Samantha Aakre

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From Island to Assisted Living  | The Arbors at Dracut Resident Feature Story

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jul 13, 2018 2:31:00 PM

 

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Assisted Living & Memory Care at The Arbors at Dracut │One in the Same

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jul 6, 2018 4:45:00 PM

From the moment you walk through the doors at The Arbors at Dracut you feel like you’re home — the classic chandelier hanging in the entryway, people chatting in the Pub and plenty of comfy couches and chairs to sit on. It’s a warm feeling that carries throughout the building. Whether you’re in assisted living or memory care – you feel the same way. “If someone makes the transition from assisted living to memory care, they will barely notice a difference,” says Kim, Program Director for Memory Reflections at The Arbors at Dracut. And that’s on purpose. The Arbors at Dracut designed their building to be a cohesive community with similar features on each floor.

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"Leave a lasting impression"- Dining Services Director at The Arbors at Dracut

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 29, 2018 1:50:00 PM

To Bob Coffman, Food Services Director at The Arbors at Dracut, cooking is more than just fixing a plate of food – it’s a passion for creating quality, delicious meals that will leave a lasting impression on each person. He didn’t always want to be a chef, but a gentle nudge from his father led him into his cooking career. “When I was going to school to be a teacher, my dad told me that 800,000 chefs will be needed within the next 10 years, so I listened to him and went to culinary school instead. There was a lot of other people in my cooking classes with more experience, but I pushed through and learned from some of the best cooks in Europe,” says Bob.

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Topics: Dining

Celebrating Dementia Care Professionals Month

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 29, 2018 1:45:00 PM

It takes a patient and kind-hearted person to be a caregiver for someone with dementia. People with dementia often require a higher level of care. But when you talk to the team at The Arbors, there is a common theme of: “I was meant to do this job.” They couldn’t imagine themselves doing anything else. And that’s why caregivers of those with dementia are celebrated this month in Dementia Care Professionals Month.

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Topics: Caregiving

More than Just a "Job"- The Arbors at Dracut

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 29, 2018 1:41:00 PM

 

It doesn’t matter which staff member you talk to from The Arbors at Dracut, coming to work is more than just a “job.” They truly love the work they do and see themselves as one team, no matter their job title.
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Men’s Health Education and Awareness Month│5 Tips for Dad

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 22, 2018 2:30:00 PM

June is Men’s Health Month, a month to bring awareness of preventable health issues and encourage early detection and treatment of diseases in men. Does this sound like your dad or husband? “I’m fine, I don’t need help from any one. I took care of the family for 67 years, I think I can take care of myself.” Your dad has always been the provider for your family, so why should he take the time to care for himself? He doesn’t believe in going to the doctor or asking for help. No matter how many times you offer to give him a ride or go along with him to his appointments – he simply won’t go. Having your dad be resistive to the idea of going to the doctor for a regular check up can leave you feeling defeated.

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Topics: Health, Senior Health

Making New Connections Through Activities at The Arbors at Dracut

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 15, 2018 5:00:00 PM

Moving your senior loved one to a senior living community is a big decision. You may feel guilty that you’re no longer able to care for them. And they may feel nervous about leaving their home and meeting new people. Judi Parisi, Activities Director at The Arbors at Dracut understands these feelings. “One of the favorite parts of my job is interviewing each new resident when they move in. We ask them where they came from, what kind of activities they enjoy and any interests they have.” says Judi.

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Topics: assisted living

Assisted Living Vs. In-Home Care │Which is The Best for Your Senior Loved One?

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 15, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Watching your parent age and no longer being able to care for themselves isn’t easy. You never imagined that you’d be their caregiver. From helping them bathe every day, make their meals or checking on them every night after you get off work. You always pictured them as your “mom” or “dad” who cared for you — but now you’re taking care of them. And it can take a toll on you, both emotionally and physically.

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Topics: Caregiving, Senior Health, assisted living

5 Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 15, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Managing diabetes isn’t just a daily, weekly or monthly task – it’s a life time diagnosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) more than 100 million adults in the United States live with diabetes or prediabetes. And the rates of being diagnosed with diabetes increases with age. Adults who are age 65 and older make up 25% of the population with diabetes. Is your senior loved one a part of the 25%? If they are, you can help them manage their diabetes and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

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Topics: Health, Caregiving

Home is Where the Heart is │Selling the Family Home

Posted by Samantha Aakre on Jun 8, 2018 3:00:00 PM

You may have heard the phrase “Home is where the heart is” from your parents or even grandparents. It’s how they feel about the house they’ve lived in for the past 30 or 40 years. Your parents raised you in this house and created memories as a family. It’s been more than just a roof over their head and a backyard to care for, it’s home. Although as your parents age, you know the upkeep of their four-bedroom home with a big lawn may is becoming too much for them to handle.

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Topics: assisted living

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