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Magnolia Manor Blog

Getting ahead of the holiday blues

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
November 17, 2022

Most of us look forward to the holidays as a joyous time, but for some people the holidays can bring on a case of the blues. For seniors, the season can be especially difficult. Thankfully, there are lots of ways any of us can get ahead of the blues and ensure the upcoming weeks feel festive and uplifting.

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Topics: Life at Magnolia Manor, Caregivers

Resident Couples Thrive in Senior Living at Magnolia Manor

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
October 21, 2022

Senior living communities aren’t just for singles! Couples choose to move to Magnolia Manor while they are still healthy and active so they can focus on doing the things they love to do together in retirement. You might say that resident couples here at Magnolia Manor are the personification of independence.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Assisted Living, Caregivers

Honor Survivors during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
October 07, 2022

Despite the fact that Americans have observed Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October for nearly four decades, the statistics remain saddening. While researchers and clinicians have made huge strides in detection and treatment, breast cancer remains the #2 cause of death among American women.

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Topics: FAQs, Caregivers

What if Mom is in Denial About Going Back Home?

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 05, 2022

Nobody wants to admit they can’t do everything for themselves, especially after a lifetime of independence. The thought of having to move from one’s own home to assisted living or a memory care community can be so daunting that some seniors simply choose denial. Everything is just fine, thanks.

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Topics: FAQs, Caregivers

9 Reasons Why Family Shouldn't be Sole Caregivers for Seniors

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
January 05, 2022

For families who are close-knit and live near one another, the first line of “defense” when an aging loved one needs a little help is family members. Of course you want to help, it’s only natural. You might say family caregivers are the ultimate “cottage industry”:

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Topics: Senior Resources, Caregivers

Servant Leadership in Senior Living

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
August 04, 2021

Magnolia Manor is a senior living organization that has a foundation and commitment to our faith tradition. We fulfill that commitment through servant leadership. “As servant leaders we want our main focus to be on the well-being of our senior living community from our residents to our employees,” explains Ty Kinslow, Senior VP for Communications. “Our main goal is to serve and care about our residents through love and support for a lifetime.”

So, What Is Servant Leadership?

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Topics: Life at Magnolia Manor, Caregivers

Staff Highlight: The Joy of Working at Magnolia Manor

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
July 22, 2021

We are blessed to have so many wonderful staff members at Magnolia Manor. We love and appreciate every one of them and we know our residents do, too. Each of them is inspiring in their own way. And, often, they tell us they’re the ones who feel inspired by the residents they get to interact with every day. It’s no wonder Magnolia Manor feels like family.

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Topics: Life at Magnolia Manor, Caregivers

How to Have “The Talk” with Mom or Dad: Time for Assisted Living

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 14, 2021

You love your parents dearly, but sometimes it feels so hard to be their adult child. Mom and Dad know you have only their best interests at heart, but whenever you suggest (however gently) that they might need help with daily activities, they bristle and tell you to mind your own business. They’re doing just fine, thanks. Sure, some things are a bit more difficult, but that’s to be expected, right?

Aging and the “slowing” that comes with it may be expected, but you worry for Mom or Dad’s safety and well-being. So how can you have “the talk” in a way that feels less threatening and more positive?

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Topics: Assisted Living, Caregivers

Training Our CNAs for Even Better Resident Care

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
September 08, 2020

We are proud of the outstanding care we give each of our residents here at Magnolia Manor. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do even better. We treat residents like family, and who doesn’t want the very best for their aging Mom or Dad?

So we created the Magnolia Manor Career Ladder Program. Employee satisfaction surveys revealed that our CNAs were very interested in finding ways to advance their career. After some research, we developed this 3-part progressive training program. We launched the program in 2018 at our Marion County (Buena Vista) campus, and now offer it at our Columbus campus as well.

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Topics: Life at Magnolia Manor, Caregivers

Snail Mail for Seniors

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
July 22, 2020

These days we are so enthralled with all the ways we can connect with loved ones electronically, we almost forget about good, old-fashioned postcards and letters. You know – the ones that come in the mail. We rudely refer to it as “snail” mail because it takes a few days (so long!) to arrive. Hardly the split-second communication we’ve become accustomed to in our impatient world.

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Topics: Senior Resources, Caregivers