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Senior Living Cost Calculator

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
June 23, 2020

Whether you’re considering some type of senior living community for yourself or a loved one, you will want the best environment and accommodations you can find. After all, this will be your new home – or the new home of someone very dear to you. However, for most of us, cost plays a role in our decision-making when it comes to momentous matters such as living arrangements.

At Magnolia Manor, we understand because we talk with seniors and their families every day about their challenges and the choices available to them. Naturally, everyone wants to know what various options will cost. And, frankly, their first reaction is sometimes, “Gee, that seems like a lot.” In truth, though, senior living can be surprisingly affordable, once you compare all of the costs and benefits to your current situation.

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Topics: Cost of Senior Living, FAQs, Senior Planning

6 Senior Housing Myths

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 20, 2020

When you hear the phrase “senior housing,” you get a mental picture of what that might be like. Some conjure up images of the worst nursing home they can imagine and think that’s what senior living is like. But does your impression match up with reality? Many people – including seniors themselves – have never seen a senior living community first hand, so they have only assumptions to go by. All too often, those assumptions are based on myths and misconceptions. The truth about senior housing might surprise you – a lot.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Socialization, Senior Planning, Assisted Living, Nursing Home

Caregiver Stress: how support groups can help

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
April 06, 2020

There is no tougher job than serving as someone’s caregiver. And when the person you’re helping is a loved one, your close relationship can make the “job” even more stressful. It’s so hard to see your aging Mom or Dad struggle. And it’s all too easy to feel exhausted, overwhelmed and isolated as you try to help. Yet there are more than 34 million unpaid caregivers in the US responsible for assisting adults 50 or older. Almost 16 million of them care for someone who has Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.

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Topics: FAQs, Senior Planning, In-home Care, Coping

Catered Living is as wonderful as it sounds

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
March 30, 2020

Catered Living. Just the name sounds inviting, doesn’t it? And it is. You might say it’s a specialty of the house here at Magnolia Manor because we offer this unique twist on Independent Senior Living at two of our campuses, Richmond Hill and St. Simons Island. With Catered Living, you can enjoy all the amenities of Independent Living plus a little more.

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Topics: Independent Living, FAQs, Senior Planning, Assisted Living, Catered Living

Top Program and Agency Resources for Seniors

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
March 23, 2020

There is an unfortunate misconception that as one gets older, the community resources and programs geared toward assisting seniors dwindle. Just the reverse is true! In the latter years of life, there are an increasing number of programs and systems in place dedicated solely to helping improve the quality of seniors’ lives. Not only that, but many exist for the purpose of giving seniors more years of independent living despite chronic health issues, injuries, or other ailments.

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Topics: Cost of Senior Living, Veterans, FAQs, Senior Planning

What's the difference between Skilled Nursing and a Nursing Home?

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
March 16, 2020

Senior living options are much broader and more specialized than they were just a generation ago. Today there are housing choices that cater to active, independent seniors, as well as those who need various types of physical and/or medical assistance. Reflecting that, the terminology of senior living has changed, too. This can make family discussions and exploring your future options more confusing.

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Topics: FAQs, Senior Planning, Skilled Nursing, Nursing Home

What's the difference between personal care and assisted living?

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
March 09, 2020

Getting assistance with personal care helps fill the gaps for seniors who find they can’t do everything for themselves any more. So does assisted living. So what is the difference between personal care and assisted living? This is a question we hear often at Magnolia Manor, as we talk with seniors and their families. It’s an important one, too, because there are distinct differences between personal care and assisted living.

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Topics: FAQs, Senior Planning, Assisted Living

Essential Steps to Senior Rehabilitation Programs After Surgery

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
February 24, 2020

If you are or know a senior citizen who is either preparing to undergo or recently underwent surgery, you need to consider carefully the rehabilitation programs available to you. Some might question whether senior rehabilitation after surgery is even important, or if general rest and pain medication might suffice. After all, wouldn’t one of the best ways of recovering after surgery simply be returning to one’s normal routine and daily life as soon as possible?

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Topics: Rehabilitation, FAQs, Senior Planning, Senior Safety

Can couples live together in Assisted Living?

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
January 21, 2020

As couples get older, it is likely that at least one spouse will eventually require assistance with certain tasks. The healthier spouse may step in to help, but what happens when the burden becomes too great? Or what happens when both spouses need assistance? Couples often fear (and, therefore, ignore) the possibility of assisted living, worrying that they will be separated. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Assisted living is for couples as well as singles. Even if only one needs assistance.

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Topics: FAQs, Senior Planning, Residents, Assisted Living

5 Brain-boosting Foods for Seniors

Posted by Magnolia Manor on
January 14, 2020

Boost Your Brainpower While Satisfying Your Taste Buds With These 5 Foods

As we age, the decline of physical and mental faculties is inevitable. However, just as doctors and physical therapists work hard to keep seniors’ bodies as strong and healthy as possible even in our later years, the mind can also be kept sharper and more active by various means. Aside from finding ways to keep seniors mentally engaged and focused on a daily basis, a big way to keep the brain going strong is to focus on cognitive nutrition--foods that have been shown to improve mental performance and memory.

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Topics: FAQs, Senior Planning, Alzheimers, Dementia