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Introduce Yourself to Activities We Enjoy at Calvary Homes



Senior paintingSenior activities at retirement communities should be more than just bingo and card games. As you age, it’s important to continue to be able to have fun and enjoy life no matter what your age or where you live. When you consider moving into a retirement community, asking about what activities are offered should be just as important as asking, “Where will I move?” or “Will I have access to full-time emergency care?”

At Calvary Homes, we offer our residents a faith-based, tight-knit community in Lancaster, PA, with ample opportunities for lifelong learning on our 38-acre campus. From golfing, arts and crafts, to devotion and worship hours, the activities we offer to our residents will maximize your quality of life while still glorifying our Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)


What the Bible Says About Taking Care of Elderly Parents



Caring for parent

As our parents get older, it’s important to consider how we are going to take care of them. There are many different opinions on what your responsibilities should include when taking care of aging parents. From their health care, to power of attorney designations, financial assistance, and even living arrangements, there are so many decisions to make to help them live their best lives as they age.

But what, as Christians, are we called to do? These several verses from the Bible paint a clear expectation of how we are called to care for our aging loved ones. (more…)


5 Questions to Ask When Choosing Between Christian Retirement Communities



Senior man reading the BibleDo you have a loved one in need of skilled nursing or personal care services? Are you nearing retirement and looking for Christian retirement communities for yourself? Either way, it’s vital that you do your research to ensure you get the services and amenities you’ll need to enjoy the retirement years.

Today’s post offers some key questions to consider when choosing a retirement community, and particularly those with faith-based missions. (more…)


Get Familiar with Your Options for Retirement Living



Seniors enjoying teaAs the U.S. population of people over 60 years of age grows, so too does the demand for care and housing to meet their changing needs. How seniors navigate their golden years has changed for the better over the last few decades, even though many don’t realize this.

Today, seniors can enjoy a better quality of life and more housing and care options than ever before. Consequently, seniors and their families can be overwhelmed by the choices available. Ultimately, the choice of which care and housing option is best for any individual comes down to two things: care needs and finances, though there are many more things to consider when choosing the right retirement community.

Today’s post offers a closer look at the different types of living options that are available to senior retirees now. From “aging in place” in your current home to moving into one of a variety of community types, we’ll help you sort through the possibilities as you plan for the future. (more…)


What You Need to Know About Planning for Long-Term Care



Long-Term CareMedical advancements are enabling Americans to live longer than ever before. Consequently, retirement plans need to reflect a longer view than they did even a decade ago. Now is the time to review and possibly revise a retirement plan to make sure it can address the rising costs of living longer.

Living longer also comes with increased risks of developing a debilitating condition, requiring some form of care or assistance. Whether it is a simple surgery, that requires short-term assistance, or something life-changing like Alzheimer’s or dementia, which needs escalating, long-term care, every adult must include considerations for these eventualities in their retirement plans.

Care varies not just in length, short or long-term, but also in who administers it, family members, volunteers, professional non-medical aids, or skilled medical staff. It is important to remember that not all care, even that provided by professional aids or skilled nursing staff, is covered by Medicare or supplemental insurance. (more…)


What’s the Difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia?



Alzheimer’s and Dementia imageIf you are caring for a senior loved one or even just planning ahead for your own future care needs in retirement, you have probably encountered questions about cognitive changes that come with aging, up to and including dementia and Alzheimer’s.

With the advocacy of the well-known nonprofit Alzheimer’s Association, and the fact that each June brings Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month in the United States, it’s true that many people believe that Alzheimer’s is an interchangeable name for dementia. In other words, anytime someone is diagnosed with dementia it automatically means Alzheimer’s. However, this not the case.

The two terms refer to potentially different health concerns with Alzheimer’s being the name of a specific degenerative brain disease and “dementia” being a more general term that’s often used to describe symptoms of various diseases and disorders (including Alzheimer’s).

It’s true that the differences can be very confusing, and that confusion can lead to unnecessary worry and stress. That’s why we’re taking a closer look at how Alzheimer’s differs from other forms of dementia and how cognitive changes of all types can affect patients’ families and caregivers. The good news is that there are more resources for help with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, or dementia more generally, than ever before. (more…)


How to Find the Right Retirement Community



Group of happy seniorsAre you thinking about a move to a retirement community in the near future for yourself or a loved one under your care? As with so many things in life today, you’re likely noticing that there are almost too many options to choose from in finding the perfect community. It can be daunting, and you may be feeling overwhelmed. We’re here to assure you that it doesn’t have to be so difficult.

Here at Calvary Homes, we’ve created a 9-point checklist of the main things to focus on in your decision-making process. From looking at overall community types like independent living and nursing care facilities to determining how to assess the financial stability of individual organizations, we want to help you sort through the mountains of information and glossy marketing materials to make a confident choice. In that spirit, today’s blog post highlights a few key questions to ask to help make the selection process easier. (more…)


5 Advantages of Faith-Based Retirement Communities



Senior woman enjoying the outdoorsFinding the right retirement community is one of the most important decisions many seniors face as they age. There are so many factors to consider that the choice can feel overwhelming. But beyond location, levels of care, and amenities, many seniors and their families are also adding faith to their list of criteria for finding the best place to spend their retirement.

As a result, the number of faith-based, continuing care communities has grown in recent years and that number is expected to increase in the next few years as more and more Baby Boomers retire. According to Chicago-based investment bank, Ziegler, 80 percent of continuing care retirement communities are owned and operated by non-profit organizations. Of those organizations, about 75% are run by faith-based organizations that include Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian religions. (more…)


Healthy Eating for Seniors



Eating healthy is important at any age, but as we get older, it becomes even more essential to nourish our bodies properly. According to the National Council on Aging, “Giving your body the right nutrients and maintaining a healthy weight can help you stay active and independent.” (more…)