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What’s the Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living?

September 17, 2018 in: Assisted Living Phoenix AZ, Independent living,

When it comes to deciding on the accommodation for your elderly loved one, you have two choices in front of you: assisted living or independent living. Choosing either one depends on how much assistance your loved one requires daily. Can they manage the daily activities such as taking a bath, doing household chores, managing medicine, driving, etc, on their own?

Say, your loved one is at the initial stage of osteoporosis but cannot get up on his own in the morning. He needs assistance with getting up from the bed and walking to the bathroom. Without any support, he might fall and worsen his condition.

In a situation like this, it is better to admit your loved one in an assisted living facility, where they have help 24/7.

Assisted Living vs. Independent Living

Assisted Living

This living option provides individuals with assistance in all daily activities. The residents are given plenty of freedom to do what they desire and they have the additional bonus of around the clock help readily available. Assisted living is mostly for those people who usually have a problem with mobility or are not able to handle daily life tasks. They receive services from meal preparation to cleaning, maintenance, housekeeping, laundry services, transportation and more.

Services Offered At an Assisted Living Facility

  • All utilities
  • 3 meals a day and snacks
  • Weekly laundry and linen service
  • Wi-Fi and cable
  • Weekly housekeeping service
  • Daily trash removal
  • Daily bed making service
  • Transportation to shopping trips and medical appointments
  • Life alert pendant allowing residents to alert the facility in case of an emergency
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating

It is a maintenance-free lifestyle where residents can take full advantage of engaging in activities, attending events and having outdoor trips. They have no responsibilities on their shoulder, as their caretaker is always on sight and the 24-hour emergency service provides them with a safe living environment.

Independent Living

As the name says, independent living gives people the freedom they need to live without any restrictions. Most of them are healthy and whole but need a stimulating environment where they can meek like-mind people. Independent living provides residents access to medical care, dining, entertainment and more. It’s a complete package where they are the owner and require minimal assistance with daily activities. Since people living in an independent living facility are capable of doing things on their own, services such as laundry, housekeeping and meal preparation are not provided but are available on demand.

Services Offered At an Independent Living Facility

  • All utilities (no telephone)
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch or dinner - resident’s choice
  • Housekeeping service every other week
  • Wi-Fi and cable
  • Life alert pendant allowing residents to alert the facility in case of an emergency
  • Activities and events
  • Transportation for shopping trips and medical appointments
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Trash rooms
  • Complimentary laundry rooms
  • Walk-in closets
  • Storage units facility with no additional cost

Now you know the difference between an assisted ling facility and independent living facility. Do take into account your loved one’s level of activity and mobility before making a decision. Remember to be kind to yourself; this is not always the easiest decision to make. So please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like some help with your decision making process.

Some of the Most Popular Card Games for Seniors

July 13, 2018 in: Assisted Living Phoenix AZ, popular senior card games,

Playing games can provide all the stimulation needed for the brain to get activated, improving concentration and memory.

There is some research to back the case for games being able to slow down the onset and effects of Alzheimer’s in the elderly. Games have the potential to keep the minds of seniors suffering from dementia, occupied and active.

Card Games Allow a Much Needed Social Outlet for Seniors and Improves Their Mental Well-Being

Card games in particular have the effect of strengthening the social bond between the players. For seniors, it can provide socialization and interaction, so that a greater sense of community develops. This improves mental health tremendously.

Seniors no longer feel isolated as this social interaction allows them to get closer to like-minded people of the same age. If you, as a son or daughter, decide to join in, their isolation can further be decreased, leading to better mental health and happiness.

Here are Three of the Card Games that are suitable for seniors and are Easy to Learn

1.Crazy Eights

Crazy eights is a card game that can be played by 2-7 people at a time. For games with more than 5 players, you will need to have 2 decks of cards. It begins with 8 cards being dealt to each of the players. The number of cards falls to 7 if there are only 2 players.

The remaining shuffled deck is left on the table, face down. The first card on this deck is turned to face upwards. The players then match their cards with the suit and rank of that particular card. The matched cards are discarded. If a player cannot match, they keep on taking cards from the deck till they can match the card.

The one who discards all cards first wins. An 8 card can be played at anytime to show the suit that you want the other player to match. This is where the game gets its quirky name from.


This is quite popular among people of many ages, including seniors. There are a number of combinations that can happen and are scored accordingly, like two, three and four of a kind, and different kind of flushes with the highest being a royal flush of the spade. Each player is dealt two cards and places bets in different rounds. Five cards are placed face down, which are turned over one after the other, and the player that gets the most points at the end of all rounds with the best combinations wins.


This game has many variations and can be played with 2-6 players in a single game. The objective of Gin Rummy is to get a meld or run of cards. A meld of cards is basically a three of a kind. A run is a suit sequence of 3 cards. You need to discard your cards as melds or runs, and get greater points than your opponent.

To provide greater comfort and care to seniors, The Palazzo offers independent and assisted living facilities along with memory care and Nursing. Get in touch with us for more information.

Top Reasons to Choose Assisted Living

April 06, 2018 in: Assisted Living Phoenix AZ,

As rewarding it is to take care of your elderly loved ones, it can get exhausting when you are always on the go. While you want to be providing your loved ones with great care and ultimate comfort, it just does not seem possible. In this case, the best option would be to choose assisted living.

Assisted living is the ideal solution for the individuals that need assistance in performing basic daily tasks. Nowadays,assisted  living facilities have updated technology and supportive staff that help residents with everything. The environment is safe, comfortable and it allows individuals to experience new things. However, it can be a hard decision to move your loves ones out of your house and in to an assistive living community.

To make the decision easier, here are the top reasons to choose assisted living.

1.Proper Care

If proper care is something you are concerned about, then you must know that your loved one will get proper care. The staff members make all residents feel comfortable and safe as there is on-site medical care while they help them perform basic tasks, plan social activities, and make diet plans.

These assisted  living communities also provide residents with 3 meals a day, medication assistance, personal care, and housekeeping services. Moreover, staff members are present 24 hours a day to make sure all residents are safe.


Assisted living facilities make sure your loved ones are taking their medicine at the right time. There is no need to stress about skipping doses or taking too much because the trained staff makes sure they are giving medication at the right time.

The staff members that are responsible for the medication get the prescriptions filled out and they carefully supervise and administer all the medications. These members will distinguish the oral medicine from the ones that need to be inhaled.

3.Comfortable Living

Asssisted living communities have suites or apartments with all amenities and supportive services. The community is full of seniors that are active and involved with their routines (some do not even need assistance with everything). Because of various reasons, there is a homey feel to these assisted  living communities along with freedom, independence, and privacy.

4.Laundry/Housekeeping Services

Assisted living facilities provide residents with laundry and housekeeping services. Residents do not need to stress about home maintenance, or laundry. They can focus on themselves and make the most of their community experience.

Residents will be provided with daily and weekly services like vacuuming, washing, and folding laundry, vacuuming and chancing bed linens. The housekeeping staff stays 24 hours as well in case any cleanup emergency occurs at night.

5.Peace of Mind

The most important factor about sending your loved one to an assisted  living community is knowing and being assured that they will be taken care of. The staff members will be there for your loved one at all times. Knowing that your loved one is enjoying life will give you a peace of mind.

Moreover, these communities will allow all elders with the sense of independence, despite what their condition may be. There are secure entrances and exits so the residents are safe at all times. Lastly, these communities are always monitored so staff members are aware of every resident’s condition.

There are many benefits of sending loved ones to assisted  living communities. Amongst many great assisted living communities is Palazzo. Palazzo has dedicated staff members and first-class services. From providing ultimate care to housekeeping services, and providing your loved one with basic amenities, Palazzo is a trustworthy assistive living home.


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