San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors summarize the pros and cons of aging in place

San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors summarize the pros and cons of aging in place

-Getting old doesn’t mean it’s time to start collecting retirement community brochures. Senior citizens today tend to be more active than their parents were at the same age, continuing to live at home and pursuing interests and hobbies and San Luis Obispo-based Elder Placement Professionals has recently released a report summarizing the pros and cons of aging in place.

Many seniors still have strong roots in their neighborhoods and communities, participating in activities with friends and family, taking part in hobbies, gardening, outdoor activities and even continuing to work.

Data compiled from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that adults 55 and over made up 19.5% of the labor force in 2020 and indications are that will grow to 23.6% by 2030. While financial concerns play a part in continuing to work, seniors in the workforce also have the energy, mental sharpness and interest to remain competitive at their chosen jobs and professions.

AARP reports “87 percent of adults age 65+ want to stay in their current home and community as they age.” Aging in place is a growing trend as more and more seniors are able to remain at home but as popular as it is becoming, there can be some downsides as well.

Here are some of the leading factors the San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors report to be in favor of continuing to live at home:

  • Staying close to family, friends, neighbors and community that have become an important part of life.
  • Continuing to participate in hobbies and activities such as gardening, sewing, woodworking, even some farming and ranch work.
  • Aging in place can be more affordable. There are remodeling options that can help make a home safer when mobility issues are a concern. Hiring help for certain chores can also free up time and energy and ordering routine supplies and groceries online make everyone’s life easier, regardless of age.
  • Not feeling forced to change habits and routines or give up possessions or pets. Many senior facilities accommodate a pet, but rarely more than one. No one wants to have to choose which beloved pet to keep over another.

Senior living facilities also have many benefits to offer, including:

  • Care, including medical care, becomes very important when preparing meals, and personal hygiene becomes more challenging. Medications are administered at the appropriate times, and staff is on duty 24/7 for assistance.
  • Healthy meals are prepared and served, eliminating the worry about nutrition, concerns about kitchen accidents or not feeling up to cooking or eating.
  • Safety and mobility are much less of a concern because senior living facilities are designed to accommodate physical issues, making it safer to get around. Trained and helpful staff is on hand to assist when needed and regularly check in with residents to be sure all is well. Critical medical aid is quickly available if ever needed.
  • Community, friends and activities are important for mental and emotional health and for overcoming loneliness that seniors living alone can often experience. Communal meals, group activities, community rooms and the careful attention of staff all combine to help keep residents interested and busy.
  • No home maintenance responsibilities frees up time and worry. Instead of worrying about fixing the roof, take an exercise or an art class instead. No vacuuming, laundry or dishes to wash can be liberating because it’s much more fun to read a good book, chat with friends or take a walk.

Remaining at home where things are familiar and comforting can be a big plus to many seniors, but so can moving to a senior living facility. Considering the options is something many seniors and their families face at some point and there are many more options than one might think.

Elder Placement Professionals is a local San Luis Obispo based assisted living service that provides nationwide services. “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 experienced advisors help seniors and their families find the very best resolution and care setting, including:

  • Home care
  • Retirement communities
  • Residential care homes
  • Facilities for Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s care
  • Nursing homes
  • Where pets are accepted

Elder Placements is compensated by their assisted living communities and are happy to provide senior housing and assisted living referral services to you at no charge.

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

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Release ‘The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis’

-Recognizing when a parent or other senior relative is starting to need more help than usual is one of the first steps for avoiding a health or life threatening crisis. Elder Placement Professionals, a nationwide service based in San Luis Obispo, CA recently released the report, “The Importance of Getting Ahead of a Crisis” to help seniors and family members plan for important lifestyle changes.

Most seniors stay vital and active well through their lives and take advance charge of the changes that accompany aging. Their common sense tells them to move to a home without stairs if they start having balance issues, or that it’s much more fun to enjoy healthy meals that are prepared for them and their friends and not worry about housework anymore. But, some conditions come on gradually, under everyone’s radar and can lead to crisis situations.

The best thing to do is to have a conversation about aging preferences, and end of life preferences. Parents sometimes avoid introducing the topic for fear of upsetting their children. Children avoid discussing the topic because no one wants to face the loss of a parent. Discussing the needs and preferences now avoid problems later. To start, the San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors recommend answering the following questions and seeking any appropriate legal advice to put everyone’s minds at ease:

  • Is there a will or trust?
  • Do the seniors involved have Advanced Health Care Directives (AHCD), also called living wills?
  • Who has the power of attorney to make medical and financial decisions?
  • Is the intention to live at home as long as possible?
  • What are their wishes for senior living?
  • Where do they keep medications? Make a list of medications and dosages.

Knowing lifestyle choices ahead of time helps make decisions for health care and safe living easier. By the time a senior citizen starts showing signs of declining health, an inability to care for himself or herself, or is injured, a crisis is underway. The decisions reached during a crisis may not be the choices your parent prefers.

There are many choices for safe, healthy and active lifestyles. The San Luis Obispo assisted living advisors from Elder Placement Professionals specializes in helping seniors and their families identify the best living choice from:

  • Home Care
  • Nursing Homes
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Retirement Communities
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care
  • Assisted living in San Luis Obispo, and nationwide

The experienced advisors do all the leg work, helping find the best resolution and care setting. Support from Elder Placement Professionals includes an assessment of medical, social and financial needs, personalized tours of the new locations, facilitating medical paperwork and guidance through the entire placement process. Elder Placements Professionals are the go to source for assisted living. It’s a free service for all clients.

“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.

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

Wisdom from the Porch

A potter can only mold the clay when it lies completely in his hands.

We must leave people better than we found them.

Hug the hurt.

Befriend the lost.

Always forward, never back. Bill Degnan

“What Bill says”

A tall, cowboy hat donned gentleman, accompanied by his
sweet angelic wife walked into my office a couple years
ago to thank my boss and myself for the wonderful job we
did assisting them with finding their new local home; an
assisted living facility that catered to their ever changing
needs. Not only can I call Bill and Anne my friends, but
sweetly hail them family. Uncle Bill is always to the rescue
with kind and empathetic words. If he’s nursing a broken
heart, playing Santa on the phone at Christmas, or
encouraging others to grab Aging by the horns and show
them who’s boss. Uncle Bill is never at a loss for words and
that is one of the best parts of him.
What once was a Wild and Fearless man, now sits a Calm, Patient and Wise man. What has
aging taught Uncle Bill you ask? To honor the seven Gifts of Living.
Share. Give Advice to others. Have perspective. Give Comfort. Correction. Take time to Pray,
and always Forgive.

I’ve started listening to what Bill says..
As I age out of my thirties, and watch my oldest son graduate High School, I realize that
what Bills says really means something. Using these perspectives on life, I see what really
matters in life. Family, Forgiveness and love, the rest just accompanies you to make you
whole. Having denial over the inevitable won’t make it go away. We are all going to “get
old”, we are all going to get grey hair, wrinkles, and aches and pains. Well, us that are lucky
so make the most of it. Enjoy it. Aging isn’t granted to everyone. Between myself and Bill
were here to break through the stigmas of aging and pass along wisdom and ease into
accepting assistance.

Make a Bucket List
Just because your hair turned grey, you can still achieve your goals. The
reality is what you can do, not what you want to do. What you can do, is
decide if this is how you want my life to be, or do you want to leave the
responsibilities to my children? Make a plan. Bill Says,” Your children didn’t
decide what car you were going to drive, or what your career would be; Why
let them decide how you will age?” Did you travel the US and see the sights?
Do it. Did you go to a concert and hear your favorite song? Do it. When you sit
on your porch and look out at your life, decide if you like what is looking back
at you because it’s never too late to change it. Look back on happy memories,
look out at your family, the legacy that you leave behind, look into your
future and know that you were the one that decided where you will be taking
your boots off and hanging your hat up when your time comes…

The Power of Positivity

?We saw this beautiful field and it made us appreciate where we live and our health. We thought we would stray a little from our facts and focus on positivity . We all may need a dose of it now .

?Did you know a recent study of 70,000 women proved a significantly lower risk of dying from major causes just from having a Positive Outlook like:
Heart Disease
Cancer ( breast/ovarian)
Better stress management skills
longer life span

?Ways to do this you ask?
Practice gratitude, keep a journal, open yourself to humor, spend time with positive people. Practice positive self talk.
?Start every day on a positive note. ?
Negative thinking can have the adverse affects; stress and emotional anger trigger processes in our brains that can be implicated in serious diseases.
Our one fact

Marigold Field in Edna Valley, Ca

– Marigold’s are known as the Herb of the sun ?
?So stop enjoy the sunshine, and the flowers once in awhile! Trust us, it helps!

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Releases Guidelines for Finding the Right Assisted Living During the COVID-19 Crisis

San Luis Obispo Assisted Living Professionals Releases Guidelines for Finding the Right Assisted Living During the COVID-19 Crisis

-Sadly, senior citizens are among the first to suffer from exposure to COVID-19. Living in close quarters is one of the highest contributing factors to exposure but the team from San Luis Obispo’s Elder Placement Professionals has prepared some guidelines to help ease concerns when it comes to choosing an assisted living facility.

The guidelines include:

  • Questions to ask about the facility and COVID-19
  • Questions to ask about the facility and its programs in general
  • How to get the best service from professional resources

Questions about COVID-19

  • How many residents and employees have tested positive for COVID-19? Ask about everyone: residents, staff, vendors, even visitors.
  • Who is being tested and how often?
  • What measures are being taken to prevent infection? Ask about sanitation practices, availability and use of PPE, including masks.
  • How and when does the facility notify family when someone tests positive?
  • Is the facility following the applicable Centers for Disease Control guidelines?
  • What are the visitation policies? Many states and counties have lifted, or modified, the visitation ban. In the event of an outbreak, what alternatives to visiting in person are provided?
  • What kind of COVID-19 prevention and care training has the staff received?
  • Is the facility capable of providing adequate care for infected residents?
  • What is the policy for allowing a resident who has been hospitalized with COVID-19 to return?
  • Socializing is important to senior citizen’s mental and emotional health. How are important socializing programs being conducted? How is social distancing handled for meals and other activities such as exercise, entertainment and socializing?
  • Is the staffing adequate?

The San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals have made it a point to be thoroughly familiar with the guidelines, regulations and best practices for COVID-19 safety and can help you prepare questions. The company works with assisted living facilities nationwide.

General questions about the facility and its programs

There are many important things to consider when selecting the right assisted living home. Along with the comforts of home such as good quality beds and furniture, healthy meals, staffing and medical concerns, activity programs rank high on the importance list.

Test the bed and furniture. Ask if you can have a meal before making up your mind. Prepare a list of questions related to your, or your family member’s medical conditions. Take a close look at the activity programs. Exercise, mental stimulation and socializing are important for a good quality of life.

  • Are pets allowed and is there staff to help with pets if necessary?
  • What social activities are available?
  • Are faith-based activities available?
  • Which meals are communal?
  • Are field trips available?
  • What kinds of exercise programs are available?

Getting the best from professional resources

Choosing the best assisted living home can be challenging in normal circumstances and even more so in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The professional services provided by the San Luis Obispo assisted living professionals are comprehensive, covering every aspect of settling contentedly into a new home.

The company works with facilities all across the United States and takes special efforts to match elders to the best living situation.

Elder Placement Professional’s free services include finding the best options and helping negotiate cost that fit your budget for:

  • Home Care
  • Residential Care Homes
  • Retirement Communities
  • Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s Care
  • Assisted living nationwide

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

Ways to stay connected during Quartantine

Looking for a way to stay connected to Grandma during these uncertain times? The Echo Show is a great way to drop in on your loved ones that are currently under quarantine/Covid 19 restrictions and unable to host a visitor. Grandma and Grandpa can listen to News updates, watch Youtube videos, listen to Amazon Music, even watch HULU!

Grandma can navigate Echo Show using both her voice and or the touch screen. Here’s how: Go to the home screen: Say, “Alexa, go home.” Featuring adaptive brightness, the Show can detect the ambient light in the room and dial the screen brightness up or down automatically which is perfect for seniors aging eyes and or light sensitivity. What a perfect way for loved ones to stay connected, but keep grandma in the know with current events and feel like she has a visitor no matter the distance between.  Stay connected, and be able to drop in on Grandma and see what she is up to with the Show.

The Alinker walking bike enables older adults and people with a range of disabilities to get around faster and easier

Alinker Walking Bike

What has changed the lives of all these people and many more around the world? The Alinker walking bike is designed for how people want to live. The yellow bike allows users, including amputees, to use their legs to move. With a “footprint” smaller than a wheelchair, the Alinker is welcome in grocery stores, museums and malls, as well as outdoors. The user sits upright at a level nearly as tall as standing height, allowing for easy social interaction.
“Over my dead body will I use one of those!” Barbara Alink’s mother was expressing her distaste for that all-too-common device used by older adults to get around: the walker. She didn’t like the stigma associated with the device; she wanted to stay more active. Luckily, her daughter is an engineer and took heed of the need for a walking assist that would allow movement and be perceived as cool.

Who Is It For?

Now, it’s not just older adults who are using the bike. Landmine victims, amputees, people with multiple sclerosis and other degenerative diseases, those with back pain, and many for whom walking is painful use the Alinker. More than 60% of people who use a wheelchair can still move their legs and potentially ride the Alinker. Users like that it doesn’t look like a medical device.
“You’re perceived completely differently. You’re standing up. You’re at eye level,” says Ceilidh Corcoran, 40. Diagnosed with a hip condition four years ago, after two surgeries she started limping. Soon after, the pain of walking drove her to a wheelchair. She negotiated life with a scooter, wheelchair and crutches, then saw an Instagram post from actor Selma Blair, who has MS. It featured a photo of Blair on her Alinker, and text that read, “I got places to go! Sometimes I can’t do it on my own two feet.” Blair enthused about her bike, and Corcoran longed for one for herself.
After a crowdfunding campaign and some financial help from Blair, Corcoran is loving her new bike. “I used to get sympathy smiles. Now I get genuine smiles,” she says. “I’m really hurting this week because I did so much last week. You totally overdo it (at first), but it’s such a great feeling.”


The Alinker has five distinct advantages:
  • Users sit upright, at about the same eye level as those standing.
  • Lower body stress is minimal because the seat takes the user’s weight.
  • Feet are on the ground, not pedals, for stability and safety.
  • Handlebars provide support and stability.
  • It is perceived as a bike, not a disability device.
Users also give it kudos for its portability. The 26-pound bike folds up easily for transport in the smallest car. “I always have a smile on my face when I’m on it, and it’s such a great feeling!” enthuses one Vancouver user. “Instead of sitting in the wheelchair and feeling a lot more disabled, this makes me feel like I’m on my way to becoming healthy again. I can just take it anywhere.”

Greatness doesn’t stop with Age…


We would like to take a moment to honor Great Women in History, Did you know that Julia Morgan, whom designed our local “Monday Club” here in San Luis Obispo, was hand-picked by William Randolph Hearst as the Architect for Hearst Castle, for his sprawling million plus acre ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico, but that she single handedly designed over 700 structures in California? Julia Morgan attended Berkeley University where she was the only female engineering student. Not only was Julia raised by a strong and influential woman, she proved that that everything is possible. Julia became the first woman to earn a certificate at the prestigious Ecole de Beaux-Arts.

There have also been women to who have paved the way for others in out Armed Forces; that also have amazing stories to tell. General Ann Dunwoody ,65, was the first woman to command a Battallion, she was also the first woman General Officer at Fort Bragg. Later, she was the fist woman in Us History to be promoted to the rank of four-star general. Way to go!

Brigadier General Wilma Vaught,88, was the first woman who was part of the Strategic Air Command unit when she became temporary executive office of the Management Analysis Division in Guam. Wilma was the first women to be promoted to Brigadier General in the Comptroller Field.

Acknowledging these amazing women blazing trails for our future proves that anything is possible. Thank you to our Armed Forces that dedicated a memorial to all these great women and more, telling their stories serving our Country.

Cheers to these amazing Women, and the many that will follow!


“My buildings will be my legacy… they will speak for me long after I’m gone.” –Julia Morgan