The Importance of Preserving the Past

“Being listened to and heard is one of the greatest desires of the human heart” -Richard Carlson By the time this is printed I will have attended two major events honoring our greatest generation. The Washington State Legacy WWII project “Washington Remembers”-celebrating and recognizing the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Polson museum’s Pioneer of the Year award honoring two of our local citizens. In the nearly 27 years that I have served people, my deepest regret is not starting much earlier than I did recording, documenting and photographing the wonderful and interesting people that have crossed
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Categories: General.

Assisted Living Communities and Adult Family Homes-What is the Difference?

What’s the difference between an adult family home and an assisted living community? There’s a huge difference when it comes to the right fit for an individual. When I started in this industry in 1988, our communities were called “retirement homes”. Even then I wondered, who in their right mind “retires” and then moves into one of these places? The term assisted living came much later, but really fits what these communities truly are. However, having said that, one does not have to be in need of any assistance to move in. I had many people move into assisted living
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Categories: Senior Housing and Care.

Dehydration in the Elderly

We are all well aware of the importance of drinking enough water, but this is extremely important for our senior population. Dehydration in the elderly population is a widespread problem. It is a common cause for hospital stays among seniors and it can be deadly. Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to prevent it. By learning to recognize the symptoms and implementing solutions, you can be proactive in keeping your loved one hydrated. A person becomes dehydrated when their body has lost fluid and too many electrolytes. Electrolytes are mineral compounds that the body uses to keep
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Categories: Elder Care.

Sometimes a Smaller Environment is Best

I like to write about real life experiences, issues and concerns that I’m helping people with on a daily basis. So the point of this month’s article is simply if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I recently found a lovely adult family home for a lady who was living in her own home alone, isolated and deteriorating rapidly. Her appetite had diminished. She was sun downing (a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Confusion and agitation worsen in the late afternoon and evening, or as the sun goes down.) There were times she was unresponsive, lethargic
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Categories: General.