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Staying Safe and Active During a Pandemic

Wash your hands.  Stay six feet away.  Wear a mask.  The rules right now to staying healthy in the wake of COVID-19 seem endless and overwhelming.  Yet, we must continue to focus on whole-person wellness.  Use the ideas below to ensure you are addressing the 5 dimensions of wellness:

Emotional:

  • Check in with a friend and have a discussion around how they are feeling
  • Reflect on what brought you happiness today
  • Journal your thoughts

Intellectual:

  • Play a word or number game like Sudoku
  • Join a program like Master Class to learn a new skill or hobby
  • Read or listen to a book

Physical:

  • Do 15 minutes of exercise each day
  • Cook a new meal or schedule a meal delivery
  • Go for a walk outside

Social:

  • Schedule a time to meet with friends or family (virtually or in person)
  • Meet up outdoors
  • Join a pen pal program

Spiritual:

  • Read a daily devotional
  • Attend a church service (online or in person)
  • Meditate

 

As we all adjust to this uncertain time, an intentional focus on your wellness will ultimately keep you happy, healthy and safe.  Want more information on how to connect? Visit www.wickshireseniorliving.com/connections

 

Common Questions about the Affordability of Senior Living

When you search for a senior living community, there are a multitude of options, features and amenities to consider.  For many, however, understanding the cost and making a wise financial decision is one of the most important pieces.  These are the most commonly asked questions related to the affordability of senior living:

How do I pay for senior living?

Selling or Renting Your Home: if you have a home to sell, one of the easiest ways to afford senior living is to sell your home.  Many senior living companies have resources to help with the sell of your home as well.  If you or your family member isn’t quite ready to sell the house, consider renting it for additional income.

Veterans’ Aid & Attendance: Veterans who are eligible to receive a VA pension may be eligible to receive benefits to help pay for assisted living or memory care.  This program is administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.  Wickshire has partnerships with all local offices and will gladly connect you to the appropriate resource.

Bridge Loan: for anyone looking for financial aid until an asset is liquified, a bridge loan may be an option.  This is a short term loan that can assist in paying for senior living until assets are liquid.

Does insurance cover the cost of senior living?

Medicare: a common misconception is that Medicare will pay for senior living.  Since Medicare is a healthcare program, it only covers services determined to be medical in nature.  A hospital stay, a physician appointment, and a short term rehabilitation stay are examples of services covered by Medicare.

Long Term Care Insurance: these policies cover people who have chronic conditions or disabilities requiring them to seek help for the basics of daily living.  Policies offer a wide-range of options and coverage but may help pay for care at home or in an assisted living or memory care community.

Life Insurance: you may choose to cash out a policy for something called a “life settlement.”  There are pros and cons of this that should be discussed and considered.

What does senior living really cost?

The average cost for assisted living in 2020 is $3600 across the United States.  That cost varies by state and based on the level of care provided.  The good news is that most senior living options are customizable and personalized based on the needs of the resident.

There are many options to consider when it comes to choosing and affording a senior living community.  If you have additional questions or are interested in partnering with someone who can be a resource, please click here.

Connecting People with Purpose and Community

Wickshire’s mission is bold but simple: making life better by connecting people with purpose and community.  As our world continues searching for an answer to COVID-19, Wickshire’s mission has never been more important.  Many older adults who are not benefiting from a senior living community are faced with isolation, missed meals and medications, and an increase in health concerns.  Wickshire’s goal is to help those people and connect them to our larger community.  If you or someone you know would benefit from Connections, click here for more information and to get connected today!

Are Senior Living Communities Safe?

As the country intently focused on Seattle, Washington as ground zero for COVID-19’s entrance into the United States, many began questioning the safety of senior living communities.  Below are commonly asked questions regarding the safety of senior living today:

Is a senior living community a safe place to be?

The short answer is yes.  Every community is different so it is important you ask many questions and receive thorough answers.  Senior living communities are following strict guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy which includes opportunities to socialize, nutritious meals and snacks, access to healthcare and an environment filled with interaction.

Should I wait until this is over to make a move?

One of the greatest challenges of COVID-19 has been the forced isolation and mental decline it has caused.  This isolation effects older adults who are currently home alone.  Being in a senior living community helps to prevent that along with providing access to everything that’s important: caring people, nutritious meals, and quality care.

Are residents locked down?

No resident is locked down. However, some communities have been asked by local and/or state officials to shelter in place to protect the safety of the residents.  If you are considering a senior living community, ask for their protocol for sheltering in place and consider what that looks like for your daily routine.

Are residents allowed to leave?

Senior living communities are homes for the residents who live there.  Communities are following state and local guidelines to protect residents.  Ask the community you are considering for their guidelines related to off-site meetings, activities, etc.

Can I see my family?

Family and friends are vital to everyone’s emotional well-being.  Communities are working within guidelines provided, and are allowing virtual and/or in person visits to keep relationships connected.  Make sure you understand the current guidelines and expectations of the senior living community you are considering or living at.

Overall, senior living communities are a wonderful option for older adults who may appreciate worry-free living with personalized, quality care.  If you or someone you know can benefit from this lifestyle, please click here to be connected to someone who may assist you.

 

The Difference Between Forgetfulness and Dementia

As we age, one of the most common questions we wonder is the difference between general forgetfulness and dementia.  Wickshire Senior Living is proud to have a partnership with Wright State University.  Watch the video below to understand more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uC6iIfYk4E