4 Downsizing Tips for New Assisted Living Residents

As people grow older, it makes perfect sense to establish some sort of assisted living arrangement. Assisted living communities offer great opportunities for seniors to remain independent while helping their families care for their needs.

But if a senior is used to more space, it can be hard to fit all of their belongings into a space that might resemble college apartment. It doesn’t matter if the move is from a small one-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee or this historic Milwaukee suburban mansion — downsizing for assisted living needs can be tough.

That’s why we’ve put together this handy list of four downsizing tips to make a move as painless and efficient as possible.

  1. Get Rid of Clothes

You don’t have to go full minimalist just because you’re moving into an assisted living community. But small spaces mean less closet storage, and there’s no better time to evaluate all of your belongings than when you’re already digging them out to pack them up. If you haven’t worn that pair of shoes in more than a year, or if you’ve never actually used that extra set of sheets, don’t go through the hassle of packing and moving them in hopes that “maybe this year!” you’ll get around to it. Instead, donate or sell things you don’t use. By paring down your unused or excessive possessions, you’ll have fewer boxes to buy and to move, plus you can get a boost for the donation on your next tax returns.

A few good resources for donations: Goodwill, Soles 4 Souls, and Dress for Success.

  1. Donate Entertainment

One thing your smaller space REALLY doesn’t need, unless you’re an aspiring film-maker or archivist, is a big stack of videos or DVDs. And if you’ve embraced the streaming revolution, the same thing goes for boxes of CDs, tapes, or any other outdated data storage facility. Instead, why not donate those old tapes to a local shelter or Goodwill? Other, more specialized programs — like DVDs for Vets and Books 4 Cause also accept entertainment and media.

  1. Multi-Purpose Furniture is Key

In a large apartment or house, you can divide rooms by purpose: The dining room is for dining, the bedroom is for sleeping, the living room is for lounging on the couch in your pajamas. But in an assisted living community, every little thing should have a meaningful purpose. Your furniture should reflect that multi-purpose ethos. Consider a couch that can also convert into a bed, or a small table with leaves that allow it to work as a desk or expand to accommodate a dinner party. Bookshelves are a great way to add more surface area while also using vertical space — use them to hold not only your favorite novels, but also stereo equipment and small decorations.

  1. Consider a Family Storage Unit

How often do you re-read Middlemarch? Even if you can’t bear to part with your eight-track collection, how often do you listen to the tapes? Renting a storage unit will allow you or your family to keep the clutter without crowding your living space. In a smaller space, a single object can really change a room. So simply switching objects — small furniture, decor, even books — from your storage unit to your new assisted living community space can totally re-make your living area.

4 Decorating Tips for Assisted Living Apartments: Family Photos, Hobbies, and More

This is a guest contribution from our friends at ABODO

As Americans age, maintaining a home can be a burden, especially if you have health issues.

That’s why many people choose assisted living communities for their retirement years. Such facilities help seniors maintain independence while also lessening the burdens of maintaining a household. They also provide community and easy access to health care.

But the transition from home to a new apartment can be jarring, especially for seniors. When you’re used to home, even an apartment with a nice view and movie night down the hall can seem sterile and alien. Luckily, there are things you can do to make your new apartment feel like home. Here are a few ideas from the apartment experts at ABODO.

Decorating tips for assisted living apartments

1. Family Photos
This is kind of a no-brainer. When you move into an assisted living facility, you’re starting with a blank slate. That can be good — maybe you have too much stuff! — but it can also feel sterile. To make things feel more like home, make sure to have plenty of pictures of loved ones and family members around. They’ll be visiting, you know. And they’ll be flattered to see themselves on the wall.

2. Something Old, Something New
A move into an assisted living facility necessitates downsizing. You can’t take your king-size bed, your sofa, your full dining room table (with china), or all your guest room linens. But that doesn’t mean you need to jettison everything. Pick a few pieces that mean the most, or have the highest value — a bed, a bookshelf, a breakfast table, a desk — and donate the rest to family or friends.

Or sell them, and use the money to buy new furniture that fits the new apartment. Always wanted a stained teak coffee table? Have you wanted a massage chair for years? Now might be the time to pull the trigger. New furniture can help you or your parent take ownership of the new space, making it feel like a new home.

3. Go Shopping
Every room has its own identity. One of the best things about moving is the ability to find that identity for yourself. When you move into an assisted living community, you have the opportunity to play interior designer again, maybe for the first time in a long while. Go nuts with it. Shop for curtains, rugs, and pillows like you’re moving someone into a college dorm. Take some risks.

4. Hobby Area
Assisted living facilities typically offer classes, talks, game nights, and even movie screenings. But that doesn’t mean that your own apartment is just for sleeping. It’s a good idea to include space in your new apartment for a hobby. If you’ve always been a chess nerd, mark off a table for games. Into fly fishing? Reserve a corner for your tackle boxes and thread. Always wanted to write your memoirs? Set up a desk near the window. Reserving space in your apartment for hobbies ensures that your attention won’t be monopolized by the television when you’re in your room. Plus, it’s a nice conversation piece for when friends and family are over.

5 Tips for Downsizing in Your 50s, 60s, and Beyond

This article is a contribution from our friends at ABODO

Retired Americans are downsizing. According to Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, 27% of all American renters are over 55, and they accounted for 44% of renter growth from 2005 to 2016.

Whether you’re moving closer to the city, switching to a smaller, easier-to-maintain house, or looking to give your retirement fund a boost, downsizing makes a lot of sense for older Americans. But how do you go about it?

At ABODO, we help people of all ages find their perfect apartment. And with these five simple tips, downsizing at a certain age will be a breeze.

Downsizing tips for seniors

1. Be Realistic About Your Goals

Why are you downsizing? Is it to save money? To be closer to all the cultural opportunities the city center has to offer? To be closer to friends and a community of other people your own age?

Good reasons, all. But not all of them are true for every person. Don’t move into a big-city high rise if you hate crowds. If you’re moving into an apartment to save money, make sure your monthly rent payments aren’t higher than your mortgage. And for goodness sake, don’t move into a retirement community if you don’t like other retired people.

2. Hire Movers Who Specialize in Senior Downsizing

If you’re over 55, the days of renting a U-Haul, then calling a couple of friends and bribing them with pizza and beer are over. Let someone else do the heavy lifting. Better yet, let someone else help you plan the entire move… and pack. Senior moving experts like Gentle Transitions in Minneapolis help downsizing seniors plan and execute every step of the move — and they even box things up. Whether it’s a move from a huge house in Edina or a small Minneapolis apartment, movers are a great help.

3. Pack What You’ll Use — Store or Donate the Rest

If you’re doing your own packing, be judicious about what makes it into your new space. Remember, you’re downsizing. You won’t have room for both pairs of fly-fishing waders and all 300 volumes of the World Atlas. Unless you’ll be leaving on safari in the next six months, put that canteen into storage. Unless you plan on hosting a formal dinner within a month of your move-in, go ahead and pack up the finger bowls and wedding china.

An air-conditioned storage unit within a reasonable distance of your new home will allow you to live in your new place without feeling crowded. Just label everything, and be sure to pack the unit so that it’s easy to find things when you need — or want — them.

4. Downsize Your Furniture, Too

Sure, that 18-foot sectional looked great in your old living room. So did the grand piano. But a smaller apartment means that your old pieces might need to find a new home. Measure everything, and map out a furniture floor plan before you start the moving process. If a piece doesn’t fit, aesthetically or size-wise, find a new home for it.

It can be bittersweet to let go of the bed you’ve slept in for the past two decades, or the easy chair your husband still falls asleep in every Sunday afternoon. But instead of mourning a piece of furniture tied to your old life, why not commit to step #5?

5. Embrace the Chance to Redecorate

Downsizing to a new place in retirement is a big change. But it’s also a new opportunity. In a new apartment, you’re free to embrace a new vision for your personal space. Have you always dreamed of going sleek and minimal? Did you spend your entire 30-year mortgage wishing for a more functional kitchen? How about a library?

Your new apartment is a step into the future, so don’t let it become a museum of your past. That doesn’t mean you can’t keep cherished objects and keepsakes, or that you have to throw away your photo albums — far from it. But you should give yourself leeway to try something new. When you’re starting over in a new space, you can finally try out that red accent wall, or use your “office” as a meditation space. Giving your new place its own design identity can give you a fresh start in your new home, and allow you to embrace new hobbies and interests.

After all, you’ve still got a lot of living to do.

How to Choose Assisted Living for Someone with Disabilities

Here’s a startling statistic: by 2020, the number of seniors is projected to outnumber children worldwide. By 2050, one-fifth of the total U.S. population will be 65+. Those 85 or older will be the fastest-growing segment over the next few decades.

For many elders, life on a day-to-day basis is challenging. More than half of the “oldest old” (those 85+) are dealing with at least four chronic diseases, and 25 percent have more than six.

As the senior wave grays the globe, there is a corresponding surge in the number of elderly people who need assistance with their ADLs (Activities of Daily Living). But how do you know whether someone is “disabled” — and if their plan to age in place is no longer viable?

Defining “Disability”

Disability changes the landscape of senior living options. Below are the primary parameters researchers with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services use to define “disability” in the elderly. Consider these points a guide to help determine if your loved one may be disabled, or becoming disabled:

  1. Ability to manage 5 core ADLs: bathing, dressing, using the toilet, transferring from bed to chair, and feeding oneself.
  2. Ability to manage daily life tasks, known as Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, or IADLs. IADLs include:
    1. preparing meals
    2. taking medications properly
    3. grocery shopping
    4. housework
    5. managing money.

Many elderly individuals do not require assistance in core ADLs, but cannot perform these IADLs without occasional or ongoing help.

  1. Cognitive functioning. Some seniors, including those with Alzheimer’s disease, may be physically capable of performing ADL and/or IADL activities, but should not be allowed to perform them independently because of their cognitive impairments, which impede their ability to handle these tasks safely and accurately. In other words: if a senior with dementia is cooking her own meals, she may leave the stove on and accidentally set the house on fire.
  2. Impaired in an ADL, but able to perform the task with the aid of an assistive device, e.g., getting to the bathroom with the aid of a walker, or climbing into the bathtub with the aid of a grab bar.

Measuring disability is therefore not a straightforward matter. Some elders require the active assistance of another person to perform an activity; they absolutely can’t do it on their own. Others may be able to perform an activity with difficulty, but just need someone nearby in case they require assistance.

The most common approach, per the Department of Health & Human Services, is to define someone as disabled in an ADL if he or she requires the help of another person to perform the activity. Thus, elders who can manage on their own with assistive devices are generally not considered to be disabled.

How to Select the Right Assisted Living Facility

An Assisted Living community may be the answer for a senior with disabilities, because it can provide the degree of help needed, allowing the resident to maintain as much independence as possible. A residential care home might be another good option, especially if the home specializes in serving seniors with disabilities and is equipped to provide the level of care your loved one needs. The smaller, homey atmosphere can be very soothing for someone with dementia or other cognitive impairment.

When considering an assisted living facility or residential care home for an elder with disabilities, be sure to address the following ten questions:

  • Is the facility clean and odor-free?
  • Are the residents well groomed?
  • Do residents seem happy?
  • Are caregivers and employees engaged with the residents? Do they seem to like their work?
  • Are caregivers trained to meet the special needs of people with the disabilities my loved one has?
  • Who administers medication and attends to urgent medical needs?
  • What types of training do caregivers and other employees receive?
  • Ask to see a resident’s room or apartment. Is the space clean, and in good condition?
  • Are the common areas — kitchen, laundry, bathrooms, guest rooms — clean and well maintained?
  • Are family members and residents encouraged to stay connected?

Financial Help for Elders and the Disabled

A non-profit organization known as Elderly or Disabled Living (EDL) is a housing help service that assists seniors or people who are disabled (an applicant doesn’t need to be both) with paying a portion of their bills. Because it is a private charity, there are no waitlists or special requirements. ElderlyorDisabledLiving.com is open to all U.S. citizens on an equal basis. An applicant may only receive financial assistance once per year, and is welcome to reapply at any time if they are not selected.


The Plaza at Clover Lake Assisted Living Facility in Carmel, NY

Imagine living in lush grandeur, with acres of beautiful gardens that someone else lovingly tends for you — even your own private lake! You’ve just described The Plaza at Clover Lake, a deluxe senior living community that offers both independent and assisted living with superb quality of life.

Located on 135 acres in scenic Carmel, New York, our community, founded in 2000, provides the kind of respectful, attentive, friendly service an older adult desires and deserves. Your loved one will enjoy three nourishing, delicious meals each day, housekeeping services, a full program of activities, and a scheduled car service for outings and errands, among many other amenities, so their life here can be truly carefree.


General Pricing Information for Carmel Assisted Living 

Room TypeMinimum CostAverage CostMaximum Cost
1 Bedroom$5,500$5,500$5,500



“Everyone who is employed at Clover Lake is extremely personable, and helpful. The aides are to be commended for their service. I can not say enough about the care at this facility.”


“I loved Plaza at Clover Lake, I even joked with Maureen to save me a room in 10 years, when we took our tour.

The place was clean, they have a gym and I observed the residents working out. They also have an old-fashioned soda shop with music from the 50s playing in the background. I saw other residents reading the paper and you could see how the staff took good care of them.

The other thing I liked about Plaza at Clover Lake was that in the end when the money runs out they would take Medicaid. I know that many communities will ask you to move your loved one out when their options are gone. It was explained to me that I could keep mom here and with some private pay along with Medicaid, they would work with us. It was so refreshing to have a community take that approach.

Maureen did explain to us that they are still remodeling Plaza at Clover Lake. This place is friendly and beautiful, it sits on top of a mountain and overlooks a lake. I could see my mother enjoying her time here.”


“My Mom seems fine and seems to like it. My Mom is very social and she likes the people that work there. Some of the residents are not so friendly, but that cannot be helped. Overall, a good experience so far.”


“We toured this community when we were looking into senior living options for our loved ones. Plaza at Clover Lake was a beautiful, up to date, and overall very nice looking community. However I do not think it would have been a great fit for Mom. It is a big place and there just would have been too much walking for her. It also ended up being one of the more expensive options we saw.”


“My parents are very happy at the Plaza, my only issue is that they need more aides. Since my parents are paying extra for my mother to get more home care there have been times that the aide does not show up or is late. She is mildly self sufficient with the help of my Dad. But they insist that my Dad not help her so we sometimes have a problem.”


“They were a reasonable value. They do work towards Medicaid without a spend-down first which is nice. They do have a lot of activities but they could have a little more. My dad is pretty particular and I haven’t had any complaints from him.”


“Lovely facility, great staff very warm and informing.”


“Pretty nice facility. Liked the central arrangement with the resident halls extending from there. Price was about $1K higher per month than APlaceForMom.com had, plus $1-2K additional for care. Has fairly recently become an assisted living facility after being independent living so they are not quite up to speed with things. No nursing on site, which is a concern.”


  • Daily medication monitoring and assistance
  • Bathing, dressing and grooming assistance
  • Three delicious, well-balanced meals plus evening snack daily (special diets accommodated)
  • Weekly housekeeping and linen services
  • Personal laundry service
  • Planned daily activities and entertainment
  • Scheduled group trips
  • Suite maintenance service
  • Holiday activities and family social opportunities
  • Scheduled transportation to doctors, shopping and banking
  • Incontinence management
  • Reminding and socialization encouragement services
  • Case Management Services
  • Personal Banking


  • Comfortable lobby and sitting area with fireplace
  • Quiet social and recreational areas throughout Community
  • Grand living room
  • Convenient postal area with private mail boxes
  • Diner
  • Outdoor shuffleboard courts
  • Arts and Crafts Center
  • Library with computers and Internet access
  • Card and Game Room
  • Outdoor garden areas
  • Free guest parking
  • Conveniently located elevators
  • Comprehensive fire alarm system
  • Complimentary laundry facilities
  • Billiard table
  • Fitness room
  • Theatre for movie and TV viewing



Click here to contact us now to see if The Plaza at Clover Lake may be right for you.


The Walpan Residence: Refined Retirement Living


What could be finer than retiring to a charming, turn-of-the-century colonial on a quiet, residential street? Not having to worry about the upkeep — or preparing your own meals! Since 1963, The Walpan Residence in Montclair, New Jersey, has offered seniors elegant independent living in a luxurious, family-like atmosphere designed to provide all the comforts of home.

The Walpan Residence offers the best of both worlds: independence, with the assurance that a helping hand is there when you need it. Similar to an Inn or Bed & Breakfast, The Walpan caters to a senior’s every need, treating each resident as a treasured guest. Residents enjoy stylish living accommodations, three delicious meals a day, and a relaxed, supportive environment that allows them the freedom to pursue personal interests.

For the independent senior who no longer wishes to maintain his or her own home, The Walpan is an outstanding, cost-effective alternative to a long-term care facility. Its mission is luxury with dignity and choice. Along with the benefits and convenience of a professional staff trained to serve a senior’s special needs, family members enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing their loved one is being cared for in a secure, nurturing environment.


Unlike assisted living and nursing home costs, which are published annually by Genworth Financial, there is very little published pricing information available on independent living facilities. According to a state-by-state chart compiled by SeniorHomes.com, independent living prices in New Jersey as of 2015 range from a monthly minimum of $2000, to a monthly maximum of $5355, with an average cost of $3371. We suggest you use these figures as a guideline when considering The Walpan Residence.


“My sister is so busy now since she moved into The Walpan Residence. She is having such a great time. I think she has adjusted well with the move into the community. She thinks everyone is super-kind and helpful. They help her with transportation to and from her appointments. They really care about her and look after her very well. The community is wonderful and really nice looking and the location is around the block from her old neighborhood she grown up in, so she is still close to her friends. It has been a good experience for us, the owner of the community has been great to us and I would highly recommend this community.” 

“My Mom is really enjoying this place! The staff is incredible, the owner is really great, and the family that fills in for him when he takes time off is wonderful. They are all very warm, caring, and responsible, all of Mom’s needs are cared for. Mom says the food is excellent, the chef is great.

“Mom has complained that resident turnover can be high, it’s hard to meet new people that often. I also believe they should have more mentally stimulating activities for the residents to keep them active.”

“They are very clean. I feel like I am definitely getting my money’s worth. I have heard that they are really good about responding if he calls for help. I can’t really think of anything I would like them to do better or any concerns either. We chose them because they were the best fit for our loved one.” 


Walpan Residence Features:

  • 3 carefully prepared, superb meals daily
  • 24-hour access to staff and personal care assistance
  • Bilingual staff
  • Elevator
  • Medical assistance on call
  • Cable TV
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary transportation service
  • Convenient to nearby shopping and NYC transportation


  • Beauty salon
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Planned leisure activities and events, both onsite and offsite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Laundry and linen service


  • Respite Care is available

Click here to contact us now to see if The Walpan Residence may be right for you.

Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities In Louisiana

If you plan to retire in the Pelican state, aka Louisiana, you will be living a good life. With many festivals and a wonderfully rich cuisine, Louisiana is well-known for its high times, year-round warm weather and plenty of outdoorsy activities. Bird-watching, fishing trips on the bayou and some 20 state parks are what you can enjoy in this state.

For retirees, the state is not very cheap but still affordable with the median home in the state at about  $190,000. The cost of living is 11% lower than the national average as well. To be fair, the coast is hurricane-prone and has a high obesity rate but then there’s a lot to love about Louisiana. Think signature dishes like crawfish etouffee and spicy meat pie to indigenous music styles like zydeco and jazz. Here are the 10 Best Assisted Living Facilities you can choose from in Louisiana, arranged in random order…

Garden View, New Iberia

1000 Darby Lane
New Iberia, Louisiana 70560

Garden View Assisted Living is a family run facility with round-the-clock staffing. The staff is careful to implement and coordinate individual care needs. All meals are served restaurant-style in a beautiful, formal dining room. A large variety of mid-morning and afternoon snacks is also available. Garden View provides a unique environment where all the staff works together to ensure each resident feels special, safe, secure and well cared for. There are many recreational activities and exercise programs as well. Simple needs like weekly housekeeping, laundry, and flat linen services are taken care. Emergency call systems and surveillance cameras keep residents in touch with the caretakers and safe from harm. Guests and pets are welcome.

Click here to contact us now to see if Garden View may be right for you.

Brookdale Alexandria

351, Windermere Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303

Brookdale Alexandria is located in a beautiful, upscale residential area, and is close to the highway as well as various hospitals and clinics. Brookdale promises quality care in a compassionate and respectful manner and residents can choose between assisted living and memory care, each one tailored to fit an individual’s medical needs. With various floor plans and plenty of amenities to choose from, Brookdale is a pet-friendly place and believes in letting its residents live life to the fullest. Residents can enjoy an in-house arts and crafts studio as well as plenty of outdoor walking trails and gardening corners. Frequent outings to Super Wal-Mart, the Alexandria Mall, the local movie theater and Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center further keep the residents entertained.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Alexandria may be right for you.

Sunrise of Baton Rouge

8502 Jefferson Hwy
Baton Rouge LA 70809

Sunrise at Baton Rouge is a gorgeous property that offers assisted living, memory care as well as short-term stays. It’s conveniently located near the main medical centers of Baton Rouge and is also close to some of the finest cuisine and shops in town, including the Mall of Louisiana, Bocage Village Shopping Center and Perkins Rowe. Sunrise also offers plenty of resident activities like sporting events, theatrical plays, fine dining and spa trips. Residents can also be part of a quilting club, tai chi classes or a walking club. All to ensure that the residents have something fun to do and enjoy. The facility is completely secure but still allows family members and residents to come and go as they please.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sunrise at Baton Rouge may be right for you.

La Plantation

26635 LA Highway 16
Denham Springs, LA 70726

La Plantation of Louisiana is a beautiful assisted living community that offers plenty of indoor and outdoor common spaces to let its residents interact with each other. The staff remains attentive and awake 24 X 7 to nip any emergencies in the bud. Many residents have often waxed eloquent about the beauty of the grounds with fountains, fish pools, and a beautiful, three-towered fountain in the front that residents can sit around. Residents can choose from studios, one bedroom or two-bedroom apartments though only the two-bedroom ones have ovens.

Click here to contact us now to see if La Plantation may be right for you.

Brookdale, Lafayette

215 West Farrel Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

Brookdale Lafayette is located in the exclusive River Ranch neighborhood, close to many shopping centers, like Target, and the area’s major hospitals. The ever-smiling staff offers the best of care be it for assisted living or memory care. Each apartment features amenities such as a private, handicapped-accessible bathroom; an individual temperature control and a kitchenette. There are 80 apartments, all on the ground level. Many apartments also have a patio or large windows overlooking a beautifully landscaped property. Common areas include a lobby, a fireplace, a game area, chapel area, on-site beauty salon, activities room, library and more. Trips for ice cream, performances by the Acadiana Symphony, the local history museum and house-warming parties and holiday celebrations make this a wonderful place indeed.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Lafayette may be right for you.

Park Provence

1925 Possum Hollow Rd
Slidell, LA 70458

A warm, caring staff with quality assisted living services is what residents get, with the USP of getting only as much help as they actually need so as to be as autonomous as possible. Located alongside a scenic lake surrounded by a walking path and 20 acres of rolling landscape, residents at Park Provence can choose from 82 beautifully appointed live-in suites. There is an entire floor that caters exclusively to memory care. Amenities include an onsite barbershop, nail salon, as well as many enriching and diverse activities to make sure that Park Provence residents are social, active and have fun every day.

Click here to contact us now to see if Park Provence may be right for you.

Sunrise of Metairie

3732 West Esplanade Ave S
Metairie, LA 70002

Sunrise at Metairie offers assisted living, memory care, short-term stays as well as coordination of hospice care. The facility is located close to the popular hospitals of the city. Nearby attractions include the National WWII Museum, New Orleans Fairgrounds, French Quarter, casinos and parks. Residents can enjoy the best of New Orleans’ unique culture with the dining featuring local specialties such as fish, shrimp, oysters, crabs, jambalaya, and gumbo. Each resident is encouraged to join in the activities. Common activities include Cajun dancing and steamboat rides on the Mississippi River. Residents are served three nutritious meals daily, and snacks are available 24 X 7. The residents also get monthly visits from a designated wellness nurse. The USP  is individualized care in a comfortable, nurturing environment.

Click here to contact us now to see if Sunrise at Metairie may be right for you.

The Arbor & Terrace Communities

4518 Hwy. 80 East
Ruston, LA 71270

The Arbor & Terrace Communities was remodeled in 2015 and provides as safe an environment as beautiful for its residences. Conveniently located on the highway, residents get easy access to shopping centers, grocery stores, hospitals, banks, and fine restaurants. A friendly and professionally trained staff called the “personal care team” takes care of all the needs of the residents.  Residents are also encouraged to participate in the many diverse activities that the facility plans like bingo, outings to restaurants, shopping malls, museums, community events; exercise classes as well as wine and cheese socials. All residents get monthly birthday parties, movie days, religious services and parties for just about every holiday!

Click here to contact us now to see if The Arbor & Terrace Communities may be right for you.

The Terrace of Shreveport

8950 E Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71115

If you are looking for a full range of assisted living services and a warm, friendly staff at Shreveport, then stop your search. Round-the-clock supervision and security, access to professional nurses and emergency call systems make it a haven for those in need of assisted living. Residents get help with daily living and their delicious and nutritious meals are prepared by professional chefs. Residents at The Terrace of Shreveport enjoy an exciting new chapter of life and enjoy many diverse activities that give them a chance to interact with their peers and neighbors. In-room facilities include air conditioning, cable TV, private courtyard or patio, wheel-in or walk-in shower as well as wheelchair access.

Click here to contact us now to see if The Terrace of Shreveport may be right for you.

Brookdale Bossier City

2540 Beene Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111

Brookdale Bossier City in Louisiana offers 84 apartments that include studios and one- and two-bedrooms units, where pets are always welcome. Large walk-in closets and handicapped-accessible showers provide comfort to residents. An in-house beauty shop keeps the residents at their comfortable and fashionable best. Brookdale offers a unique “Optimum Life” approach to its resident activities to tackle all aspects of a resident’s wellness. Be it purpose, emotional, physical, social, spiritual or intellectual. Residents may choose to receive as much or as little help they need. Food wise, they are served a variety of healthy menu options with fresh, regional cuisine. Each resident received a tailor-made solution for their medical and health needs, to make sure they are as comfortable and happy as they could be at home.

Click here to contact us now to see if Brookdale Bossier City may be right for you.


Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kentucky

Wondering where to spend your silver years in? Think Kentucky, where the cost of living is 14% below the national average and there’s no tax on the first $41,000 of retirement income, pension or annuities. And while the state does produce 95% of the bourbon consumed in the US and 75% of all Kentucky Derby winners; it also boasts of a thick, unique colored grass which is why it is known as the Bluegrass state. Abundant grassy fields, natural beauty and plenty of outdoorsy activities in the form of hiking, boating and fishing – Kentucky is full of nature’s loveliness and an ideal place to just sit, kick back those shoes and watch the magic of the sky; or indulge in some Midwestern warmth, peppered with Southern hospitality… So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

So here’s a list of ten wonderful assisted living properties in Kentucky, arranged in no particular order.

Horizon Bay

901 Blankenbaker Parkway
Louisville, KY 40243

Home to the Kentucky Derby, Louisville can get overrun with tourists and boasts of many attractions indeed. That said, if you would like to stay in a city that never really sleeps and yet is surrounded by natural beauty, Louisville may be for you. And Horizon Bay can be an excellent choice for you since it not only gives you options for assisted living but also specializes in memory care. You are also welcome to bring a pet here and pet care will also be provided along with plenty of activities designed for the elderly to keep minds full of wisdom, happy and active.

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Atria Stony Brook

3451 South Hurstbourne Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40299

Atria Senior Living is a leading senior care provider that offers many options for independent living, assisted living, supportive living as well as memory care communities in more than 180 locations in 28 states. At Atria Stony Brook, a wide array of services and amenities is provided in a tailored way as per the needs of each individual resident – so that you can live your life as independently as you want, with help and reassurance available at every corner. A wide array of activities coupled with caring staff along with nearby shopping and other in-town activities make this an ideal place to spend your later years in.

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Morningside of Bowling Green

Morningside of Bowling Green
981 Campbell Lane Bowling Green, KY 42104

Bowling Green is an excellent place to retire, and start a post-retirement business too if you are so inclined since it has low rent and labor costs, and a low unemployment rate. And if you choose Morningside of Bowling Green to make your home, you can be assured of many social, recreational, and educational activities, regular outings, restaurant-style dining but serving home-style food, an in-house salon, a games room and a well-stocked library. Along with this, there are beautifully landscaped grounds to take in some nature in with a walk, stroll or jog around the environs. A caring staff will make the sun seem brighter and the air seems crisper here as well.

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Chandler Park

2643 Chandler Dr,
Bowling Green, KY 42104, USA

At Chandler Park, residents are encouraged to be independent but a highly compassionate and trained staff is there 24/7 to take care of you. Your stay is in your choice of spacious and private one or two bedroom suites – and the staff will tailor a service plan for you targeted to meet individual needs and wants. And once you move in, meet some friends for an ice cream or a milkshake at the ice cream shop, or get your hair done at the salon, or simply take part in the many Life Enriching activities of the day. And in case your needs change, so can your plan.

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Glendale Place

905 Glendale Rd,
Murray, KY 42071

Earlier known as Glendale Place, now as Brookdale Murray, is located in what could be the friendliest town in America. Brookdale Murray offers cost-effective studios, one-bedroom apartments that are cozy and comfortable to spacious two-bedroom apartments. Residents are encouraged to add their own personal touch to the apartment with decor and furnishings, to make it truly home. The community also provides plenty interactive opportunities among its residents from an old-fashioned ice cream social to a monthly family night potluck, so that no senior ever feels alone. Amenities include but are not limited to being pet-friendly, a well-stocked library, an arts-and-crafts studio, and an onsite beauty salon, a greenhouse with gardening opportunities, a game room and computer/internet access.

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The Lafayette

690 Mason Headley Rd,
Lexington, KY 40504

A posh senior living community, The Lafayette’s elegant furnishings, and beautifully landscaped grounds make it a beautiful and homey place for active seniors to live the kind of lifestyle they enjoy – at home with Kentucky’s famous icons – horses and bourbon! Amenities include restaurant-style dining, full-service salon, an exercise room, a cocktail lounge, a library and reading room, as well as laundry, transportation, and housekeeping. They also have elevated gardening boxes for seniors to explore their green thumbs in comfort and of course, regular outings. The Lafayette is centrally located off Harrodsburg Road with easy access to hospitals, downtown, and a variety of excellent dining, shopping, and cultural attractions, including museums and Keeneland.

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Culpepper Place

2121 New Holt Rd,
Paducah, KY 42001

So what used to be the Culpepper Place is the Brookdale Paducah now, and it’s a senior living community in one very charming city indeed! Best known for its rich quilting heritage: Paducah is also home to the National Quilt Museum of the United States and keeping this in mind, the residents of the Brookdale Paducah enjoy many outings, shopping trips, live performances, quilting classes from local artists, bridge groups and monthly special theme events, often hosted in the restaurant to make food, fun! Your choice of living can be studios, one-bedroom and two-bedrooms that are all one level and stair-free, with wall to wall carpeting and kitchenettes.

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Bluegrass Assisted Living

1108 Regency Way,
Elizabethtown, KY 42701,

With a crime rate is far below average, and quick and easy access to the beautiful Appalachians – Elizabethtown is a perfect place for seniors to live out their silver years in, especially if they choose to live at Bluegrass Assisted Living. Thi community offers different assisted living plans with their specialized plans of Foundational Support, Promotional Guidance, Motivational Living, and Enriched Reinforcement focusing on safe, secure memory care through the Alzheimer Care Enrichment Philosophy. Along with this, the apartments are brightly colored, the meals nutritious, amenities are a step above the rest and a there are a variety of engaging activities to make the residents feel completely at home within the community.

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Regency Manor

11725 Madison Pike,
Independence, KY 41051

Health concerns are often at their peak once you start aging, and at Regency Manor, each resident gets an attending physician, licensed nurses, medical specialists, therapists, registered dietitians, activity directors, and nursing assistants – who in turn, work together in tandem to create the perfect assisted living program for you. Here, most of the residents share a room and eat their healthy meals in a central dining room. They accept pets, provide offsite devotional services and have wheelchair accessible showers. Located centrally, Regency Manor is near to many pharmacies, parks, churches and of course, the hospital to provide the best services there is to its beloved residents. Plus, who wouldn’t want to live in a town called Independence!

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Covington Ladies Home

702 Garrard Street
Covington, KY 41011

So here’s a senior living community with a difference – one that does not allow males! This non-profit community promotes an atmosphere of quiet dignity and individual respect, security and care for women aged 62 and above. Located in a gorgeous Victorian Mansion in the rather prestigious Licking River Historic District, it provides private rooms, 24-hour on-site nursing staff, and affordable rates along with being a smoke-free facility with 24 hours interactive family time. All this and more makes Covington Ladies Home a perfect choice for ladies above 62, looking for a safe haven with kindred spirits that they could call home and that too in a beautiful building.

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Top 10 Assisted Living Facilities in Kansas

Why retire in Kansas? Well, it’s what Dorothy called home for starters and went about clicking her red heels to get back to! Seriously though, with a cost of living 12% below national average, the cost of assisted living goes down too; so Kansas becomes a haven for those looking for active but affordable silver years, with wide open spaces, lower than average taxes and a really low unemployment rate as well – a boon for those looking for a second chance at employment in their later years.

The hilly grasslands, bubbling brooks, and plenty hunting trails offer a truly diverse life after retirement and despite a pricey neighborhood or two, Kansas offers so much to anyone looking to move to a great place to spend their silver years in, with its easy pace of living. We bring you the top ten assisted living facilities in Kansas, in random order…

Watercrest at Cherry Creek

8200 E. Pawnee
Wichita, KS  67207

Fancy Wichita? Famous for being known as the Air Capital of the World, Wichita’s history is tied to aviation manufacturing and is a great place to live in. One great place for assisted living in Wichita is Watercrest at Cherry Creek (earlier known as Carrington) that offers individual climate control, an emergency call system, a secured entrance and plenty of security cameras, warm and lovely patios, balconies and independent kitchens in all apartments, 24-hour nursing staff and a great option to pay month-to-month rent, which is rather affordable too. Situated in a quiet neighborhood but fairly accessible because of its location, Watercrest offers four different floor plans and sizes of apartments to best suit your preferences.

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Sedgwick Plaza

2455 North Woodlawn Avenue
Wichita, KS 67220

Fancy living in a 60s style hotel – the grand ballroom, the fireplace and the ornate chandelier and all? One of the first places in Kansas to be certified as a personal care one, the luxurious apartments at Sedgwick Plaza are spacious, have plenty storage space for your memories and have large windows for you to let in the world. At Sedgwick Plaza, you are free to furnish your apartments at will, and there are plenty of activities organized by the staff for you to socialize with new faces, or hang around with the old ones… Planned exercise sessions, creative arts and crafts and diverse social opportunities such as mocktails hour, movies, bingo, and billiards make this one grand place to live indeed.

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Legend at Capital Ridge

1931 SW Arvonia Pl
Topeka, KS 66615

In native American, Topeka means a good place to dig for potatoes. Green, fertile and gorgeous, Topeka is a wonderful place to retire to, especially if you plan to live at Legend at Capital Ridge – known to be one of warmest assisted living facilities in Topeka. With five distinctive apartment styles that support a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, sink and cabinetry, a large bathroom with endless shower, an emergency call system with speaker response, phone and TV connections as well as individually controlled heating and air conditioning, topped with dog and cat acceptance – this place will provide you all that you dream of when it comes to retirement.

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The Homestead Apartments

11800 S. Shannan Street,
Olathe, KS 66062

Olathe was founded by John T. Barton, who when taken with verbena flowers asked the Shawnee tribe for their name and so the reply came ‘O-lay-thee’ ergo Olathe. The natural beauty of Olathe is stunning, more so if you decide to live at The Homestead Apartment Homes – and they rightly call themselves more of a happy community than just another assisted living facility. Rather affordable to live at, Homestead offers you all the facilities you need and more – all first floor suites with no need for stairs or elevators, three nutritionally balanced meals served daily in the dining room, 24-hour health care and emergency communication, housekeeping and personal laundry and many varied events to suit every taste and background. Topped with a lovely courtyard and lovelier environs.

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Brookdale of Emporia

1200 W 12th Ave
Emporia, Kansas 66801

Home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia was named after ancient Carthage, known for economic prosperity. And if you too want to spend your silver years in the best that Emporia has to offer, think of Brookdale of Emporia (formerly known as Sterling House of Emporia) that not only offers intimate setting to provide access for individuals with limited mobility but plenty outdoor amenities such as patios, raised gardening beds, and walking paths – everything that makes a life lived so much better. Be it the furnishings or the wall treatments, everything is carefully selected to make it one of the best assisted living facilities in the state, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities to keeps its residents happily occupied.

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Victory Hills Retirement Community

1900 N 70th Street
Kansas City, KS 66102

After a massive renovation, Victory Hills Retirement Community offers plenty amenities like covered parking and storage units and is one place where you can stay in the assisted living (floors two to five) or the independent living apartments (floors six to ten). With 14 apartments on each floor, this is a great place for anyone looking for assisted living with 24-hour nursing care, or independent living with the added comfort of medical aid just a quick call away. For assisted living, the place offers medication management, assistance with ADL’s, doctor’s appointments, weekly housekeeping and days filled with fun activities. They accept small pets as well and are placed near the lovely Painted Hills Golf Course, if you fancy a game.

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River Bend by Americare

3820 Broadway Ave
Great Bend, KS 67530

So Great Bend is another great city in Kansas to think about after retirement with its wetlands, a water park and a really great zoo and a really lovable hometown, old school charm. River Bend by Americare is one of the best assisted living facilities in Great Bend, offering a really active lifestyle for its residents with a morning exercise club, a bridge club for the cards oriented and tons of social entertainment as well – in-house musicians, food galore and incredible entertainment. With eggs, the way you like them for breakfast, plenty of comfort foods and all at affordable prices – think of River Bend as simply the place to be, once you want to live a life of leisure, with medical care a back and call away.

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Sunrise at Lenexa

15055 West 87th St Pkwy
Lenexa KS 66215

If you are looking for a place with pets, how about Sunrise at Lenexa, that has its own dog and cat? With a very homey feel to its exterior and plenty flower beds that also brighten up the interiors, along with the fresh and smiling faces of the staff – Sunrise at Lenexa would feel just like home. Adjacent to a park with a lake and walking paths; and close to Hen House, Walgreens, Legler Barn Museum and multiple other restaurants, shops and houses of worship – Sunrise at Lenexa is wonderfully located to give you the most active life at a price that won’t pinch your pocket! They also boast of a special neighborhood for the memory impaired and basically do everyting they can to improve the life of every resident that decides to live with them.

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Brookdale at Liberal Springs

1500 Terrace Ave
Liberal, KS 67901

Peaceful settings, a restaurant style dining experience that serves home-style meals, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and a staff that tries its best to see a smile on your face, goes towards making Brookdale at Liberal Springs a wonderful living environment. Special events, activities, clubs and many an ongoing cultural enrichment program ensure that all the residents lead a happy social life. Four acres of beautifully landscaped land with gorgeous walking paths, Brookdale is near to the Southwest Medical Center, a rehabilitation facility, as well as shopping centers, restaurants, and hotels, making it a lovely and convenient option for residents and family members as well.  residents.

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Waldron Place

1700 E 23rd Ave
Hutchinson, KS 67502

Waldron Place Assisted Living by Americare is a very peaceful assisted living residence, right next to a hospital and a clinic. It also has the added advantage of being ideally situated near many other medical facilities as well the mall, Wal-Mart, and grocery store. Any and all assistance is provided, letting the residents or “neighbors” live as gracefully as possible, leading as independent or as assisted life as needed. Social events are often organized to encourage people to meet-up with each other, to live full lives and to be as happily active as they can be, in comfortable and beautiful surroundings.

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The Most Popular Home Improvements Among Seniors and Retirees

According to a 2012 AARP report, nearly 90% of people aged 65 and older wish to remain in their own homes as long as they are able. The report also showed that 80% of older Americans are committed to staying in place while they age. Finally, about 25% of the respondents plan to make modifications to their homes to make it easier for them to age in place. This information led us to investigate which home improvements and modifications are the most popular among seniors and retirees to make aging in place more comfortable and convenient for them. Some home improvements are much more costly than others, but they all make it easier for seniors and retirees to age in place.

Stair Lifts

One of the most popular home improvements for seniors and retirees is installing a stair lift. http://www.amazon.com/Stair-Lift-Flip-Lifetime-Warranty/dp/B00957UIQA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442411896&sr=8-1&keywords=stair+liftClimbing the stairs to upper floors often becomes difficult for older Americans, as they may develop muscle weakness and instability. Seniors also find it easier to carry laundry up and down the stairs when riding on a stair lift. Stair lifts carry a hefty price tag, but they are a less expensive option than installing elevators, which can cost as much as $30,000. Most stair lifts require custom-fit tracks for staircases, so it is a good idea to have them professionally installed.

Walk-In Bathtubs

Seniors and retirees may find it difficult to climb in and out of the bathtub. One of the more popular home improvements to solve this challenge is installing a walk-in bathtub. Over the years, walk-in tubs have become more convenient or luxurious, with some featuring quick drains and others featuring air massage systems with therapeutic jets. Another option is to install a walk-in shower and tub combination.

Bathroom Grab Bars and Safety Rails

There are a number of grab bars and safety rails available that can make the bathroom safer for seniors and retirees. Grab bars may be located on the bathtub and next to the toilet, and safety rails and safety frames may be installed on the commode to give seniors something to hold on to while transferring to and from the bathtub and toilet. Bathroom grab bars and safety rails are especially helpful for seniors who have trouble with balance or who are unsteady on their feet. Retirees who worry about slipping in the shower appreciate the added peace of mind that shower handles provide.

Lever-Style Door Handles

As seniors and retirees develop arthritis and lose some grip strength, they choose to replace their http://www.amazon.com/MaxGrade-400LON11HRH-London-Single-Venetian/dp/B00F1BOYAA/ref=sr_1_8?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1442414034&sr=1-8&keywords=lever-style+doorknobsstandard round doorknobs with lever-style door handles. Lever-style door handles do not require the same level of grip that traditional round doorknobs do, so they ease the level of difficulty seniors and retirees face when opening doors in their homes. Lever-style door handles are available for interior and exterior doors, and some feature unique push-pull mechanisms to make them even easier and more convenient for seniors.

Motorized or Automated Blinds

It can be difficult for seniors and retirees to operate blinds. An increasingly popular home improvement is installing motorized or automated blinds, complete with remote controls. These window treatments allow seniors and retirees to control their blinds without standing up, reaching across furniture, and reaching up high or bending low to make adjustments. Because of their custom nature, motorized or automated blinds should be measured and installed by a professional.

Many seniors and retirees invest in home improvements because they prefer to remain in their own homes and age in place as long as possible. While home improvements may seem costly at first, seniors and retirees soon realize that making some improvements to their homes for added safety, convenience, and comfort is well worth the investment.

About the Author

Angela Stringfellow is an author from Snappy Services. Snappy is an electrical, heating and air (HVAC), & plumbing services company in Georgia. You can learn more about the services offered by Snappy in some of their most popular areas by following the links below: