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April 2014

Resident Appreciation Days

residents-coffeeWe are celebrating our residents on Sunday, April 27 with Open Houses at both The Meadows and Heartland. Come out and join us.

The Meadows Resident Appreciation Day

Sunday, April 27 | 2-4 p.m.

Join us for refreshments and visits with our residents on the Sun Porch. A special presentation and demonstration of the Alter-G Treadmill will be offered in the Therapy Gym at 2:30 p.m.

To attend, just RSVP to The Meadows Receptionist at 615-646-4466.

Heartland Resident Appreciation Day

Sunday, April 27 | 1-3 p.m.

Join us as we gather with residents for refreshments in the Main Dining Room. A special silent auction will be held to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

To attend, RSVP to Heartland at 615-885-2320.

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Serenity Room Now Open at Heartland

flowersPatients coming to the end of their life’s journey are the focus of the new Serenity Room offered at Heartland. The name Serenity Room implies the type of serene and calm residential environment that terminally ill patients should have.

As part of the end-of-life preparation for patients and their families, the Serenity Room offers a private room where family can stay with their loved ones 24 hours a day. The room is spacious with a private bathroom and lounge chair. Complimentary tray services are available to the family providing sandwiches, light snacks and beverages.

Comfort and pain management is the highest priority of our specially trained nurses providing 24-hour care. To help them through this time, patients and family have access to hospice nurses, medical social workers, and spiritual counselors. We have a trained nurse in end-of-life care on staff just for our patients and family.

The Serenity Room is provided at no extra cost to our residents. For more information, contact Debbie Reilly at 615.234.3352.

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Respite Care Helps Caregivers

respite_care_blogDo you know what respite care is? It is short-term or temporary care services to relieve an in-home caregiver of responsibilities for an individual with long-term care needs. Respite care provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote balance in your life.

All caregivers need some time off for vacation, special family occasions or even their own health needs.

Respite care provides a break for caregivers and ensures that loved ones get the proper attention, medication, diet and activities they need.

Here are some tips for planning respite care:

  • Plan and schedule frequent breaks.
  • Use a checklist to inform respite care providers about your care recipient’s schedules, likes and dislikes. Offer suggestions for special situations or difficult behaviors.
  • Ask for brief updates and reports.
  • Expect changes. Respite care is a process that often requires fine-tuning.

Click here for a Respite Caregiver Checklist.

We offer respite care at The Meadows and Heartland, and Medicare may pay most of the cost beyond the co-pay. It is important to know if respite care is being provided by a Medicare-approved facility.

Do you know someone that needs time away? Call us to see how we can help. Call Rhonda Furlough at 615-646-4466.

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Devotion

JAM_0830For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.  2 Corinthians 5:7-9

For those of us who follow Jesus, we are travelers on a journey that started when we placed our faith in Him. It is a journey we take alone. It’s like a child traveling on a plane by himself. The flight attendant asks the child if he is tired of the long plane ride. He says “No, my father is going to meet me at the airport.”

For those of us who know our Father awaits us, we anticipate that reunion with gladness. As heirs of Christ, we know that He will great us and we will dwell with Him for eternity.

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48 Senior Discounts You Need to Know!

Grocery-shoppingWhen it comes to senior discounts, the age of senior eligibility is all over the place just like speed limits, ranging from 50 to 65.  We thought we would look around Nashville and put together a list of some of the most popular discounts offered to seniors in our area.  Get out there and save big!  And let us know where your favorite discounts are found!

Click here to download our printable list

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