Thursday, September 15, 2016

6 Documents to Ease Fears Arranging End of Life Care

Does your elder parent worry about the end of their life?

Are you researching ways you can ease your parent’s fears?

Do you want to make things as simple as possible?

It’s important to be able to speak to your parent openly about their wishes. According to the National Institute of Aging, documents that are recommended that ensure you and your loved one are protected at the end of their life include:

  1. Living will: Records a person’s wishes for medical treatment near the end of life.
  2. Durable power of attorney for health care: Designates a person, sometimes called an agent or proxy, to make health care decisions when the person can no longer do so.
  3. Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order: Instructs health care professionals not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation if a person’s heart stops or if he or she stops breathing. A DNR order is signed by a doctor and put in a person’s medical chart.
  4. Will: Indicates how a person’s assets and estate will be distributed upon death.
  5. Durable power of attorney for finances: Names someone to make financial decisions when the person no longer can. It can help terminally ill people and their families avoid court actions that may take away control of financial affairs.
  6. Living trust: Provides instructions about the person’s estate and appoints someone, often referred to as the trustee, to hold the title to property and funds for the beneficiaries. The trustee follows these instructions after the person can no longer manage his or her affairs.

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Is your parent prepared for their end of life care? Discussing moving your parent into assisted living can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country. We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands!

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Thursday, September 1, 2016

5 Benefits of Elderly Owning Pets

Did you know that owning a pet can have a positive impact on your health? 

A furry friend may be exactly what the doctor ordered!

According to the Mother Nature Network, “Petting and interacting with a dog, cat or other animal can relieve stress, and animals can also lend a listening ear to lonely people. While isolation can make disorders like depression worse, simply scratching a cat's ears or talking to a dog can be therapeutic and boost a person's mood.”
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Health benefits include:

1.    Reduces stress levels
2.    Lowers blood pressure
3.    Increases social interaction
4.    Reduces depression
5.    Lessons loneliness
6.    Reduces the risk of heart disease

Do you think a furry friend could help your loved one cope with depression or help increase physical activity? Then you might consider adopting them a pet!

Hillside Terrace is a pet friendly facility for memory care in Ann Arbor and the surrounding areas. Nestled in the heart of the Old West Side on 10 acres of orchard and gardens, we offer a diverse combination of residents that will quickly become members of your loved one’s family.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

8 Ways to Prevent Medication Mistakes by Being Proactive with Your Parents’ Care!

Do your parents take multiple prescription drugs?

Are your parents able to remember when to take their medications?

Are your parents forgetful?

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), “Nearly one-third of adults take five or more different medications. Given the volume of medications being taken, medication-related injuries may seem inevitable; however, injuries due to errors in medication prescribing, dispensing and administration are preventable.”
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Taking medications properly is important to the health and well-being of your parent. If prescription drugs are not taken as prescribed by your parents’ doctors, they could suffer from complications.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services advises that the best way you can help to prevent errors is to be an active member of your parents’ health care team by doing the following:

1.    Making sure that your parents’ doctors know about every medicine they’re taking.
2.    Bringing all of their medicine and supplements to their doctor appointments.
3.    Asking for more information on your parents’ medicines in terms you can understand.
4.    Making sure their doctor is aware of their allergies.
5.    If you have questions about the directions on your parents’ medicines labels, ask!
6.    Asking for written information about the side effects your parents’ medicine could cause.
7.    Speaking up if you have questions or concerns about your parents’ care.
8.    When they’re discharged from the hospital after a surgery, ask their doctor to explain their treatment plan you should follow at home.

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Nestled in the heart of the Old West Side on 10 acres of orchard and gardens, Hillside Terrace offers a diverse combination of residents that will quickly become members of your loved one’s family. 

Our "Aging by Choice" philosophy allows a flexibility of options for our residents and their families; you choose what is best for you, and we make it possible. We’re confident in our ability to provide the best quality of care, the security, and the family atmosphere that you’re seeking! We warmly invite you to see the difference we can make when your family shares life with our family. Schedule a tour of Hillside Terrace today – a senior care center in Ann Arbor.

Monday, August 1, 2016

9 Ways to Introduce Assisted Living to Your Parents

Are your parents independent?

Are you worried about your parents getting older?

Are you dreading the discussion of assisted living with your parents?

According to a study conducted by Genworth Financial, “nearly 7 out of 10 Americans over age 65 will need long-term care, more than half of all respondents (55%) reported that their greatest fear regarding a long-term care illness or event was being a burden on their family. In fact, they reported being five times more concerned about being a burden than dying.”
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Does your loved one still refuse proper care? Discussing moving your parent into a senior care center in Ann Arbor can be a scary thing for any adult to face. However, it’s the scary reality of so many in this country.

Care.com suggests nine strategies to help you overcome your parents’ objections of moving into a senior care center:
  1. Start early: Be open to the discussion of assisted living and caregiving later on in life.
  2. Be patient: Ask open-ended questions and give your loved one time to answer.
  3. Probe deeply: Ask questions to determine why your parent refuses help –then you can tailor a solution.
  4. Offer options: Let your parent choose certain days of the week or times of day to have a home health aide come. Emphasize that an aide will be his or her companion for walks, concerts, museum visits and other favorite activities.
  5. Recruit outsiders early: Don’t hesitate to ask your parent’s social worker, doctor, nurse, priest or minister to suggest to your parent that they need help.
  6. Prioritize problems: Writing them down and numbering by priority can relive a lot of stress.
  7. Use indirect approaches: Don’t explain every aspect of care the aide will provide before the relationship has been formed. This may make your loved one feel less threatened.
  8. Take it slow: Weave a new aide in gradually.
  9. Accept your limits: As long as seniors are not endangering themselves or others, let your parents’ make their own choices.

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We can help your family create peace of mind. When you’re at home, you’ll know your loved one is taken care of and in good hands. Hillside Terrace – “Where our family shares life with your family!”

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Benefits of Exercise at Any Age!

Do you want to improve your mood and happiness?

Do you want to be strong enough to keep doing the activities you love?

Are you afraid that exercise will do more harm than good?
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Exercise is one of the best things you can do to improve your health at any age! Every little bit helps. You don’t have to run a marathon to sustain great health, but you should probably walk for at least 15-30 minutes, 3 times a week.

According to the National Institute of Health, “Staying physically active and exercising regularly can produce long-term health benefits and even improve health for some older people who already have diseases and disabilities. That's why health experts say that older adults should aim to be as active as possible.”

Exercise can improve the following:
•    Sleep
•    Strength
•    Balance
•    Anxiety
•    Cognitive function
•    Prevent or treat disease

Want to better your fitness level? There’s no better time than the present! At Hillside Terrace, we’re committed to improving our resident’s overall health and well-being. We provide a variety of exercise for different fitness levels, as well as, individual wellness checks by a nurse each month, and on-site physician visits each week.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

5 Questions to Ask As Your Parents Age

Do you have an elderly parent who avoids household chores?

Does your parent suffer from any ailments that make it harder for them to get around by themselves?

Are you worried about leaving your parent alone, afraid that they may fall?

long term care facility Ann ArborWatching our parents get older can be tough! It can be hard to see them struggle to do everyday tasks. As children, we often think that they’ll live forever in perfect health.

When family members can’t take care of themselves, it can put a heavy burden on those they love. Many people aren’t up to the task of daily care for their loved ones. At some point, you may realize that you need someone’s help to take care of your parents.

At Hillside Terrace, we can help you provide the proper care for your loved one. Residents at our long term care facility in Ann Arbor find it comforting that they have assistance when they need it. Just because your parents are getting older, doesn’t mean they have to stop being themselves!

If I Have an Elderly Parent That Needs Help with Daily Activities, What’s The Next Step?


Consider these questions to figure out if assisted living is right for your parent or parents:
•    Are they avoiding household chores?
•    Do they suffer from Dementia or Alzheimer’s?
•    Can they drive?
•    Has your parent isolated himself or herself?
•    How do they feel about assisted living?

Many people think that moving into an assisted living facility means the end of their independence, but at Hillside, we believe it's the opposite! We consider assisted living an exciting step into a new life that a resident may never have had otherwise! Your parent will be able to live independently without the worry of daily chores.

Find out how Hillside Terrace changed the lives of a few of our residents by reading their story here!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

6 Keys to Living a Longer Life!

Do you want to be strong and live a long healthy life?

Are you wondering what the secrets are to longevity?

We wondered the same thing! So, we did a little bit of research to find out what people are saying about the keys to living a longer life. According to Psychology Today, research has found that people who are destined for a long life do these things:
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  1. Connect with others
  2. Associate with healthy people
  3. Develop healthy habits
  4. Help others
  5. Stay physically active throughout life
  6. Are moderate worriers
Do you practice any of these traits seen in people living longer? It’s never too late to improve your health, body, and mind. Taking baby steps is a start!

At Hillside Terrace, we help our residents stay active with life enrichment activities like Bingo, NuStep, Volleyball, and Scrabble to nurture and stimulate the mind, body and spirit.

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