Bayshore Hilton Head Earns “Low Country’s Best” Honor from The Island Packet Readers

By Senior Living

Bayshore Hilton Head is pleased to announce that it has earned the honor of “Low Country’s Best” in two categories for 2020 from The Island Packet.

Bayshore was named “Low Country’s Best” for Independent Retirement Community and Assisted Living Community.

The process to select the winners began with an open write-in nomination round, followed by a voting round consisting of the Top 5 recipients of nominees in each category. The winners are those that received the most votes in each category.

Thank you to all that voted to help Bayshore Hilton Head earn this prestigious honor!

To view all award winners, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Long Term Planning – When to Start and What to Consider

By Senior Living

When it comes to making a long-term plan for how and where to live as we age, you’d be hard pressed to find many who don’t see the value in thinking through such an important issue. But according to a survey from The Conversation Project, while ninety percent of Americans say that talking to loved ones about end-of-life care is important, only twenty-seven percent have actually done it. Indeed – no one likes to think about not being able to live the way they want, but the reality is, people who take the time to make a long-term plan are less likely to die in a hospital or burden relatives with tough medical decisions. In the end, while starting discussion of  long term care planning may be difficult, the relief you’ll feel when it’s finished will free you up to enjoy the years ahead.

To learn more about the essentials of a proper long-term care plan and the key advisors you’ll need to have in place, CLICK HERE.

COVID-19 Update

By Senior Living

As the nation continues to navigate the challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic, Bayshore Hilton Head has prioritized the health and well-being of our residents and team members.

With the support of our management company, Life Care Services, we have expanded our infection and disease prevention protocols based upon the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidance for long-term care communities. This includes enhanced cleaning protocols, screening and restrictions for visitors and new residents, social distancing practices and increased training for team members.

And through it all, we have focused on providing the experiences Life Care Services communities are known for. We remain dedicated to serving our seniors, first and foremost.

We recognize the big moments.
Big moments deserve to be recognized, no matter what’s going on outside our doors. That’s why we’re taking time to celebrate the big moments in residents’ lives, like birthdays and anniversaries. While a virtual party can’t replace an in-person gathering, it does remind residents that we can always find ways to celebrate positive moments during this time.

We honor daily routines.
We know residents miss the little moments in the day that bring people together, like morning coffee or cocktail hour. Coffee deliveries and socially distant cocktail carts are just two of the many ways our community ensures residents still get to enjoy these routine-but important-activities.

We appreciate each other’s company.
It’s hard to be apart from friends and family, but technology has given us dozens of ways to turn life’s moments into virtual experiences. We recognize the activities residents typically look forward to and are turning them into virtual or socially-distanced events, providing the opportunity for meaningful connections daily.

We encourage physical and mental wellness.
Staying active – both physically and mentally – is essential to emotional well-being. From streaming exercise classes to setting up reading or pen-pal programs with local school children, we are dedicated to helping our residents stay active and connected. 

Rest assured, at Bayshore Hilton Head, Experience is Everything. We remain inspired by the many ways our community team ensures residents feel connected and cared for as we all learn to adjust to this “new normal.”

Community Reopening Update: 

Bayshore Hilton Head will continue to work in partnership with Life Care Services as well as local, state and federal government agencies to prioritize the safety of our residents. Our dining venues are now open for socially-distanced dine-in opportunities. We continue to provide engaging opportunities and activities for our residents. We welcome the opportunity to provide virtual visits to those wanting to connect with a loved one or view more about life at our community. Our ability to support in-person visits will depend upon current state and local guidance. Contact us directly if you are interested in scheduling an experience with our team.

Our Favorite Emotional Wellness Apps for Seniors

By Health & Wellness

Most of us appreciate the importance of physical wellness both now and as we age. Intellectual wellness too has garnered more attention as we learn about the effects aging can have on our cognitive functions. But what many of us never consider is our emotional wellness and our ability to reduce anxiety, boost happiness, and enjoy sharper mental focus.

Yet, within the ever-growing list of apps with which you can decorate your home screen are a slew of mental health apps that can help all of us in our quest to achieve emotional wellness and improved mental health. Each of these apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or on Google Play. To view our list of favorites, CLICK HERE.

Managing the Emotions that Come with Downsizing

By Senior Living

Most older adults know a day will come when it’s time to downsize. Some people dread it. Others take it in stride as a necessary step to the lifestyle they want. Whichever way you look at it, downsizing — or rightsizing your life — can tug at your heartstrings and play with your emotions. To help you get through it without feeling overwhelmed, here are some tips for dealing with the emotions of downsizing.

For tips on how to deal with the emotions associated with downsizing, CLICK HERE.

2021 and Beyond – The Future of Senior Living

By Senior Living

Predicting the future has always been a risky business. Ancient oracles whose predictions turned out to be false didn’t last long. TV meteorologists who forecast floods and snow days that never happen see their ratings fall. So while we’ve identified four senior living trends for 2021 and beyond, don’t throw us into a volcano if they don’t all pan out. After all, no one saw the pandemic coming. But how the senior living industry has responded to it has helped bring the future of senior living into focus.

To get a closer look at the future of senior living, CLICK HERE.

What You Can Expect From a Senior Fitness Program

By Health & Wellness

It’s no secret that staying physically fit is vital to better health and well-being. But for many of us as we get older, it just seems more and more difficult to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. It might be a busy schedule or chronic pain that makes it a challenge to move freely, or perhaps the thought of joining a gym is too intimidating. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by the time we turn 75, about one in three men and one in two women engage in no physical activity.

To learn about the many benefits of participating in a fitness program, CLICK HERE.

The Benefits of Walkable Neighborhoods: Why Choose a Senior Living Community for Retirement

By Health & Wellness

You have a lot of options when it comes to where you live. In fact, where you make your home is one of the most personal and most important decisions you might make in your life. It’s especially important as you evaluate your senior living options.

According to the latest research, walkable neighborhoods are beneficial for people of all ages, but, in particular, they have a compounding effect on the benefits of independent living for seniors. Before you get too far into your research on the best senior living neighborhoods, let’s define walkable neighborhoods.

To learn what makes a neighborhood walkable, and why that’s so important, CLICK HERE.

Why Wellness Matters: The Importance of Wellness Programs in Senior Living

By Health & Wellness

Great news: We’re living longer. In fact, for the first time in history, residents of high-, middle-, and low-income countries are likely to live to 60 years of age and beyond. Longevity is one of the greatest achievements of our time.

But this success story is hollow if the quality of those extra years is compromised because of poor health or a loss of autonomy. Research consistently shows that making the most of these years depends largely on our lifestyle choices. And it’s much more than simply physical health.

To learn about the importance of wellness programs, CLICK HERE.

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What is Problem Adaptation Therapy?

By Health & Wellness

Problem Adaptation Therapy: A Breakthrough for Dementia Care Patients with Depression and Anxiety.

When someone suffers from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, their days can be filled with anxiety, sadness and depression, which can lead to suffering and family disruption. Research shows that about a third of people with dementia also have depression, and that anxiety symptoms afflict roughly a quarter to half of the patients with dementia.

Moreover, many people with dementia who suffer from depression and anxiety are prescribed antidepressant medications as a first-line defense. Although data on psychiatric drug use is mixed, current research indicates that antidepressants don’t work well in seniors with dementia. Many also come with serious side effects such as disorientation and confusion, which can lead to falls and fractures.

Fortunately, there are effective new therapies for seniors with depression and anxiety to help them cope and find solace. One such treatment is Problem Adaptation Therapy. To learn more, CLICK HERE.