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Son talks about working with Aging in Place Services
Aging in Place Services asked a recent client if we could spotlight their move for this Senior Issue.
We began by meeting with Steve and surveying the new apartment. He had a clear list of what furniture his mother was bringing to Nashville and some new things he was purchasing. He was full of enthusiasm and wanted this to be a beautiful and inviting new home for his mother. Photographs of her home helped to see how to set things up, and working with another senior move manager in Florida gave us a clear picture of where things were and how items were packed.
Steve says it best: I want to say thank you and your team for doing a fantastic job handling my Mom’s move this year to Park Manor. From meeting with my Mom and being there throughout … you and your staff made sure that my mother’s requests and questions were handled immediately and with such care. It was as if you were moving your own family. Since this was new for me as well, I do thank you for making both of us feel at ease.
As part of the project, my Mom has some treasured pieces of art along with so many items from her travels throughout the world. It amazed me that not one item was damaged in any way; from all of her tchotchkes to her clothes and photos, your staff did fantastic! You told me from the start that you were hands on for each and every move and I can see that. You were truly a lifesaver!
So the best way to describe our feelings for the move….. You Can’t Fix Excellence!
Have a Blessed Day!
Steve Wallach for, Joyce Wallach
Alive Hospice is part of Nashville’s Jewish community
Charitable nonprofit Alive Hospice has a long history with Nashville’s Jewish community. In fact, Alive Hospice wouldn’t exist today had it not been for the work of several pillars of the Jewish community including Dr. David Barton, Mrs. Lynn Barton, Dr. John M. Flexner, Rabbi Randall Falk and many others.
Alive has the distinction of being the only hospice in Tennessee to be accredited by the National Institute for Jewish Hospice. Earning NIJH accreditation in 2015 and reaccredited in November 2016, Alive has worked to ensure that Jewish values and traditions are honored by each staff member involved in providing care for terminally ill patients and their families.
For 41 years, Alive Hospice has served Middle Tennessee with patient- and family-centered care for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. Alive’s teams of physicians, nurses, hospice aides, social workers, chaplains (spiritual counselors) and volunteers offer the most comprehensive care for terminally ill patients and their families in the region. Equally important, Alive’s services also include grief support for adults and children and community education through the Alive Institute, the agency’s Center for Education, Outreach, Innovation and Advocacy.
Did you know? Alive provides the most mission-oriented care of any hospice organization in Tennessee. In order to keep this longstanding commitment, Alive must raise the funding to make this possible on an annual basis and welcomes donations.
For more information about Alive Hospice, call (615) 327-1085 or visit AliveHospice.org.
Family Staff Solutions: Helping seniors stay independent
At Family Staffing Solutions, we mean it when we say “personal care assistance at its best.” Our staff is dedicated to giving you choices so you can stay independent, at home and in charge. We have more real experience with families in this community than any other local or statewide company. We have staffed almost 4 million hours of personal care since 1999.
Your family has options. It is our mission to help you find the most joy each day with professional personal care assistance. We know you love your home and your independence and that is why we provide services based on a model of relationship and satisfaction of care. We visit our clients and talk to the adult children frequently and offer our families a client satisfaction survey.
One of the things we love about caring for our “grown older” friends is enjoying the knowledge they share and their vision of aging. Clients are encouraged to share tips and ideas on how we can continue improve our care and exceed their expectations.
Aging is a gift. Our clients, just like you and your family, hold a level of experience and life skills to be admired and respected. Our company can help you maintain that sense of empowerment and value.
Peace of mind is priceless in the personal care assistance business. We would love to help you or your family member celebrate staying independent and at home. Call us today for a complimentary “get acquainted” visit.
FiftyForward Adult Day Services offers assistance to older adults, families
Caring for an older adult with physical and/or memory issues is rewarding and challenging. The most prevalent care choices are at home or in a residential facility, which can be expensive and may not be a family’s preference. An excellent alternative to consider is an adult day services program such as FiftyForward Adult Day Services in Green Hills.
Older adults who participate in adult day services have fun while benefiting from activities to enhance or maintain their abilities. Program participants can expect some form of exercise; games that focus on recall and memory; arts activities, and nutritious meals.
Adult day service programs help older adults meet their physical, emotional and social needs; decrease isolation and depression; participate in projects and volunteerism; and, especially through a connection with FiftyForward Adult Day Services, learn about additional community resources that may enhance quality of life for the entire family.
Adult day service programs also aid caregivers and help them learn how to most effectively interact with their loved ones. Caregivers still working can go to work knowing their loved one is cared for and safe. Caregivers can also carve out time for themselves to attend a doctor’s appointment, meet a friend for lunch or have some alone time – all of which are essential to reduce stress.
The Heritage at Brentwood offers residents flexibility, independence
At The Heritage at Brentwood, you can savor the privacy of living in your own beautiful residence while indulging in a vast array of services and amenities. We offer a variety of 20 different floor plans, including apartment-style residences, spacious villas and garden villas – exclusive to the area – on a meticulously planned 48-acre campus with views of rolling countryside and rich woodlands. In addition to your private residence at The Heritage, you can enjoy a fresh approach to senior living filled with choice, flexibility and independence. Become a part of a creative community with healthy living activities that focuses on HealthyLife Services, which include a combination of active life events, exercises, nutrition options and well-being.
A good value is important. Value extends beyond just price into a happier, healthier lifestyle. We provide maintenance-free living so you no longer have to worry about the upkeep of your home and everything else that comes with it. Add to it LifeCare, and you and your family gain peace of mind, security for the future and you have more time to enjoy life.
One of the distinct advantages of living at The Heritage is our ability to deliver a full continuum of quality, long-term health services, within the comfort of a familiar setting. For health care at The Heritage, you’ll experience a significant savings when compared to other types of senior living communities. That’s the LifeCare advantage.
Hunt Memorials helps families celebrate loved ones’ lives
One of the best ways to celebrate the life of a loved one is when you create their memorial. Not only does it mark their final place of rest, it tells the world what they meant to you. With the traditional unveiling schedule, families have a year to select a monument design that is just right. Whether it is a simple, matching marker celebrating family history and connections or a custom individual monument, Hunt Memorials will meet your needs and surpass your expectations.
The Hunt family has been serving the Jewish community and the city of Nashville since 1928. That is 89 years of steadfast service and craftsmanship. We still do things the old-fashioned way, carving each monument ourselves in our shop on Gallatin Road in East Nashville. No middleman. Just the Hunt family serving yours. You will work with us directly from start to finish. The average memorial takes about 12-16 weeks to craft from design to installation. If you have experienced a loss, please contact Joy Hunt and she will walk you through the process and guide you so that your memorial will be ready for the unveiling in one year.
We would be happy to answer any questions you might have. Joy Hunt can be reached at (615) 262-1313.
Jewish Family Service: Sustaining senior adults in all areas of life
Jewish Family Service provides a myriad of programs to aid senior adults in our community.
The Helping Hands Program serves Jewish senior adults who live alone or in assisted/nursing communities. This program utilizes volunteers to provide services, which may include friendly visits, telephone reassurance, Shabbat services at local assisted living facilities and a Passover Seder for seniors. JFS also facilitates the Golden Lunch Bunch in collaboration with The Temple and offers Musical Helping Hands to match musicians with people living with dementia for one-on-one visits. There’s also the Helping Hands Art/OMA Program, which matches a trained facilitator with a person living with dementia for the creation of art.
The Jacob’s Ladder Program pairs volunteers with seniors who might need assistance with small tasks requiring the use of a ladder such as replacing the batteries in smoke detectors, changing light bulbs and setting clocks.
JFS also provides information and referral services in which social workers help individuals identify services that are available in the community.
JFS provides an ongoing caregiver support group facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at noon at the Gordon JCC.
The Low-vision Aid Program, in partnership with B’nai B’rith, serves seniors who find it difficult to engage in basic daily activities such as cooking, locating appropriate clothing, continuing hobbies, or reading the newspaper due to vision difficulties.
JFS social workers also provide counseling — professional assessment and treatment for individuals, couples, families, and groups of all ages. A sliding fee scale is available for those unable to pay full fee, ensuring access to mental health for all.
The JFS Senior Directory is a comprehensive, large-print directory of all programs, services and activities available to the Jewish Senior community. Printed copies of the directory may be found at Jewish Family Service, the Gordon Jewish Community Center, synagogues and online at http://jfsnashville.org/senior-directory/.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of the programs listed, please call JFS at (615) 356-4234.
LiveWell By Blakeford combines insurance, service features
Who doesn’t want peace of mind when it comes to their future? That’s why we created LiveWell By Blakeford, an innovative way to plan for your future that combines features of long-term care insurance, home care, assisted living, and residential living. Let’s answer a few questions you may have:
1. I’m healthy and don’t need anything – why would I join LiveWell?
You can put a plan into place now, complete with your vision and intentions. During a crisis, it is much harder to organize services and ensure your wishes are met. Our members experience significant peace of mind knowing they have a plan, a provider, and professional support ready if they ever need it.
2. Why not just save my money and pay when I actually need care?
Long-term care costs are expensive – nursing homes in our area cost from $90,000 to $110,000 per year, per person. If you can prepay for long-term care, as you do with LiveWell, you protect your assets, especially in the event you need a significant amount of care.
3. Why do I need LiveWell if I have long-term care insurance?
Long-term care insurance is a way to fund your long-term care. That’s all. It does not organize care, it stipulates elimination periods and maximum limits, and has strict eligibility requirements. Joining LiveWell ensures you are completely covered and have access to care you need as soon as you need it.
The best way to learn more about LiveWell By Blakeford is to attend an introductory seminar. Register by contacting us at (615) 665-0694, visiting Blakeford.com/livewell-seminars, or emailing us at email@example.com. •