Senior adults have a higher risk of dehydration, particularly during hot, humid weather. That’s why they need to increase their intake of water during active senior living in the summertime. Water, which makes up about 60 percent of the human body, is vital to health. It carries nutrients, protects tissues and organs, flushes toxins, maintains … Continue reading Hot weather tips for preventing dehydration to enjoy active senior living
When Rose, at age 78, suffered a debilitating stroke, she found her path back to near-normalcy through therapy—but not physical therapy alone. Her condition required a combination of physical, speech, and occupational therapy, each restoring her in different ways. Today, while subtle signs of the stroke remain, she is fairly independent, requiring just mild assistance … Continue reading Short-term rehabilitation for seniors: physical, speech, occupational, and respiratory therapy
The coldest season often conjures images of hot cocoa, snowball fights, and book reading marathons under comfy duvets, but it also can spell poor driving conditions; bouts with the flu; painfully chapped lips; and dry, cracked skin. For some people in their senior living years, winter is the paramount season for enjoyable recreation; for others, … Continue reading Protect your skin in cold months to enjoy wintertime senior living
Most seniors today are members of what sociologists call the Silent Generation, born between the years 1925 and 1945. They are called the “Silents” because they were raised to quietly conform to societal expectations and, in their youth, children were to be “seen and not heard.” As adults, their focus was on work and the … Continue reading Six tips to help seniors communicate more when seeing their doctors
If you have a loved one in need of long-term care services, how do you select the skilled care facility that is right for him or her? What features and qualities do you consider, and what questions do you ask to make your selection? Lancaster County has many long-term care facilities, and deciding on the … Continue reading Finding a long-term care facility: you have a choice, so ask questions
Physicians frequently recommend rehabilitation services for seniors and others following hospitalization due to stroke, serious injury, or surgery. Doctors also prescribe rehab therapy for people dealing with chronic pain or problems affecting mobility or balance. At Brethren Village, our Transition of Care Services Team evaluates and treats our rehab patients—our own Residents, as well as … Continue reading Rehab services aid our Residents and greater community members in healing and recovery
Brethren Village Residents find it rewarding to stay active in the sports and activities they enjoy. They understand the importance of keeping the body energized and strong during senior living. So, we would like to recognize the efforts and achievements of some of our most physically active Residents.
Rehabilitation services assist older adults in improving their quality of life by helping them recover from the effects of injury, illness or surgery and regain their independence. Rehabilitation is focused on making the daily activities of life easier—getting out of bed, bathing, walking, going up and down stairs, and shopping. “Rehab” can have significant value as part of an ongoing wellness program as well.
We often hear from seniors and their families that they feel relieved following the move to a personal care residence at our continuing care retirement community (CCRC). We get comments like “I’ll never have to move again,” “This feels like home” and “Everything I need is right here.”
At Brethren Village Retirement Community, we have developed an environment centered on fitness and wellness for seniors to meet our residents’ physical needs. Along with our comprehensive wellness initiatives, our skilled staff helps Village residents improve their balance, strength, flexibility and cardiovascular abilities.