October 29, 2018 in: Independent Living Phoenix,
Today, the dining experience provided at senior retirement facilities is changing for the better. All thanks to the baby boomers. More and more people are adopting a healthy diet, which also provides several options for people to enjoy delicious meals. Retirement facilities are now offering 3 meals a day, with three to four options.
While baby boomers are not exactly joining retirement facilities yet, their attitude towards healthy food has made these facilities realize the trend is changing. This is the next generation they will be catering to in a few years and with their acquired taste developing, the dining experience needs to adjust.
Here are a few trends becoming popular in retirement facilities:
Menus are now being inspired from different traditions and involve everything from international cuisine to vegan food, gluten-free and vegetarian meals. Residents now look forward to alternate menu items and meal substitutions. The top food items preferred include lamb chops, roasted chicken, fresh fish, pasta and occasionally a BLT.
One of the best things a few retirement facilities are doing right now is making fresh meals on demand. If a resident comes to them with a request, the kitchen complies and provides them with a hot plate made to their liking.
From freshly baked fish to vegetables and even baked sweet goodies such as cookies and cake, and coffee, residents want quality meals and no empty calories. The focus on “fresh” has really improved the food’s quality, which has given residents the opportunity to enjoy their breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
Casual dining, buffets, formal dining, exhibition cooking and full service are options retirement facilities have adopted to give residents the ease to enjoy a hot meal whenever they want. If residents want to eat something after lunch or dinner time, they are allowed to request the kitchen to serve them a hot meal. This also encourages residents to eat more, who have difficulty adapting to different meal times.
Retirement facilities regularly host events to keep the residents active and occupied. Making a little change in the way how food is presented goes a long way in convincing residents to try new food items.
While people in retirement facilities have to be regularly monitored for their blood pressure and diabetes, giving them something sweet boosts up their spirit.
Family visits have now turned into private dining parties to support residents spending quality time with their loved ones. There’s no hassle of going to a restaurant and the cost is much less. From catering to serving and cleaning dishes, everything is managed by the facility.
These trends being adopted by most of the retirement facilities are done so keeping in mind the growing expectations of the younger generation. Moreover, the focus on fresh and healthy food allows the retirement facilities to provide the residents with greater life quality.
October 24, 2018 in: Senior Finances,
There comes a certain time in your life when you and your parents are no longer able to live together in the same house. Their needs change and with your demanding job, you are not able to give them the attention they deserve. This can have a huge impact on their life if they are suffering from fluctuating blood pressure, diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease.
For this reason, to provide your parents with a healthy environment where they are taken care of and have the freedom to live their life, you can admit them into a retirement or memory care facility.
Whether you are assuming the caregiver role at home or your loved one is living at a care facility, there are certain things you need to be aware of. In case, your loved ones become incapacitated, you should be prepared to take on the decision-making role.
Are you ready to grant their wishes when they ask you to take them off life support?
How do they want their life savings handled?
Where are the important documents kept you will need, in case of their abrupt demise?
Have your parents named you as their power of attorney? This is a very important step to take before they become incompetent to handle anything related to their life.
No attorney is required to create this agreement. You can download the POA form from the internet and fill in the details. To make it official, get it signed by a witness and then notarized.
The decision-making role can be nerve racking. You never know if the episode your loved one is suffering from is either temporary or permanent. For this reason, there are different types of POA allowing you to cover all bases. They are as followed:
This is a simple POA agreement putting you as the decision maker when your parents become incapacitated. The document is then submitted to the physician in charge of primary care for your parents.
Decisions regarding your parent’s life, health care and finances are made by you, as outlined in the POA. As soon as the papers are signed, the POA comes into effect. It can be cancelled on your parent’s say or when they die.
Limited POA is exactly what it entails. Decisions can be taken by you on behalf of your parents are outlined. Once they are carried out, the POA expires.
In a situation where your parents are no longer able to speak for themselves, this POA comes into action. When they return to their senses, the POA is automatically cancelled.
In this POA, you are in charge of all the financial decisions regarding your parents such as payment for bills, investments, stock accounts and more.
In most cases, a POA is usually created when your parents are either suffering from dementia or are physically incapable of doing anything. Any of these POAs can be chosen to grant you the power to make sane decisions on their behalf. Have the conversation in a loving and honest way - you all will thank yourselves later.
Planning to retire to a health care community? You might get confused with all the options available in front of you. But the only two things you need to make a decision based on are the “flavor” you are looking for and your retirement budget.
How do you see your life playing out in the future?
Living somewhere exotic where you can invite your family for vacation?
Being a part of your grandkids’ lives?
If you are planning to live in a retirement facility near your family, then you need to consider a few things. This option has its advantages and disadvantages, which will affect the way you live your life after retiring.
Following are a few advantages and disadvantages of retiring in a facility near your family:
From birthdays to school events and till graduation, you will be able to be a part of every celebration and achievement of your grandkids. There’s nothing more rewarding than this!
Every grandparent wants their grandkids to be happy and healthy. Being close gives you the opportunity to help them grown up, learn what values are important, and spoil them silly!
Not ready to part with your friends? Then living near your family home will allow you to keep your social circle and maintain a connection with your support system. You will see everyone regularly at dinner parties and BBQ nights. You can also get help in doing chores such as moving heavy furniture. You will not have to rely solely on yourself.
When you move to a place near your family house, you become a part of your grandkids’ lives. While there are fewer responsibilities on you, the expectations are still there. These can bind you to your family.
You might not find the type of facility you are looking for or if you do, it might be out of your budget. Chances are, you will be moving to a undesirable location.
Choosing a retirement facility near your family can get tiresome. If your children need some alone time, they might leave the grandkids at your place at an inconvenient time. If you had plans, now they are destroyed because you have a responsibility.
You also have to keep in mind the possibility that what if your children move. You will have to have the awkward talk about boundaries. Moreover, you can’t exactly follow them everywhere around. This is why it is important to consider you and your family’s future plan before choosing the location of your retirement facility.