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Cultivate community through diversity

By | News, Senior Living

Those you share each day with—family, neighbors, church friends, social groups, the guys you meet for coffee—make up a “community,” no matter the size. They offer relationships and great opportunities to learn, engage, grow, and be thankful for differing cultures, customs, traditions, and beliefs.

Take advantage of the gifts you get from your personal communities over the next few weeks throughout December and into the New Year. You may encounter these 10 important celebrations noted on the 2019 diversity calendar. Learning about them—maybe even participating in special traditions with your friends—will help you recognize and celebrate the diversity in your daily life:

  • December 1-24: Advent – a Christian time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus.
  • December 16-24: Las Posadas – a nine-day Hispanic/Latino American celebration commemorating Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
  • December 21: Yule Winter Solstice – celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans who focus on rebirth, renewal and new beginnings as the sun makes its way back to the Earth.
  • December 22-30: Hanukkah – a Jewish holiday celebrated around the world for eight days and nights in commemoration of the Israelites’ victory over the Greek-Syrian ruler Antiochus.
  • December 25: Christmas Day – the day Christians associate with the birth of Jesus.
  • December 26: Boxing Day – a secular holiday celebrated in the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and South Africa.
  • December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa – an African-American holiday started in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage.
  • December 31: Watch Night – a day for Christians to review the past year, make confessions, and prepare for the year ahead by praying and resolving.
  • January 10: Mahayana New Year – celebrated on the first full-moon day in January by members of the Mahayana Buddhist branch.
  • January 15: Makar Sankranti – observed by Hindus and dedicated to the sun god through the celebration of peace and prosperity.

The importance of inclusion
The term diversity reflects the entire range of differences that exist among people across the world. Considering how the world is evolving ever so rapidly, providing new knowledge and an increase in self-awareness, diversity is no longer a concept limited to race and gender. Ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, generation, disability, personality types, and thinking styles now all contribute to a truly diverse culture—one that more and more people want to experience.

So, how do communities of all types embrace cultural, religious, and racial diversity to provide an environment where everyone feels a sense of respect, value, belonging, safety, and security? The Carrington at Lincolnwood does everything possible to create—and celebrate—an environment of consistent inclusion. At The Carrington, you will find that:

  • Everyone’s voice is heard, valued, and understood in order to meet the needs of its residents.
  • Residents interact with one another, attend events and meetings together. What’s the result? Respect and value of individual diversities.
  • Events and activities are designed to bring everyone together and encourage positive interaction within the community.
  • Holidays of different cultures are observed and celebrated.
  • Management and staff “listen to understand” and communicate clearly across the board to avoid misinterpretation that can lead to hard feelings.

Being part of a community—or several—is essential to being human. At The Carrington, we take the development of community seriously, along with the roles that diversity and inclusion play in fostering a rich and healthy perspective in the lives of all our residents. We’d like to tell you more and show you our vibrant, fulfilling, and inclusive lifestyle. Call us today at (847) 744-9469 or reach out online to schedule a personal tour.

Memory care:
Signs & solutions you need to know

By | News, Senior Living

One day, you find your wallet in the freezer. Or you’ve misplaced your car keys. Maybe you can’t remember the name of your long-time, next-door neighbor. You chalk it up to “a senior moment,” or temporary “brain drain.” Then, you stop and think—could this be memory loss?

To avoid seeming trite, most people would confess to having fleeting concerns about personal memory or cognitive function from time-to-time. When it’s real, it’s certainly nothing for any of us to dismiss. In fact, studies by the Milken Institute revealed that the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in the U.S. will nearly double over the next 20 years.*

Know the signs of cognitive challenges
What are some of the true warning signs of cognitive decline? The Alzheimer’s Association has identified 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s or dementia (physical changes in the brain severe enough to interfere with daily life). These are the 10 they identify:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life—forgetting learned information, important dates or events, asking the same questions repeatedly.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems—loss of ability to develop and follow a plan, a challenge when working with numbers, trouble concentrating.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks—driving, organizing a grocery list.
  4. Confusion with time or place—forgetting where you are and how you got there.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and special relationships—vision problems, difficulty with balance or trouble reading.
  6. Problems with words in speaking or writing—trouble following or joining a conversation, repeating yourself, vocabulary problems.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps—accusing others of stealing.
  8. Decreased or poor judgment—commonly, loss of decision-making ability in dealing with money or personal grooming.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities—trouble keeping up with a favorite activity, feeling disinterested in family or social obligations.
  10. Changes in mood and personality—becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious.

These are the signs—what and when do you do something about it if memory concerns impact you or a loved one? The Carrington at Lincolnwood stands ready with a wealth of resources to assist families throughout this challenging process and encourages active family participation in decision-making, not only for memory care services but all levels of care.

Personalized care, professional expertise, warm neighborhood surroundings
Let’s say the signs above indicate it’s time to consider potential memory support services in a full-time residential environment for yourself or a loved one. What specifically should you start looking for in a memory care environment? Alzheimer’s and dementia care specialists whole-heartedly agree on the following approach.

First and foremost, you’ll want professional and specialized care within a structured and secure setting. Specifically, this means the presence of three critical elements—all of which you will find at The Carrington as part of their Personal Care, Personal Productivity, Personal Leisure philosophy:

  • A highly trained staff that provides 24-hour supervision and innovative support, developed specifically for the needs of the individual memory-impaired residents.
  • A care philosophy and individualized plan that promotes a responsive continuity of person-centered care that changes over time to fit the evolving needs and lifestyle of each resident.
  • A living environment with services and amenities that promote choice, connection, as much independence as possible and a celebration of accomplishments through reinforcement of the familiar—in other words, a focus on what the resident CAN do, as opposed to what they can’t do because of cognitive disability.

The difference you’ve been looking for
Whether it’s memory care for your mother, father, grandparent or another loved one, you can count on The Carrington at Lincolnwood to support an uncompromising quality of life—at every stage of memory care.

Allow us to introduce you to a new standard in memory care services. Call us today at (847) 744-9469 or submit a contact form to schedule a personal tour.

*Reducing the Cost and Risk of Dementia,” Executive Summary by Super, Ahuja and Prof, 2019 Milken Institute.

Two valuable partnerships:
Bringing onsite innovative care services to The Carrington

By | News, Senior Living

Onsite health care CLINICS in senior living communities
Although the concept is certainly not new, the idea of convenient, in-house clinics within a senior community is becoming more and more popular—and essential—as baby boomers age. What’s more, recent studies show that offering primary care on-site in a residential setting reduces hospital readmissions, as well as extends life expectancy.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood has embraced this growing trend in health care services by way of two important partnerships: one with Hansa Medical Groupe (HMG) providing onsite specialty care for residents, and a second with Open Arms Solutions Personal Care at Home. Both medical programs offer numerous benefits for The Carrington’s residents. As we profile both HMG and Open Arms Solutions here, we’ll share the many advantages our residents enjoy. Two in particular offer incredible value and undeniable peace of mind for our residents AND their families:

  • Access to primary and specialty care services without leaving the community.
  • Unparalleled value of nighttime attention and care during health-related episodes.

Keep these benefits in mind as we tell you why Hansa Medical Groupe and Open Arms Solutions mean so much to the lifestyle at The Carrington.

Hansa Medical Groupe
If you thought “house-calls” were a thing of the past, you are going to love—and appreciate—the story of HMG. In the summer of 2008, Dr. Chiraq Patel of Wilmette launched HMG, a one-doctor practice offering an old-school solution to a modern medical dilemma—taking quality medical care to seniors in their homes. Practicing internal medicine for more than a decade, Dr. Patel says he was often dealing with elderly patients who couldn’t travel to clinics as often as they needed to because of a stroke, arthritis, or the limited availability of family members to drive them.

“Over the years, we realized that something like the ‘horse and buggy’ doctor from 50 years ago would really help many of our patients,” Patel said. Hard-pressed to travel to medical appointments, these seniors and their adult children supported Dr. Patel’s specialized practice and he soon carved out a niche in home-visit medicine in Chicagoland.

Hansa Medical Groupe continued to grow, true to its vision of delivering uncompromised medical care with ultimate grace and compassion. (In the Gujrati Indian dialect, Hansa means ‘swan’ and signifies, per Dr. Patel, the way HMG practices medicine—with grace, elegance, and compassion.)

What does Hansa Medical Groupe bring to The Carrington?
A team approach: HMG is a concierge-style medical practice providing onsite comprehensive medical care—primary and specialty—to patients who reside in senior living and assisted living communities. Service and care incorporate a “team” approach involving the community staff. Working closely with this staff, HMG keeps patients healthier and happier while they reside in the comfort and convenience of The Carrington.

“Over the years, I realized it takes a team approach to help the geriatric population. This includes not only the physician but the great staff at senior housing locations, visiting nurses and therapists, family members, and even others in the community. Working together as a team and having great communication with families really makes a difference for our HMG patients.”

Chirag Patel, MD, CEO & Medical Director
Hansa Medical Groupe

More valuable HMG benefits
In addition to access to primary and specialty care services without leaving the community and the unparalleled value of nighttime attention and care, Hansa Medical Groupe enhances The Carrington lifestyle by bringing the following additional benefits to residents:

  • Access—seven-days-a-week, including holidays—to the convenience of home-based medicine administered by well-trained medical professionals who have the highest level of skill and education.
  • Promotion of independence, healthy living, preventive medicine, and overall positivity of The Carrington culture. Every patient/resident is treated as a beloved family member.
  • Onsite visits by primary care physicians and specialists in internal medicine, cardiology, nephrology, pulmonary, urology, and neurology.
  • A focus on preventive care—HMG professionals consult with patients, determine the needs, and make recommendations and orders for community staff to carry out each day.
  • Elimination of transportation hassles to outside medical care for residents and their families, especially nice during the harsh winter months.
  • No busy waiting rooms or impatient, rude office staff. Care services are administered by professionals our residents see at The Carrington every day.
  • HMG care and attention to detail are proven to help:
    • Prevent emergency room visits
    • Minimize hospitalizations and improve outcomes
    • Delay the need for skilled care
    • Decrease life insurance premiums

Open Arms Solutions Personal Care at Home
Open Arms Solutions—just like HMG—has a beginning that’s founded upon personal objectives and family needs. Open Arms President Julie Kollada’s mother Jeanne was given a diagnosis of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease leaving her completely dependent. Julie and her family—like so many adult children today—were left to figure out lodging, care, insurance, and finances for Jeanne, along with a vast web of questions.

And so it began for Julie—an introduction to and education in senior healthcare and its support team of home, assisted care, skilled nursing, and hospice professionals, along with attorneys, physicians, nurses, therapists, and more.

Based on her firsthand experience, Julie made the long-term commitment to give back by guiding other families through the toughest of times, providing education, relevant resources, and referrals, and helping seniors regain, maintain, and preserve their independence and quality of life.

She founded Open Arms in 2009, and, with her business partners who share significant personal and professional experience in providing solutions for seniors, Julie has helped hundreds of families navigate the challenges of aging and illness.

Expertise in senior home care
Open Arms Solutions is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured home-care agency dedicated to helping families find exceptional care for their loved ones. This personal, award-winning service has been providing Chicagoland families the highest level of expertise in senior home care. The following core values define Open Arms Solutions and The Carrington residents benefit from this incredible partnership offering onsite home-care services:

  • Teamwork and collaboration are considered foundational to the Open Arms team.
  • Compassion and empathy guide the actions of every Open Arms team member.
  • Do the right thing by delivering on the Open Arms promise to families.
  • Above & beyond the normal job description or 9-5 day—the Open Arms mantra.
  • Positivity drives the Open Arms attitude and focuses on moving toward solutions.

THE FINAL SAY: Only the best
West Bay Senior Living manages The Carrington—bringing veteran leadership in senior living, as well as an on-location presence that sets the tone for providing truly personalized, caring, and dedicated services to residents. Hansa Medical Groupe and Open Arms Solutions are the perfect fit for The Carrington lifestyle. We are proud of this partnership!

Experience the life of active independence at The Carrington at Lincolnwood by calling (847) 744-9469 for a personal tour and complimentary lunch.