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Top Five Secrets to Help the Transition to Assisted Living


December 21, 2018 in: Senior Housing,

Stepping out of a setting you have grown comfortable can be rather difficult. Assisted living comes with several benefits, but it is the initial stage of transition that is challenging for the seniors to get through.

They have a high possibility of developing adjustment disorder of various levels. This can project a number of challenges for the seniors to go through. Embracing the feelings of abandonment, getting frustrated about losing a substantial amount of freedom, adjusting to the new routine, and adapting to the new living situation can be concerning.

Why Seniors Prefer Senior Living Communities Over Living Alone


December 17, 2018 in: Senior Housing,

Over the past 10 to 20 years, the elderly community living experience has gone through a drastic transformation – from being a facility that was only considered in desperate times to being the first, deliberate lifestyle choice of all the seniors.

In today’s modern world, more and more seniors are in favor of senior living communities rather than opting to live all by themselves. What has prompted such a momentous change? Continue to read to find out.

Top 5 Safety Hazards in Assisted Living Facilities


December 10, 2018 in: Senior Housing,

One of the biggest reasons why families consider assisted living facility is the lack of safety in their own homes. They believe their aging family members will be better off with the safety provided in assisted living facilities.

We want to share some safety hazards to be on the lookout for when you’re shopping for any type of assisted living:

The Montecito Senior Living – An Experience Like No Other!


September 17, 2018 in: Services, Senior Housing, Santa Fe Assisted Living,

Have you ever had a completely empty schedule? You may enjoy it for a day or two but eventually you would rather have a full day. The same is the case with our elderly!

It’s not enjoyable for most to have large gap in our calendars.

We, at the Montecito, understand this perfectly well. Our retirement community calendar is always filled with fun activities.

Let’s take a look at what we have to offer for our resident senior living!

Plan for the Weekends

We plan activities for every day of the week including the weekends. Our Art Studio stays open between 10 am to 4 pm every Saturdays and Sundays for all community members. An Activities Assistant stays on-site for the initial few hours of the day, to help the arriving members in choosing from a selected number of activities.

On both days of the weekend, there is an outing arranged for those members of the community who have RSVP. It can be to a Church or to a Mall, depending on popular choice of the visitors!

Weekday Schedule

Just like a normal working day, we make sure our residents live the weekdays to the fullest. Each day begins at 9 am sharp and ends with an activity at 5.30 pm.

We begin each day in the News Room. After watching news, a different activity is prepared to support the mental and physical health.

We offer the following activities during weekdays:

  • A walk-about for all the members who can walk without assistance
  • Dotti’s Clothing Solutions
  • Scrabble
  • Flower arranging activity
  • Activity of pruning and preening plants
  • Book Discussion Group
  • Sittercise for physically challenged elderly folks
  • Free wheelchair repair or Del Norte Walker
  • Mahjong Club
  • Beginner-level Blackjack
  • Happy hour with Guitar
  • Studio hour
  • Fam Jam – OW
  • Mandala Shading
  • BINGO!
  • Pictionary
  • Nail Trimming Hour
  • A fun concert or show in the Starlight Lounge
  • Puzzle hour
  • Dancing activity in the Starlight Lounge
  • Clay Class
  • UNO
  • UKE 101
  • Brain Teasers
  • Monday Movie Madness (for Mondays only)
  • Billiards
  • Mexican Train Dominoes

All of the above activities are distributed over the weekdays in a month.

A Regular Fitness Schedule

Fitness exercises are extremely important.

Some of the main fitness exercises include the following:

  • Morning Chair Fitness
  • Strength and Mobility
  • Open Gym
  • Senior Boxing Conditioning
  • Yoga
  • Rock Steady Boxing (Level 1, 2, 3 & 4)
  • Tai Ji Quan

Birthday Lunches

Something fun we do is each member of the community can have their birthdays added to the month’s birthday board through the activities department. Every member who has their name on the board gets invited to the birthday lunch of other members listed on the board.

Visit our website to review our community calendar.

We welcome all new members with open arms!  

Assisted Living Facility Selection: 3 Mistakes to Avoid


August 13, 2018 in: Senior Housing, Santa Fe Assisted Living,

When you start your search for assisted living facilities, you want to make sure that that the facility will meet the needs of the seniors that will be living there, whether it's your parents or another close relative.

It will be a decision that will change their lives and yours as well. It's therefore important that you go in with a fair idea what to expect. Here are some things that you should avoid doing when you search for an assisted living facility:

1.Not Focusing on Quality Care

This is not just about the perception of high price and great features, like grand furniture and pretty landscaping. It's about the quality of healthcare the facility can provide. It can be devastating if you have to move your seniors from one facility to the next because of indifferent care.

Compare different facilities before you transfer the seniors to the facility. Be realistic about who will provide them with better care. During visits to the assisted living facility, you should pay attention to how happy the staff and residents are. If you can talk to the residents in private during your visit, that will provide you the insight you need.

2.Choosing Proximity over Quality

Many families place a great deal of emphasis on and assisted living facility that is close to their house. This isn't always practical.

You might have the best intentions at heart, such as visiting your parents on a daily basis. But if you chose a place is not the ideal place for your parents because it is close, you are doing them a disservice..

3.Choosing for Old Parents Instead of New

The title of this section may sound insensitive, but it’s reality that behavior starts to change as we grow older. Why it may be tempting to stay in your comfort zone about this, reality may be different. You have to account for any behavior changes your parents maybe showing when you choose an assisted living facility.

Suppose, god-forbid, that your parents have dementia. They may have socialized a certain way before they had it, but now they may get frightened in social scenarios, and that's completely normal. You just need to make sure that your assisted living facility accounts for this change of behavior, and treats them with respect and dignity, by providing better care to them.

If you would like to know more, please visit us at Montecito, Santa Fe.

Facts to Know About Assisted Living for Seniors


February 23, 2018 in: Senior Housing, Santa Fe Assisted Living, Senior Health,

Moving your loved ones to an assisted living community is a big responsibility. Though they are no longer under your roof, they still require a certain level of commitment in financial situations. After all, you still have the “power of attorney” when it comes to them. Depending on your loved one’s health condition, there are certain facts you need to know about when moving them to assisted living:

Assisted Living is Quite Different from Nursing Homes

Where nursing homes provide care 24/7, assisted living just has on-call nurses who are available for a certain window of time. While seniors living here are mostly independent, they do get personal care from time to time in tasks such as cooking, bathing, and dressing. If your loved one is bedridden, then a nursing home is a much better option for them. Assisted living residents usually live in a one-bedroom or studio apartment. Since seniors living in an assisted facility do not require ongoing medical attention, they are more likely to live a happy life without any restrictions.

Living Prices May Go Up Every Year

What kind of things does your loved one need assistance with – Meal delivery, clothing, medication management, transportation, bathing, grocery shopping, etc? Assisted living is just like living in a hotel, which means that certain services will be priced higher and a la carte. Details such as these must be discussed beforehand so that you are not caught off guard at the next payment.

Many Assisted Living Homes Are Pet-Friendly

Seniors often require companionship in these facilities as it can be very daunting to make new friends. Whether you have your emotional support dog with them or the talking parrot that keeps them company during the day, most assisted living facilities do allow pets to move in with them. As for cleaning after the dog, a housekeeper can be hired to bathe it.

Medicaid over Medicare

These two terms can be quite confusing as they sound similar. Where Medicare focuses on adults aged 65 and above, Medicaid focuses on families and individuals with low income. Medicare is not accepted in any of the assisted living facilities but Medicaid is. In fact, some facilities are required to accept Medicaid if the applicant does not have sufficient funds to pay for the assisted living.

Alzheimer’s Patients are Welcome Too

No matter what type of dementia a senior may be suffering from, they can still live in an assisted living facility. With various level of options provided for memory care, seniors are given special care and help in certain tasks. Staff members assigned to these seniors are more specialized and equipped to handle situations that are common with dementia patients.

Choosing a senior care living facility for your loved one is not always straightforward. You need to take into account your financial situation, your senior’s pension and their health to determine, which facility will be the best for them. Before picking any assisted living facility, find out everything you can about the services offered and its location to make sure that your loved one’s needs are met.

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