• Elderly Woman And Caregiver

    Support for Seniors

    A Caring Heart, Senior Housing Referral Service has merged with CHOICE Advisory Services as of May 1, 2015. This offers the Vancouver community the resources of one of the most established and well respected referral services in the Pacific Northwest in addition to Les Ostermeier’s background and expertise in the Clark County region.

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  • Senior Couple Relocating

    Relocating to Assisted Living

    When you have exhausted all of the home support and home care options, it is likely time to explore¬ assisted living and¬ other alternative long term care choices that involve moving you or your loved one from their current home. To know which assisted living setting is best for your circumstances, it might be helpful to ask someone who is familiar with senior services. ¬ You could speak with other families who have had some experience with their own assisted living search, your physician, or a social worker. If you are in a hospital, skilled nursing home, or working with a home health agency, you can ask the discharge planner or social worker.¬ Or there are national services, like the Eldercare Locator, which is a nationwide toll-free service to help older adults and their caregivers find local services, but the perfect choice would be someone who is familiar with all of the various long term care and assisted living community […]

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  • Seniors And Pets

    The Benefits of Pets

    Pets not only provide companionship and help dispel the loneliness seniors can struggle with, but their presence also has real health benefits. Pets can be very good company and provide comfort to their owners in a way only a nonjudgmental animal can. The loving presence of a pet actually produces chemicals in the brain that helps lower stress. The levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, drop, and serotonin levels increase when one spends time with a pet. Living with a beloved pet can help anyone live a healthier life. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate. It also can help lower cholesterol, fight depression, and contribute to the prevention of heart disease. For these reasons and many others, Cascade Inn in Vancouver welcomes pets to live with residents. Living with a pet has been shown to reduce stress for those with memory loss. It can also strengthen self-esteem, help build social relationships, and encourage seniors to […]

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