Senior Living Blog

How to Decide When a Loved One Requires Assisted Living

Making the decision to place a loved one in assisted living is difficult. There’s a persistent voice in our head that keeps saying, “Not yet. It’s not time yet. We can wait a little longer.” There’s often another voice—possibly from family, friends, or doctors—that’s saying “It’s time. In fact, it’s long past time.” We’re not … Continue reading “How to Decide When a Loved One Requires Assisted Living”

Tips for a Smooth Transition into an Assisted Living Community

One of the most important aspects of making the transition into an assisted living facility is helping your loved one feel at home in their new surroundings. This is a difficult concept for many people to grasp, including the family and friends of those making the move to assisted living. We’re not used to our … Continue reading “Tips for a Smooth Transition into an Assisted Living Community”

What’s the Difference between Assisted Living & Independent Living?

There comes a time in many adults’ lives when they realize it is time to make the important lifestyle change of moving into a retirement home. While this isn’t for everybody, many older adults and their families ultimately come to realize that there are benefits to living in the sort of communities provided by us … Continue reading “What’s the Difference between Assisted Living & Independent Living?”

Honoring Past Traditions and Beginning New Ones with a Loved One in Assisted Living

If you’re a longtime Chicago native, it can still sting to think of Marshall Field’s. For over a century, the beloved department store was an integral part of life here in Chicago, and the center of many families’ holiday traditions. While movies largely pay homage to winter window displays in Manhattan, those of us in … Continue reading “Honoring Past Traditions and Beginning New Ones with a Loved One in Assisted Living”

Chicago’s most-festive holiday events

Well, the weather outside may not be delightful, but that’s no reason to huddle inside during the holiday season. There’s simply too much to see and do between now and New Year’s Day. Not in a festive mood yet? These are some of the best holiday happenings that ought to lift your spirits.

Celebrating the Holidays with Loved Ones in an Assisted Living Facility

Somehow, the holidays are here already. Like every year, they seem to have snuck up on us. But now that the temperatures are dropping and the decorations are going up all over the Chicago area, our thoughts have turned to celebrating with friends and family. If you’ve got loved ones in an assisted living facility … Continue reading “Celebrating the Holidays with Loved Ones in an Assisted Living Facility”

Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Chicago During the Winter

Winter in Chicago can be a difficult time for residents because of the inclement weather and its effects on the roadways and walkways throughout the city. This can be so discouraging that many people simply stay inside and attempt to wait out the winter. While that may seem like a good idea on particularly bad … Continue reading “Ways for Seniors to Stay Active in Chicago During the Winter”

The Essential Checklist for Downsizing a Home

No matter how old you are, moving can be stressful. When it comes to downsizing a home and transitioning into a senior living community, there is a lot to do–whether it be packing, discarding, cleaning, paperwork, and a host of other tasks. On top of the labor of physically moving things from one place to the next, there’s … Continue reading “The Essential Checklist for Downsizing a Home”

5 Ways to Support Your Senior Parent in Their Move

“Home is where the heart is” rings true for many of us. However, we can still become attached to physical places and spaces that hold memories and other sentimental items and feelings. This can make the process of moving from one home to a new one a big undertaking, especially if your senior parent has lived in the … Continue reading “5 Ways to Support Your Senior Parent in Their Move”

Best Hobbies for Seniors

Someone once said, “If you snooze, you lose.” These days, more and more seniors are ditching interminable periods of inactivity for eclectic forms of engagement. They embrace hobbies, rather than shun them.