• More Good News On Senior Services In Vancouver, WA

    The Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities has been in the news again. The agency recently won the Washington State Council on Aging 2012 Excellence in Action Award. The award was earned in part for the agency’s role in countywide planning for the increase in the 65 and older population. When it comes to senior services and resources, including a wide variety of assisted living options, the Vancouver and Clark County area is fortunate. And other states have taken notice: Clark County’s preparations and planning for future needs has been a role model. Being dedicated to helping clients make good choices when it comes to senior housing options in the Vancouver and Clark County area like assisted living, adult family homes, retirement communities, nursing homes, or memory care, Alzheimer care, or Parkinson’s care units, we are thrilled with the progress this agency has made within the five southwest Washington counties it now serves.

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  • Aging, Longevity And Long Term Care Knowledge

    Learning about aging, longevity, and long term care may make all the difference in your life or the life of a loved one. Remaining as independent as possible, whether residing at home, in the home of family, or in an assisted living setting, is something we all want. There are various ways to help. This week there are two events in the Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area. One is a conference that features a nationally recognized expert on aging and longevity, the other is training for persons who are interested in volunteering to help improve the quality of life and ensure the rights of the elderly and disabled living in long term care homes. Oregon Health and Science University is holding its second annual Healthy Aging Conference Wednesday, October 10, at the Portland Art Museum from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dr. Walter Bortz II, a clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, will present the keynote address […]

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  • More Senior Housing Options Coming To The Vancouver, WA Area

    We are fortunate to have a variety of senior housing options available in the Vancouver and Clark County Washington area. Those options include adult family homes, assisted living, independent living, retirement communities, memory care and Parkinson’s units, among others. Amenities and services at each differ. And many of these options have been combined for easy transitioning to a higher level of care if needed. But, currently these resources have a 90 percent occupancy rate. And, with Vancouver being a popular spot to retire and the population aging, it means we will soon need more senior housing which is just what is in the plans. There are over 187 units of assisted living, memory care and independent living apartments underway. Some will have pet-friendly parks and, just to name a few of the various amenities and services, others will have exercise rooms, gardening programs, and nursing services. There is recent news that on October 4, one of the senior living […]

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  • Senior Living Options Include Assisted Living

    Senior living options include assisted living in Vancouver WA and Clark County. The Columbian newspaper recently published a Special Edition insert filled with tips for the “Fifty Plus” population. One of the topics was assisted living senior living options. This section of the insert included tips for choosing a nursing home, a home health care agency, elder care alternatives, and a Clark County Senior Housing Guide with many ads for various senior living options and aging resources. All great resources and tips. But honestly, even when you have time to explore all the various options, it can be overwhelming. Options in assisted living in Vancouver WA and Clark County are plentiful. And, without expertise in the field, you have to be on your toes to be sure you are choosing the right services and setting for you or your loved one. We know. And that’s why we are here. Give us a call or contact us via email. We are […]

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  • Assisted Living Choices Appealing

    As far as assisted living in Vancouver WA and Clark County, we are lucky to have such a variety of resources. Those resources also include senior housing options like adult family homes, retirement communities, and skilled nursing facilities. Retirement and assisted living communities can usually be found in quiet residential areas and have many amenities for those who enjoy assorted activities. It’s common to see state of the art safety and emergency communication systems, too. In fact, of the various communities and facilities, there are appealing aspects to each. Recently it was reported that one of our post acute rehabilitation facilities was awarded a five-star rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Fort Vancouver Convalescent Center earned the excellent rating based meeting specific criteria in the areas of staffing, health inspections and quality care. We offer a “congratulations” to them! It’s nice to know that Clark County has a lot to offer when it comes […]

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  • Assisted Living Helped Rank Our Area High

    We’ve been hearing a lot about our community and its readiness in caring for its aging population, whether they are residing in assisted living or not. There is good news for those who plan to remain in the area after age 65! Out of 359 “small” and “large” metro areas, the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metro area in the “Large Metros” category ranked 24th overall on the list “Best Cities for Successful Aging.” According to the recent Columbian article, criteria included “cost of living, crime rates, employment for the 65 to 79 age group, living arrangements, health care, wellness, financial, transportation and community engagement.” While we have made great progress in some areas, we know that there is work to be done in better preparing our community for the numbers of baby boomers and their parents and the non-profit Santa Monica-based think tank, Milken Institute, agrees. We do better for the 80 and older category than the 65 to 79 category. But […]

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  • Assisted Living And Retirement Communities Have Many Benefits

    Relocating to a retirement community doesn’t necessarily mean your health and cognitive capacity has declined. There are many reasons to move into an assisted living setting and there are many requests for assisted living. Many times moving to assisted living in Vancouver or Clark County means you can retain the independence you want by adding the assistance you need. Retirement communities can range from no assistance to much assistance and some communities offer step down levels of care to make any transitions to increased assistance easier. Some people prefer to move on their own terms before there is a significant decline. Others prefer to have a more enhanced support system available in a more secure environment. Being in a retirement community can mean more freedom and feeling safer. Studies show that residents in a secure community tend to walk more, which is beneficial physically, mentally and emotionally. One women’s study found that walking about two hours a week increases […]

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  • Assisted Living Can Be Postponed

    With the recently honored work of agencies like the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities, assisted living in Vancouver WA can be postponed. Back in 2009, the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities helped sponsor a forum on aging, the “Get Ready for Aging Boom”. Knowing the impact of aging baby boomers and their goal to remain independent as long as possible without the need for assisted living, the federally designated agency has continued its mission to promote independence, choice, well being and dignity for persons aged 60 and over, adults with disabilities and their families through a comprehensive, coordinated system of home and community based services. This month the agency was honored at an annual conference. The Southwest Washington Agency on Aging and Disabilities has received an Aging Achievement Award from the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging for it Aging Boom forum. The 2009 forum involved more than 180 participants ranging from local service providers, […]

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  • Health Tip For Men And Women

    We know that there is a desire to stay in your own home for as long as possible, but many times your ability to remain independent is the deciding factor as to whether must seek other housing options. There are things you can do now to maintain independence longer. It’s widely known that if you are eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, playing “brain games”, and being active, you are headed in the right direction. Being flexible and steady enough to perform your activities of daily living (e.g., bathing, hygiene, food preparation and cooking, laundry, making the bed) is part of maintaining your independence along with taking medications and caring for other health needs. But, as we age, many men and women begin to have a problem with stress incontinence and other issues related to the weakening of pelvic muscles. These muscles support the bladder, uterus and rectum. When the muscles become weak, these organs “drop”. […]

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  • Helping You Find The Right Senior Housing Option Is Our Pleasure

    There is nothing more satisfying than to help a family locate the right senior housing option for their loved one. Whether they have plenty of time or there is a need to rush the search, we have helped so many seniors find a housing arrangement suitable for them. When your loved one can benefit from some level of assistance in their daily activities, it is important to find just the right level of assistance with the future in mind. And matching interests and accommodations are important, too. Some seniors remain quite active and prefer a setting conducive to wide variety of activities. Other seniors prefer a more sedate or social setting. Some settings offer more independence than others do, some allow pets, some offer some medical care. Offering our expertise in senior housing options and senior resources in the area as well as our familiarity with current vacancies, we help families make informed decisions. We know how to narrow your […]

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