Tag: family support

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?

Most senior citizens enjoy living independently – and nearly 90 percent prefer to live in their own homes for as long as they possibly can, according to a study by AARP. It makes sense since home is familiar and filled with memories, is where seniors are in charge, and is near friends and family.  However, as time goes by, living alone carries downsides that become harder to ignore: maintaining the home becomes difficult if not impossible, a greater sense of isolation or loneliness can occur (especially after a spouse dies), nutrition may begin to suffer, and the home itself may become unsafe where falls, burns or other injuries may take place. In recognition of all of this, The Saybrook at Haddam has developed a community that puts independence at the center of everything we do – providing an active, involved and, yet, private and respectful environment for retired seniors, those needing assisted living services and those facing memory-related illnesses. Continue reading “Can Independent Living Really Take Place in a Retirement Community?”

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Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change

Holidays bring families together, giving them an opportunity to share time baking, making, eating, drinking, reminiscing, laughing, and taking part in those wonderful traditions each family has. For relatives who live far away, the holidays are the best opportunity to really check in on the health and well-being of older family members.  In many cases, it is an eye-opener when people truly see how their elderly parents are really doing day-to-day.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we receive an increase in requests for information during November, December and January from families who realize they need to address their parents’ changing care needs. Continue reading “Turning a Worrisome Visit into Positive Change”

Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19

Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19

As families well know, we each need a team of professionals to help meet our basic healthcare needs. From doctors to dentists to therapist, pharmacists, audiologists, and other specialists, we regularly visit a variety of healthcare experts throughout every stage of our lives.  As we reach retirement age, we may see medical conditions and treatment become somewhat more complex, requiring even keener involvement. Keeping track of it all can be confusing.  Continue reading “Health Fair Comes to The Saybrook at Haddam August 19”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions”

Many adult “children” find themselves involved in their parents’ retirement living planning.  Sometimes parents have saved money for retirement but haven’t given thought to where they want to live or how they will receive necessary support.  Other parents are a little behind with savings but have a solid idea of where they want to be and how they want to live.  Still others have done neither and suddenly are faced with an illness or other life change that is forcing them to think seriously about senior living options. Continue reading “Taking a Closer Look at “Senior Solutions””

Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31

Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31

The second of our three seminars on preparing for senior living will be held on Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m. at The Saybrook at Haddam and will focus on financial planning for retirement.  We are so happy to host this free event — which is sponsored by Elder Life Care Planning —  to help seniors and caregivers in our area find peace of mind as they plan for their senior years.  We will be serving light fare, beverages and desserts. Please RSVP by email to David Downey at dtdowney@thesaybrookathaddam.com or by calling 860-345-3779. Continue reading “Free Seminar on “Saving for Retirement and Funding Long-term Care” on May 31″

Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!

Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!

There are many things to smile about at The Saybrook at Haddam, but the biggest smiles always appear when a four-legged furry friend is around.  We have several pets who call The Saybrook at Haddam “home” and we have regular animal visitors who brighten our days on so many levels.  You may have taken a Tai Chi class with Shasta, the visiting German Shepard, or spent time with Higgins, the spotted terrier, when he stops by to say hello.  Or you may have seen several resident dog-owners such as Angelo walking his cocker spaniel, Abby, or Hans and Heidi with their hound mix, Annie, or Janet with her little black cutie, Callie.  You already may even have met Skippy, the golden retriever that belongs to Kay and Charlie, two new residents.  And over in the cat department, you perhaps have seen Phyllis’s cat, Francie, who was the star of a recent advertisement from The Saybrook at Haddam, or Harry’s cat, Missy, or Barbara’s biblical friends, Adam and Eve.  These adorable pets are an important part of our community and we love having them around. Continue reading “Pets and Seniors – What a Perfect Mix!”

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!

A great quality of life includes spending time with family and friends – making memories, sharing experiences, and strengthening bonds.  However, making good memories with a family member or loved one suffering from a memory-related illness may seem impossible or even counter-productive.  Some may say, “Why bother? They don’t even recognize me anymore.” Our care team at The Saybrook at Haddam’s Safe Harbor Memory Care neighborhood wants everyone to know daily doses of happiness and feelings of worth are possible, and are important to the overall quality of life for residents here.  Continue reading “Memory Care Includes Making New Memories!”