The Gallery at Port Orange – Take a Tour Now

The Gallery at Port Orange Take a tour

YAY! We have another new community in our town and this time it’s in Port Orange!!

The Gallery at Port Orange!

This place is fabulous!

Call us today for a tour, if you have any questions or need more information!

The Gallery at Port Orange is a new and exciting senior living community located in the heart of Florida’s beautiful city, Port Orange, Fl. It’s close enough that retirement feels like a dream, but far enough away from everything else in order to maintain your independence and freedom of movement!

With its picturesque views outside, residents are guaranteed an amazing view when they wake up each morning.

Check out this video of our very own Rose touring the new Gallery at Port Orange in Port Orange

Amenities at The Gallery

Residents will be able to enjoy all of the luxurious amenities and services that come with living in a resort-style community. In addition, they’ll have personal concierge service and access to various entertainment options such as bocce ball games or movie nights on our gorgeous infinity pool deck!

Get pampered in their full-service salon every day while enjoying chef-inspired cuisine from our restaurant! Fine dining at its best.

There are numerous amenities to choose from, I listed a few below:

They also have your usual three square meals a day, laundry, housekeeping, utilities, and many other amenities.

And, it’s a pet-friendly community as well! WOW!!

The rooms vary in sizes, like most communities, and offer the following:

You can choose from a private, semi-private studio, one-bedroom, or a two-bedroom apartment.

Who could ask for anything more?

Did I mention your price is ALL INCLUSIVE!!

This means you can enjoy all of the above for your monthly price.

What is the Passion Program?

So, what does The Gallery offer that others don’t?

Well, The Gallery has something called a Passion Program and it entails all of the following:

My wellness – the wellness team learns about what is empowering to accommodate what the resident wants and needs to live a happy, healthy life.

My food – they provide residents with an upscale, passion-filled, and personalized culinary experience every day.

My passion pathway – is designed to enhance their lives by helping celebrate their stories, meet their daily health and wellness needs, and provide a reality of life that meets their unique visions.

My activities – my activities program is a stimulating, engaging, and entertaining program that is vital to the overall health and wellness of every one of the beloved residents.

Families will be happy to know that their loved ones will not be sitting around all day. They will be making friends and memories through the experiences they will have here. 

My legacy – the My Legacy program addresses one of the most significant challenges facing those affected by memory loss: an increased lack of involvement in daily activities. This program promotes engagement, participation, and connectivity in the everyday living of the memory care residents.

Our passionate employee – this program offers the staff the opportunity to learn, grow, and be recognized for outstanding job performance. The compassion towards the residents is unmatched here. 

Neighborhood around The Gallery at Port Orange

What if I live independently and like to golf and shop? You would be in luck. The Gallery at Port Orange is located about five (5) minutes away from Cypress Head Golf Club. Major shopping is only about one (1) mile away. Whatever you want is in very close proximity to The Gallery at Port Orange.

What room types does The Gallery at Port Orange offer?

The Gallery at Port Orange has many rooms to choose from; they have studios, one-bedroom apartments, one-bedroom king-sized apartments, one bedroom with 1.5 baths, one bedroom with a den, two bedrooms, and two bedrooms deluxe.

Fees at The Gallery?

Prices at The Gallery at Port Orange vary depending on your level of care. We can’t really give you a price because it may not be the correct price for your unique situation.

If you’d like a sneak peek of this beautiful community, check out our TikTok video and see for yourself how fabulous it really is. And, if you’d like to discuss the possibility of living like a rock star, call us today for your FREE consultation at 386-847-2322.

Most Popular Magazines for Seniors

Magazines for Seniors

If you have an aging parent or loved one living at one of our beautiful assisted living or independent living communities or memory care facilities here in Florida, you’ll want to get them a magazine for their enjoyment and brain health. 

Maybe you’re not sure which is the best for them. We will take a look at the top five (5) just for seniors.

Top 5 Magazines for Seniors

Of course, there are so many out there who knows which 5 you will like the most. I can only recommend them and you take it from there. I sure hope you like the ones I chose!

Readers Digest

1. Reader’s Digest

This has been number one for as long as I can remember. Reader’s Digest is chock full of health advice, the latest trends, healthy and yummy recipes, health care news, jokes and so much more. There is plenty of art and real-life stories to enrich your life; you can also test your brain power with puzzles and quizzes.

2. AARP the Magazine

This magazine is specifically tailored to the senior. It features health and wellness tips, information on health, dental, vision and even care for the senior’s pet! You can find the breaking news in entertainment, movies and politics. You can also find valuable information on retirement funds and vacation planning.

AARP the Magazine
Reminisce Magazine

3. Reminisce 

This one will take you back in time from the 1930’s through the 1970’s; WOW what a ride that was! Reminisce is full of articles submitted by readers, vintage photos and amusing stories. It shows the old fashions, sports, entertainment, autos and more. You can read stories about the old-time radio shows, classic cars and everlasting love.

4. Travel & Leisure

Who doesn’t want to travel & leisure? Don’t know where to go? This is the magazine for you! You’ll get a glimpse of the world’s best destinations so you can start planning today! Travel & Leisure gives you each location’s reviews, news and photographs. Of course, you can always Google it and find even better places on your own. You’ll also discover ways to save money and stay safe and are assured to find great ideas!

Travel & Leisure Magazine
Guideposts Magazine

5. Guideposts

This magazine is perfect for the inspirationalist in all of us. Its aim is to inspire, nurture personal growth, provide hope and add cheer to your everyday life. You’ll find true, heart-warming stories about courage, faith and answered prayers in each and every issue. You will also get a daily dose of motivational quotes, delicious recipes and much more.

Most Popular Large Print Magazines for Seniors

Readers Digest Large Print

Looking for a magazine with large print, well you are in luck!

Reader’s Digest, Guideposts, Reminisce and AARP Magazine all come in large print as well.

I found another oldie, Good Old Days Magazine, just like Reminisce which focuses on the good old days from 1935 through 1960. All the stories are true and it’s written in a conversational style so it’s like sitting down with an old friend.

If you like birds, opt for Birds and Blooms large print. This magazine is for everyone who enjoys nature or spending time outdoors. It has information about plants, birds, butterflies, and other creatures you may find around your own home or garden. Many of the photos are submitted by readers, so it can be enjoyable to see other people’s gardens and you can even submit your own photos if you’re so inclined.

And, of course, don’t forget about BRAIN STIMULATION!! Buy those large print Word Search or Crossword Puzzle books for hours and hours of brain activity.

Respite Care For The Elderly

Respite Care for the Elderly so you can just breathe

You may have heard the words ‘respite care’ before, but have no idea what that means. I had no idea what it was when I first heard those words so I asked.

Maybe you are afraid to inquire as to what it means because you think people will assume you should know that.

But how would you know if you’ve never come across it before?

I will try to clear up some of your questions below.

Respite Care for the Elderly so you can just breathe

What is respite care?

Respite care is designed to provide relief to the caregiver and it can be arranged for as short as an afternoon (adult day care) or as long as a couple of months. Respite care can also be arranged for in-home, at an assisted living community, or at an adult daycare center.

How to get respite care for the senior in your life?

You can receive respite care for your senior by calling us at Assisted Living Made Simple! We can recommend the best places for respite care based on your loved ones’ unique situation.

If you are looking for in-home assistance or an assisted living community, we are here to help.

Call us today, we are FREE!

Who pays for respite care? Does Medicare pay or help pay for it?

Respite care, just like assisted living, is private pay. Medicare or Medicaid only picks up the tab if you are in respite care in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility for up to five (5) days in a row.

What are the benefits of respite care?

The number one benefit of respite care is to give the caregiver a break.

Caregiving is a full-time job and it is a tough job. It is very taxing on a person, physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally.

If the caregiver doesn’t take care of themself, they can’t care for their loved one.

Another benefit of respite care is, say you are thinking about placing your loved one in an assisted living community, but you’re not sure if they or you will like it.

Did you know that you can have your loved one do a respite stay (we recommend 30 days) at an assisted living community to see if they and you like it?

Generally, when this is done, the senior doesn’t want to leave.

They have made new friends and have so much to do all day and are thriving.

This shouldn’t make you, as the caregiver, upset. It should make you extremely happy; you can become a family member again and enjoy the company of your loved one without having to worry as much.

Finding Respite Care in Port Orange, FL

Which places offer respite care in Port Orange? It just so happens that our top five places assisted living communities also offer respite care.

Heritage Waterside

What our loved ones are saying about Heritage Waterside: “Since my mother doesn’t require assistance with her daily living, I hoped for her to live with us after my father passed. I quickly realized that I could not provide what she really needed, which was the socialization and activities she had with all of her friends at Heritage. She has been back now for a couple of weeks and is surrounded by the love of the staff and residents. She’s right where she needs to be and I can feel comfortable knowing she is loved and cared for. After over 3 years of experience with Heritage, I would still give them more than 5 stars, if I could.”

Brookdale Port Orange

What our loved ones are saying about Brookdale Port Orange: “My journey with Brookdale started 4 years ago when I needed a place for my mother, while I was away. I chose Brookdale because it was set up like a home, not an institution. Mom loved it there. I decided this was the right place for her. She had a lovely room, and the staff was beyond wonderful. Not to mention a chef on staff making wonderful meals. Brookdale became my extended family. I could call and ask questions, if needed and always received answers.

I would recommend anyone who needs care for their loved one will get it at Brookdale.”

Sunscape Daytona Beach

What is Sunscape about –  Sunscape™ believes in and is dedicated to whole-person wellness, empowering you to live your best life and have every side of you shine. Here, you’ll flourish in a supportive environment that is focused on your physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual well-being.

The Gallery at Port Orange

What is The Gallery about – The Gallery at Port Orange celebrates stories, memories, and milestones while exceeding daily care expectations for health and wellness needs through our My Activities program. It is a stimulating, engaging, and entertaining program, and one that is vital to the overall health and wellness of every one of our beloved residents.

Benton House

What our loved ones are saying about Benton House: “For the most part the senior living facilities in the area are satisfactory but it is the extra details and the added effort from the Benton Team that make my Aunt’s stay a very pleasant experience and a higher level of peace of mind for us.”

Finding Respite Care in Palm Coast, FL

Brookdale Palm Coast

What our loved ones are saying about Brookdale Palm Coast: I have had the opportunity to tour Brookdale Palm Coast and meet several staff. Great place and wonderful staff. Very informative and attentive to my needs.

Sabal Palms

What our loved ones are saying about Sabal Palms: “Staff truly cares about their residents. And will go the extra yard for their quality of life.”

Tuscan Gardens

What our loved ones are saying about Tuscan Gardens: “I am SO glad my parents are safe and sound at Tuscan Gardens of Palm Coast!!! The Management Team and Support Staff are A++ – starting at the Front Desk and all the way through the Campus!!! When my sister and I visit (mostly at separate times to ensure someone is visiting every few months – we both do not live in the area) we are made to feel like Family, just like the way they treat my Parents!!! Oh, and the entertainment, activities, and food is very good too!!! I cannot say enough about TGPC – Top Notch!!!”

Visit Our Top Palm Coast Assisted Living Communities

Finding Respite Care in Ormond Beach, FL

Brookdale Ormond Beach West

What our loved ones are saying about Brookdale Ormond Beach West: “Your loved one will be safe and respected and paid attention to. The staff is really caring. The managers set the tone. They have been caring through covid and hurricanes and the challenges of dementia.”

Ormond in the Pines

What our loved ones are saying about Ormond in the Pines: Wow! The renovations are beautiful, especially the dining room. Most of the staff have been there for many years and is a true testament to their dedication to making the lives of their residents so special

Visit Our Top Ormond Beach Assisted Living Communities

Assisted Living Licenses

The 4 Different Types of Assisted Living Licenses

Assisted living communities in Florida are regulated by AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration) and they all need a minimum of a standard license to operate.

Assisted living communities are designed to provide personal care services in the least restrictive and most home-like environment.

They vary in sizes from one resident to several hundred. They can also provide a variety of services depending on their license.

Yes, there is more than one type of license for an assisted living community and we at Assisted Living Made Simple know which community holds what type of license.

The 4 Different Types of Assisted Living Licenses

So, what are the different licenses for assisted living?

There are four types of licensure for assisted living communities. I’ll try to explain them to you below.

1. Standard license

A standard license is the license every assisted living community must have. It allows the community basic assistance with dressing, transfers, feeding, grooming, bathing, toileting, medication management and administration.

Home health care can offer physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy, but it MUST be ordered through your doctor.

2. LNS license

LNS license is a limited nursing services license. It allows residents to receive licensed nursing assistance.

These services include conducting range of motion exercises, applying ice caps and heating pads, performing eye and ear irrigations, performing or replacing catheters, applying or changing dressings that do not require packing or irrigation and caring for Stage II pressure sores. Also included is everything in the standard license.

3. ECC license

ECC is an extended congregate care license and it means a community can provide everything under a standard and an LNS license and also nursing services provided within the scope of their license.

Residents requiring an ECC license may have higher impairment levels than those living in a standard ALF. A community with this type of license allows for the resident to age in place in a residential environment despite mental or physical declination. This creates a higher care level in assisted living.

4. LMH license

LMH license is a licensed mental health license. This license is issued to communities with three or more residents who have mental health issues. The administrator and staff have specialized training in order to be in direct contact with mental health patients.

As you can see, communities can vary in licensure types and how do you know which one is right for you?

Well, that’s why you need an expert. Please don’t go down this road alone; that’s what we are here for and we do it all for FREE!!

Sunscape Daytona Beach Tour

Sunscape Assisted Living

A brand new community has opened its doors in Daytona/Ormond Beach, Florida. Your wait is over, Sunscape Daytona Beach is here!

As you walk in the door there is a cafe, with a bistro and coffee bar, the lobby is magnificent and the food is unbelievable! The chef they have is absolutely amazing. The desserts are all homemade.

Check out this video of our very own Rose touring the new Sunscape Assisted Living Community in Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach

There are numerous amenities to choose from, I listed a few below:

And, it’s a pet-friendly community as well! WOW!!

The rooms vary in sizes, like most communities, and offer the following:

You can choose from a private, semi-private studio, one-bedroom, or a two-bedroom apartment.

Who could ask for anything more?

Did I mention your price is ALL INCLUSIVE!!

This means you can enjoy all of the above for your monthly price.

What is the philosophy of Sunscape you ask?

Well, at Sunscape Daytona, their wellness philosophy is focused on empowering a way of life that ensures your body is active, your relationships are strong, your mind is challenged and your spiritual needs are met. This philosophy, called Salus by Solvere, offers programs that emphasize your physical, social, intellectual and spiritual dimensions to help you thrive and assist you in achieving your personal goals. Customized, one-on-one programs provide meaningful opportunities to help you build relationships with others and grow connections through positive social environments.

SALUS (SAL-us), noun. Latin for “well-being.” Salus is our trademark wellness philosophy that focuses on your potential to achieve your personal goals through engagement and connection. This philosophy will be integrated throughout the Sunscape Daytona Beach assisted living and memory care community and woven into the array of services and amenities offered. Here, you will find an abundance of programs and ways to connect that will help sustain or improve your health and well-being. Through our signature Salus programs, you, your family and the Sunscape team are all encouraged to use your unique talents and professional skills.

THE FOUR COMPONENTS OF WELLNESS

Salus is a comprehensive approach that concentrates on the Four Components of

Wellness — each one a critical element for creating a path to meaningful living.

1. Physical: living a healthy lifestyle through physical activity and proper nutrition as a means to stay strong and flexible, and to limit disease and disability.

2. Social: strengthening existing connections with family and friends and developing new relationships to stay connected to the community.

3. Intellectual: stimulating minds through participation in lifelong learning initiatives and challenging, creative programs.

4. Spiritual: continuing the lifelong search for purpose and meaning through faith-based involvement, volunteerism and service and enjoying meaningful pastimes.

To age successfully requires a physically active and mentally stimulating lifestyle, strong social engagement, an environment that supports your unique goals and — perhaps most importantly — a sense of purpose and meaning. Salus equips you with the tools you need to meet these goals.

If you’d like a sneak peek of this beautiful community, check out our TikTok video and see for yourself how fabulous it really is. And, if you’d like to discuss the possibility of living like a rock star, call us today for your FREE consultation at 386-847-2322.

Differences of Assisted Living Communities

Differences of Assisted Living Communities

Did you know that assisted living communities come in all shapes and sizes?

Some have six residents and some have six-hundred residents. How do you know which is the right one for you or your loved one?

It depends on the needs of the person; a lot of people look at the newness of the community, how big and beautiful it is. That’s not always the best way. You must look at the needs, will they need a place with memory care up the road? Will they need escorting to the dining room? Are they going to need more one-on-one care?

Check out this video of our very own Rose explaining the differences of Assisted Living Communities here in Florida. 

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Some of our favorite places are the smaller, six-bed assisted living facilities Florida. The reason being is because the care is more one-on-one. The ratio of staff to residents is two to six; two caregivers for six residents. That’s a pretty good ratio considering some of the larger places the ratio is twenty residents to two caregivers.

We at Assisted Living Made Simple worry about the ratio and the needs because if you or your loved one is in a wheelchair and needs escorting to the dining room, or assistance transferring from the chair to the table, these are easier done when there are enough staff to complete these tasks.

All assisted living communities are not the same, there are different licensures and they cannot all do the same thing. When we are looking for the right place for you or your loved one, we are looking at what the future needs are, how they are now and what they will need to live the best of their life.

We have run across a lot of people lately with Parkinson’s, we won’t place a person with Parkinson’s in a great big place because we know what their future looks like. We want them in a smaller community where they can get one-on-one care, where they can be part of a family, be part of a community, yet at the same time get the absolute best care they need.

So, if you want to ask some questions, if you’re not sure what’s right for you or your loved one, please give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and all of our services are always FREE.

Medicare and Home Health Care

Medicare and Home Health Care

There seems to be a lot of confusion about how Medicare and home health care works, so let’s try to clear it up for you.

Most people say, Well, I’m on Medicare, so I’m all good.

Not necessarily, it doesn’t work like that.

Medicare is just like regular health insurance plans as Medicare insurance plans differ as well. You MUST choose your plan during the open enrollment period.

What are the 4 types of Medicare?

You may not even know there are four parts to Medicare, Part A, B, C and D and a brief explanation of each is below:

  • Part A hospital
  • Part B medical
  • Part C Medicare Advantage plan aka Medicare replacement plan
  • Part D prescription coverage
    Okay, you say, everyone knows there are four parts, but what do they mean?

Part A

Part A covers inpatient hospital care, for generally ninety days a year. A skilled nursing facility for one hundred days a year, home health care for one hundred days (with stipulations), and hospice care.

Part B

Part B covers doctor services, medical equipment which can include walkers, wheelchairs and oxygen concentrators every five years. This also covers homebound services, ambulance services, preventive services, therapy services and mental health services.

Part C

Part C is known as a Medicare advantage plan which may be referred to as HMOs or PPOs. This is managed care.

Part D

Finally, part D is your prescription drug coverage and almost all drugs are covered by part D.

Yes, this is very confusing, after all, Medicare is run by the government!

Remember, Medicare and Medicaid are two totally different programs and one has nothing to do with the other.

Should you find yourself in a skilled nursing facility and on Medicare, it pays one hundred days a year for rehab. If you stay in the facility for twenty days and move to an assisted living community or go home, the rehab does not automatically follow you for the remaining eighty days.

This means you will need a new order for physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy at home or in an assisted living community through a home health agency.

As I stated earlier, all plans vary and you need to find the Medicare plan that’s right for you; they are NOT all the same.

Shop around, we cannot stress this enough!

Find someone knowledgeable about the Medicare insurance plans, make an appointment with them and take the time to discuss the options available.

Make sure you do your homework to have the best options available when it comes to your health care. You may have to pay a little more, but it will be worth it in the long run.

Don’t know a good Medicare agent, call us at 386-847-2322 and we will help you. Our services are FREE to you!

Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Tips on How to avoid caregiver burnout

How do I Avoid Caregiver Burnout?

If you are a caregiver or know of one, then you know about caregiver burnout and that it is very real and can make you sick and sometimes even kill you. It can be an emotional rollercoaster that never seems to end.

Some of the emotions experienced are depression, anger, loneliness, anxiety, and sadness, just to name a few.

There are times when being a caregiver is a wonderful and beautiful experience, but it is extremely taxing on a person’s physical and mental well-being. Especially those who have loved ones dealing with Alzheimer’s. The pandemic made things so much worse for everyone, as we were all stuck inside with each other 24/7 and couldn’t go to a store or a restaurant for a break.

Check out this video of our very own Rose speaking to caregivers and prioritizing your own care. 

@roseassistedlivingguide Whether you care for a loved one or you care for others, make sure to put yourself first 🧡⭐️ #nationalcaregiversday #caregiver #senioradvocate #aging ♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre

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Caregiving can be especially hard when you are caring for your parents. They are the ones who always took care of you and now you have to take care of them.

You remember them as fearless, strong, and independent; now they’re dependent on you for everything. If they still have their mental capabilities, imagine how THEY feel having to depend on you. They go through stages of shame and humility. This is the LAST thing they want as well.

Let’s first discuss some causes of burnout:

  • Demand on you and your time: the caregiver has to learn how to juggle, caring for the loved one while working a job, taking care of a household, and raising a family. Those who have never been in your position won’t understand. Support groups will understand, find one in your area or online.
  • Lack of control you may feel you have: you may feel you lack the skills needed to properly care for your loved one. You may also feel you lack control over the money and resources needed.
  • Unreasonable demands: other family members and the one being cared for have tendencies to place unreasonable demands on the caregivers. They do not do this purposely, they just don’t understand the demand on your time. Support groups will understand, find one in your area or online.
  •  Confusion over your role: if you are caring for your parents or spouse, it may be difficult to separate your role from child or spouse to caregiver.
  • No privacy: caregiving leaves little time to be alone, so you may feel you have no privacy whatsoever. Caregiving is a 24/7 job and will take its toll on you, that’s why it’s extremely important to find some downtime.
  • Expectations placed on you: your loved one and family members place expectations on you that are more than likely way off base. Let your family know you cannot do it alone and their support will help you immensely.

Should you feel yourself becoming agitated at your loved one, please seek help!!!

There are support groups out there, the internet is a valuable resource to find what you’re looking for. PLEASE use it!!!

What are some warning signs of caregiver burnout:

It’s so easy to lose your patience when caring for a loved one and lash out at them and at others. So what do you do when you feel yourself reaching that breaking point?

Each individual is unique, so the warning signs can vary, but here are some of the common signs. Again, if you notice yourself having any of these signs, PLEASE seek help!!

Anger, frustration, exhaustion, anxiety, depression, denial about your loved one’s condition, more susceptibility to colds/flu, can’t concentrate, irritability, trouble sleeping, moodiness, and no interest in social activities.

Finally, here are some tips to avoid caregiver burnout:

First of all, the most important thing is YOU. Without you where would your loved one be? Be sure to take some time for yourself! Don’t feel guilty for having someone else come in for a short time to relieve you.

It doesn’t have to be a lot of time, twenty-thirty minutes a day to do something for yourself can make all the difference in the world. Do a crossword puzzle, sit outside or on a porch and just breathe, sip a cup of tea or coffee, or just sit quietly in another room. Taking these few minutes a day can save your life.

Taking time for yourself will do your heart and soul so much good and it will enhance your and your loved one’s life.

Tips on How to avoid caregiver burnout

  1. Join a support group: this is extremely important!! You can gain so much insight from others going through the same scenario you are and the support they provide is amazing!!! These groups can lift your spirits and help should you have a problem you need to work through, someone may have had the same problem and already have the solution. Assisted Living Made Simple holds three (3) of these groups a month! We are here for you!!!!
  2. Look to the internet: there are so many resources for help. The Alzheimer’s Association has a wealth of information on its site at www.alz.org. The AARP website is another great resource for help, they’re at www.aarp.org. There are also local Council on Aging who may be able to direct you to some resources.
  3. Take care of YOUR health: make sure you get plenty of sleep and drink plenty of water. Try to eat healthier and make regular doctor visits. Talk to your doctor about any caregiver concerns or issues you may have.
  4. Take a break: try to find someone to fill in for you, even if only for an hour so you can take a walk, watch a movie, or go for a bike ride. If you need more structured care, look for a respite program. Some communities have put them on hold due to COVID-19, but let’s hope they come back real soon.

If you are a caregiver and feel like you are burning out, PLEASE seek help immediately!! I cannot stress this enough!!

Sometimes even a phone call to a friend for a few minutes can help.

Again, Assisted Living Made Simple holds three (3) caregiver support groups a month to support one of our most valuable resources, YOU!!!!

How Our Senior Placement Works

Learn Your Needs

Assisted living facilities are not one size fits all. We start by learning your unique needs and desires for your next home.

Be There Every Step

From touring facilities with you to helping you navigate the healthcare system, our team will be there will you every step of the way.

Love Your Next Stage

Moving into an assisted living facility is a big change, but with the right placement, you can love your next home.

Our service is complimentary. There is never any cost to the senior or their family

Benefits of Smaller Assisted Living Communities

Women standing in assisted living bedroom looking out over property

When looking for an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one, you may think of the bigger the better; not always the case!

Yes, the larger communities are beautiful, brighter, plenty of room to roam around, but do they have enough staff for the residents?

Are the meals home-cooked?

Are you able to all eat together like one big happy family?

Come along as we tour one of the Smaller Assisted Living Homes in Florida

@roseassistedlivingguide It’s the individual patios for me 🥺 give me a call and I’ll help you find an #assistedliving perfect for your loved one! 386-847-2322 #agingparent ♬ Paper Birds (3 min) - Jordan Halpern Schwartz
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Why We Love the Smaller Communities

We love the smaller communities because the residents receive more one-on-one care; the staff ratio is usually one, maybe two staff members per resident (usually six residents).

In the larger communities, with such staff shortages, you’re lucky if the ratio is one staff member for each twenty-thirty residents.

Think about those numbers!

We’re not saying anything is wrong with the larger communities, it’s just the care you or your loved one receives in a smaller community can be so much more personal and more often.

There are home-cooked meals in a kitchen where you can sit at the dining room table and talk with the person preparing your dinner.

The smaller communities have a dining room table for six to eight, so it’s like having dinner with your family.

Everyone is together at one place; not all spread around in a great big dining hall.

You get to know each other (residents and staff) more personally and develop friendships and real relationships with these people.

The smaller communities can shop at local fresh markets as opposed to having a supplier have to deliver the fruits and vegetables and such.

This makes options tastier and healthier.

Generally, each large bedroom has a private bathroom; there are some smaller communities that have shared rooms with shared bathrooms.

This particular one in the video has a private bathroom in each bedroom and as you can see the bedrooms are large and you are able to fit quite a bit of furniture in them.

The fact that they do each person’s laundry individually is a fabulous touch.

Some of the larger communities have you write the residents name in the clothes and they wash them by floors or sections; some of these communities are huge and it would take a lot of time to wash each person’s clothes individually.

Most of the communities, large and small, allow you to bring your own furniture. However, the larger communities seem to have smaller rooms so you may not be able to bring all that you’d like.

The smaller communities are easier to accept all the furniture you want in your room. Having a patio is another great feature; not all offer patios, so if you find a community with a patio, grab it!

The living room area is very large and can accommodate many people. Most of them are equipped with lift chairs as well; if not lift chairs, they have extremely comfortable recliners.

This is especially great for game night which could be so entertaining. Look at all the room for Twister!!

These are just some of the reasons why we at Assisted Living Made Simple love our smaller communities and we think you will love them too! Call us today to schedule your FREE consultation.

How It Works

Learn Your Needs

Assisted living facilities are not one size fits all. We start by learning your unique needs and desires for your next home.

Be There Every Step

From touring facilities with you to helping you navigate the healthcare system, our team will be there will you every step of the way.

Love Your Next Stage

Moving into an assisted living facility is a big change, but with the right placement, you can love your next home.

Our service is complimentary. There is never any cost to the senior or their family

Best Dog for Seniors

Senior women with her dog. What are the best dogs for Seniors?

If your loved one has a dog, it may be a little more difficult to place them into assisted living but don’t let that discourage you.

As a Senior Placement Agency here in Florida, we work with many assisted living and independent communities that will accept small dogs, usually not over 30 pounds.

Watch the video below of Rose over on our TikTok account answer one of our FAQ’s, 

“Can I bring my pet with me to an Assisted Living Facility?”

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Top 11 Dogs for seniors living in an Assisted Living or Independent Living Communities

1. Boston Terrier

The terrier is small, usually around 10 – 25 pounds and their life expectancy is approximately 12 years. They prefer a more relaxing life with leisurely walks as opposed to strenuous exercise which makes them perfect for a senior.

2. Bichon Frise

This is another small dog that loves to give and get attention. They are hypoallergenic, sweet and affectionate. They range in size from 7 – 12 pounds so they’re perfect for seniors in a community and they live an average of 12 to 15 years.

3. French Bulldog

These dogs do well in small spaces and usually weigh under 28 pounds. They love other people, are loyal, do well with leisurely walks daily and live 10 – 14 years.

4. Cocker Spaniel

The cocker spaniel is happy, easy to train and extremely loyal to its owner. They weigh between 20 – 30 pounds, live 12 – 15 years and love being around people.

5. Italian Greyhound

These are smart, loving and playful lap dogs with a hypoallergenic coat; weighing less than 11 pounds. They love to snuggle and may need a sweater in cold weather. They are pretty energetic though and live 14 – 15 years.

6. Maltese

These lap dogs weigh only 4 to 7 pounds and live 15 – 18 years. They’re a great companion and are affectionate and smart. The best part is they are well under the weight limit most assisted living communities have for dogs.

7. Toy poodle

The toy poodle weighs anywhere from 6 – 9 pounds and can live up to 15 years. They are also hypoallergenic, smart and very loyal to their owner.

8. Pug

The pug can weigh between 14 – 18 pounds and live 13 – 15 years. They’re very playful, gentle and affectionate and prefer to take leisurely walks over strenuous activity.

9. Scottish Terrier

This dog weighs between 18 – 22 pounds and lives 11 – 13 years. They are hypoallergenic, intelligent, friendly and adapt easily to small places.

10. Shih Tzu

The shih tzu is sweet and friendly and loves being a lap dog. However, they do need walks and playtime. They weigh 9 – 16 pounds and live 10 – 16 years and do well in small places. The shih tzu tends to bark if left alone, so if you’re in an assisted living community you may not want to leave them alone.

11. Yorkshire Terrier

The little babies weigh 4 – 6 pounds and live 12 – 15 ears. They love cuddling and playtime and are happy with a short walk a day. Also very loyal and affectionate to their owner, they are wary of strangers and children.

Depending on the type of dog you have, arrangements can be made for you at an assisted or independent living community to move in with your dog.

Call us for a free consultation to see how we can help you today!! Our services are ALWAYS FREE to you!!

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