Views Senior Living Blog
Monday, January 14, 2019
By The Views Senior Living
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Navigating Your Way

There are many different levels of care when it comes to senior living and they can be hard to navigate for seniors and their caregivers.  It is important to educate yourself on what each level of care offers so you know what senior living community will meet your needs. 

Step 1: 55+ community- This community provides access to many amenities but someone may be completely independent.  This community may be similar to living in an apartment complex with a clubhouse around others over 55.  Someone who may choose to live in this community does not want to deal with the hassle of maintenance, snow removal, raking leaves, etc. 

Step 2: Independent living- In this community more services will be provided to the senior such as housekeeping, meal plan option, and maintenance upkeep. Nursing services are not included so tenants are required to hire services or move to assisted living when needed.

Step 3: Assisted Living- more nursing oversight is provided for the senior along with having a 24-nurse available.  In assisted living, someone would receive three meals a day, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance upkeep, transportation, recreation programs, and an emergency response pendant.  Assisted living apartments offer kitchens often without a stove.  However meals are provided for your convenience.  Tenants can still come and go as they please.

Step 4: Memory Care- Some memory care communities are attached to a general assisted living or long-term care community.  Other communities are a stand alone memory care, like MeadowView.  These communities are designed to provide a safe environment for those living with dementia.  Most offer the same amenities as an assisted living community.  Some memory care communities offer all-inclusive services.  Memory care communities vary in size. You will find communities offering 12-14 apartments to larger communities like Meadowview offering a unique lifestyle with freedom of movement in a secure space. 

Step 5: Skilled Nursing- Skilled nursing communities can offer short-term or long-term stay.  Short-term stay tenants generally are there because they need rehab either due to a surgery or illness.  The tenants build up there strength so they are able to return home safely.  Long-term stay tenants who reside in a skilled nursing community need a higher level of nursing care such as a two person assist or require a lift for standing & transferring,  and full nursing cares.  If someone stays at a skilled community short-term, Medicare will cover a large portion of the cost.  If they are needing long-term care, tenants pay privately.  Some communities also accept Medicaid.

It is always important to remember to stay proactive.  Some people wait until a major incident happens at home like a fall.  By then you may be limited in your options.  A person may or may not be appropriate for independent or assisted living level of care after that incident happens.  If you need guidance and understanding resources and options in the Cedar Rapids area, contact me. 

Danielle Helgerson, Community Relations Director

The Views Senior Living of Cedar Rapids


Monday, January 07, 2019
By The Views Senior Living
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Chasing the Blues Away

Winter is well under way!  The winter season can play a key factor in someone's mood, especially seniors. Some seniors may not be able to drive or if they can still drive they may be hesitant to drive in bad weather. This can leave a person cooped up inside for days causing the "winter blues".  Here are some ways you can combat the winter blues this season.

  • Enjoy as much natural light as possible.  Vitamin D actually improves mood. Open your blinds and enjoy the sunshine!  If you can, dress warm and step outside on your doorstep for a few minutes to take in the Vitamin D and get a breath of fresh air.
  • Stay active!  Do some chair exercises or take a walk outdoors if weather permits.  Join a gym close by your house and set up home care to take you to the gym a couple days a week. 
  • Socialize with friends and family.  Invite people to your home or move to a senior living community where activity is plentiful and friends are right in the building. An article recently stated that, "..elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline."10 Powerful Senior Living Statistics
  • Keep a healthy diet.  The holiday season can be a time of sugar overload.  Make sure you are keeping a consistent diet of a variety of foods.  Staying inside all day can cause boredom and when people are bored, they eat!
  • Become a volunteer.  There are ways you can volunteer at home too!  Knit hats for newborns at your local hospital or make holiday cards for your church. 

If you are feeling the winter blues or you have a family member that you notice has some signs of the winter blues, please be sure to try some of the items listed above or see your primary doctor to discuss your concerns.