Happy Holidays 2019

So many Holiday Traditions are cherished by seniors. After speaking to some clients these were some of their most favorites:

  1. Hanging stockings- filling them with fruit and chocolate coins
  2. Chopping down a Christmas Tree
  3. Lighting a Yule Log
  4. Dad dressing up as Santa
  5. Running a toy train around the tree
  6. Stringing a popcorn or cranberry garland
  7. Christmas Caroling
  8. Getting dressed up for Christmas

Ways to spend the Holidays with your Senior

 

Accommodating everyone’s needs, and wishes while bringing together friends and loved ones for  the holidays, does not have to be as stressful as it sounds.

With planning, and a willingness to be creative, helping your senior loved ones enjoy the holidays with you can be easy!

 

  1. Drive around and look at holiday lights
  2. If your senior is in a facility already, bring holiday festivities to them
  3. Bake Holiday cookies together; giving up the skill of cooking can be hard for a senior

Happy Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

I recently had an interesting conversation with an Audiologist. I was astounded to learn that seniors have a 2-5 times higher chance of falling and Mental Decline associated with hearing loss.. Hearing Loss can lead to depression Withdrawal from social engagements Anger Loss of Self Esteem Contact Elder Placement Professionals to discuss options for your loved one; wether it be placement in a loving community or just a referral to a local Audiologist.

Here is another Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

 

Fact: Senior Citizens should re-evaluate their Medical Insurance Policies every two or three years to ensure they have the best coverage available. Check with your local Insurance Agency today!

 

Happy Fun Fact from Elder Placement Professionals!

Fact: These are the current top 10 “Scams” that elders can fall victim to:

1. Medicare/Health Insurance Scams

2. Counterfeit Rx Drugs

3.Funeral/Cemetery Scams

4.Fraudulent Anti Aging products

5. Telemarketing/phone scams

6.Internet Fraud

7.Investment Schemes

8. Homeowner/Reverse Mortgage

9. Sweepstakes/Lottery Winnings

10.The “Grandparent” Scam

Ensuring a Safe & Secure Future: an Interview with Susan Polk Insurance

Ensuring a Safe & Secure Future: an Interview with Susan Polk Insurance

San Luis Obispo assisted living

We recently had the privilege of speaking with the insurance specialists at Susan Polk Insurance to offer insight on how people can prepare themselves for the time that they or a loved one may need to make the transition from independent living to care services. Many people, it seems, feel that preparing for that kind of transition is either not urgent or not even necessary.

Here’s a highlight from the interview addressing the most important question when it comes to what kind of care an elder in transition is going to need:

“What are their medical needs and what’s their budget? Do they want to keep cooking, cleaning, or driving, and what area they want to live in?… Obviously when I start to get a closer look at at them personally and I understand the kind of life they’re used to living, I want to get them in a similar quality of life. But truly the most important aspect of this stage of their life is care.”

To learn more about some of the issues related to eler care and transitioning, read the full article at https://www.susanpolk.com/2019/06/10/elders-transitioning-long-term-care-5-questions-with-nicole-pazdan/

 

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Publish ‘Reasons For Elders To Make Decisions Early’

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Publish ‘Reasons For Elders To Make Decisions Early’

–Senior citizens today are generally more active than their parents and grandparents were at the same age and this vitality can be a double-edged sword leading seniors to put off important planning until their welfare becomes critical. The Local San Luis Obispo assisted living specialists and Certified Senior Advisors at Elder Placement Professionals have some suggestions to help seniors make necessary plans before their kids have to make decisions for them.

Reasons for elders to make decisions early

A 2018 article in Forbes Magazine reports that today’s senior citizens “will live longer in old age than any other generation in history. Many will live to healthy old ages but one in five will need personal care after they reach age 85.” Seniors are still holding down productive jobs, and even though it might be harder to get on and off their horses, or they are now playing nine holes instead of 18 and cutting down on the number of laps in the pool, people who are still feeling pretty good tend to put off doing much about planning ahead for the day it is time to downsize and have some help with daily tasks.

Planning ahead includes identifying personal signals to know when it is time to trade in the family home for a small cottage or move to a retirement community that offers activities. It also means thinking ahead to the time you are no longer interested in cooking and doing the dishes but still want to eat healthily, or when driving is no longer an option and still need transportation and have a social life. It also means being realistic about health and medical issues, mobility, and living in a supportive environment. Just because a 75-year-old widow is now swimming 40 laps instead of 80 doesn’t mean she is ready for assisted living, but that should not stop her from researching her options and having a plan.

Working on a plan is where Elder Placement Professionals come into the picture. Working with senior citizens and their families since 2009 has given the company owner, Nicole Pazdan and her staff some very unique insight into helping seniors find the right living situation for their desires and circumstances.

Waiting too long can put a burden on children or siblings, putting them in the position of making decisions for their parents, sister or brother. Those decisions, even the process of making those decisions, can create family discord and in some cases hurt feelings that may not mend before it’s too late.

The experienced San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors to help seniors and their families throughout the United States find the best living and care situations. Their services include finding the best options and negotiating costs to fit your budget for:

  • Retirement Communities
  • Home Care
  • Assisted Living
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care

And, one of the best parts—the Elder Placement Professional services are free to the client!

The San Luis Obispo assisted living placement specialists

Elder Placement Specialists helps seniors and their families find the best assisted living options available.

Owner and principal, Nicole Pazdan, was drawn to senior citizens as a youth, becoming a volunteer Candy Striper at 16-years old and continuing to work in the health care field as an adult. Nicole holds a degree in Business Administration, from Cal Poly State University and became a Certified Senior Adviser (CSA) in 2007.

Elder Placement Specialists knowledge of the industry saves time and frustration by helping find the best care situation and negotiating the costs to fit your budget.

The services are free. Call for your appointment today.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

This press release is by San Luis Obispo publicity company Access Publishing, 806 9th Street, #2D, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 226-9890.

Elder Placement Professionals, San Luis Obispo, CA Assisted Living Specialists Now Providing Nationwide Services

Elder Placement Professionals, San Luis Obispo, CA Assisted Living Specialists Now Providing Nationwide Services

assisted living San Luis Obispo
–Elder Placement Professionals, the San Luis Obispo assisted living specialists are now providing nationwide services. The California company helps seniors and their families find assisted living options for the best care.

“With our knowledge of the industry, we can find the best assisted living options available, save you time and frustration, and help you negotiate the costs to fit your budget,” said owner Nicole Pazdan.

The company helps families and individuals find the best services for senior care, including:

  • Residential care homes
  • Retirement communities
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care
  • Assisted living in San Luis Obispo and nationwide

Services start with an assessment of the client’s Medical, Social and Financial needs. After the assessment, the staff helps schedule a personalized tour of the appropriate facilities, helps with the paperwork, and provide guidance through the entire placement process.

There is no charge to the client.

Owner and principal, Nicole Pazdan, was drawn to senior citizens as a youth, becoming a volunteer Candy Striper at 16-years old and continuing to work in health care as an adult. Pazdan holds a degree in Business Administration, from Cal Poly State University and became a Certified Senior Adviser (CSA) in 2007.

“Our specialty is helping the family members navigate through a crisis time in their life,” said Pazdan. “Oftentimes, they need to make an immediate decision on their loved one’s health care without knowing the resources that are available.”

Contact Elder Placement Professionals today to get all of your question answered and start the process of finding just the right care facility.

Elder Placement Professionals
1119 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 546-8777

This press release is by San Luis Obispo publicity firm, Access Publishing, 806 9th Street, #2D, Paso Robles, CA 93446. (805) 226-9890.

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Specialists Release ‘Tips For Evaluating Elder Activity Programs’

Assisted living San Luis Obispo

–Elder Placement Professionals, the San Luis Obispo assisted living specialists, have prepared “Tips For Evaluating Elder Activity Programs,” to help seniors and families choose the best programs. “It’s not just about exercise, painting classes, and afternoon socials,” said company owner Nicole Pazdan, “it’s about finding the right combination of physical, mental and social activities.”

Tips For Evaluating Elder Activity Programs

People make the choice to move to an assisted living home for many reasons. Some just simply choose to live less complicated lives with fewer household responsibilities. Others decide that they need more help due to physical limitations or age-related conditions. There are many things to consider when choosing the right assisted living home and Elder Placement Professionals, the assisted living specialists in San Luis Obispo can help seniors and families make the right choice.

Along with considerations about meals, housing, staffing and medical concerns, it’s important to take a close look at the activity programs. A good program combines companionship and socializing with appropriate physical activity and mental stimulation.

Companionship and socializing

Pets are friends and companions and being able to keep a beloved pet is comforting. But, “pet-friendly” can mean a lot of things. Questions to ask include: How and when does the staff assist with pets. Is there a safe off-leash area? What kinds and sizes of pets are accepted? If staff assists with things like cleaning up pet accidents, or a daily brisk walk, what are the charges?

What kinds of social activities are available and how are residents encouraged to participate and interact? Movies are great, but a film followed by a discussion group is even better. Reading groups are wonderful, maybe even a group where residents read aloud to those with vision issues.

Are field trips available? Are faith-based groups and activities available?

Communal meals are also a social activity, providing an opportunity for conversation, to develop friendships, and just be around other people. How are meals served? Is there a dining room or other options? For example, does someone have the option to eat lunch on a patio? What are room service options and how does staff interact when someone might be isolating themselves at meal times?

Physical activity

Appropriate exercise classes are always a plus, just be sure to ask your doctor before starting. Things that encourage physical activity besides classes can include gardens and paths that encourage walking—maybe even some gardening, a pool with exercise classes or free-swimming time, exercise programs for people with mobility issues and trained and certified activity leaders. Is onsite physical therapy available?

Mental stimulation

Arts and crafts classes provide both mental stimulation and social interaction. Any activity that encourages residents to share their experience is personally empowering. Cultural programs, playing instruments and listening to music, discussion groups for a variety of topics, and table games that require different degrees of strategic thinking or shout-invoking dice tosses are all stimulating activities to consider.

What activities do residents coordinate? An environment that encourages residents to take charge by coordinating and leading certain kinds of activities also helps people retain and gain confidence and dignity.

The San Luis Obispo assisted living placement specialists

Elder Placement Specialists helps seniors and their families find the best assisted living options available.

Owner and principal, Nicole Pazdan, was drawn to senior citizens as a youth, becoming a volunteer Candy Striper at 16-years old and continuing to work in healthcare as an adult. Pazdan holds a degree in Business Administration, from Cal Poly State University and became a Certified Senior Adviser (CSA) in 2007.

Elder Placement Specialists’ knowledge of the industry saves time and frustration by helping find the best care situation and negotiating the costs to fit every budget. The services are free. Call for your appointment today.

Elder Placement Professionals

1119 Palm Street

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 546-8777

Press release is by San Luis Obispo SEO company Access Publishing, 806 9th Street, #2D, Paso Robles, CA 93446, (805) 226-9890.