We are thrilled to announce that LCS® has been named a Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award Winner for 2023. This prestigious award recognizes organizations that have achieved exceptional performance in employee engagement and workplace culture. Read More
For older adults, moving to a senior living community — with no home maintenance, cooking or cleaning responsibilities — can be incredibly liberating.
Why Schedule a Tour? Here are Four Reasons.
It’s very common to feel a little unsure about senior living. It can feel like a big commitment and a drastic change. Those concerns are exactly why it helps to go on your own fact-finding mission to discover what life is like there and how a community could even enhance your lifestyle. A tour is your opportunity to explore the possibilities that senior living can offer.
Just start with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
1. See the community in person.
Pictures are great, but you notice so much more about a community when you’re there. You’ll be able to walk the halls, see the residents in their day-to-day activities, and see how team members and residents interact. You’ll also notice practical aspects of the community, like whether the group exercise space is far enough away from the quiet library, how far a hike it is to the dining room — the important details that affect residents’ days.
On a tour, you can also notice the cleanliness of the community — is it up to your standards? Take in the decor — has the community been updated or refreshed recently? Is there plenty of natural light in the residences and common spaces? Living in a clean, well-designed community will greatly enhance your quality of life, and a tour is your chance to see it for yourself.
2. Get answers to your questions.
The sales staff and team members want you to have the information you need to make an informed decision, so don’t hesitate. You might start with the big questions. What is the fee structure? If there is an entrance fee, is it refundable? What will happen if you or your partner needs higher levels of care in the future? Find out if your payments will increase and whether the community can provide care on-site.
Make a list of questions important to you so you can seize the opportunity to ask for details in person. And if you think of more questions after you’ve left, you can always follow up with your tour guide.
3. Try a bite.
Arrange for one of your visits to involve a meal. You’ll likely eat many of your meals at the community if you move in, so find out whether you like the food. This will also give you a chance to experience the level of service provided and see how the residents enjoy the dining experience. Inquire about whether any of the dining rooms have a dress code, and be sure to ask about the various dining venues available to choose from at the community.
4. Find out how it all fits together.
Ultimately, a visit will help you decide whether you feel at home in the community. Discover whether there are residents who share your interests and/or might introduce you to new ideas or hobbies. Would you feel comfortable in the shared spaces as well as the residences? Is the location of the campus convenient for your life outside the community? Several lifestyle pieces need to come together to create the right fit for you, so visit as many times as you need.
Having a positive attitude toward aging is powerful, and is the first step for seniors to enjoy a happy life. There are so many reasons to be positive at an older age.
5 Ways to Have a Positive Aging Experience
Having a positive attitude toward aging is powerful, and is the first step for seniors to enjoy a happy life. There are so many reasons to be positive at an older age. As an older adult, you have:
- Less of an obligation to work.
- More time for fun activities.
- Reduced stress without household responsibilities.
The idea of aging can be a source of anxiety for many people, especially those who aren’t sure what to expect or how to navigate the experience. Growing older is a fact of life, and it is not a journey that should be feared, but rather, one that should be embraced.
With support and resources, you have everything you need to look forward to a positive aging experience. Life Care Services has put together a list of five ways you can find that positive attitude and use it to plan.Click Here to Read Full Article
We’re all intimately aware of how much technology has changed our everyday world and continues to do so at an increasing pace. And while seniors can sometimes be slower to adopt new technologies, in many ways, they may have the most potential to be helped by technological innovations.
More than 25% of seniors experience a fall each year in America. Emergency departments see 3 million seniors for fall-related injuries. While falls are so common they’ve become the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries in adults over age 65, that doesn’t mean they are an inevitable fact of aging. In truth, the belief that falls are simply a natural part of getting older actually puts seniors at a greater risk for falls.
Balance and agility naturally wane in an older adult’s later years. If nothing is done, this decline puts seniors at a greater risk of experiencing an injury-inducing fall, but it doesn’t follow that there’s nothing you can do to prevent a fall from happening. Some basic steps toward fall prevention can make a senior much safer.Read 5 myths about senior falls and how you can help keep yourself safer.
When you need to help a loved one find the senior living option that fits their care needs, the choices can seem a bit overwhelming. This short guide will explain the differences between assisted living and memory care, and give you some information to help you start moving toward the decision that’s best for your loved one.
Independence, freedom and self-reliance are woven into the fabric of American culture. There are scores of movies, books and songs about the loner who relies on their wits and skills. As teenagers, most of us couldn’t wait to be out of the house, making our own decisions. But as we grow older, what was thrilling in our teens and adulthood can start to become dangerous and risky.
According to the Administration on Aging, as of 2017, about 28% (14.3 million) of older adults are living alone (9.5 million women, 4.8 million men). But what are the dangers of seniors living alone? And is moving to a senior living community actually preferable to aging in place? This article will compare the benefits of senior living versus seniors living alone. And whether it’s possible to still be independent, happy and healthy while securing your future.
Read nine ways living alone can be hazardous to your health and learn how to protect yourself.Read More
Westminster Village Terre Haute’s Management Company Ranked #1 in J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study
Life Care Services Awarded Highest Customer Satisfaction Among
Senior Independent Living Providers for the 4th Consecutive Year
Westminster Village Terre Haute, managed by Life Care Services®, An LCS® Company, announced that its management company ranked highest in customer satisfaction with independent senior living providers for the fourth consecutive year in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study. Westminster Village Terre Haute is proud to be a part of Life Care Services, which also achieved the highest score in all six factors of independent living resident satisfaction: resident activities, community staff, price paid for services received, resident apartment/living unit, community building and grounds, and dining.
The J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Senior Living Study examines industry-level performance metrics of senior living providers and highlights the best practices that are critical to customer satisfaction, advocacy, and loyalty.
“Life Care Services is honored to again be recognized as the best in customer satisfaction among independent senior living providers,” said Joel Nelson, CEO of LCS, the parent company of Life Care Services. “Receiving this award for a fourth consecutive year is a significant accomplishment, especially considering our teams serve nearly 40,000 residents in more than 30 states. This award recognition is the result of our team’s focus on providing the best independent senior living experience for our residents.”
Life Care Services ranked highest in independent living resident overall satisfaction with a score of 841 in the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Senior Living Satisfaction Study, 24 points higher than the prior year. The study is based on responses from residents of the largest* U.S. independent senior living providers within the previous three years.
To schedule an experience and learn more about Westminster Village Terre Haute, request a visit online or call (812) 242-4600.
About Life Care Services®
Life Care Services, An LCS Company, has the experience required to boost community financial performance, increase occupancy, and develop new lifestyle and health initiatives to meet consumer expectations and help communities thrive. With a long track record of excellence, Life Care Services sets itself apart from other senior living companies with its unique, comprehensive portfolio of support services. Life Care Services is the nation’s second largest operator of senior living communities and has expertise in the management of both Life Plan and Rental communities. From independent living to assisted living, skilled nursing to memory care, at Life Care Services, Experience Is Everything. For more information, visit lifecareservicesLCS.com.
*Independent living providers included in the study must have had at least 7,000 living units and could not solely operate entrance-deposit communities. Included assisted living/memory care providers must have had at least 10,000 assisted living and/or memory care living units. Living unit data based on the Argentum Largest Providers Report, 2021.