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caring for our parents and other loved ones

Sunrise Senior Living

Beginning with a single community in 1981, there are now more
than 325 Sunrise Senior Living communities throughout the U.S., in
Canada and the United Kingdom. Each of our communities maintains the mission laid out by Sunrise founders Paul and Terry Klaassen
more than 35 years ago: to champion quality of life for all seniors.
The Klaassens' vision to redefine senior care resulted in a resident-centered approach to care that focuses on the individuality of
each resident.
Sunrise was founded with a Dutch influence, which takes its
inspiration from family homes, quaint hotels and charming restaurants. Initially the Klaassen's lived with their first residents. Though

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the company has grown exponentially since then, it still maintains a home like environment for residents with each community
having a cat or dog, adopted from a local shelter. Resident suites
can also be personalized, for a more familiar and comfortable feel.
For more information

Watermark Retirement
Communities

Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, Watermark currently manages 58 communities in 21 states, including CCRCs, standalone
independent living, assisted living, and memory care communities
in addition to Medicare-certified rehabilitation and skilled nursing neighborhoods.
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Meridian has 82 communities across 20 states and the District
of Columbia. In addition to the array of traditional CCRC services,
Meridian has many unique programs from Pampered Stay, where
seniors can visit the community for a few weeks to make friends
and enjoy a break from their routine to their Eldergrow program,
which offers therapeutic horticulture programs for those with
memory loss. This program has reduced falls, elevated moods and
improved motor skills.
For more information

One of the most unique features of these properties is
Watermark University, which just won the 2017 ICAA Innovators
Achievement Award. Watermark University, which provides innovative, creative and stimulating resident activities and events is

focused on building a sense of community as well as on wellness
initiatives. This pet-friendly community has many properties where
independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing and memory
care are all available in the same address. The staff here is one
of the true highlights of these communities and they range from
phenomenal chefs to compassionate nursing aides to Naya's a
Sanskrit word representing certified guides for memory care residents. These caregivers provide home cooked meals for residents,
support activities and provide exceptional care and comfort to
those in the homelike residences.
For more information

Summary

We choose to focus on CCRC properties for this article because
they provide the broadest range of services. While seemingly overwhelming, the vast array of senior living providers gives a multitude of options to those considering a new home. I strongly
believe there is a fit out there for those open to a change that
is designed to increase safety, socialization and peace of mind
sanity. I have personal experience with some but not all of these
brands, but am yet to walk into one I wish wouldn't adjust their
minimum age. After all, I don't have access to in-home gourmet
cooking classes, chauffeur services or even in a friendly neighborhood, the myriad of social interactions senior living promotes.
My hope is this glimpse of options provides a spark of confidence
in whatever the next stage in life is for you or your loved ones.
Note: Community information, images and videos were
sourced from each community's website.

Lia Jill Levitt is a global citizen who left
corporate America to pursue her dream
of becoming an intellectually inspiring
speaker for seniors. She has created many
distinctive programs to engage seniors in
assisted living, independent living, skilled
nursing and memory care communities.
CCRCs are the core of her business. Learn
more or contact Lia at aintshesweet.net.


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