Is it surprising to learn that 70% of Americans over 64 years will need some level of long-term care? This figure looks at the care needed for the rest of these individual’s lives.
Do you have a relative who’s having more trouble with activities of daily living (ADLs)? Are you concerned about their health and safety? Do you wonder what senior assisted living care facilities offer?
Do you have an elderly loved one who needs more help with daily care? Is it becoming too difficult or unsafe for them to live alone? Many more families face these concerns every day.
Our older American population continues to increase. Experts say the elderly population will increase from 56 million to 94.7 million by 2060. Individuals over the age of 84 will increase from 6.7 million to 19 million by 2060.
Cape Albeon, a non-profit, faith-based lakeside retirement and assisted living community located in southwest St. Louis county, held a groundbreaking project kickoff for their new Secure Memory Care apartments homes on Tuesday, August 25th.
“We are so thrilled to add ‘The Cove’ to our wide variety of care options,” said Carol DiSanza, Executive Director at Cape Albeon.
“It’s going to represent a beacon of hope for residents and families
as we continue to demonstrate the top-quality care as established by our reputation.”
The new household, scheduled to open in fall of 2020, was carefully designed to give residents the utmost in comfort and familiarity, with calming scents, softly lit spaces, and beautiful views of the grounds. Staff members have years of experience with people challenged with Dementia and Alzheimer’s, and they understand the role and importance of family involvement in the daily care of residents. The Cove will also allow for a sense of continuity for seniors presently living in Cape Albeon’s Independent Living and Assisted Living apartments who may someday need Memory Care services.
“For over 20 years, Cape Albeon has been a trusted name in St. Louis when it comes to senior care,” continued DiSanza. “Our increased focus on Memory Care builds upon our strengths while allowing us to expand our continuum of care so we can serve more people. It’s going to be so welcomed by residents, family members, and the greater St. Louis community.”
With COVID-19 at the forefront of our thoughts, it’s easy to forget that we’re also in the middle of the Missouri 2020 Census. While Missouri has an overall self-response rate of 62.1% (slightly higher than the national average), St. Louis’ rate is 49.5%. For every person that is not counted in the census, Missouri will lose $1,300 in federal money every year. Due to the results of the 2010 Census, Missouri lost a congressional seat and hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding.
The 2020 Census will continue through October 31, so there is still time to make sure that #MissouriCounts. If you’re interested in learning more, visit the Missouri Counts website and check out its resources. Please help us spread the word about the Missouri 2020 Census!
January is National Bath Safety Month. At home, the highest rate for injuries to seniors “in or around the tub or shower”, so we’d like to share with you some reminders of how to stay comfortable and safe at bath time. Here are some important bath tips for seniors:
Add grab bars that are easy to see on the side of the bathtub and near the toilet.
Keep towels and other trip hazards off the bathroom floor.
Use nonslip mats and strips in the tub.
Utilize nonslip rugs or add double-sided tape to keep rugs secure.
Make sure that the bathroom and hallways have bright lighting.
While hot baths are beneficial overall, soaking in a hot water bath raises a person’s heart rate. For those individuals with cardiovascular concerns, it is best to check with their doctor about using a hot soak for health benefits.
While these tips are important to help ensure safe bathing, they should not scare people off of hot baths, which can have many beneficial effects for seniors. They can provide stress relief and tranquility, and offer many other positive outcomes. Here are some of the benefits of following our bath tips for seniors:
Baths can lower blood sugar even more effective than exercise.
They can soothe aching muscles and joints, providing an anti-inflammatory benefit.
Hot baths lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
Adding bubbles, oatmeal, or essential oils can improve skin health, especially for eczema sufferers.
We hope all these tips help make bath-time enjoyable for seniors. Let us know any other benefits or suggestions you come across!