When Is the Best Time to Consider a Move to Senior Housing?

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According to the American Health Care Association, almost one million adults in the U.S. live in assisted living communities. Assisted living communities can be beneficial for a wide variety of people, often providing a significant boost to any senior’s quality of life.

But how do you know when it’s the right time for you or a loved one to consider moving into senior housing?

Signs It May Be Time to Consider Senior Living

It’s often the best time to consider an assisted living community when you encounter certain signs. Some of those signs include:

  • Needing help with activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Increasing forgetfulness
  • A need for socialization opportunities
  • A need for care coordination
  • Increased difficulty performing household chores

In general, when a person needs more help on a daily basis to comfortably and happily live, it may be time for a move.

Help with Activities of Daily Living

ADLs include mobility and hygiene, such as bathing, brushing teeth, and getting dressed properly. It also includes medication management, which can become increasingly difficult for seniors. Senior living homes offer help with all of these things and more.

Increasing Forgetfulness

Sometimes, it can be more difficult to remember things with age. Forgetting to take medications, change clothes, make doctor appointments, or even eat can become more common. If remembering daily tasks is proving to be a challenge, senior housing can be a helpful solution

A Need for Socialization

People of any age can benefit from an increase in socialization opportunities. This includes meeting new friends and being surrounded by others who share similar experiences. 

Senior living communities and homes offer activities designed to cultivate friendships and fun for residents, so if you or your loved one is lonely, bored, or both, a senior home may be the key.

A Need for Coordination of Care

It can easily become overwhelming to keep up with hospital stays, doctor visits, specialist appointments, and routine tests and exams. Between the costs and the transportation, it’s often stressful and confusing. Assisted living communities and senior homes coordinate care for their residents, lifting it all off their shoulders.

Increased Difficulty Performing Household Chores

Many people find it difficult to keep up with household chores, and seniors are no exception. If you find it’s becoming too taxing to tackle chores like vacuuming, laundry, cooking, and other household maintenance, a move to senior housing can be especially beneficial and convenient.

Is It Time to Move?

Senior homes are designed to ease the everyday burdens of residents and clear the way for fulfilling friendships and exciting lives during the golden years. If you find that many things are getting in the way of enjoying those retirement years, it may be a great time to consider moving to senior housing.


How to Make New Friends in Assisted Living Communities

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One of the most important things you can do when you move into an assisted living facility or community is to make friends. 

Socializing and becoming a part of a group is proving to be essential for residents of these communities. Research has shown that when seniors are socially healthy, participate in activities with friends, and belong to social circles in their communities, their mental and physical health improve dramatically.

So, with social health and friendship being so vital at these facilities, what can a person do to make friends when they arrive at their new home in an assisted living community?

Tips for Making Friends in Your New Home

One of the best things about these communities is that they offer many socialization opportunities that most people wouldn’t get otherwise. There are several easy things you can do to make friends easily and quickly in your new community:

Make Mealtime a Social Event

It’s always many peoples’ favorite time of the day: mealtime! Invite people you meet in your community throughout the day to join you for a meal in the dining room, and choose a time and a place to do so. You may find you’ve gathered a wonderful group of people who all had been searching for new friends.

Participate in Social Activities

The easiest way to initiate conversations with people is to engage in activities with them. This could be playing bingo, taking a shopping trip, going to yoga class, or other activities. Participating in community activities and events will also help you find others with similar interests.

Seek Out Other New Residents

Some of the best people to become friends with when you’re new are other new folks! Chances are good that you aren’t the only new resident, and other new residents are looking for friends, just like you are. 

Get to Know the Staff

You will likely see many of the staff members of your community on a daily basis. Get to know them! Find out what their families are like, what interests they have, and what their dreams are. You may find someone who reminds you of yourself or who needs your valuable advice.

Be Patient with Yourself

Above all else, have confidence in yourself and your ability to make friends. Give yourself the grace you deserve, and try not to feel anxious if it takes you some time to connect with others. Adjusting to your new environment won’t happen in a day.

From Friends to Family

Keeping these simple tips in mind can make finding new friends in your community much easier and more rewarding. As you make connections with those around you, you will find yourself fitting in with your community before you know it. And along the way, you may find amazing people who will become your best friends — and even like family!


Are You or a Loved One Taking a Medication that Could Lead to a Fall?

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The Harvard Medical School reports it is estimated 1 in 3 people over age 65 will fall each year and every 19 minutes a senior dies from a fall-related injury. Statistics show women are at higher risk for a fall but men are more likely to die from their injuries than women. 

Seniors should be aware of several things that can affect balance and lead to a fall. These include certain medications, inner ear problems, foot pain, weight changes and a vitamin D deficiency. Anti-hypertensive medications prescribed to keep blood pressure under control or decrease the risk of stroke and heart failure are all known to affect balance. A common side effect is orthostatic hypotension, a condition that happens if blood pressure gets too low; and results in lightheadedness, faintness and dizziness especially when the person attempts to stand from a sitting or lying down position. 

Medications that suppress the central nervous system may also result in a fall as they reduce alertness, and slow reactions and movements. Some of these types of drugs include anti-anxiety medications like diazepam (Valium) and lorazepam (Ativan). Additionally, antihistamines can cause drowsiness and are used in over-the-counter sleep aids like Nyquil and Sominex, or combined with acetaminophen in products like Tylenol PM.  

If you or a loved one takes medication to treat an overactive bladder or tricyclic antidepressants to help lessen chronic pain, they too can affect a person’s balance. Other drugs that increase the risk of a fall are opioids such as codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

At MorningStar of Happy Valley, our assisted living lets seniors comfortably and safely age in place with a range of hospitality and care services, resort-style amenities and a complement of wellness programs and activities. For seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, we provide comprehensive memory care. For trusted senior living in Happy Valley, OR, visit our website or contact us for further information.

MorningStar is guided by a culture rooted in our mission of honoring God, valuing seniors, and investing in our team, which allows us to deliver services with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. We have built a reputation for creating true homes filled with an atmosphere of love and community. Please contact us to learn more about the finest senior living in Happy Valley, OR.

Source: health.harvard.edu/promotions/harvard-health-publications/preventing-falls


Care Services at MorningStar of Happy Valley

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MorningStar of Happy Valley’s assisted living is designed to support and engage residents’ mind, body and spirit. Our wide array of amenities, care services, wellness programs and activities help nurture residents’ independence for the best quality of life.  

In fact, MorningStar’s comprehensive care services can help extend the stay of a resident if their health changes and they require more care. Furthermore, our dedicated team has experience finding creative solutions that yield a higher quality of care for our residents at a lower cost to their families. 

Along with 24/7 Care Managers, Certified Medication Care Managers, and access to licensed nurses; we assist residents with obtaining a wide range of therapeutic and medical services from third-party providers. Individualized service plans may include things like mechanical lift assistance, weights and vital monitoring, diabetic management, oxygen administration, and palliative/hospice care. We also offer pharmacy services to keep your prescriptions filled and medications dispersed as needed. Other services include transportation to medical appointments and scheduled physician visits.

We are in a southeastern suburb of Portland and offer 61 assisted living suites with a selection of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floorplans. For your comfort and convenience, amenities include a full salon, 24-hour bistro, fitness room, chapel/theatre, outdoor courtyards, strolling paths and more. In addition, our Reflections Neighborhood has 27 suites devoted to the care of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. 

We like to say that MorningStar’s assisted living provides seniors “a little help from friends” to live life on their own terms. Our community offers carefree retirement years with the chance to meet new friends, try new hobbies and explore new interests. Please contact us for more information.  Not only is our staff happy to answer any questions but our website provides information on our company’s history, vision, and mission as well as what sets us apart from other senior living in Happy Valley, OR.  

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about exceptional senior living in Happy Valley, OR.


Assisted Living Provides Help with the Activities of Daily Living

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For many seniors, there comes a time when they feel they are not living life on their own terms, and routine, day-to-day activities start becoming more difficult. To determine if assisted living is the right choice for a parent or spouse, experts say you need to consider the amount of care they require each day. If it is more personal care than he/she can get (or afford) with in-home services or in an independent living community, yet they don’t need 24-hour medical care and supervision, assisted living is the ideal option.  

People often confuse assisted living with nursing homes; however, they are not the same thing. Nursing homes provide around-the-clock skilled nursing care while assisted living provides help with the ADLs (activities of daily living) to enhance residents’ quality of life within a residential setting.

While some families may experience sticker shock when first learning the cost of assisted living, you need to consider everything it includes. For example, MorningStar of Happy Valley's monthly fee includes property taxes, utilities, security system, and the cost of maintenance inside and out. Daily meals are included in the fee as is housekeeping, scheduled transportation and an array of activities, entertainment and outings. 

MorningStar of Happy Valley offers assisted living suites in a choice of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floorplans that range from 382 to 928 square feet. Onsite amenities include a full salon, bistro, fitness room, chapel/theater, general store and courtyards with a barbecue and fire pit. For seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, our Reflections Neighborhood is designed to meet the needs of our most tender residents. 

Along with assisted living and memory care, MorningStar of Happy Valley also offers respite care (short recuperative stays) or trial stays (up to a full month) so you can see if we are a good fit. Please contact us to schedule a tour to see firsthand our beautiful community.

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s foundation is based on the mission to honor God, value seniors and invest in our staff to create a unique senior living experience.  Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with beautiful surroundings and resort-style amenities, we provide exceptional assisted living and memory care.  Please contact us or visit our website for more information. 


Could Your Casual Forgetfulness Be a Sign of Alzheimer's?

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As we age, it’s not uncommon to experience some degree of forgetfulness. We may misplace our keys more often or have trouble remembering a friend’s name. While these lapses in memory are usually normal, they can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, like Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive decline. Dementia affects about 47 million people worldwide, and Alzheimer’s is the most common form. Early diagnosis is important, as there is no cure for Alzheimer’s and currently available treatments can only help to manage the symptoms.

When to See a Doctor

The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is difficulty remembering recent events or newly learned information. Other symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty completing familiar tasks, and problems with language. People with Alzheimer’s disease may also experience changes in mood and behavior, such as depression, anxiety, or aggression. The disease progresses slowly, and it can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages. If you are concerned about your memory or other cognitive changes, please visit a doctor. They will be able to conduct tests to rule out other potential causes and give you a more accurate picture of what’s going on.

Assisted Living at MorningStar of Rio Rancho

If you are the caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be considering an assisted living community. These communities provide care and assistance for those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. While they are not a cure for Alzheimer’s, they can help ease the burden on caregivers and provide a safer environment for residents. 

MorningStar of Rio Rancho provides 24-hour supervision and assistance with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, and eating. We also offer social and recreational activities, which can help residents maintain a sense of purpose and community. In addition, we have special programs and services for residents with Alzheimer’s disease. These programs can help delay the progression of the disease and improve the quality of life for residents. 

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living Rio Rancho has to offer.


Why Assisted Living & Memory Care are the Best Options for Seniors

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The aging process can be difficult to watch. As our loved ones age, we want to make sure they are well taken care of – but we also want them to maintain their independence. This can be a difficult balance to strike. Assisted living and memory care communities like MorningStar of Rio Rancho strike that perfect balance. Our residents receive the care and assistance they need to age in place, while also enjoying a social and engaging lifestyle.

If you are considering assisted living or memory care for a loved one, keep reading to learn more about why we believe it is the best option for seniors.

Comprehensive Care and Assistance

At assisted living and memory care communities, residents have access to comprehensive care and assistance. Our team of trained professionals are available 24/7 to help with needs like bathing, dressing, and medication management. This kind of care and assistance is not always available for other styles of senior living. 

Social and Engaging Lifestyle

At MorningStar of Rio Rancho, there are plenty of opportunities for socialization and engagement. Our residents enjoy activities like exercise classes, outings, and parties. They also have the chance to interact with their fellow residents on a daily basis. 

A Supportive Community

When living independently, seniors may not have anyone to rely on for help or support. But at an assisted living or memory care community, there is always someone available to lend a helping hand. Our residents enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing they have a supportive community around them. 

A Safe and Secure Environment

Safety and security are a top priority at MorningStar of Rio Rancho, which is why our communities are designed with seniors’ safety in mind. We have 24/7 care managers as well as full-time licensed nurses, and we now offer SafelyYou technology for memory care residents, which can detect and prevent falls.

A Well-Rounded Lifestyle 

Our residents enjoy a well-rounded lifestyle that includes plenty of opportunities for socialization, recreation, and education. If you are considering a senior living community for a loved one, we encourage you to visit MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Rio Rancho. Our team would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you may have.


The Benefits of Specialized Memory Care Communities

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If you have a family member who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, you may be wondering how to provide the best care for your loved one. A specialized memory care community such as MorningStar of Happy Valley may be your answer.  

Memory care communities such as MorningStar’s Reflections Neighborhood care for individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia from the onset of the disease right through to the most advanced stages.  Services include 24-hour supervision and typically offer a secure environment specifically designed to keep residents safe and secure. This means residents are encouraged to be as independent as possible and are free to explore their surroundings.     

Another thing to know about memory care is that it has evolved through the years.  Today’s communities now offer wellness programs that help deal with memory impairment and wandering issues as well as other common dementia behaviors.  At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we provide residents specialized programs and highly personalized care that addresses their unique needs.   

Studies also show residents in memory care communities have a higher quality of life.  A Place for Mom, the largest senior living referral website, reports that residents in memory care have “reduced medication and medication side effects; fewer falls, injuries, and hospital visits; increased nutrition and wellness; and greater independence and social interaction.”  They also add that close to 75 percent of residents experience an improvement or maintenance of mental functioning.   

As a family member of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s or another dementia, you may be struggling to understand the disease and its consequences.  MorningStar of Happy Valley recognizes many of our residents’ families need help navigating through the various challenges of the disease, and we are grateful we can provide the support they need.  Please visit our website to learn more about our individualized, holistic memory care.  

MorningStar is guided by a culture rooted in our mission of honoring God, valuing seniors, and investing in our team, which allows us to deliver services with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. We have built a reputation for creating true homes filled with an atmosphere of love and community. Please contact us for more information about the finest senior living in Happy Valley, OR.


Assisted Living at MorningStar of Happy Valley

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MorningStar of Happy Valley offers 61 private assisted living suites that are specifically designed to meet the needs of seniors who wish to retain their independence but require some help each day.  Once you decide that MorningStar is the place you want to call “home,” you and your family will meet with our Wellness Director to discuss your needs and set up an individualized care plan that ensures your comfort, well-being and safety. 

Some of the services we provide include help with daily personal activities such as bathing and grooming, 24-hour care managers and a licensed nurse available 24/7.  We also provide regular care plan reviews, medication management, scheduled health and wellness evaluations, pharmacy services, and much more.  Each MorningStar Care Level has its own monthly fee and is based on the cost and time it takes to provide the service.    

In addition, we know that a good diet is important to keep seniors healthy, which is why we have a trained Executive Chef on staff that creates daily meals that are both tasty and nutritional.  Our menu is tailored to accommodate various needs and tastes and includes low sodium, sugar free, vegetarian and low-fat choices.  We feel breaking bread together offers far more than physical nutrients – it helps to bond us together as family and friends.

Our beautiful community has plenty of common areas to sit and relax or enjoy a pleasant conversation with a friend.  To keep residents as busy as they want to be, our calendar is loaded with a wide range of activities and wellness programs including exercise classes, games, live entertainment and special events. We offer scheduled transportation services and special outings to local parks, shopping and other recreational venues.   

Along with our assisted living, MorningStar of Happy Valley offers 27 memory care suites in our Reflections Neighborhood devoted to the specialized care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.  We encourage you visit our website and use our Virtual Assistant to request a tour of our special community.  

MorningStar of Happy Valley’s mission statement of “to honor, to value, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living communities. We have built a foundation on honoring God, valuing our seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving atmosphere with beautiful surroundings and resort-style amenities, we provide outstanding assisted living and memory care. 


MorningStar of Happy Valley is Designed for Your Wellbeing and Safety

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At MorningStar of Happy Valley, we are committed to provide the best senior living in the area, and our beautiful community is designed from the ground up to ensure our cherished residents’ safety and wellbeing.  One of the ways we do this is by providing each of our assisted living and memory care residents with around-the-clock care from our compassionate team of care managers.  This includes assistance with the Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as dressing, grooming, bathing, and eating as well as needed medical assistance.  Each of our care managers is hired for their loving nature and their desire to value seniors.

Our medication care managers/QMAPs are another way we help to keep our residents safe.  In fact, a National Institutes of Health study found that 40% of seniors aged 65 and older take five or more prescription medications, and 90% take at least one prescription. The same study reports that as many as 55% of seniors take their medications incorrectly.  MorningStar’s med managers will oversee both the ordering and supervised administration of a resident’s medications.  

Each of MorningStar of Happy Valley’s 61 assisted living suites is equipped with a 24-hour emergency call system.  In addition, all have handicap-accessible bathrooms as well as wall-to-wall carpeting, high ceilings, mini-blinds, large windows and lots of lighting.  Of course, our entire community is handicapped accessible with wide doorways, spacious common areas and hallways.  

The Reflections Neighborhood, our memory care area, is designed to encourage our most tender residents to explore their spacious surroundings easily and safely.  We offer 27 memory care suites in a range of floor plans.  Memory care residents are also able to safely enjoy the outdoors with an enclosed courtyard. 

Please visit our website to learn more about our unsurpassed senior living community.  You will discover we also offer residents a wealth of luxury amenities as well as wellness programs and activities designed to keep you active and productive physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially.  

MorningStar takes tremendous pride in the reputation we have earned for excellence and authenticity since our inception in 2003.  We believe the human capacity to grow, to learn and to contribute is ageless; and we act upon that truth daily, as we care for, inspire, and love the residents under our roof. Contact us to learn more about the finest assisted living and memory care in Happy Valley, Oregon.