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Autumn Pointe residents, friends, family and staff share things that make this community unique.

Fresh Air: A Simple & Natural Solution for Senior Health

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
March 1, 2017
Spring has almost sprung. Spring is a wonderful time of renewal that brings an easy joy and sense of revitalization with it. It welcomes us outside again to share the beauty of the crocuses and lilacs blooming and the warmth in the breeze - it is good for everyone's health - especially for seniors. Autumn Pointe Assisted Living Community is situated in the perfect quiet country setting to enjoy spring’s arrival and to get outside, relish the fresh air - and feel better! Take A Stroll Getting outside in nature and taking a walk is beneficial to us on so many levels: Strengthens Muscles Can Stop Bone Mass Loss Weight Loss Improve Sleeping Improve Immune System Learn more about the benefits of walking here. Take a Pet for a Walk Our residents are welcome to have small pets in their homes and pets are a great way to nug us outside - and you always have a walking partner. Have a Picnic Pack a little snack, and find a quiet, peaceful spot and enjoy “al fresco” dining. Bringing cards and playing a game outside is always fun too. Get a Bird Feeder Who doesn’t enjoy watching birds at a bird feeder. You can make a game out of it and get a bird identification book to help name the different birds that come to visit - helps stimulate our minds and memories as well. Just Be Simply sitting outside and enjoying the sights and sounds of being outside is a fulfilling way for everyone to improve their physical and mental health. Getting outside breaks up the day-to-day routine and brightens our mood. Just 15 minutes a day outside in the sun can boost your vitamin D levels, which can improve your immune system and help foster a more positive outlook.…
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Four Surprising Facts About Assisted Living

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
February 1, 2017
Looking for an assisted living facility that is right for you or your loved one takes time and care. Not only is it important to start the search early, but it is it is crucial to do your homework to ensure that the place you choose fits your specific needs. Here are four things you should know as you begin your search. All facilities are not the same - Although each state has specific regulations that facilities must follow, there is no standardized definition of assisted living care. There is often differing levels of service, with price structures that justifies the services provided. Some communities offer lighter levels of care, while others have a full nursing staff available if needed. Each level typically requires more specific licensing requirements.  They are not nursing homes – Many people mistakenly believe that their loved ones require nursing home care when an assisting living setting might be the perfect level of care. Some important differentiators between the two include: Independence - Assisted living residents are largely self-reliant but may require some assistance with daily living personal care tasks. Mobility – Individuals who live in assisted living are not bedridden and have a higher degree of mobility. Private rooms – While nursing home residents often have semi-private rooms, assisted living quarters generally include studio or one-bedroom options. Less care needed – Individuals who live in assisted living do not require ongoing medical attention. Unique community – Every assisted living community has its own unique personality. Most are lively and provide plenty of activities to keep residents occupied, while also offering privacy. Many facilities will even allow residents to have a small pet if they desire and they can use their own furniture to create a comfortable, homey setting. Not as costly as you think –…

Staying Upbeat During the Winter Months

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
January 18, 2017
Now that the holidays are over, the rest of winter begins to settle in. For seniors, winter can be an especially challenging time. It is harder to get outside for a walk or receive visitors. Being cooped up, combined with the shorter days and cold, can lead to a less stimulating environment. However, this doesn’t mean seniors should merely hunker down and wait for spring. In fact, engaging in a little daily exercise, extra social time, and other activities that make you feel good will go a long way towards your health and happiness! Exercise: For the body, as well as the mind Exercise can be a challenge during the winter months. It’s easy for lethargy to set in when the days are shorter, the skies darker, the sidewalks icy, and the temperatures chilly. Still, exercise is a huge mood-booster, and of course, great for maintaining your mobility and fitness level. On days you’re able to, even getting out for a short walk has the benefit of giving you sunlight, fresh air, perspective, and exercise. For indoor exercise, walking in hallways or malls is another idea for a cardio workout. Finding a senior exercise class in your community will have the twofold benefit of physical fitness and social opportunities. If you live in assisted living, your center may have exercise classes. Eat Right: Fresh and healthy foods for the waist, immune system, and the brain Eating fresh fruits and vegetables in winter gives our body a boost, and can also help keep us trim and lift our spirits. Although the tendency in winter is to gravitate towards heavier, carbohydrate-laden foods, these can cause blood sugar surges that, after a short boost, leave us feeling cranky and tired. Foods rich in vitamin C will help ward off winter illnesses, and those…

Visiting Aging Loved Ones During Winter

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
November 1, 2016
When the weather turns colder, it’s easy to stay cooped up inside your own home, warm and cozy. Even running necessary errands like grocery shopping can fall by the wayside when you don’t feel like braving the bitter cold. The winter months can be hard on people of all ages, and that’s especially true for elderly adults. Seniors are more susceptible to illness and infection when the temperatures dip, and are also at risk of falls and accidents on the ice.Even more than the physical hardships cold weather brings upon the elderly, though, is the emotional aspect. Seniors who live in assisted living homes may find family members visiting them less often in the winter months, leading to feelings of loneliness, isolation, and even depression. If your elderly loved one is facing isolation this winter, here are some steps you can take to help stave off their loneliness: Visit frequently. Try to schedule regular visits as often as possible, even if you don’t live close and it may be inconvenient. Many seniors look forward to family visits, so try to plan a few events throughout the winter months to enjoy a family dinner and some good conversation. At the very least, call or email your loved one frequently to stay in touch. Utilize technology. Learning programs like Skype and video chatting gives seniors a way to stay in touch with friends and family no matter how far away they may be. Even if an in-person visit isn’t possible, the use of today’s personal communication technologies makes it possible to have face-to-face conversations. If your elderly loved one isn’t particularly tech-savvy, take the extra time to visit them in person and walk them through how to use this important technology. It could make a world of difference in their lives! Encourage…

Beauty Tips for Seniors

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
October 1, 2016
Beauty Tips for Seniors No matter how old you may be, it’s never too late to have beauty be a high priority. There is no age limit for the joyful feeling you get when you get a haircut you love, or the look of a fresh manicure or pedicure. A soothing facial or glamorous makeover will always be a great way for you to relax and look as beautiful as you feel. Although many concern themselves with daily physical appearance maintenance, the way one cares for oneself must be tweaked with time. For instance, your skin may not look quite the way it used to; the make-up you’ve always used may look differently on you, and the texture of your hair might have changed; however, that shouldn’t stop you from being able to look and feel your best! Here are some simple beauty tips from your friends at Autumn Pointe Senior Living! Make Sunscreen a Priority It doesn’t matter if the sun isn’t out and there are clouds in the sky—sunscreen should always be part of your daily beauty routine! Did you know even slight sun exposure can cause wrinkles and sun spots, even if you aren’t outside for a long period of time? That’s why it’s best to be proactive and put sunscreen on your face, neck, and hands. Want to make this step even easier? Take a look at the moisturizer you use (and our next beauty tip!); often, moisturizers for your skin can contain sunscreen in them. If they do, you just combined two products you need into one! Moisturize and Exfoliate By moisturizing regularly (we recommend you do this every night after your make up is removed before you go to sleep), your skin stays beautify, smooth, and hydrated! There’s a Perfect Foundation and Lipstick for…

Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
September 1, 2016
Assisted Living vs. Nursing Home Care Deciding on the best living arrangements as you or your parents age can be a difficult process. There are many things to consider as you begin your plans. Levels of care can differ from facility to facility and also fluctuate depending upon if you are looking at a nursing home setting or an assisted living location. Here are a few things to consider about each option.   Assisted Living: ·      Determine care level – An assisted living facility gives residents and their families the ability to determine the amount of care the resident will receive, which allows them to maintain their independence. Help is there if needed, but independence is also an option.    ·      No maintenance – Caring for a home is difficult as you age. Assisted living gives the resident a home-like setting without needing to take care of household upkeep.    ·      24-hour help – If a resident does have an emergency situation, an assisted living facility has staff available to provide this care.    ·      Activities – Assisted living facilities typically offer a host of events and activities that help residents stay involved.  Many of these activities are right on site, while off-site excursions are also an option for those who wish to venture out.    ·      Government benefits – Most assisted care facilities accept some type of government aid making them accessible to residents of all income levels.   Nursing Home Care: ·      Full-Time Care – This can offer peace of mind-if a patient requires more individualized care, but can also be overwhelming for residents who do not need this level of attention.    ·      Expensive – Because nursing homes offer one-on-one care, they can…

Choosing an Assisted Living Center

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
August 1, 2016
Choosing an Assisted Living CenterAre you worried about an elderly loved one living alone? While it may be hard to accept, it’s important to acknowledge when a loved one can no longer care for their own health and well-being. This is the time to look for assisted living options where your loved one will receive the care they deserve. Before making the difficult decision of choosing an assisted living facility, here’s what you need to consider. Daily Care - An assisted living facility gives residents and their families the ability to determine the amount of care the resident will receive. Help is there if needed, but independence is also an option. Take a look at what type of care is necessary – help with daily tasks, bathing assistance, medical supervision, etc. – and find a facility that fits your needs. Medical Attention – While an assisted living facility does not offer full-time care, there is typically 24/7 help available. If a resident has a health emergency during the night, staff will call the necessary medical provider for assistance. If your loved one requires full-time medical assistance, consider a nursing home. Financing – Most assisted care facilities accept some type of government aid making them accessible to residents of all income levels. However, it’s important to look at housing and upfront costs to make sure any additional expenses can be covered for as long as they live there. Environment – It’s important to find an environment that your loved one is comfortable with. Find a community with picturesque surroundings, outdoor amenities, and spacious sitting areas. Most importantly, choose a community that encourages social interaction between residents through daily activities. At Autumn Pointe, our assisted living facility offers everything residents need to feel independent and cared for. Our facilities provide the privacy…
Welcome to our Dining Room! Mealtime is often a favorite activity for our residents not only to enjoy our delicious meals; but also to engage socially as we serve our meals family-style.

Welcome to our Dining Room!

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
July 9, 2016
Welcome to our Dining Room! Mealtime is often a favorite activity for our residents not only to enjoy our delicious meals; but also to engage socially as we serve our meals family-style.  At Autumn Pointe, you will enjoy three home cooked meals a day. Some fun facts about our Dining Service Includes: Our Menus’ are prepared by a nutritionist based upon a Regular Diet. A Regular Diet is designed for the general elderly population who require no dietary modifications. No Added Salt: By not adding any extra salt and sticking with the daily allotted guidelines assists our residents to prevent edema and or hypertension. Limited Concentrated Sweets:  We also utilize the LMS diet when a moderate calorie restriction is desirable for weight management and/or blood glucose control. Our Meal times are the following: Breakfast: 7:30am-9am, Lunch: 12:00om-1:00pm, and Supper: 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you are feeling a little thirsty or need a snack in between meals come visit our Coffee Shop that is open 24/7. Our Coffee Shop offers ice tea, coffee, ice cream, snacks and fresh fruit. We have a private family dining room for special occasions. Guest meals are available at a low cost for family or friends who wish to enjoy a meal with their loved ones. Our Dietary Coordinator Maurice Cannon, enjoys creating well-balanced, healthy, and tasty meals for our residents. Maurice takes care listening to the Residents wants, needs, and food recipe suggestions during our monthly Food Council Meetings.  We encourage you to stop by and join us for one of our meals!    
Welcome to our Dining Room! Mealtime is often a favorite activity for our residents not only to enjoy our delicious meals; but also to engage socially as we serve our meals family-style.

What is the Role of an Assisted Living Caregiver?

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
June 9, 2016
What is the Role of an Assisted Living Caregiver? Working in an assisted living or senior care facility can be a hard but rewarding career choice. It is an occupation that allows you to not only be an important part of a senior citizen’s life, but also ensure they receive the highest level of care, respect and dignity. Being a caregiver at Autumn Pointe gives you the opportunity to have a direct impact on our residents while helping them to maintain their quality of life. Some of the jobs that a caregiver or aide will undertake might include: Working with Autumn Pointe residents who have mobility restrictions. Helping residents get out of bed, bathed, get dressed and work through other daily hygiene routines. Administering general health services including taking vital signs, temperature and other related statistics. Administration of patient medications. Helping residents keep their living spaces clean and organized by assisting with basic housekeeping and maintenance services. Communicating with family members regarding the nutritional habits of the resident. Communicating with family members regarding how well the resident is able to administer their own basic hygiene routine.  Helping residents with braces and any prosthetic devices. Assisting residents with laundering clothes and other items. Helping residents with transportation to doctor appointments. The role of nursing aids and caregivers at Autumn Pointe is paramount to maintaining the highest level of care for all of our residents. In addition to care, they are on the frontlines in helping patients adapt to living in our facility. Caregivers maintain daily contact with residents and provide family members, medical staff and administrators a record of any changes in health conditions or issues related to their care. At Autumn Pointe, we value the contributions our caregivers make to our resident’s lives. It is their hard work and dedication…

Successfully Transitioning To An Assisted Living Facility

By Jaclyn Svendgard,
May 13, 2016
Successfully Transitioning To An Assisted Living Facility Moving into an assisted living facility represents a new chapter in life. Change is not easy but is often necessary for aging seniors. Assisted living facilities have the resources and staff to provide emotional and physical support that older individuals need. How can you or a loved one make a successful transition to an assisted living facility? Follow our tips for making the transition to an assisted living community as smooth as possible. Establish A Familiar Environment When moving from a home to an assisted living facility, establishing a familiar environment can ease the adjustment. A great way to encourage comfortable living is with personal items, pictures, knick-knacks and anything else that will make a new residence feel like home. Keep In Touch Placing a loved one in a senior living facility may leave you with a feeling of guilt. Know that while it’s normal to feel guilty, this is ultimately the best care option for a senior citizen. If your loved one is a resident of an assisted living facility, make as many visits as possible and keep in touch through daily phone calls and letters. Get Them Involved Your loved one will go through an adjustment period when they make the move to an assisted living facility. The best way for them to feel comfortable is by getting them involved with group activities and social engagements with other residents. Staying socially connected is shown to improve mood and quality of life for seniors. Work With The Staff A caregiver plays a vital role in the transition from home to a senior care facility. A great way to make this transition as smooth as possible is to discuss medication management, daily routines, personal preferences, and any other importance health needs with staff.…