IDPH Underreports COVID-19 Cases. Senior Living Advisors is Up To Date.
Posted May 15, 2020
When buying a home, we seek out a realtor to guide us to the perfect house within budget. When we want to draw up a Power of Attorney, or a Will, we seek out an Attorney who can make sure we are within the legal guidelines so our futures are secure. How do we do the same when finding long-term care for our loved one? Department of Public Health (IDPH) is undercounting COVID-19 cases According to an article in the LaGrange Patch earlier this week, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was not counting positive Covid cases that were ...read more
Take Action: Prioritize Senior Living Residents for COVID-19 Response
Posted May 14, 2020
Take Action: Prioritize Senior Living Residents for COVID-19 Response Argentum, the leading national trade association serving companies that own, operate, and support professionally managed senior living communities, is calling on Congress to take swift action to ensure the safety and wellbeing of residents and staff of the communities as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please join us in this effort and send a pre-written letter to your member of Congress and Senators here. We urge our senators and congressmen to commit to providing these communities with the protective equipment, virus testing, and financial support they will need to continue ...read more
What Is Memory Care?
Posted May 14, 2020
What Is Memory Care? When it comes the time when a loved one needs extra care and assistance to remain happy and healthy, the words "memory care" may come up as an option. As our loved ones age, they lose not only physical capabilities, but also mental ones. How Is Memory Care Designed? Memory care communities are designed for those with Alzheimer’s or other memory related illnesses in mind. They aren’t too different from assisted living communities, They provide many fundamentals such as housekeeping, meal preparations and aid with daily needs, but also pays specific attention to those with memory ...read more
Delivering Lunches to Hospitals
Posted May 7, 2020
Meals To Hospitals What better way to support our locals? These last 2 weeks, our Advisors Kerry Quirin, Rebecca Donze, and Nancy Pappas have been delivering meals to nurses at Chicagoland hospitals. We've been extra careful to not only provide meals to the nurses during the day shift, but also the night shift. This week, we partnered with Mojo's East Coast Eats. We're Not the Only Ones Helping Doctors and Nurses! Here, Western Suburbs Advisor Kerry Quirin talks about all the wonderful ways the average Chicagoland person has been helping. From PPE to other gifts and food, these communities ...read more
Assisted Living or a Nursing Home? What You Should Know
Posted May 7, 2020
Wondering how Assisted Living and Nursing Homes (also known as skilled nursing facilities) differ and which might be best for your loved one? In the last post "Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Are Not The Same Thing!" we tried to show you that senior living facilities are not created equally. That means that nursing homes, and assisted living facilities differ from one another in some important ways. It’s important for you to know what care is available to your loved one across the board. This is called Activities of Daily Living, or ADL. These activities include bathing, dressing, and different ...read more
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Are Not The Same Thing!
Posted April 30, 2020
Mom is struggling at your childhood home, so you’ve started your senior living search. There are so many new terms- what do they all mean? Growing up, you had only heard of nursing homes and now you seem to be at a loss for what might be the best option for mom. This is a crucial decision as mom is so important to you and her quality of care and life are very surreal concerns of yours. Why Do We Call Them Nursing Homes? Since the mid 1980’s the senior care industry has become acutely aware of the needs of ...read more
Is It Worth It? Moving Seniors Into Senior Living Communities During The Coronavirus Crisis
Posted April 17, 2020
During this on-going global crisis one thing on the forefront of all our minds is the health and safety of our loved ones especially those who are older and require more care. Though it feels like the world has slowed down in some respects our loved ones are continuing to age and now might be the time that they are ready or needing to move into a senior living community, where less than 1% of residents get COVID-19. Even though this timing is not ideal here are some of the pros and cons of moving your senior loved ones into ...read more
Arielle Lewis from SelfHelp Home Is This Week’s #MentionMonday
Posted April 13, 2020
This week’s #MentionMonday is to Arielle Lewis, who created an information hub online (COVID19 for IL, AL and SNF (Aging Services) as a conversation forum and to keep those in Chicago eldercare up to date on news. She is part of the team supports seniors at The Selfhelp Home in Uptown and is going out of her way to provide information. Her team at SelfHelp now has a mobile "Shabbat Cart" and a video recording of messages from families for Friday night, already recorded a Passover seder to stream, and coordinated over 100 letters and cards to residents from community volunteers. As for Arielle, she says ...read more
Free Health Coaching for Eldercare Professionals During COVID-19
Posted April 7, 2020
In the midst of the pandemic, Eldercare professionals have changed their habits, working different hours and managing more on their plate. In partnership with Senior Living Experts, Elizabeth Kaydanovsky, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach based in Chicago, is currently offering free health coaching sessions through April 30th for all eldercare professionals. She specializes in effective mindset and lifestyle change that heals the body, mind, and soul on and off the plate. Sign up for a 50 minute 1-on-1 health coaching session by emailing: email@example.com or give her a call at (847) 732 – 9608 for more information and any questions. You can see Elizabeth's blog at http://elizabethleah.com/, highlighting ...read more
COVID-19 Volunteer Corner….goes to Mark Molinari!
Posted April 6, 2020
Last week, we began highlighting Chicagoland individuals that go out of their way to help those vulnerable to COVID-19. Our #MentionMonday this week goes out to Mark Molinari, the football coach and Architecture and Engineering teacher at Downers Grove South High School, and other teachers in that department are creating face shields for area hospitals and healthcare workers. Pictured is an employee of Edward Hospital, Naperville, Illinois receiving masks. Here is his letter to friends and family of Downers Grove South High School: "Tuesday, Scott Parker, Ryan Altenburg, Mike Heinz and I came together to work on developing a prototype for Face ...read more