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Honoring Our Volunteers

FullSizeRender-1The Meadows hosted their annual Volunteer Luncheon on Friday, April 17 to honor the volunteers who give so graciously of their time and resources. This year’s luncheon featured special guest speaker Rudy Kalis, co-anchor of WSMV-4 Morning News Show.

Guests feasted on a delicious lunch while Rudy shared an inspiring and encouraging message. Rudy was very gracious to compliment The Meadows on the excellent Christian care his mom received while a resident here. A good time was had by all and our volunteers left feeling elevated and inspired.

Thanks to all who volunteer at both The Meadows and Heartland. Your impact is seen and felt everyday in our facilities.

“For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10 (NIV)

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Orthopedic Rehab Program at The Meadows

Gait training physical therapyThe Meadows offers a specialized orthopedic rehab program for skilled nursing patients as well as those individuals needing outpatient rehabilitation.

Orthopedic rehab plays an important role for patients after joint replacement surgery as it helps them to regain strength, ability and function. However, it is just as important for patients recovering from illness, surgery, or a hospital stay or for those needing treatment for significant arthritis or acute orthopedic conditions such as lower back pain, hip, or wrist fractures.

The Meadows’ team of licensed therapists are educated and trained on the latest technology, surgical approaches, protocols, and precautions and take a comprehensive approach with each client to ensure an effective treatment plan. They in conjunction with the patient’s physician will design a rehabilitation and care plan customized specifically for the individual receiving care.

Rehab patients at The Meadows have the advantage of using the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill for rehabilitation therapy. This revolutionary equipment is perfect for people with lower body injuries, chronic pain, or neurological conditions that inhibit mobility. The Meadows is one of the few facilities in Nashville to offer this state-of-the art treadmill for physical therapy.

Program Overview

Our program is focused on the following areas to ensure the greatest possible success for each patient:

  • Medical Management
  • Pain Management
  • Education
  • Physical Conditioning
  • Discharge Preparation

The benefit of our programs is the individualized care and team approach, with all members focusing on their area of clinical expertise. By working together, they can implement a comprehensive plan of care that addresses the entire patient’s unique needs, resulting in optimal patient outcomes.

Please call for more information about our skilled nursing orthopedic rehab or outpatient therapy programs (615) 646-4466.

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Coloring: Rediscovering a Joy from Childhood

The Gorgeous Colouring Book for Grown-UpsDo you remember the excitement you felt as a child when you got a brand new coloring book and box of Crayola crayons? Skimming the book to find the perfect picture, deciding which shade of blue to color the sky and then being so determined to stay inside the lines! While it’s probably been years since many of you have colored, people all over the world are rediscovering this favorite childhood pastime.

Two of the 10 top-selling books on Amazon right now are coloring books for adults – Secret Garden and The Enchanted Forest, both by illustrator Johanna Basford. These coloring books, as well as many others hitting the market, contain highly detailed images of animals, gardens, and nature as well as ornate designs and patterns.

While this phenomenon has caught many by surprise – including publishers who’ve had to scramble to meet demand – research suggests that adults are turning to coloring as a way to release stress, boost creativity and even help improve sleep. According to psychologist, Gloria Martinez Ayala, “Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not our worries. It also brings out our imagination and takes us back to childhood, a period in which we most certainly had a lot less stress.”

In addition to reducing stress for many busy adults, coloring has also been shown to provide many benefits to senior citizens. In addition to helping to promote memories and recognition in the brain, coloring also helps to promote joint health and flexibility. Choosing a picture, a color, and holding and maneuvering a crayon are excellent exercises that promote mobility and connectivity between the brain and fine motor movement.

So in addition to being fun, coloring is good for everyone – not just kids! If you’re searching for a new way to unwind or a looking for an activity for that special senior in your life, visit your local bookstore and pick up one of these new coloring books for adults and a box of crayons or colored pencils. Happy coloring!

 

 

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Friends in Faith Discount Program at The Meadows

15-JAM-1460 Web Banner L2 lfFor more than 60 years Lakeshore Senior Communities have served thousands of families by providing senior living and healthcare services to the elderly. As a Christian non-profit organization, our mission is to provide for the physical needs of our residents while attending to the spiritual well being of everyone we serve.

Because of our emphasis on Christian values and mission, we have established the Friends in Faith Discount Program available only to members of Bellevue area churches. For a limited time, The Meadows is offering a $500 per month discount for the six months of private pay residency in a semi-private nursing room (30 day minimum stay).

Located in the Nashville suburb of Bellevue, The Meadows is proud to offer the following services and amenities for the comfort and convenience of our residents:

  • On-site management and 24-hour licensed nursing staff
  • Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
  • Medical Director and On-Call Specialists
  • Podiatrist, Optometrist, Dermatologist, Dentist, Psychiatric Services
  • Pharmacy services, including delivery and medication reviews
  • Delicious, specialized nutrition programs overseen by a Registered Dietician
  • Hair Salon & Barber Shop
  • Library
  • A robust activities calendar
  • Seasonal events for residents and families
  • Free scheduled transportation for appointments
  • Quarterly family care plan meetings and monthly family council meetings
  • On-site chapel with Sunday worship and weekly devotional services

If you know of an elderly person who could benefit from 24-hour care in a warm, Christian environment, call us today for additional information or to schedule a tour.

Greta Mullinax or Rhonda Furlough at (615) 646-4466.

By providing this discount, we hope to serve those who will benefit from the compassionate care of our professional staff and enjoy being a part of a community where we strive to have Christ at the center of all we do.

This offer is available for a limited time and is subject to approval by Lakeshore Senior Communities Administration. To receive the Friends in Faith discount, an application with a recommendation by an authorized church leader must be submitted. This offer is applicable to new admissions only and is not retroactive. Current residents are not eligible for this discount.

 

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Caregiving: Tips for Maintaining Balance

iStock_000009374798SmallAccording to AARP, there are approximately 66 million Americans caring for a child and a parent at the same time.   Fittingly named the “Sandwich Generation”, many of these adults are squeezed between their aging parents or relatives, their children and their careers. Trying to balance all of these roles can trigger several different emotions and create many challenges, which can ultimately lead to emotional stress.

As a caregiver, it is important to take care of yourself and maintain balance in order to reduce burnout and stay healthy. Here are a few tips for helping to maintain balance and lessen stress:

Ask for help – while it is sometimes difficult to ask for help, you may be surprised to find that family members or close friends are very willing to pitch in and help. Make a list of tasks that others can assist you with, such as grocery shopping, taking your loved one to an appointment or just sitting with them for awhile so you can have some time to yourself.

Take care of your own needs – it is important that you take time to relax, that you stay social and that you take care of your physical needs. Don’t skip an exercise class or your hair appointment and don’t miss out on the new movie you’ve been waiting to see. Taking time for activities you enjoy can help you feel better and reduce stress.

Create healthy habits – be sure to incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine. Eat right, get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and keep up with your own health by going to the doctor and dentist as needed.

Find a support network – remember there are other people in like situations experiencing similar emotions to you. Join a caregiver’s support group, talk to a counselor or your minister at church. It is important to deal with your feelings and one of the best ways to do that is to talk about them.

Take advantage of community services – be sure to take advantage of community services that are available to help caregivers. Many times these services are covered by insurance or the cost is based on ability to pay. Available services may include adult day care, home health aides, respite care, and transportation services.

Remember the challenges of caring for a parent or loved one is a demanding job and no one is equipped to do it alone. With the right help and support, you can be a good caregiver without having to sacrifice yourself in the process.

The Meadows offers respite care for caregivers who need to take a vacation or need a short break from caregiving. Short-term stays are based on space availability. Call today for more details (615) 646-4466.

 

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Socializing: It’s Good for Everyone, Especially Seniors

MinHolidayStress_blogIt is well known that socialization is important for all people of all ages, but recent studies have shown an increasingly stronger link between social interaction and the physical and mental well being of seniors. It has been reported that seniors who spend at least three hours a day socializing with others are more likely to report higher levels of happiness than those who spend time alone.   In addition to increased feelings of happiness, an active social lifestyle can help seniors maintain a sharp mind, help create a sense of purpose and belonging, and improve physical and mental health. According to a study in The American Journal of Public Health, seniors who were socially active demonstrated a slower rate of memory decline.

While seniors can be more susceptible to isolation and feelings of loneliness, there are many ways they can stay socially connected and engage with others, primarily with their peers. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • Volunteer
  • Engage in group activities or join a club or group with shared interest.
  • Get a pet
  • Attend church
  • Learn new skills
  • Join a gym or fitness center and take advantage of classes specifically designed for older adults.
  • Take advantage of activities, events, and programs that are free or offered at a low cost for older adults. Many colleges and universities allow seniors to audit classes at a low cost or no cost.

If group activities don’t appeal to your family member or loved one, encourage them to make regular plans with a friend – have lunch, go to a movie or participate in some other common activity. It has been shown that socializing reduces stress, as well as feeling of depression, anxiety and isolation. Spending time with friends is not only relaxing, but is also enjoyable, and can help increases overall happiness.

 

 

 

 

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Keys to a Good Night’s Sleep

n-ELDERLY-MAN-SLEEPING-large570During March, the National Sleep Foundation sponsors National Sleep Awareness Week. It is important for us to remember how key sleep is to our health. No matter what our age, sleep is essential to your physical health and emotional well-being. For older adults, a good night’s sleep is especially important because it helps improve concentration and memory formation, allows your body to repair any cell damage that occurred during the day, and refreshes your immune system, which in turn helps to prevent disease.

As we age, we often experience normal changes in our sleeping patterns. We may become sleepy earlier, wake up earlier, or get less sleep. Although these changes are normal parts of aging, there are many ways we can maximize our sleep. While sleep requirements vary from person to person, most healthy adults tend to require between seven and a half to nine hours of sleep per night to function at their best. However, how you feel following a night’s sleep is more important than number of hours you spend asleep. Frequently waking up not feeling rested or feeling tired during the day are the best indications that you’re not getting enough sleep at night and may have a sleep problem that needs to be addressed.

Here are some tips to get a good night’s sleep:

  • Turn off electronics including phones and computers at least an hour before bed. Screens have been proven to decrease the production of melatonin, the sleep engine.
  • Try reading a book. It may help you relax and help you feel sleepy.
  • Make sure your medications are not prohibiting your sleep. Check with your doctor as popular medications like Excedrin and Bayer Back may contain caffeine, which may cut into your sleep.
  • Stop eating at least an hour before bed. Snacking right before bed can stimulate brainwaves that bring on nightmares instead of sweet dreams. Choose foods like fruits, whole grains or milk if you do eat right before bed.
  • Clean the area around you. Clutter may distract you from sleeping and even cause anxiety. Make sure your bedroom is clean and clear of distractions.

Exercise regularly but make sure to do so at least three hours before bedtime as exercising too close to bedtime may energize you instead of relaxing you and promoting sleepiness.

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Respite Care Helps Caregivers

meadows-care-options1Do 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 (615) 646-4466.

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Show Your Heart Some Love!

images-2February is American Heart Month so show yourself some love! During this month, organizations raise awareness about cardiovascular disease—including heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. Heart health is important for everyone, seniors and their caregivers alike.

You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people who already have heart disease. Here are a few ways you can increase your chances of a healthy heart:

Eat Healthy

Sometimes we want to reach for a brownie instead of a banana, and that is okay. The important thing is to maintain a balance: make most of your meals healthy and just occasionally indulge. Some other ways we can be healthier include eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, selecting whole grains over alternatives, eating foods low in saturated fats, salt and cholesterol and eating foods high in fiber. Drink lots of water.

 Get Your Blood Pumping

Physical activity is important and cardio exercise is one of the best things to do for a healthy heart. It gets your blood flowing and your heart pumping! Some types of cardio exercise include walking, swimming, biking, and aerobics. It is recommended that adults exercise for at least 30 minutes a day – what type and how much you should do depends on health factors so ask your doctor for suggestions that are right for you.

Happy Heart

Have you ever had a “racing heart” when you were excited? Or maybe your heart felt like it was beating up in your throat when you were frightened? Well, there is a connection between the human heart and emotions. Chronic frustration, stress, fear, and even depression can be bad for the heart and increase the risk of heart disease. Some ways we can lower the risk are to remember the things we are grateful for, laughing more, and connecting with others through social engagement. This month, try to remind yourself of the blessings in your life, watch a comedy movie or TV show or call a friend and reminisce.

 

 

 

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Senior Living Care Conversations with Your Loved One

Caring For Elderly MotherDeciding on senior living care for a loved one can be an emotional and difficult decision. Many times a move into a senior care facility follows a crisis situation; however, gradual changes in health, lifestyle or financial well-being can necessitate the need to discuss long-term care or begin the search for new senior living arrangements.

According to Stella Henry, R.N., author of The Eldercare Handbook, “this is probably one of the hardest decisions a child will ever have to make.” Henry, an eldercare specialist, says many seniors “unrealistically believe they can take care of themselves for the rest of their lives.”

Regardless of the age of your parent or family member, Henry and other senior care experts believe that lines of communication should be opened early on and that regular conversations about the future and senior long-term care needs should happen over time before a crisis situation arises.

Here are some suggestions for beginning productive and positive conversations:

  1. Begin the conversation with an attitude of listening rather than telling. “Have you thought about what you want to do if you need more help?” rather than “We need to talk about a plan if you get sick or can no longer care for yourself.”
  2. Make references to yourself and let it be known that everyone will have to make decisions like this at some point. “I know neither of us want to talk about this, but it’s important that I know what’s important to you. I will have to do the same for myself one day.”
  3. Be open and honest with the facts. Don’t hide negative information. “It is going to be difficult for you to go up and down these stairs one day. Let’s talk about what some other options might be.”
  4. Phrase concerns as questions, letting your loved one draw conclusions and be involved in decision-making. “Do you think you are beginning to need help with cleaning or cooking?”
  5. Allow your loved one to get angry or upset and try to react to these feelings calmly. “I understand you get upset talking about this issue. It upsets me as well but it’s important that we talk about it.”
  6. Be sure other family members are in agreement and they are involved in the conversation. “Dad, we know this is a difficult discussion to have but we’re all in agreement that it’s important for us to discuss.”
  7. Leave the conversation open and go back to it another time. “Mom, we can talk about this some more later. I just thought it was important for us to start having some conversations about what you want and need.”
  8. Include others in the conversation – a spiritual advisor or doctor.
  9. End the conversation on a positive note. “I’m glad we had that conversation.”
  10. Do something fun or relaxing afterwards. Go to dinner or watch a movie together.

 

As difficult as this process may be, remember it is better to involve your parent or loved one in the conversation.

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