TowerLight Blog

How to Persuade a Senior they Need Help

December 6, 2019

Here’s some advice from someone who’s been there You’re doing what any good person would do, trying to keep tabs on a loved one who’s growing older. You’re afraid to broach the idea of getting involved in their affairs because you don’t want to hurt their feelings–or worse, start a fight. Maybe you’ve even tried to offer your help, only to get rebuffed. Heidi Sklenar Telschow, a personal advisor to clients of Fairview’s Caregiver Assurance service, knows it’s a predicament. She hears it on a daily basis. When a senior repeatedly resists help, “it creates a lot of frustration for the son or daughter or spouse,” Heidi says. “People will make unsafe and uninformed decisions, and you just want to…

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What are the Stages of Dementia?

November 13, 2019
Warm embrace to a loved one in a senior living community

Care partners of persons with dementia are often eager to know what stage their loved one is currently in and how best to work with and relate to the person in these phases.  I will give you some general tips here, but first, let me say two things for a larger context: Remember that people with dementia have strengths, no matter where they are at. Please think about those specific strengths, as this is what our care and interaction are built upon. Everyone has a sense of humor. With some individuals, we may need to work harder than with others to tease that out. People with dementia can be very creative and expressive. Their connection to and memory of music…

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Care for Seniors with Chronic Conditions

September 6, 2019
Senior woman being helped by a caregiver

Approximately 85 percent of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 60 percent have at least two chronic conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For many older people, coping with multiple chronic conditions is a real challenge. Learning to manage a variety of treatments while maintaining quality of life can be problematic. People with chronic conditions may have different needs, but they also share common challenges with other older adults, such as paying for care or navigating the complexities of the healthcare system. Clinicians can play an important role in educating patients and families about chronic health conditions and can connect them with appropriate community resources and services. One resource that many people…

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When to Look for Assisted Living

August 13, 2019

If you have older family members, you may end up having to look into an assisted living facility in St. Louis Park at some point in the future. This is common among those who develop memory problems or physical disability due to aging. However, knowing the right time to look into an assisted living facility can be very difficult for the caretaker, especially if this is the first time one has ever had to make this kind of decision. There are a few signs to look out for in order to know when the right time to look into such a facility has come.   Worsening Medical Conditions One of the most common reasons that family members may decide that…

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Boosting Safety for Seniors at Home

August 8, 2019

Every year, 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. If you live alone, guard yourself against falls by ensuring your home is as fall-proof as possible. Flooring is Key Many seniors slip and fall because of slippery surfaces. Marble can get very slippery when wet but is also very tough on bones and muscles if a fall should ensue. The carpet will give you a much better grip. If you have asthma or dust allergies and you prefer hard flooring, wood or laminate are preferable to natural stone, ceramic, or porcelain tiles. Talk to a builder about specific anti-slip material as well. Home Layouts Matter It is important to take a long hard look at your home…

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Why do we wait until a crisis happens to make decisions on senior care?

March 1, 2019

We hear these stories unfortunately far too often. “Well, mom didn’t want to move so we thought that we were helping her by keeping her home.” The sad but true fact is that if you allow yourself or a loved one to wait until something bad happens, you’re not giving yourself the opportunity to keep some of that independence or to keep that same quality of life. If you were driving and heard loud noises coming from the engine or saw a little smoke coming out of the hood, would you get it checked/fixed or wait until it completely broke down and you’re stranded on the side of the road? Having a big fall on the ice or having a…

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But I’m not ready for Assisted Living…

February 5, 2019

“I’m not ready yet.” It’s a phrase often heard these days. Navigating the senior living industry and different care options is often challenging and frustrating. We’d all love to stay in the comfort in our  homes and take care of our own self to keep our independence up until we go to our forever home. The reality is that most people won’t get to do that. The majority of every senior 65 and up should expect to need at least a few years of long-term care, probably in an assisted living or care center. For many older adults there comes a point in time where living on their own just isn’t safe. Additionally, when the “it’s time to move,” decision has been made, we…

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Medications and Older Adults

January 7, 2019
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It’s a common concern that we hear about often in senior care. Older adults missing medications, mixing medications; and truly not understanding the medications they take. As you get older, your body changes. These changes can increase the chances that you’ll have side effects when you take medications. Older people often have more health problems and take more medications than younger people. Because of this, older adults are more likely to experience harmful interactions be […]

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Winter Move-in Special—Limited Time

January 5, 2019

Mention this offer at your visit and receive $1,280 off Second Month’s Rent or $1,280 towards moving services provided by Gentle Transitions. TowerLight Senior Living is a modern and energetic community that provides a full continuum of senior living options for aging adults. We offer diverse programming, quality care, and one-of-a kind intergenerational experiences with our in-house childcare. Located in the heart of St. Louis Park, we are conveniently located near shopping, health providers, restaurants, and more! In addition to our Independent Living, we provide Assisted Living as an option for those needing minimal to higher care assistance. A full array of services can come to any apartment, so there’s no need to move when you need help–you can age…

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Who says dreams don’t come true?

November 6, 2018

Integrity. That word has a lot do with truth and honesty, things that can get a bit murky in dementia care, as we work to validate feelings and honor the way a person with dementia views the world.  At our recent Mission Breakfast event at Ebenezer, I was asked to prepare a story that related to Integrity, one of our five core Ebenezer values. To tell the truth (ahem), I wasn’t quite sure (at first) that I could spin the story I really wanted to tell (yes, I chose the story before bei […]

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