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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month: End of Life Caregiving Tips

November 20
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If you are the primary caregiver for a loved one who is receiving hospice or palliative care services, you understand the challenges that accompany being an advocate for your loved one while also prioritizing your own health and wellness. Offering support, comfort and care to someone who has reached their end of life journey requires selflessness and compassion.

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How to Plan Ahead for Long-Term Care

October 27
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In today’s world, planning ahead can seem like an overwhelming task. With so many changes in our daily lives, the thought of what type of long-term care  we might need later in life probably doesn’t even cross our minds - let alone make it to the top of our priority list. However, as we age, the possibility of needing long-term care increases dramatically. According to the National Institute on Aging, more than two-thirds of people over 65 will require some type of long-term care during their lifetime.

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What is UVC Technology? How Concordia’s Additional Measures Improve Safety

September 29
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The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed many aspects of our daily lives, from taking a trip to the grocery store to visiting with loved ones - especially for seniors living in retirement or assisted living communities. With these changes, technology has played an important role in the way residents and families are staying connected as well as the way our staff members carry out daily activities at our senior living communities.

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A Guide to Adult Day Services: A Q&A With An Adult Day Services Program Director

September 22
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Adult Day Services provide compassionate daily care to adults who need caregiver support and assistance. National Adult Day Services Week, the third week in September, is set aside as a time to recognize adult day service providers across the U.S. and the impact they have on the lives of individuals and their families.

In honor of the week, we spoke with Concordia at Cabot Adult Day Services Coordinator Stefanie Dietrich about what Concordia’s Adult Day Services offers participants as well as family caregivers, and how the program has evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stefanie joined the Concordia family in 2002 as a personal care Nurse Aide at Concordia at Cabot and transitioned to her current role in January 2019.

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National Fall Prevention Week: Tips to Safely Age in Place

September 15
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September 21-25 is National Fall Prevention Awareness Week and a time to bring attention to one of the leading causes of injuries and hospitalizations among senior adults in the U.S. According to the CDC, over 3 million seniors in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms due to fall-related injuries each year. Of that figure, one in five seniors will have a serious injury resulting in increased health problems later on.

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The Benefits of Aquatic Therapy in Rehabilitation

July 28
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According to the CDC, over 3 million senior adults in the U.S. are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries each year. Of that figure, one in five seniors will have a serious injury resulting in increased health problems later on. One of the most common ways to reduce fall risk as well as promote recovery after a fall or injury is improving gait and balance. This can be done with therapeutic exercise and strength training; however, for many seniors, exercises can be a stress on joints and muscle fibers.

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The Benefits of a Senior Living Community: Activities and Programs

June 9
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For many seniors, moving to a retirement community or assisted living community means enjoying the worry-free lifestyle that comes with not having to maintain a home. It also means increased opportunities for physical fitness, socialization, learning and spiritual wellness through the community’s activities program. (Read more for photo slideshow of activities)

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The Benefits of Living at a Retirement Community: Nutrition and Dining

May 19
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When deciding on a retirement community, there are many factors and lifestyle options to consider during the search process. The dining and senior nutrition program an independent living community offers might not be one of the first things you consider, but food service programs contribute to resident satisfaction in many ways. One of which, is providing healthy meal options so that residents can forego the worries of planning and preparing meals.

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Stay Connected with Your Senior Loved One During COVID-19

May 1
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If your senior loved one is a resident at an assisted living or retirement community that currently has temporary visiting restrictions due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be dealing with a lot of new challenges. The most difficult challenge might be finding new ways to stay connected when an in-person visit to your loved one’s nursing home or retirement home isn’t an option.

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Home Care: Providing Comfort in Uncertain Times

April 14
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In-home care providers serve a population who need assistance with activities of daily living. Examples of these activities include light housekeeping, bathing, dressing and many other daily routines that an individual with a compromised health condition may not be able to easily do on their own. Coincidentally, this population is currently at a higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. So, what does this mean for home care as an industry?

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