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December 24, 2018 in: Senior Housing,

People want to give their parents the best care at home but as their parents grow older, their demands become overwhelming. The thought of placing their loved ones in a senior living community or a nursing home can rack a person with guilt. Fortunately, nursing homes now are far different than what our grandparents experienced.

Thanks to tighter governmental regulations, today’s nursing homes provide high quality care for the elderly who cannot look after themselves.

Senior Housing: How does Assisted Living Differ from Other Levels of Care?

December 17, 2018 in: Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living,

A senior assisted living center is not your grandma’s nursing home. Most people use the term “assisted living” for all types of senior care, including a nursing home, an adult retirement community, senior living homes or something else altogether. However, if your loved one is in need of more support and care than your family can give, it is time to know your jargon.

This article explains the differences between two of the most important types of elderly care, assisted living and nursing homes. Although both these centers offer you many of the same facilities, two of the biggest difference between them is the level of medical care and independence.

Facts to Recognize it’s Time to Move to an Assisted Living Facility with a Memory Care Unit

August 22, 2017 in: Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimers), Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living,

Some people strongly oppose the idea of living in an assisted living facility. They don’t entertain this suggestion because they feel that it would make their life less independent. There will be a check and balance on everything they do, be it eating or sleeping.

But in some cases, such persistence of not moving into a care giving facility is unhealthy. In order to help you recognize the necessary circumstances, here are a few things you should pay attention to. If you find any of these in the living pattern of your loved one, then moving to an assisted living facility will probably be the better choice for their well-being.

Chronic health problems:

Some diseases require attention and care all the time. Many such diseases don’t get better with time instead worsen as time passes. For such medical conditions, where the patient requires attentiveness all the time, an assisted living facility is the best option.

Aggressive behavior:

Aggressive behavior is common among people with oncoming dementia. Their reduced tolerance often results in verbal or physical abuse even with a loved one. There are many assisted living facilities that have been specifically built for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and provide them with all the special care they need. 

Trouble getting around:

For an individual with dementia, moving around safely becomes difficult. If you ever feel that you or your loved one can get in a problem when going out, it is likely the time to move them to an assisted living facility where care and attention will be provided 24/7.


Depression is common in elderly people as it is usual for them to feel unaccompanied and isolated. If they can’t meet their friends and relatives, life becomes even more dispiriting. Depression is also common for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Depression symptoms include: oversleeping, reduced appetite and annoyance. If a person is showing any such signs, then they are likely to be depressed. You can help them fight their depression by shifting them to an assisted living center because they have plenty of socializing activities, exercise and recreational functions that can help a person enjoy.

Difficulties in meeting basic needs:

When a person becomes old, even basic functions like dressing, cooking, and bathing become difficult. In case if you are busy with your work and there will be times when you won’t be available to take care of your loved one, it is a good alternative to shift them to an assisted living center, where professionals will be present to take care of them all the time.

Not leaving home or social isolation:

In old age, going out and moving around town becomes difficult, and some people even stop leaving their house altogether. This leads to no or very little social interactions which result in loneliness and isolation. This situation can be dealt with by shifting your loved one to an assisted living facility where they will socialize with other people of their similar age. Assisted living facilities also hold events and activities that help people socialize.

For more information about assisted living facilities with a memory care unit please visit the Palazzo website.

Services Offered at Skilled Nursing Facilities

August 10, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

When people reach a certain age, mostly parents and grandparents, it’s common for their loved ones to begin searching for nursing homes or ‘Skilled Nursing Facilities’ in order to provide them with comfort and care when they can’t afford to care for themselves on their own – it’s just the ugly truth. These facilities have numerous eligible and licensed healthcare professionals on board, who are skilled experts in the field of medicine and nursing. These facilities are also regulated and inspected vigorously by the Department of Health Services within the state.

Often times, skilled nursing facilities provide short-term or long-term care for their patients, who are mostly sufferers of diseases such as Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other diseases that are similar in nature. In most cases, the patients are in dire need of assistance and care around the clock, and require serious rehabilitation services.

What Services are offered in a Skilled Nursing Facility?

All around the world, there are tons of nursing homes and facilities that provide skilled and custodial care around the clock. The expertise within a skilled nursing facility is also trained and educated in matters that require immediate attention, such as a sudden injury caused by a severe accident. The services that are offered in a nursing home include:

  • Laundry Services
  • Restricted Transportation
  • Social Activities
  • Educational Activities
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Laboratories
  • Radiology
  • Hospice Care
  • Respite Care

Other services include:

  • Speech Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will feature a team of trained speech therapists to help the patient retrieve their ability to communicate and speak without difficulty.
  • Healthcare or Medical Nursing: Nurses within the facility are skilled in attending to postoperative wounds or monitoring and providing intravenous medications, depending on the severity of the condition of the patient.
  • Physical Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will also feature a team of trained physical therapists to help the patient retrieve their ability to stand and walk, by focusing on their balance and strength issues.
  • Occupational Therapy: The skilled staff of the nursing home will also feature a team of trained occupational therapists to assist the patient in becoming independent again – how to dress, eat and combat issues revolving around personal hygiene.

Most nursing homes are specially designed to accommodate seniors or the elderly who are sufferers of diseases among the likes of Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or similar respiratory diseases. These patients are cared for and provided with custodial care services that focus entirely on assisting the patient to live their lives independently or with assistance. Services provided assist the patients in their day-to-day activities such as:

  • Dressing
  • Personal hygiene
  • Movements – walking or getting in or out of bed
  • Bathing
  • Eating
  • Incontinence

However, it should be noted that not all skilled nursing facilities provide all of these services. The services provided also depend largely on the area that the nursing home is located in as well as the city or county.

What to Look for in an Assisted Living Facility

August 08, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living,

For many people, an assisted living facility is a preferable choice than living in their own home. There are various reasons as to why these spaces attract a large number of people. While decreased living cost and effortless life are the main factors in someones decision to move into a care facility, an aspect worth noticing is that every assisted living facility is different. There are no strict criteria about how an assisted living facilities should be. It is, therefore, necessary on your part to carefully evaluate all the available choices before making any decision.

A few compulsory things that an assisted living facility should definitely have are mentioned in this article. If you are searching for a satisfactory, reliable and friendly assisted living facility, look for the following aspects.

Location of the facility:

The most basic and important aspect when selecting an assisted living facility is its location.

Make sure that the facility is not far from a clinic or hospital. When choosing an assisted living facility for your loved one, make sure that it is within reasonably close proximity to your home, if possible.

The environment of the facility:

  • Another necessary aspect to notice in an assisted living center is its environment.
  • Is the facility clean and tidy?
  • Is there any greenery or a yard in the facility?
  • Are the hallway and sitting areas well lit?
  • Ensure that the facility has a welcoming and friendly environment.

The staff of the assisted living center:

When visiting the assisted living facility, observe the behavior of the staff with residents and with each other. Ask the management about night shift staff. Is the staff trained enough to deal with any emotional outburst or unpleasant event? Is staff available at all times? Make sure that the staff  is not only competent enough in providing care but also warm and considerate towards the elder residents.

The quality of meals given to the residents:

It is also important to pay attention to the quality of meals available at the facility. Are the meals provided at particular times only? Is there any dining area in the facility? Ask the management about the meal plans. Who decides what will be cooked? What if a resident wants a special meal to be prepared for him/her? Make sure that their kitchen is tidy and that their food isn’t poor in taste and/or quality.

Provided rooms:

Before selecting the assisted living facility, visit the rooms that will be allotted to your loved one(s). Make sure that it is not suffocating and has proper furniture. Is the bed comfortable enough? Is the room well lit? Is there an attached washroom with it? Make sure the room is on par with living standards that your or your loved one is comfortable with.

The degree of personal care given:

The extent to which personal care will be provided is also a determining factor when selecting an assisted living center. How will the staff deal with an emergency that arises at midnight? Do they monitor changes in the health and behavior of every individual resident?

All these things can help you decide on a particular assisted living facility. You can get all these facilities and many other services at The Montecito of Santa Fe.

Comparing the Cost of Living at Home with the Cost of Living in Assisted Living Facilities

July 21, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living,

When people compare living at home to living at assisted living centers, one major question arises in almost everyone’s mind; which option is more cost effective?

To give you an idea about the cost comparison of both options, here are some important elements to note down:

Cost for living at home:

Living at your own home comes with its own cost. Some of the expenses that will eat your finances are:

  1. At your personal home, you will have to pay for insurance, property maintenance and various taxes.
  2. There will be the cost of purchasing groceries and other utilities.
  3. You may have to get cleaning or landscaping services over the course of time.
  4. Sometimes the water heater will require repairs and other appliances will work up on you.
  5. There may arise some HVAC repairs, plumbing issues or various other problems which only be dealt by paying money to the technicians.
  6. Plus, if the house has any mortgage payment left, you will have to pay that as well.
  7. Additionally, you may require the services of a caregiver.

House modification costs will arise too!

As you age, you become fragile and prone to injuries. Some additions in your home will arise as a necessity for safety measures. These will result in onetime costs but nonetheless your finances will be affected by them. They may be as under:

  1. Installation of grab bar near the bath tub.
  2. Extensive costs like remodeling the bathing space, installing ramps or changing the doorknobs with handles.

Eventually a time will come when moving to a nursing place will become the best option for you. There you’ll find you will have to pay a cost of $3,000, $4,000, $5000, or as high as $6,000 per month.

Thus, by staying at home and keeping all the hassles and troubles of living individually in your pocket will not be financially viable for you.

Cost incurred at assisted living community:

Assisted living facilities usually have a monthly fee ranging from $2,000 to $6,000 depending on the location and services offered. There, you can at least be certain, that you will be receiving care, attentions and hospitality.

  1. There will initially be a onetime move-in fee which will be taken with your first month’s payment. It will be equivalent to one month’s rent.
  2. You will not have to pay for appliance repairs, and certain taxes.

Several other things that will be covered by your monthly fee typically include:

  • Three times meal
  • Entertainment and recreation
  • Library and newspapers
  • Barbershop and beauty salon
  • Transportation to doctor or departmental stores

Although, to find the actual cost you will have to visit local sales counselor, but generally, living at a normal assisted living center usually costs people around $4000 to $5,000 per month. You can compare that to your monthly expenses for assisting at home in your decision.

A suitable assisted living center is essential for best assisted life experience. To find more information about assisted living facilities, visit The Palazzo in Phoenix, AZ

Care at Palazzo

June 06, 2017 in: Memory Care (Dementia/Alzheimers), Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix,

To whom it may concern:

My brother-in-law was a resident of the Palazzo approximately seven months prior to his deteriorating health.Our family had chosen this facility specifically because of its different levels of care all on one campus and its closeness to our home.What a great decision it was!

After a brief hospitalization, my brother-in-law was able to transfer to the skilled nursing unit on campus and now is a resident on  the memory ward. What great care he has received in the process. All staff are thoughtful, attentive, dedicated and friendly people.I am especially fond of all staff on the memory ward. My brother-in-law seems adjusted,happy and healthier than he has been in years.The staff attend to all his physical and emotional needs and keep our family informed as issues arise. I highly recommend the Palazzo for any of your family care needs.


Chrystyl Dimler 

Housing Decision Making Guide for Seniors

March 02, 2017 in: Senior Housing, Phoenix Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing Phoenix, Independent Living Phoenix,

How to choose the best place for housing for you or your loved one when you or they become older requires getting certain questions answered and it means the place that is picked needs to have certain required service levels and amenities on hand. The best approach is to be thorough, make sure what is needed or wanted is offered now, and that if changes need to be made regarding living assistance or full time care, those changes will be met as well.

Currently what independent living, assisted living and memory care services are offered now and what services are available to meet care needs down the road?

Think about talking to an attorney to confirm you or your loved one’s legal concerns and rights. Before making a final decision about housing, confirm that the person’s legal rights are covered and that all their needs are protected and met including financial, socially and both short and long-term health.

What type of lifestyle and living conditions are offered at the retirement community and what are my needs or my loved one’s needs regarding both.

How critical is the location of the retirement community to me, my loved one, family and friend?. Choosing a place to live that is close or convenient to family and friends can go a long way toward quality of life and staying connected for the person moving into a retirement community.

Does the retirement community offer the necessary service level needed to meet the health care needs of me or my loved one?

Knowing housing and care costs are critical to know if a retirement community is affordable. Be sure to do a complete review of all the monthly expenses of any retirement community being considered for housing.

Find out what level of care services are offered for the agreed to monthly housing budget

Find out if you or your loved one qualifies for services that are publicly funded including Medicare or Medicaid.

Senior Resources

  • American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging 202.662.8690
  • Eldercare Locator 800.677.1116

Learn all you can about the answers to the questions and fact finding suggested here to make the best possible decision about housing.

Phoenix, AZ, Assisted living facility, The Palazzo, is the place to turn to for answers when it comes to when it becomes too difficult to care for your senior loved one. Nutrition and accompanying repsonsibilities of a senior family member can very hard to manage and keep with. When that happens, and at some point it will, give The Palazzo a call at 602-433-6300. 

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