Saturday, November 10, 2018

How MorningStar Cares for Seniors

At MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Arcadia, we feel honored to serve seniors and to help make their lives a little easier. The way we deliver our exceptional service is through our Radiance program, which is taught to all new team members and reiterated every day at our Stand-up. Much more than just a customer service program, Radiance embodies the guiding principles for how we dispense our services – with depth of purpose and warmth. The program emanates from an authentic, sincere place and celebrates an attitude of selflessness that resembles a beam of light.

We use the program to advance our mission of honoring, valuing and investing in others. It distinguishes our compassion and care as well as our service professionalism and provides residents the respect and dignity they deserve. As one of our Lead Care Managers so eloquently stated in a note to the Founder and CEO, “Radiance training is absolutely phenomenal! Thank you for investing so much into your company, residents and, especially, team. I appreciate that MorningStar strives not only to help team members be their best at work, but in their personal lives as well. Thank you for caring about our residents as much as we do. Thank you for creating an environment that conveys that. I feel privileged to work here; MorningStar is a part of me. Know that I am praying for you, our leaders and this company daily.”

Please call to set up a visit to see for yourself our beautiful Phoenix senior living community. We offer 80 suites for assisted living and 30 secure suites devoted to the individualized, specialized care for residents with memory impairment from Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Along with our wonderful care team, every aspect of MorningStar at Arcadia was designed to best serve our residents’ needs. 

MorningStar at Arcadia’s unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior communities. Committed to creating a true home for residents within a gorgeous setting, our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve. We invite you to schedule a visit to learn more about our exceptional Phoenix senior living.

Help Prevent Falls with Balance Exercises


A fall can have serious consequences especially for an older adult.  The National Council on Aging cites statistics showing “one in four Americans 65 years or older falls each year, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.”  They add that falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults. 

Loss of balance in seniors can be caused from many things including inner ear problems such as vertigo, failing eyesight, numbness in feet and legs, arthritis, chronic diseases (Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and multiple sclerosis), medications and heart problems.  A condition called orthostatic hypotension, which is a drop in blood pressure, can also result in feelings of dizziness, light headedness, or feeling faint and lead to falls. 

To keep your muscles strong and help prevent falls, you need to keep moving, and the best way to improve mobility and balance is through training exercises.  Participating in twice-weekly programs for aerobic, balance, flexibility and resistance/strength training can increase your ability to walk and allow you to continue exercising more over the long term.  

You can also lessen your risk of falling by practicing balance-training exercises throughout the day.  One example is to place your hand on the kitchen counter and balance on one foot and then the other, then if you feel comfortable, remove your hand and try again.  Another at-home exercise is to stand behind a sturdy chair and grip it for balance while lifting one leg directly behind you without bending your knee or pointing your toes, then switch to the other leg.  You can also do side leg raises in much the same way but extend your leg to the side keeping your back straight, and your toes pointing forward.

Please visit our website to learn more about our Reno area assisted living, independent living and memory care community. 

MorningStar of Sparks represents the finest in Reno assisted living, independent living and memory care with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Built on a foundation of honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve, we provide a true home for our residents.  Please contact us to schedule a visit to experience firsthand our exceptional community.

Sources: ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/falls-prevention-facts/
healthinaging.org/aging-and-health-a-to-z/topic:balance-problems/info:causes-and-symptoms/


Friday, November 9, 2018

Our Remarkable Leadership Team Sets the Standard for Excellence!

As MorningStar of Santa Fe gets ready for our Grand Opening later this year, we would like to introduce our exceptional leadership team. Since we believe that the tone of our community comes from the top down, we could not be any prouder to have on board two very special individuals who will set the bar for extraordinary and be examples for the rest of our team members. 

We are an organization founded on the core values of: Love, Respect, Honesty, Fairness, Goodness, and Kindness; and have a leadership team that embodies them. As Executive Director, Bill Bouvier’s childhood was influenced by his grandma, an Italian immigrant who worked hard to assimilate into her new American culture. She taught Bill the importance of good table manners, good grammar and to look your best at every occasion. Bill cherishes the many lessons he has learned from seniors including taking time to enjoy life and feels it is his calling to serve them. In his role as Executive Director, Bill will advocate for our residents’ needs. 

Leslie Castaneda will serve as MorningStar of Santa Fe’s Director of Community Relations. She has lots of experience working with seniors and recalls that her grandmother “Minnie” was the first senior she ever loved. Leslie credits Minnie with shaping her into the woman she is today by giving her unconditional love that allowed individuality. Minnie always urged Leslie to chase her dreams and she feels like she has done that by working for a company whose “overall mission, values and integrity aligns with my own, especially when working with our seniors.”

If you would like to know more about assisted living and memory care in Santa Fe that is a step above the rest, please visit our website or come out and view our model suite located near the intersection of St. Francis and St. Michael on the city’s west side. Our 56 assisted living suite and 29 secure suites devoted to memory care are available in a range of configurations including spacious studio and one-and two-bedroom floorplans. 

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents. Situated on the west side of town, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our onsite Information Center for more information about the finest assisted living in Santa Fe, NM.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Making the Move into Assisted Living?

Now that the hard decision is over and you or a parent has decided that moving into assisted living makes the most sense for your/their needs, you may need to downsize a houseful of furniture and decades of belongings. While this can seem like an overwhelming task, take a deep breath, try to relax and read some tips from organizing experts. 

Organizing your approach to the task should be your first step and begin by cataloging a list of your furniture and possessions. Now create lists for the things you want to keep, items you want to give to family or friends, and items to sell. Anything left over should go on a list to donate. 

Before you get too far ahead of yourself, you will also need to remember that your apartment in the assisted living community may be smaller than your present home. This means you will not need a whole household full of furniture! 

It may be helpful to measure the size of the suite and create a floor plan to give yourself a realistic idea of how your furnishings will fit in your new place. If the unit is a studio or a smaller, one bedroom, you do not want to be so crowded you cannot safely move around. You may even want to buy a smaller couch or coffee table that is better suited to the size of your new home. Also bins and shelving help keep items organized and easy to get to. 

Furthermore keep in mind that your new life at an assisted living community will be much easier as you will no longer be responsible for preparing meals and maintaining a home. At MorningStar of Santa Fe, we cook and serve the meals as well as provide light housekeeping, daily trash removal, and laundry and linen services. 

MorningStar of Santa Fe provides residents with a home that is both beautiful and accommodating. We offer 56 assisted living suites in a variety of configurations including spacious studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom floorplans (some as large as 820 square feet). Reflections Neighborhood has 29 secure suites devoted to the individualized care of residents with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. 

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents. Situated on the west side of town, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our onsite Information Center for more details about the finest assisted living in Santa Fe, NM.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Searching for an Assisted Living Community in Phoenix?

At MorningStar at Arcadia, we understand there are all sorts of emotions that occur when a family begins to look into assisted living for a parent or a loved one. Often it is a complete learning experience as many people do not know what assisted living offers and how it differs from a nursing home. 

Assisted living is a fairly new concept that started in the late 1990’s and is designed for seniors who want to maintain their independence but need a little help with daily living activities. Based on the European social model, it creates a new paradigm in wellness and engagement, and we believe that the structure and society offered in assisted living communities introduces a return of healthy routines and healthier lives. 

It is estimated that approximately one million Americans are living in senior care communities and that number is expected to almost double by 2030 as people are living longer. Most assisted living residents move into a community from their own home, family residence or an apartment while others move in after a hospital or rehabilitation stay. 

Our recommendation for opening a conversation about making some changes in the way your parent is living should be done when everyone is gathered and relaxed. Also remember nothing has to be decided on all at once, and while it should ultimately be a family decision, the person involved needs to be given a voice. 

We also understand that searching for the most suitable community is difficult as there are many factors to consider. We suggest that once you narrow down several choices, you set up tours to experience the communities firsthand. The child of the person or healthier spouse should do the tours, and not more than two a day, as there is a lot of information to take in. 

Assisted living communities like MorningStar at Arcadia are designed to allow seniors’ their independence and give them the opportunity to stay socially active. We have put together a “Conversation Guide” available on our website that goes into even greater depth regarding helping families to make the transition. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest senior living Phoenix offers.

MorningStar at Arcadia’s distinct mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest” sets us apart from other senior living options. Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve. Set in a warm, loving environment with exceptional architecture and resort-style amenities, MorningStar at Arcadia invites you to drop in or give us a call to learn more about the best senior living Phoenix has to offer.

Source: ascseniorcare.com/assisted-living-statistics-a-deeper-dive-into-the-demographics/

Looking for Senior Living in the Reno Area?


If you are searching for the best senior living Reno NV has to offer, we would like to introduce you to MorningStar of Sparks.  Located in a quiet neighborhood east of Reno, MorningStar of Sparks has three neighborhoods: 128 bright suites for independent living, 80 assisted living suites for seniors who require help with personal daily activities, and 32 memory care suites devoted to those with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. 

Our beautiful, vibrant home is designed for carefree retirement years and offers a lifestyle of comfort, wellness and community. MorningStar of Sparks’ independent and assisted living suites are available in a variety of spacious one and two-bedroom floor plans. Sizes range from 484 sq. ft. to 1144 sq. ft.  Options for memory care residents include a one-bedroom suite or a shared suite.

Residents are treated to three delicious meals daily expertly prepared by an Executive Chef and served restaurant style in our lovely dining room.  In addition, a range of convenient services including a full salon offering manicures and pedicures, a spa bath, fitness room, library, and bistro.  For entertainment, residents enjoy our on-site theatre, billiards and game room, and a full calendar of wellness programs and activities.  Other amenities include beautiful strolling paths, full-time licensed nurse and a caring and responsive 24-hour staff. 

Most importantly, MorningStar of Sparks’ is proud to have a hospitality and care team who feels called to serve seniors and works to create a true home for all of our residents.  Please visit our website to learn more about the area’s most sought-after senior living community. 

MorningStar of Sparks provides the very best in senior living with our unique mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  With a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve, we create a true home for residents amidst a peaceful setting.  Please contact us to set up a tour of the area’s finest senior living Reno NV area has to offer. 


Sunday, November 4, 2018

Service Dispensed with a Smile!

At MorningStar of Santa Fe, the care, comfort and wellbeing of our residents are the foremost consideration in everything we do. This is why we have a group of caregivers who feel privileged to serve seniors and are the kind of people who come to work each day with a smile on their face. Our dedicated team is the heartbeat of our community and strives to deliver service that represents the mission and philosophy of MorningStar Senior Living, which includes honoring God and valuing seniors as gifted and contributing individuals.

As our vision is to create a true home for our residents, we consider both our residents and team members to be part of the MorningStar of Santa Fe’s family. To provide caregivers and other team members with the tools they need to bring their best to the community, our staff receives training in “Radiance,” our proprietary brand of Service Excellence. 

Radiance embodies the ways we advance our mission and deliver our service - with warmth, sincerity and depth of purpose. Furthermore it is reiterated each day during our daily Huddle so as to create a culture that is not only defined by what we do but by the kind of people who bring it all to life – our team members. 

As we put the finishing touches on our beautiful community in time to open by the year’s end, MorningStar of Santa Fe looks forward to providing a loving environment where seniors can safely and comfortably age in place. Our community offers 56 private assisted living bright suites and 29 secure suites devoted to caring for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases. Please visit our website or stop by our Information Center near the intersection of St. Francis and St. Michael on the city’s west side. Also ask about our Founder’s incentive program available for a limited time that offers up to $5,000 in savings.

MorningStar of Santa Fe offers the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve to create a true “home” for residents. Situated on the west side of town, we invite you to give us a call or stop by our onsite Information Center for more details on exceptional assisted living in Santa Fe, NM.