What to Look for When Researching Senior Living

By Senior Living

Taking care of ourselves can seem like a struggle no matter where we are in age, but as we reach our senior years, there’s a point where meeting our daily needs can become a real challenge. Additionally, many of us are looking for company and companionship as we age and senior living can be a great option to fulfill those desires.

If you find yourself struggling to get through your day-to-day activities or simply want to make new social connections, it might be time to look into senior living options.

Life Care Services knows how hard it is to find a senior living community that can cater to your individual needs. We’ve created this helpful guide to assist you with your upcoming life decision. To learn what to look for, CLICK HERE.

Life Care Services Ranked #1 in Independent Living Customer Satisfaction by J.D. Power

By News

Nation’s second-largest senior living operator receives highest score in all 6 factors

The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island is excited to announce our management company, Life Care Services, has become the first and only senior living company to rank first in customer satisfaction for three consecutive years among independent senior living communities in the J.D. Power 2021 – Senior Living Satisfaction Study. Life Care Services also achieved the highest score in all six factors of satisfaction: resident activities, community staff, price paid for services received, resident apartment/living unit, community building and grounds, and dining.

“Life Care Services is honored to be recognized by our customers as the best among independent senior living communities for the third consecutive year,” says Joel Nelson, president and CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “We are privileged to serve nearly 40,000 seniors across the nation. This recognition is meaningful because our residents recognize and value our commitment to serving them first and foremost, even as our industry navigated challenges over the past year.”

Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 817 in the J.D. Power U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. The study is based on responses from residents living in an independent senior living community within the previous three years.

“For 50 years, our employees have been dedicated to creating opportunities for purposeful living filled with rich experiences,” added Nelson. “There is nothing better than seeing how our employees have impacted those we serve and how that dedication has made a difference for our residents and customers.”

What Does This Mean for our Residents?

We are deeply grateful to know that our hard work is valued, and we at The Bayshore on Hilton Head Island 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.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health as a Senior

By Health & Wellness

Protecting our mental health and mental wellness is easier said than done. We tell ourselves to smile or find the good in life, but the truth is, some days can be hard.

The issue of senior mental health is in a category of its own. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), at least one in four older adults experiences a mental disorder, with depression being the most common issue. People aged 85 and older also have the highest suicide rate of any age group.

As we get older, fears may creep in if we have to navigate any of the following:

  • Depression and/or anxiety from isolation
  • Mobility issues
  • Disrupted daily routine
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Dietary changes

To protect our overall health, it’s important to maintain positive mental health as we age. There is so much for seniors to experience. With a little help, you may find that your mental wellness can be better than ever.

To learn about mental health tips for seniors, CLICK HERE.

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Real-Life Benefits of Exercise and Physical Activity

By Health & Wellness

Why Is Physical Activity Important?

Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No matter your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. Often, inactivity is more to blame than age when older people lose the ability to do things on their own. Lack of physical activity also can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.

Including all 4 types of exercise can benefit a wide range of areas of your life. To learn how staying active can help you, from the National Institute on Aging, CLICK HERE.

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5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

By Senior Living

More than 334,000 incidents of elder financial exploitation — the theft or misuse of an older person’s money by someone they know — are reported to authorities in the U.S. each year, causing an estimated $6.3 billion in losses, according to an analysis of federal and state data by Comparitech, a cybersecurity research company.

And those numbers probably underestimate a problem experts say is vastly under-reported.

But experts also say that in most cases, financial abuse can be prevented before it starts. To learn about steps from AARP that you can take to help protect yourself or a vulnerable loved one from financial exploitation, CLICK HERE.

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11 Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

By Health & Wellness

Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and millions of Americans are affected by the disease. It’s important to distinguish the facts from the myths about Alzheimer’s, especially when it comes to finding information online.

Here are 11 common myths about Alzheimer’s Disease:

1. Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are the same thing

People often use the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably, but there is a difference. Dementia refers to impaired memory, thinking, reasoning, and behavior, and Alzheimer’s is just one type of dementia. The terms are likely confused because Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia and the most well-known. But there are other types of dementia, too, including Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and vascular dementia.

Learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

To read the 10 additional myths surrounding this disease, CLICK HERE.

 

Depression and Older Adults

By Health & Wellness

Feeling down every once in a while is a normal part of life, but if these feelings last a few weeks or months, you may have depression. Read this article to find common signs and symptoms of depression, treatment options, and if you or your loved one may be at risk for depression.

Depression is a serious mood disorder. It can affect the way you feel, act, and think. Depression is a common problem among older adults, but clinical depression is not a normal part of aging. In fact, studies show that most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems than younger people. However, if you’ve experienced depression as a younger person, you may be more likely to have depression as an older adult.

Depression is serious, and treatments are available to help. For most people, depression gets better with treatment. Counseling, medicine, or other forms of treatment can help. You do not need to suffer — help and treatment options are available. Talk with your doctor if you think you might have depression.

To learn more about the signs and risk factors of depression, from the National Institute on Aging, CLICK HERE.

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5 Signs of Osteoporosis

By Health & Wellness

Bone density isn’t something most of us think about — until that moment when, out of the blue, we break something.

“Probably 50 percent of women and 25 percent of men are expected to have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime,” explains Joy Wu, M.D., associate professor of medicine and endocrinology at Stanford Health Care. But there are ways to know, long before you break a bone, whether you’re losing skeletal mass — and to take steps to protect yourself. “Ultimately, we are most worried about hip fractures,” Wu says.

But simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your fracture risk, and effective medications are available if needed. The earlier you can get diagnosed and start a treatment protocol, the better the outcome.

To learn about five things to look out for, from AARP, CLICK HERE.

Next Steps After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

By Health & Wellness

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be difficult, but getting accurate information and support can help you know what to expect and what to do next.

From learning about Alzheimer’s disease and getting regular medical care to finding local services and support and beginning some legal, financial and long-term care planning, the National Institute on Aging has put together a great checklist. To view their recommendations, CLICK HERE.

COVID-19 Response

By Health & Wellness

At Bayshore on Hilton Head, the health and well-being of residents and team members is our highest priority at all times. We continue to take proper prevention and preparedness steps related to COVID-19. 

What is Bayshore on Hilton Head doing to prepare for any incidence of COVID-19? 

We know that this disease most dramatically impacts older adults – the people we serve.  We will continue to follow infection control guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) as well as our local and state health agencies.

Earlier this year, we successfully completed a safe and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and employees in partnership with local and state health agencies. As new information develops, we will continue coordinating with our pharmacy partners and local and state health authorities to provide additional information or updates directly to residents and employees. [Community name] will work with residents and employees who qualify and want to receive a COVID-19 booster shot as recommended by the CDC.

Recently,  Bayshore on Hilton Head announced a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by October 16, 2021, in accordance with the policy of management company Life Care Services, An LCS Company. Protecting the health and safety of our residents and employees remains our top priority, and we are requiring employee COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure we stay true to that focus. As new highly transmissible COVID-19 variants persist, we believe the COVID-19 vaccination is essential to protecting our residents and employees.

We continue to be steadfast in taking every precaution to protect the community from the spread of COVID-19. Employees continue to wear masks and undergo screenings at the start of each shift. LCS’s newest signature experience, EverSafe 360°, also demonstrates our passionate commitment to providing an industry-leading experience focused on enhancing the well-being, security, and safety of residents and employees. 

COVID-19 Actions:

  • With EverSafe 360° – the new standard of senior safety – we are raising the bar to reimagine and innovate the way we live and work together, taking proactive measures to elevate the standard of safety for seniors.
  • We have established a Medical Advisory Board, which consists of a team of interdisciplinary experts, including physicians and scientists who specialize in epidemiology, mental health, infectious disease and indoor air quality.
  • We are connecting with our local and state health agencies on a regular basis.
  • Those who do enter, including all team members, are screened to inquire whether they have any symptoms or potential known exposures. They are not allowed to enter if they answer yes to any of these questions.
  • We continue our focus on infection control and prevention, following the guidelines from the CDC.
  • We continue to actively monitor and report respiratory illnesses across our organization.
  • We are regularly sharing updated information on COVID-19 with our residents and others in the communities that we serve.
  • We have an emergency operations plan in place should we need to implement it.

 

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, and we’ve adapted to the challenges in today’s world to ensure that never changes.

 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. If family and friends are unable to travel to celebrate with us, we have the technology to support virtual celebrations where needed. We love to enjoy life at Bayshore on Hilton Head, and we can always find something to celebrate. 

We honor daily routines. We know residents have missed the little moments in the day that brought people together and are enjoying the opportunity to safely come back together again.

We appreciate each other’s company. Now, more than ever, we know what it’s like to have to spend time away from loved ones, and we appreciate the opportunity to bring families and friends together. The smiles, the laughter ringing through our community – it can’t be beat. It’s hard to be apart from friends and family, and as we once again have the opportunity to gather, we are thankful. But technology has given us dozens of ways to turn life’s moments into wonderful virtual experiences. We recognize the activities residents typically look forward to and have the power to mold these opportunities into virtual or socially-distanced events, providing the opportunity for meaningful connections daily, if ever necessary.

We encourage physical and mental wellness. Staying active – both physically and mentally – is essential to emotional well-being. We’ve adapted our offerings to include both in-person and online exercise classes, we’ve set up reading or pen-pal programs with local school children, and we are dedicated to helping our residents stay active and connected, no matter what’s going on outside our doors.

Rest assured, at Bayshore on 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.”