Tag: Transitions

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”

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living

Oftentimes, Americans think of retirement as a financial (“savings”) issue – and it is.  However, as in any stage of life, the purpose of savings is to give you options – and for seniors, that means options in housing, lifestyle, healthcare, and overall quality of life.  Just like people benefit from saving for retirement early in life, people will benefit from thinking about where and how they would like to live during retirement as early as possible. Continue reading “Food for Thought About Discussing Retirement Living”

Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning

Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning

Seniors may no longer be dealing with the stresses of raising a family, or working in a challenging job, or meeting other obligations they had when they were younger.  However, they still have to handle important day-to-day and long-term financial issues and should stay on top of their legal documents.  Tax and inheritance laws sometimes change, Medicaid and Social Security benefits are often revised, and a senior’s health or personal life may change – all of which could affect their legal and financial situation. Continue reading “Why Seniors Need to Think About Legal and Financial Planning”

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””

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!”

Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors

Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors

Throughout our lives, we spend countless hours pursuing education, personal and professional development, physical fitness and wellness, and quality time with friends and family.  It makes sense, then, that we would want to continue those pursuits in our retirement years.  At The Saybrook at Haddam, we have structured a full range of opportunities that all point toward the highest quality of life for each resident in our independent and assisted living retirement community.  We wanted to share a few highlights: Continue reading “Achieving Quality of Life for Seniors”