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Skilled Rehab Care at The Meadows

Gait training physical therapySkilled rehab care is that special place between hospital and home.  Skilled rehab care is available at The Meadows for anyone needing special recovery care after a hospital stay.  Many of the patients needing rehab care come directly from the hospital following strokes, traumatic injury, hip and knee fractures, or surgery.  The specialized care is designed to aid patients who need additional care and rehabilitation before transitioning back to their home.

Inpatient rehab facilities are different from typical nursing care because of the rehabilitation available to patients so they can return to their normal life.  Daily rehabilitation assessments, therapy and certified nursing care help patients prepare to return home to their former levels of activity.

Here at The Meadows, physical, occupational and speech therapy are offered to help patients meet their recovery goals.

The Meadows provides post-hospital, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care for both resident and non-resident patients.  Comfortable private and semi-private rooms are available.

Skilled rehab care is ordered by your physician and is generally covered under private insurance or Medicare. For a skilled rehab or nursing stay to be covered by Medicare, you must have been admitted as an inpatient for three overnights in the last 30 days.  If Medicare is your primary payer source, you are given up to 100 days of benefit.

If you have questions or an upcoming need, please email Rhonda Furlough or phone her at 615-662-3214 for more information.

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Understanding Senior Care Options

nursing-weekMaking the decision for senior care for a family member or loved one can be an emotional and difficult decision.  Many times this search follows a crisis situation; however, gradual changes in health, lifestyle or financial well-being can necessitate the search for new senior living arrangements.

There is a wide array of care options available for senior housing, from independent living communities to facilities that provide 24-hour nursing care. It is easy to feel overwhelmed if you’re not familiar with all of the options. Here is a brief overview to help you better understand the types of care available.

Independent Living – independent housing for fully functional residents in a community setting where meals may be shared or other social activities provided,

Assisted Living (Residential Housing for the Aged RHA) – 24-hour services for seniors who require assistance with one or more daily activities of living but who do not need skilled nursing care.  Residents often live in their own room or apartment within a building and typically share meals and social activities.  Services vary by facility.

Intermediate Nursing Care – custodial and intermediate care for seniors.  Custodial care is non-medical care that includes 24-hour supervision as well as assistance with personal needs such as eating, bathing, dressing, grooming, toileting and mobility.  Intermediate care facilities are licensed by states to provide basic medical care under the supervision of a registered nurse.

Memory Care – specialized care that is specifically designed to serve residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.  Facilities that specialize in memory care provide a safe and physically secured environment.  They may operate as a stand-alone facility or as part of a larger senior care community.

Skilled Rehabilitative Care – a skilled nursing facility has the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing care and / or skilled rehabilitative services and other related health services.  Skilled nursing facilities are often used for short-term rehabilitation after a hospital discharge.

Respite Care – short-term or temporary inpatient care services provided to give the primary caregiver a break.

As you begin to explore care options, whether immediate or long-term, you should gather as much information as you can about each facility – being sure that they can provide the level of care required at the present time and in the future. Download our checklist to stay organized, compare facilities and ask the right questions to help you choose the community that best fits the needs of your family member or loved one.

Click here for more information about the types of senior care options available at Lakeshore Senior Communities.

 

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5 Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

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February is Healthy Heart Month – a time to raise awareness for ways to improve your heart health! According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. The good news is that heart disease can be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health conditions.

Here are some important tips to help keep your heart as healthy as possible.

  1. Manage Your Diet – make sure your diet is made up of the right kinds of foods. According to the Mayo Clinic, maintaining a diet rich in natural, fresh fruits and vegetables   Other foods like whole grain pasta or bread are also helpful. Fat found in nuts, eggs or olive oil are good alternatives to saturated fats found in foods such as butter and bacon.
  2. Get Regular Exercise – The Center for Disease Control reports that risk factors for developing heart disease include obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. While all of these can be improved through diet, the most important way to keep excess weight off is to get regular exercise. Seniors should try to get a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day – and one of the easiest ways to get this is by walking. In addition to being beneficial for the heart, regular exercise can help improve balance and flexibility. Seniors need to be sure to talk to their doctor before beginning an exercise routine.  
  3. Lower Stress – lowering stress is an important step in minimizing heart disease. While it would be best to simply avoid stress, sometimes that is easier said than done. For those who need help lowering stress, activities such as yoga, tai chi or simply walking can help reduce stress in the body. You can take up a new hobby such as painting or coloring or simply grab a few friends for a friendly game of cards.
  4. Maintain Regular Check-Ups – be sure to visit your doctor on a regular basis to keep check of blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. If you’re taking medication to manage any of these issues, be sure to take them as directed.
  5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep – sleep is the time when your body restores itself. When you’re asleep your heart rate and blood pressure go down which helps give your heart a much-needed rest. Ideally you should get between 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night.

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Ruth Howell – The Meadows Resident of the Month

IMG_1111We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Mrs. Ruth Howell, who was recently honored as The Meadows’ resident of the month. In addition to this special recognition, Mrs. Howell also has the distinguished honor of being one of three centenarians currently living at The Meadows and one of only approximately 50,000 living in the United States!

Ruth was born August 13, 1914 in Montgomery, Alabama to the parents of Henry H. and Minnie Lee Rae. She had three siblings – a sister Edith and two brothers, Fred and Henry. Ruth met her husband Daniel, an Administrator in the Air Force, on a blind date. They married in 1941 and had two daughters, Jane and Barbara. Ruth worked as a clerk in the House of Representatives while in Montgomery. The Howell family lived in Germany, England and Washington, DC while her husband worked at the Pentagon.

Ruth has experienced a lot of change in her 101 years. She remembers traveling by horse & buggy, then railroad, car and eventually airplane. She recalls watching men walk on the moon from the television in her home and is amazed at the advancements in technology she has seen – including the computer and cell phones.

20 years ago, to the delight of her daughters, she moved north to Nashville to be closer to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren – purchasing a home in our very own Harpeth Meadows Independent Living Community. Ruth recently sold her home in Harpeth Meadows and moved into The Meadows where she enjoys spending time with her friends.

When asked what the one thing she is most proud of in her life, Ruth said “taking care of her mother after her father’s death” – a testament to a warm and caring lady. Ruth Howell is a true gem and we’re proud to honor her as our resident of the month.

 

 

 

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February Events at The Meadows and Heartland

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February is going to be a very busy month at The Meadows and Heartland.  The events calendar is filled with birthday lunches, Valentine’s Day Celebrations and the opportunity for residents to vote for their presidential preference.

The Meadows

February 3 – Presidential Primary Election | Voting at 9:30

February 5 – Ensworth High School “Bridging the Intergenerational Gap”

February 9 – Resident’s Birthday Lunch with families

February 11 – Art Without Boundaries Class | Donna Colellie, Instructor

February 12 – Early Valentine’s Day Celebration | Crowning of 2016 King & Queen

February 15 – Presidential Day Ceremony

February 21 – Belmont University Chorus

Heartland

February 4 – Presidential Preference and County Primary Election

February 7 – Super Bowl Party

February 9 – Mardi Gras Lunch Celebration

February 15 – Valentine’s Day Luncheon

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Celebrating Allan and Margaret Little

158This is a BIG year of celebrations for Allan & Margaret Little, residents of The Meadows.  In addition to celebrating their 76th wedding anniversary this summer, Margaret turned 100 years old on August 2 and Allan’s 100th Birthday is coming up in December.  As we prepare for Allan’s birthday celebration on November 12, we thought it would be fitting to take a look back at the lives of The Little’s.

Allan and Margaret’s lives together have been marked by amazing love and commitment. The couple has shared both their lives and their faith right here in Nashville for more than 87 years. Both attended Charlotte Avenue Church for 80 years. After the church merged with West Nashville Heights Church of Christ in 2007, they joined in at their new congregation.

Margaret and Allan have been sweethearts since they were juniors in high school. During Christmas break, Margaret gave a party for a visiting cousin. She asked Allan if he would come as the date of his next door neighbor whose regular boy friend was out of town. Allan went to the party, and the rest is history. On Margaret and Allan’s first date they rode the streetcar to town and saw a play in the old Orpheum Theater. They married on August 5, 1939.

Their lives have been full with church, family and friends. They had three children, two boys Dan Alan and Richard Cowden which both passed as infants.  Their daughter, Jane Harris Little, was the love of their lives. Jane was born a special needs child in June 1955 and died February 2002.

During this challenging time Allan served as Vice President of New Horizon and worked with others who dealt with special needs citizens. Afterwards, he served as President of the Davidson County Association of Retarded Children which is better known today as ARC.

Allan retired from the U. S. Post Office after 41 years of service.  He was an accomplished song leader, a great Bible scholar and served as the Associate Superintendent of Bible Studies.  Margaret was a wonderful mother and accomplished seamstress.  As a seamstress one of the things she is most proud of are the beautiful draperies that hung around the baptistery at Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ.

We are honored to have these two wonderful people as residents of The Meadows.

Please join us at The Meadows on November 12 at 3:00 PM as we celebrate Mr. Little’s 100th Birthday! There will be a reception in the main dining room to include a special plaque presentation by State Representative Bo Mitchell. WKRN Channel 2 and WSMV Channel 4 will be on hand to showcase this very special event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Knowing the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Damage to the brain that results in dementia, including Alzheimer’s, typically begins years before symptoms are observed. While some family members will say symptoms seemed to have appeared overnight, others say changes were subtle. Many times older adults may sense something is wrong but they do not seek help. The signs of Alzheimer’s are many time difficult to recognize.

 

The most common early symptom of the disease is difficulty remembering newly learned information as Alzheimer’s changes typically begin in the part of the brain that affects learning. People with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimer’s may find it difficult to recognize they have a problem.

The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a list of early signs that can help family members or caregivers recognize a potential problem and seek medical advice. Here is a list of their 10 warning signs:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life – especially forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates, repeatedly asking for the same information
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems – trouble with numbers such as following a recipe, keeping track of monthly bills or difficulty concentrating.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or leisure
  4. Confusion with time or place – losing track of dates, the passage or time or forgetting where they are or how they got there
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – difficulty driving, reading or vision
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing – trouble with conversations, naming a familiar object or repeating oneself
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps – thinking others have stolen lost items
  8. Decreased or poor judgment – poor judgment with money, paying less attentions to grooming or ignoring self-care
  9. Withdrawals from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood or personality

While there is some typical age-related memory loss, Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. If you or a senior loved one notice any of these signs, it is important to see a doctor.

Click here to learn more about typical age-related changes versus signs of Alzheimer’s.

 

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Raising Funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research

062Team members from The Meadows and Heartland, along with their friends and families, have been busy raising funds for Alzheimer’s Care, Support and Research.

In addition to a pancake breakfast, silent auctions and bake sales, several people gathered in Nashville on Saturday, October 17 for the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

 

 

12079181_10206903638902301_3323022997657332293_n copyTracy Marsteller, Heartland Life Enrichment Services Director, and her husband were on vacation last week so they weren’t able to attend The Walk to End Alzheimer’s with the other members of the Lakeshore family. A cruise ship and an ocean didn’t stop them from participating – they set their watches to coincide with the Nashville walk and joined along!

 

 

 

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Upcoming Events at The Meadows

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Celebrating the birthday of Mrs. Georgia Good!

Upcoming Events at The Meadows

October 28 | 10:00 A.M.

We’ll have a morning of Trick-a-Treating with local Bellevue moms and their preschool children.  This special event will include book reading and a Halloween parade thru the building.

Ensworth High School – an all day in-service project at The Meadows.  Students from Ensworth High School will visit with, assist and interview our residents.

 

October 30 | 2:30 P.M.

Halloween Spirit Day for residents and staff featuring a pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a party with lots of treats!

November 11 | 2:30 P.M.

We will honor our veterans with a special Veterans’ Day Program in our chapel.

November 12 | 3:00 P.M.

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Birthday of resident Allan Little!  There will be a reception in the main dining room to include a special plaque presentation by State Representative Bo Mitchell. WKRN Channel 2 and WSMV Channel 4 will be on hand to showcase this very special event. Allan Little’s wife, Margaret Little, turned 100 years old on August 2 and they have been married 76 years.

November 26 | 3:00 P.M.

A bountiful Thanksgiving Day lunch will be served and we’ll have an afternoon of special music!

 

 

 

 

 

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Activities and Events at Heartland

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A Weekend of Fall Fun

Friday, October 23

Our staff and residents will celebrate this beautiful fall season with a hot dog roast and S’Mores – hot off the fire!

Saturday, October 24 | 2:00 – 3:00

We will host an afternoon of Trick or Treating for the children of our staff.  Witches Brew and popcorn will be served.

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November 11 | 1:00

Veterans Day Program
Join the residents and staff of Heartland for a special Veterans Day event including lunch and a short program. Space is limited so call today! 615-885-2320

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