtfully designed floor plans and modern amenities that let you take control of your retirement and your wallet. Here are just a few ways independent living can make life a lot easier:Basic cable and most utilities are includedChef-prepared dining keeps grocery shopping to a minimum.Housekeeping, lawn care, and grounds maintenance are included.On-site fitness centers allow you to skip the monthly gym membership.Different levels of care are ready when you need them.To learn more about the cost of independent living in your area, schedule an appointment with a senior living representative at a retirement community near you. Theyll be able to help you get a better idea of what you can afford, and help you get started on your path into independent living.THE ROAD TO INDEPENDENT LIVING STARTS AT FREEDOM VILLAGE OF BRADENTONAre you ready to make the move to independent living in Florida, but arent sure where to turn? Then come join Freedom Village of Bradenton for one of our prospective resident events, so you can gain firsthand experience of premier senior living.Cant wait for our next event? Schedule a tour of our community today and get ready to experience premier senior living in Bradenton, Fl. at Freedom Village of Bradenton. Call us today at 941-219-5294.