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How to Assess When an Older Adult Requires Caregiving Assistance

By Health & Wellness

Sometimes an older adult’s need for additional help is obvious. It could be that he or she is having a hard time getting to appointments, seems confused by instructions or perhaps isn’t paying bills on time. More often, though, the change happens gradually. That’s where a professional assessment comes in. This comprehensive review of all aspects of person’s mental, physical and environmental condition is one way to determine if your loved one needs assistance. This helps to evaluate his or her ability to remain safely independent and identify risks and ways to reduce them.

A family member or caregiver also has an opportunity to evaluate how a loved one is doing in terms of health, safety and quality of life. To learn about red flags suggested by AARP that you may want to look out for, CLICK HERE.

The Big Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

By Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for holistic methods to improve your overall health, you’ll likely explore what types of exercise are right for your body, what foods to incorporate into your diet to support your immune system, and how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. All these avenues can lead to improved health, but you may also want to establish a meditation practice. The benefits of meditation for seniors are multidimensional and widespread. A daily practice can improve important aspects of your health.

To learn more about meditation and its benefits, CLICK HERE.

The Big Benefits of Meditation for Seniors

By Health & Wellness

If you’re looking for holistic methods to improve your overall health, you’ll likely explore what types of exercise are right for your body, what foods to incorporate into your diet to support your immune system, and how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. All these avenues can lead to improved health, but you may also want to establish a meditation practice. The benefits of meditation for seniors are multidimensional and widespread. A daily practice can improve important aspects of your health.

To learn more about meditation and its benefits, CLICK HERE.

5 Tips to Help You Prevent Vision Loss

By Health & Wellness

May is Healthy Vision Month and it’s an important reminder to take care of our eyes.

We use our eyes to complete daily tasks like preparing meals, engaging in physical activity, taking the correct medication and dosage, protect ourselves from falling, and so much more. That’s why it’s important to keep them healthy, so we’re seeing our best and maintaining our independence. If we don’t, the quality of our vision could decline—from a combination of age and lifestyle factors.

To learn about simple guidelines from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) that can help you maintain your vision health, CLICK HERE.

Update Regarding Mask Policies at The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island

By Health & Wellness

The CDC announced on May 13, 2021 that fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. According to the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:

• 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

We share your enthusiasm about the news and are hopeful COVID-19 rates continue to decline. Because our community follows guidance from health and regulatory agencies, our policies reflect the following:

• Residents in independent living are no longer required to wear a mask in the independent living areas of the community if they are fully vaccinated unless required by local and state regulations, as mentioned above.
• All residents, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks on any form of community-based transportation.
• Family and friends visiting residents in independent living need to wear a mask when entering and exiting and while in common spaces within a community. Masks can be removed when visitors are in a resident’s apartment.
• All residents in assisted living or memory care must continue to wear masks as required by the CDC for assisted living.
• All independent living residents, family, and friends visiting residents in the assisted living, memory care, or skilled nursing areas in communities must continue to wear masks and adhere to the safety protocols in these settings.
• Individuals taking part in a tour experience or attending an event at the community must wear a mask to meet with our team and experience the various areas of our community.

There are no changes to our mask policy for employees at this time, regardless of their vaccination status. The CDC states it is still learning how effective the vaccines are against variants of the virus that causes COVID-19. For the protection of residents and fellow employees, all community employees must wear masks, regardless of where they work within our community.

The health and safety of residents and employees remains our highest priority. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and adjust our protocol to help ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. With further questions related to our COVID-19 protocols, please contact us directly.

How Excess Weight Impacts Our Mental and Emotional Health

By Health & Wellness

The physical consequences of excess weight are well known, ranging from type 2 diabetes, increased risk of falls, heart issues, and osteoarthritis. Yet not quite as much spotlight is given to its impact on our mental and emotional health. May, which is nearly upon us, is Older Americans Month and Mental Health Awareness Month—and a great opportunity to explore the “invisible” burden shouldered by many older adults living with obesity. In addition to their physical challenges, people living with obesity often struggle with mood and anxiety disorders.

To learn more about what mental health challenges older adults with obesity face, from the National Council on Aging, CLICK HERE.

 

Bayshore Hilton Head Residents Benefit From Medical Expertise

By Health & Wellness

Bayshore Hilton Head will benefit from the expertise of the EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board. Seven medical, academic, and health care professionals will advise on the latest health and wellness technologies, innovations, and practices for senior living communities managed by Life Care Services.

“The EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board includes physicians and scientists who specialize in epidemiology, mental health, infectious diseases and indoor air quality,” says Rick Exline, executive vice president/senior managing director of Life Plan Communities. “These experts will provide real-time guidance to help ensure the safety and security of our residents and employees.” The advisory board will evaluate research and recommend health care delivery models for senior living care levels.

The COVID-19 pandemic identified an industry need for solutions that enhance the senior living experience. Focusing on its 50 years of industry leadership, LCS developed EverSafe 360° as the new standard for residents and staff’s overall safety.

“The depth and breadth of knowledge offered by this group of medical professionals will make a positive impact on resident health and wellness,” says Dr. Roy S. Rogers, III, M.D. Dr. Rogers sits on the medical advisory board and lives in a community managed by Life Care Services. “Our input will play a significant role in developing community disaster plans. As a group, we’ll ensure the health and wellness-related issues, regulatory protocol, and clinical outcome strategies are incorporated.

In addition to Dr. Rogers, the EverSafe 360° Medical Advisory Board includes:

  • Dr. Jamison Feramisco, M.D., Ph.D., founding president and chair of Apri Health, an international data analytics and clinical change company.
  • Joseph N.S. Eisenberg, Ph.D., a researcher who integrates disease transmission models with field studies to study environmental determinants of infectious diseases.
  • Dr. Shishir V. Shah, D.O., co-implemented one of the most extensive wound care/hyperbaric clinical delivery models in the U.S.
  • Dr. Chantal Walsh, M.D., certified medical director by The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.
  • Dr. Stephanie Taylor, M.D., named one of the top 20 women to watch in health care engineering by Engineered Systems.
  • Dr. Elliott Kroger, M.D., listed in Chicago Magazine’s Top 500 Doctors in 1997 and 2001.
  • Dr. Roy S. Rogers, III, M.D., retired physician and resident at a community managed by Life Care Services; recipient of the Master Dermatologist Award.

EverSafe 360° is all-encompassing and focuses on the emotional and physical aspects of keeping everyone as safe as possible to enjoy their “best life” experience at an LCS community. The program is delivered with the care and compassion that allows LCS to quickly and comprehensively alleviate any concern around safety measures.
For more information about EverSafe 360°, click here.

 

Dementia May Cause Problems with Money Management Years Before Diagnosis

By Health & Wellness

People with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias may start having trouble managing their finances several years before their diagnosis, according to new research supported by the National Institute on Aging. Published online in JAMA Internal Medicine, the study is the first large-scale analysis of people’s ability to manage their money before and after a dementia diagnosis.

Common symptoms of dementia, including memory and cognitive limitations, can lead people with dementia to have trouble handling money and paying bills, so repeated financial mistakes can be an early sign of the disease.

To learn more about how dementia may cause problems with money management years before diagnosis, CLICK HERE.

Debunking the Myths About Senior Falls

By Health & Wellness

More than 25% of seniors experience a fall each year in America. Emergency departments see 3 million seniors for fall-related injuries. While falls are so common they’ve become the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults over age 65, that doesn’t mean they are an inevitable fact of aging. In truth, the belief that falls are simply a natural part of getting older actually puts seniors at a greater risk for falls.

Balance and agility naturally wane in an older adult’s later years. If nothing is done, this decline puts seniors at a greater risk of experiencing an injury-inducing fall, but it doesn’t follow that there’s nothing you can do to prevent a fall from happening. To learn of some basic steps toward fall prevention that can make a senior much safer, CLICK HERE.

Save your spot on our priority list to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine!

By Health & Wellness

The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island is pleased to be able to offer the COVID-19 vaccination to residents and employees through our partner pharmacy, free of charge. Vaccinations will be carefully administered by a licensed professional at The Bayshore, offering the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ve done your part to protect yourself and others.
We are excited to extend a personal invitation to you to secure your priority vaccination soon! Simply make the choice to move to The Bayshore by January 31st, and we will add you to the list for our next COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic taking place in early February.

Questions? We would welcome the opportunity to connect and discuss the details of our upcoming clinic, and have provided an attachment so you can learn more about how Life Care Services communities such as ours are prioritizing resident safety and securing priority access for our residents. Our team of experts is excited to provide this option for seniors in our community.
The excitement doesn’t end there, we are have special offers for new residents in the month of January. Call Pauline or Melissa today at 843-342-2222 to learn more about our current move in special!

*Must sign agreement for financial possession to receive priority access.