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Senior Care Research – How to Use the 5-Star CMS Rating to Understand the Quality of Care at a Community

By Senior Living

Providing quality care requires expertise, high standards and dedication. A high rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is clear proof that the level of care offered at a senior care community is top-tier in the industry. But to truly appreciate a CMS 5-star rating, it helps to understand how the rating is determined.

To learn more about why a 5-star rating matters to various parties, and how it’s calculated, CLICK HERE.

Senior Living Gives Seniors and Adult Children Peace of Mind

By Senior Living

Children — even adult children — turn to their parents for support. They see their parents as caregivers, and it’s often a surprise when the roles become reversed. Seemingly out of the blue, sons and daughters notice their parents slowing down. They may even worry about their parents living in a house by themselves. Senior parents, though, almost always want to maintain their independence. Senior living is a smart solution to satisfy both parties.

To learn more about why senior living is good for both parents and adult children, CLICK HERE.

Senior Scams and How to Protect Your Older Loved Ones

By Senior Living

Millions of older adults fall victim to scams each year, losing substantial amounts of money they need for their retirement. In fact, scammers often target seniors in financial scams, because they expect older adults to have significant savings in their bank accounts.

If your senior loved one becomes a victim of fraud, it can leave them in a precarious financial position with little time to recoup crucial funds. This means it’s important to help them identify when a scam has taken place and, if possible, avoid scams before endangering any money. To find out about some of the strongest signs of a senior scam, CLICK HERE.

The Bayshore on Hilton Head Hosts first Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic

By Senior Living

On 1/4/2021, the first residents at The Bayshore on Hilton Head participated in the first of three Covid-19 Vaccine clinics held on-site at the community. Through a partnership with our local pharmacy, our residents and staff received priority access to the vaccine, leading a strong step forward for our seniors and team members to continue to focus on resident safety during the pandemic.

In December, as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines received emergency approval for distribution, The Bayshore on Hilton Head partnered closely with our management company, Life Care Services® to prepare for on-site clinic opportunities in which residents and staff can receive both doses of the critical vaccine. This clinic marks the first of the three opportunities to receive doses of the vaccine.

Future clinic dates will align with the necessary dose timing, as indicated by the vaccine manufacturer. We are proud to provide priority access to our residents and look forward to sharing future updates with residents and families on all anticipated clinic dates as they become available.

Call us today to learn how you or a loved one can receive priority access as a resident at The Bayshore on Hilton Head prior to our second clinic date in early-February!

With questions regarding the vaccine or our community’s response to COVID-19, click here: https://www.lcsnet.com/covid-19-update/ 

A Place to Call Home

By Senior Living

How to select a senior living community where you can live, love and laugh.

You’ve decided you are going to move to a senior living community. Where do you start? First of all, congratulate yourself if you’ve made that decision before you or your spouse has experienced major health problems. You’ve probably saved your family a lot of stress.

As you’re studying-up on the different types of communities, compare the pros and cons of each to your current preferences and the changes you anticipate in the future, although that is often difficult to predict. Are you (and your spouse) in good health? Were your parents healthy in their retirement years? Are there communities of the type you prefer near where you are living now? Is that important to you, or are you willing to move to a different city, or even state, to find the type of retirement community you are looking for?

To find out what questions to ask senior living facilities so you can narrow down the types of communities you might consider and begin paring the list of available options, CLICK HERE.

The Dangers of Seniors Living Alone

By Senior Living

Independence, freedom and self-reliance are woven into the fabric of American culture. There are scores of movies, books and songs about the loner who relies on their wits and skills. As teenagers, most of us couldn’t wait to be out of the house, making our own decisions. But as we grow older, what was thrilling in our teens and adulthood can start to become dangerous and risky.

What are the dangers of seniors living alone? And is moving to a senior living community actually preferable to aging in place? To compare the benefits of senior living versus seniors living alone, and whether it’s possible to still be independent, happy and healthy while securing your future, CLICK HERE. 

Evaluating Your Senior Living Options – Rental Communities

By Senior Living

If you’ve been considering a senior living community for yourself or a loved one, you’ve probably noticed that the options are vast and vary. It can seem a bit overwhelming. Where do you even start?

A good place to begin is by looking at two of the most popular choices – Life Plan Communities (also known as Continuing Care Retirement Communities or CCRCs) and rental retirement communities.

While both types of independent senior living communities can offer similar benefits in the way of fitness and wellness programs, dining options, housekeeping and social, recreational programs, rental retirement communities don’t typically provide access to a full continuum of health care services like a Life Plan community. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

Life Care Services Ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

By Senior Living

It’s a Proud Time to Live at Bayshore Hilton Head

Our management company, Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent living senior living communities two years in a row — and we have you to thank for it. This award demonstrates that residents and their families are receiving the care and service they absolutely deserve.

The award for Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Independent Living Senior Living Communities encompasses six individual resident-experience factors. We’re excited to say that, not only did Life Care Services win the overall category, but it also ranked highest within each of the six factors:

  • Resident activities
  • Community staff
  • Price paid for services received
  • Resident apartment/living unit
  • Community building and grounds
  • Dining 

“Life Care Services is privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. We are honored to be ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living communities for two years in a row by J.D. Power,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “This award represents the voice of our residents and is a testament to our commitment to serve the customer first and foremost.

Nelson notes this year’s award is especially meaningful given the unique circumstances of the pandemic. “I’d like to recognize the heroic efforts of our community staff who serve residents each and every day. Their diligence and perseverance provides residents with the best senior living experience possible,” says Nelson.

Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 855 in the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from 4,992 residents, or their decision-maker, living in an independent, assisted-living or memory care community within the previous three years. 

What Does This Mean for our Residents?

We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at Bayshore Hilton Head want to assure residents, family, friends and staff that we will continue to improve, evolve and innovate to provide the newest offerings to meet the needs of current and future residents.

If you’d like to know more about the way we enrich the lives of our residents, send us a message on our contact page

 

Life Care Services received the highest score among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2019-2020 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study of resident/family member/friend’s satisfaction with senior living communities. Visit jdpower.com/awards for more details.

COVID Update: Fall and Winter Celebrations

By Senior Living

Dear Bayshore Hilton Head community,

As we begin to plan for fall and winter celebrations, Bayshore Hilton Head has established precautionary measures to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and help keep residents and employees safe. We realize the upcoming weeks are traditionally a time of family gatherings and special events, yet the health and safety of our employees and residents remain our top priority. 

Our community continues to follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. We also encourage our employees, residents and their families to follow the additional protocols provided for fall and winter celebrations:

  • When possible, host events outdoors instead of indoors.
  • Limit the number of invited guests.
  • Follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Encourage guests to bring their own face mask, hand sanitizer and other supplies.

Of special importance, if you are planning in-person holiday gatherings with people outside of your household, consider asking all guests to strictly avoid contact with people outside of their households for 14 days before the gathering. This will help reduce the risk of exposure.

We realize these are challenging times and appreciate your consideration of these protocols to help keep our residents and their families safe and healthy.

Senior Care Research: How to Use the U.S. News & World Report to Understand the Quality of Care at a Community

By Senior Living

Even though nursing homes are regulated by the government, they vary considerably in quality, character and cost. So it helps to get as much information as possible before making a decision about which nursing home (sometimes called a skilled nursing facility) is right for you.

If you or someone you love has suffered a fall and needs rehab after a hospital stay, you may not have much time to decide. On the other hand, your loved one may be living on their own and really needs the support of a nursing home for their own safety, health and social engagement. In either case, it helps to have a way to compare your options.

To learn how the Best Nursing Home ratings compiled annually by U.S. News & World Report can help narrow down your list, CLICK HERE.