9 Benefits of Respite Care Transitions to Senior Living

When it comes to caring for an aging loved one, we can’t do it by ourselves all the time. Sometimes caregivers need a short break from the constant flow of support tasks and responsibilities. We need a little time to ourselves to rest and recharge. In some cases, the severity of our loved one’s needs simply go beyond what we are able to care for on our own. When caregiving truly becomes too much for a family member, and our loved one needs more care than we can give, it might be time to start looking into options for more professional, long-term care.

For some, the thought of moving their loved one to a senior living community is difficult. They may feel guilty, thinking they should be responsible for their loved one’s care. They might also have misunderstandings about community life, unaware of the incredible benefits their family could experience. Whether the idea of moving your loved one into a dedicated senior living community worries or encourages you, there’s an easy way to make the transition with confidence: respite care.

How to Make a Move with Confidence

The Manse on Marsh, a senior living community in San Luis Obispo, California, offers short-term respite stays for a number of reasons. Respite care is great for family caregivers who need a break or have to address other life matters. It’s also perfect for seniors just finishing a hospital or rehabilitation stay who aren’t quite ready to return home. Respite stays at The Manse on Marsh are especially beneficial for those who are considering residency in the community. Respite guests can enjoy all the services and accommodations while deciding if the community is a good fit.

If you’re wondering if a move to a community like The Manse on Marsh is the best thing for your loved one, consider some of the reasons to try it out with a respite stay:

  1. Short-term – A temporary stay is a great way to experience community life on a trial basis with no large commitment. If your loved one doesn’t like the community, they don’t have to stay there long. On the other hand, a stay of a few days or a week might not feel long enough if they love it there!

  2. Small investment – Because many senior living communities have large entry fees, you want to be sure of your decision before you commit thousands of dollars. Respite care charges an affordable daily rate, which usually includes all services, meals and amenities.

  3. Learn about services – When your loved one enjoys a respite stay, they get to experience every aspect of the community, including the quality of the care services provided. They’ll get to know the care staff, see how friendly they are, how flexible schedules are, and whether their personal requests are recognized.

  4. Preview programs – While your loved one stays at the community, they’ll have the chance to participate in some of the programs and activities planned for residents. From exercise classes to art projects, book clubs, gardening and more, they’ll get an idea of what programs the community offers, how well-planned they are and if they can see themselves getting involved in community life.

  5. Meet some future neighbors – A community’s offerings and atmosphere tend to attract a certain type of person, so residents will often find many like-minded people to interact with. A respite stay can give your loved one the chance to make friends and meet potential neighbors to see if they’ll easily fit in with the culture there.

  6. A close look at suites – Unlike a community tour, a respite stay gives you and your loved one the chance to explore the buildings and their features. Rather than a quick glance at the suites, your loved one will get to live in one, try out the bath, and imagine being there long-term.

  7. Try the food – Never to be underestimated, the food at a senior living community is so important! During a respite stay, your loved one will have multiple chances to try the dining services at different times of the day. They can also observe the dining staff to see if they accommodate dietary needs and special preferences.

  8. The chance to feel at home – It’s difficult to truly experience a community on a brief tour. A respite stay offers your loved one the chance to become a resident for a while and see if they feel at home there.

  9. Break for caregivers – While your loved one is busy taking in the all the features of a senior living community, you can enjoy a short break from caregiving. You can take some time for yourself, tend to other family or work matters, and use the distance from your caregiving role to think about your loved ones best options. You could even take a short trip, since your loved one is in caring hands.

Try a Respite Stay with Us

If you and your loved one would like to give a respite stay a try, contact The Manse on Marsh (or a local senior living community) to experience a community for yourself. We offer vibrant independent living and assisted living lifestyles that are perfectly designed to help seniors enjoy meaningful, abundant living. With assisted living on site and palliative care available, we want seniors to know that moving to our community is a secure choice to make for their future.

Contact our team today to learn more about our senior living services or to schedule a respite stay. We’re here to help you and your loved one as you plan the next step in their senior living journey.

Simply Abundant Living – The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is widely recognized as the finest senior living community in San Luis Obispo County, California. Offering independent living, assisted living, respite care and palliative care, Manse on Marsh provides residents with the perfect blend of independence, privacy and safety all within the comforts of home.

The Manse on Marsh is simply abundant living – no matter the lifestyle or service a resident may require. In addition to a vibrant lifestyle that empowers residents to thrive, residents of The Manse on Marsh enjoy delicious daily dining, wellness-focused programming and a social calendar filled with endless activity and entertainment. The locally owned community offers a wide variety of cottage homes, along with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment options.

Located along the scenic Central California coast in beautiful San Luis Obispo, The Manse on Marsh puts residents only steps away from fine dining, popular attractions, shopping and world-class medical care.

Learn more today by calling (805) 541-4222 or by visiting www.themanse.net.

Be Our Guest! Senior Living Open House & Tour

Join The Manse On Marsh as we host an Open House and Tour of Models this afternoon. The event begins at 3 pm, and wine and cheese will be served. Bring your friends and family to our San Luis Obispo retirement community, and have fun exploring our numerous floor plans and free-standing cottages.

•                     Our one bedroom & studio residences include a living room with a fireplace, and complimentary cable television, mini-fridge, microwave, and electricity, in addition to weekly housekeeping and laundry service, and transportation to and from doctor appointments.

•                     Or choose from one of The Manse’s free-standing cottage homes or penthouse apartment independent living floorplans. All independent living properties are maintenance-free, meaning all landscaping, yard work, leaf raking, repairs and more are taken care of for you.

Along with our private residences, we offer several warm and welcoming common areas. And, as the only San Luis Obispo retirement community located in the heart of the city’s charming downtown, you can take advantage of visiting our neighboring restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Other highlights of vibrant living at The Manse On Marsh you’ll want to explore include:

Culinary Delights - Where else on the Central Coast can you enjoy a meal prepared by a Le Cordon Bleu trained classical chef?

Campus Amenities – With a movie theater, glass-topped atrium and rooftop decks, it’s easy to see why The Manse On Marsh community was voted #1 by Tribune Readers.

Senior Activities – From Cal Poly seminars to shopping and exercise classes, The Manse On Marsh offers a fun, welcoming, and exciting environment where all residents can find an outlet for their creative and physical activity preferences.

“My wife Sheila and l are very pleased overall with the environment, class and attentiveness we receive here at The Manse.” Gerald & Sheila, Residents, May 2017

Come see for yourself what vibrant living at The Manse on Marsh is all about at today’s Open House and Model Tour. We look forward to meeting you!

7 Benefits of Active Senior Living at The Manse On Marsh

The ladies of The Manse On Marsh enjoy a photo opp at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. 

The ladies of The Manse On Marsh enjoy a photo opp at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. 

One of our recent active senior living community outings for Manse residents was a visit to one of our many wonderful vineyards and tasting rooms, Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards. As we enjoyed beautiful weather, the vineyard’s stunning peacock population, and sampled Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, we shared stories of our lives, and learned that Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards was a business Dick and Dolores Kelsey started growing grapes in their “retirement” years. While their family helps oversee the operations today, retirees Dick and Dolores are still actively involved in the business.

The Manse on Marsh offers numerous active senior living opportunities for residents. Studies have shown that active senior living offers measurable mental and physical health benefits, including:

1. New friendships: The social aspect inherent in a tight knit community of retirees is extremely important during retirement years. Active senior living communities allow retirees to get together with fellow residents, be social and forge new and lasting friendships.

2. Defense against mental decline: Following retirement, losing out on the life-long social networks that a career usually provides can lead to mental problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When the brain is not engaged in social interaction, there’s a good chance that sharpness and mental acuity go away. Studies show that physical activity may help seniors lower the amount of cognitive decline they experience as they age.

3. Longer life expectancy: According to the Australian Longitudinal Study of Aging, a group of friends is more likely to increase a senior’s life expectancy more than close relationships with family. This isn’t to say that family isn’t important – rather support networks of any kind matter. This type of support network occurs naturally at senior living communities like The Manse On Marsh.

4. Social support: The reasons for this increased longevity are speculated upon by the study’s authors. They hypothesize that friends encourage each other to take care of themselves and push their friends to go to the doctor sooner to prevent serious diseases from developing. They also are there to provide a shoulder when someone loses a loved one.

5. Physical health benefits: For retirees, regular exercise is crucial for living long, healthy and comfortable lives. By staying physically active a retiree can prevent degeneration of muscles, bones and other vital tissues.

6. Improved personal safety: Retirees benefit from organized activities that are supervised by trained professionals so you reduce the risk of injuring yourself doing these exercises. Engaging in these activities strengthens your heart, lungs and muscular system.

7. Pride: Seniors also benefit from trying out new things, which is good for the spirit. Accomplishing a new feat, such as learning a new dance step or achieving a personal best powerwalking time, provides a sense of achievement that benefits body, mind, heart, and soul. 

At The Manse On Marsh, we like to refer to active senior living as living, vibrantly. Contact us today to arrange your personal tour of our independent and assisted living community in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo. We look forward to meeting you!

Rightsize Your Senior Lifestyle and Downsize with a Smile

For seniors looking to downsize to a simpler, more manageable retirement lifestyle, a move to a senior living community is an ideal way to rightsize your home. While the process of moving out of the family home can be bittersweet, downsizing presents new possibilities for worry-free living.

Some seniors think that moving to a senior living community will limit their space and their options. This is far from the reality in communities such as Manse on Marsh in San Luis Obispo, CA. In fact, residents here think quite the opposite! A leading senior living community grants seniors the type of relaxing lifestyle they desire – and deserve – without the worries and hassles of homeownership. When it comes to downsizing, the benefits far outweigh the concerns about moving. 

Turning Less into More

Many older adults don’t consider downsizing an option until they are in a position in which they either need full-time support or can no longer manage the upkeep of their house. Downsizing can bring to mind stressful thoughts about decluttering, packing, moving hassles, selling your home – not to mention the nostalgia of leaving behind a house full of memories. However, seniors can experience life-changing benefits from moving to a senior living community before it becomes a necessity.

According to an article from American Senior Communities®, “The Joys of Downsizing Your Home,” those who make the move to senior living ultimately trade the time, money, energy and stress spent on maintaining their home for the ease, security, social engagement and free time that comes with a community lifestyle.

Consider some of the benefits seniors enjoy when they release the burden of homeownership and switch to a carefree, senior living lifestyle:

  1. Manageable Space – If you’re living on your own or with your spouse, chances are you don’t need as much space as you did while raising a family. Downsizing to a smaller home makes it much easier to manage your space. Rather than keeping up with (and paying to heat) empty rooms, spend your energy on a space that’s just right for you.

  2. No More Maintenance – Keeping up on household chores or paying for yard work and seasonal maintenance can be overwhelming and expensive. As we get older, these tasks end up taking more time or simply become too difficult or dangerous to manage. At a senior living community, you don’t have to spend your time doing chores. Housekeeping, maintenance and even transportation are often included. Downsizing lets you focus on more important things.

  3. Financial Benefits – Along with homeownership come the financial burdens of taxes and home repairs. Major repairs and home emergencies (when the furnace stops working or the roof starts to leak) could cost you thousands of dollars. Even small repairs add up. At a senior living community, you no longer have to worry about pricey replacements or other uncertain financial expenses. Without the burdens of paying for repairs or property tax, you can put your home equity to good use. 

  4. Less Stress – All of these downsizing benefits inevitably lead to less overall stress for you! A new, smaller home will be easier to keep clean and organized, and someone else will be taking care of maintenance jobs. You can stop worrying about things that take away your time, energy, money and even health, and start enjoying some peace of mind.

  5. More Time & Freedom – When you downsize your home, you’ll regain the free time lost on homeowner responsibilities and be able to spend it on the things you love. Feel like spending the day finishing that novel? Go ahead – you don’t have to cook or clean. Want to go away for an impromptu vacation? Your home is safe and secure within your community.

  6. Social Engagement – Maybe your nest is empty, kids and grandkids live out of town, or friends have moved away. It’s natural that your social circle might have shrunk in size over the years. At a senior living community, social interaction and involvement is effortless and accessible. With special programming, clubs and day trips, there’s always something fun to do. It’s easy to make new friends and meet people with similar interests. Plus, friends and neighbors are always close by to grab lunch, see a movie or just sit and chat.

  7. Security – In a community setting, you no longer have to worry about your safety. Gone are the days of worrying about a break-in or an inclement weather crisis stranding you away from necessities. Plus, communities are usually equipped with emergency call systems, in case you should ever experience a health emergency.

  8. The Chance to Start Fresh – Downsizing and moving to a new, easier-to-manage community home can give you the chance to begin a new chapter in life. It can be a catalyst for changes for the better! Rather than viewing the move as a compaction of your life, be encouraged to view it instead as making yourself available to new possibilities.

Abundant Living for Today’s Seniors

These benefits are just a few of the ways downsizing your home can rightsize your lifestyle. If you would like to learn more, contact a local senior living community or talk to a friend who’s already made the move.

At Manse on Marsh, seniors discover everything they need to experience a worry-free senior living lifestyle. With a dedicated staff committed to planning activities, events and excursions, there’s always something to do, somewhere to go, and friends to share the fun. Plus, residents enjoy the peace of mind they have knowing that health care options are available right within the community, if they’re ever needed down the road.

Take the first step and find out if it’s time to downsize your home for a retirement free from hassle and worry. Call Manse on Marsh today to learn more about the independent lifestyle seniors love.

Simply Abundant Living – The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is widely recognized as the finest senior living community in San Luis Obispo County, California. Offering independent living, assisted living, respite care and palliative care, Manse on Marsh provides residents with the perfect blend of independence, privacy and safety all within the comforts of home.

The Manse on Marsh is simply abundant living – no matter the lifestyle or service a resident may require. In addition to a vibrant lifestyle that empowers residents to thrive, residents of Manse on Marsh enjoy delicious daily dining, wellness-focused programming and a social calendar filled with endless activity and entertainment. The locally owned community offers a wide variety of cottage homes, along with studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartment options.

Located along the scenic Central California coast in beautiful San Luis Obispo, Manse on Marsh puts residents only steps away from fine dining, popular attractions, shopping and world-class medical care. Learn more today by calling 805-541-4222 or by visiting www.TheManse.net.

Upcoming Senior Living Events at The Manse

The Manse on Marsh, award-winning retirement community in San Luis Obispo, is hosting two events in June for seniors and their families.

The first is an Open House and Tour of Models on June 15, 2017. The event begins at 3 pm, and wine and cheese will be served. Bring your friends and family to our San Luis Obispo retirement community, and have fun exploring our numerous floor plans and free-standing cottages.

The Manse on Marsh has a wide-variety of choices, ranging from well-appointed suites with fireplaces to free-standing cottages, some with full kitchens.  Along with our private residences, we offer several warm and welcoming common areas. And, as the only San Luis Obispo retirement community located in the heart of the city’s charming downtown, you can take advantage of visiting our neighboring restaurants, shops, and galleries.

Then on June 29th, join The Manse on Marsh and Central Coast Smooth Transitions President Joann Peters for “Downsize Your Home, Upsize Your Lifestyle.”

Peters has worked in the real estate industry since 1988, and launched her company after helping her parents and other family members downsize and disperse their estates.

“Later in life, our homes become cluttered with our 'stuff,’ and it is natural to be overwhelmed by the daunting prospect of downsizing, de-cluttering, organizing, and discarding,” says Peters.

From advice on how to find new homes for some of your special possessions, to helping you decide if it’s time to move and what to look for in a smaller place, Peters offers a refreshing perspective on making this life-changing decision.

“Downsize Your Home, Upsize Your Lifestyle” begins at 3 pm, and light appetizers and cocktails will be served. You can RSVP for one or both events by calling The Manse on Marsh at 805-541-4222.

About The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is San Luis Obispo’s retirement community of choice for independent living, assisted living, and respite, recover, and hospice care. In the heart of the Central Coast, The Manse on Marsh is close to home for families seeking San Luis Obispo retirement community living. Amenities include spacious flats and private homes, restaurant-quality open dining, convenient transportation, social activities, maid and laundry services, nurse on staff, attentive caregivers and discrete personal assistance. Learn more or schedule your tour of The Manse on Marsh San Luis Obispo retirement community at http://www.themanse.net.

Nutrition for Chronic Conditions – Culinary Care at The Manse on Marsh

As we age, especially if we’ve been diagnosed with a chronic condition, nutrition becomes a very important part of our care regimen and well-being. At The Manse on Marsh, award-winning independent and assisted living community in the heart of San Luis Obispo, we’re proud of our culinary offerings and our executive chef, who can tailor meals to help care for your body and your soul. Below are a list of common chronic conditions that affect us as we age, and how what we eat can improve or worsen those conditions:

Diabetes

Diabetes occurs when the body is unable to use or make enough insulin, a hormone that controls blood sugar in the body. People with diabetes must carefully plan the amount and type of foods they eat and the timing of meals and snacks to avoid high levels of sugar in the blood. High blood sugar levels can lead to other problems, including nerve damage, eye damage, kidney failure, heart disease, and problems with blood flow. Often, with some types of diabetes, people also must control their cholesterol, blood pressure, and weight.

Heart Disease

Heart disease causes the body to burn more calories than normal, resulting in weight loss. Many people with heart disease who are in treatment find it difficult to eat enough food to meet their needs. Their bodies may burn muscle and fat for energy. When people with heart disease lose weight and have poor nutrition, their bodies cannot handle their treatment as well.

High Blood Pressure

For people with high blood pressure, it’s important to eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and less salt and fat. Medications and diet restrictions can cause nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, and other digestive problems. These conditions can sometimes make it difficult to eat enough food to meet nutritional needs.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a decrease in bone density due to age or illness, increases the risk that a bone will break. Taking more calcium to strengthen the bones can lessen this risk. Vitamin D helps the body use calcium, while minerals such as phosphorus and magnesium work together with calcium to improve bone strength.

Sarcopenia

The medical name for loss of muscle as you get older is sarcopenia. Sarcopenia can make elderly people lose strength and the ability to get around, which increases their risk of falling. Older people with sarcopenia may need others to help them with everyday activities, such as standing up or opening a door. Physical activity is needed to help  rebuild and maintain muscle. Getting the right amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals is also important to help people with sarcopenia stay strong.

About The Manse on Marsh

The Manse on Marsh is a unique assisted and independent living community in San Luis Obispo that offers a full spectrum of senior care options. From assisted and independent living as well as hospice and palliative care options, The Manse on Marsh has developed an award-winning reputation for excellence among senior living communities throughout California’s Central Coast.