MorningStar at Arrowhead is Pet Friendly

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At MorningStar at Arrowhead, we understand that your pet is an important part of your family and you would not wish to move somewhere that he or she was not welcome.  If you decide to choose our beautiful senior living community for your new home, no worries – we are pet friendly!

More and more research seems to bear out that owning and caring for a pet can actually be good for seniors’ health and wellbeing.  One such recent study reported on by A Place for Mom’s website suggests that, “just 15 minutes bonding with an animal sets off a chemical chain reaction in the brain, lowering levels of the fight-or-flight hormone cortisol and increasing production of the feel-good hormone serotonin. The result: heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels immediately drop.”

Researchers found that interactions between pets and their owners can help to fight off depression and lower cholesterol levels.  There is even some evidence to suggest the relationship may help to protect against heart disease and stroke.  Scientists’ reason that pets may help the elderly to feel more connected to the here and now as the pet requires daily attention and care.  Furthermore, the animals themselves offer unconditional love, unending affection and emotional support.

Pet therapy programs are growing in popularity and used in settings such as hospitals, mental health centers, convalescent homes and child centers.  Studies show that many people who participate in pet therapy programs have an improvement in their appetite as well as improvement in their social interactions and cognitive skills.  In addition the acceptance and non-verbal communication of animals can be soothing for those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.

MorningStar at Arrowhead represents the best in senior living with a unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We have built our foundation on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve…all of which contributes to creating a true home for residents amid a beautiful, serene setting.   Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our exceptional community. 

Sources: aplaceformom.com/senior-care-resources/articles/pet-friendly-assisted-living

agingcare.com/Articles/benefits-of-elderly-owning-pets-113294.htm

 

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Billings’ Finest Independent Living

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At MorningStar of Billings, we offer a friendly and comfortable independent living neighborhood that consists of 32 cottages in addition to 72 bright suites.  Our community is conveniently located on the west end of Billings, and while it boasts a country setting, it is close to shopping centers and the medical community.  We are situated on a large campus in a beautiful, park-like neighbor that offers views of the Rockies.  In addition Billings has four golf courses and is just minutes away from the historic city of Red Lodge, Montana that offers a whole host of both winter and summer adventures.

Our cottage homes are ideal for active seniors and include high-end finishes, a fireplace, ceiling fans, a patio and a one-car garage.  Our spacious common areas include strolling paths and a pool.  MorningStar’s staff handles all of the maintenance, both inside and out along with offering weekly housekeeping whether you live in a cottage or one of our bright suites.  All independent living suites are equipped with their own washer/dryer and full kitchens for the meals you feel like preparing on your own.

Furthermore while our operating license does not permit us to extend care to those in our independent living neighborhood, we can arrange for home health agencies to serve you, if the need arises.  In addition you will get priority placement (subject to availability) if you need to move into our assisted living or memory care.

In a 2015 article by MSN.com, Montana was ranked as the #7 state in “The 10 Best States for Retirement.”  This is no doubt due to Montana’s nice weather, low cost of living, reasonable taxes (well below national average), and scenic beauty.  Please visit our website to learn more about our community as well as to use our online form to inquiry about pricing and availability for MorningStar of Billing’s independent living, assisted living and memory care.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents.  Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our comfortable, home-like atmosphere.     

A Great Leadership Team Makes a Difference

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MorningStar of Billings is proud to have earned a reputation as the best senior living community in the Billings area.  A lot of that has to do with our compassionate, loving staff, which starts at the top with our committed leadership team.

Stacie Kautzman, our Executive Director, is one of the big reasons MorningStar of Billings feels a true “home.”  In the position since we opened, Stacie has an extensive background in senior living and says that she feels honored to serve the residents of MorningStar.  Stacie adds that, “Giving back to our elders, who have given so much through their lives, is what I love about my job and MorningStar. I want everyone who comes into our community to feel the joy we have each and every day in being together.”

Our Wellness Director, Randy Kinsey, relates how he had two grandmothers who were his mentors and the first seniors that he loved and lost.  One of his grandmothers was a teacher for 40, mostly in rural settings.  Some of what she shared with Randy through the years helped to shape the path he would choose for his career, and he credits her with his decision to become a nurse.

Sean Pearson is MorningStar of Billing’s Community Relations Director and also has been with us from the beginning.  Sean cites a simple rule by which he lives his life: “To do everything as if in the ‘light of day.”   He explains that he would “never do something or say anything that I would not say in the bright light of day. I govern my actions as if my grandmother was looking over my shoulder, and I would not want to embarrass her.”  MorningStar of Billings is certainly lucky to have such a caring leadership team.

We invite you to learn more about our gorgeous community, which is conveniently located in western Billings.  MorningStar of Billings offers 32 cottages and another 72 bright suites for independent living as well as 70 suites for assisted living.  We also have 36 secure suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments.  Please visit our website to learn more about why our community is so special, and if you like what you see, set up a tour to visit our community in person.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with our unique mission statement “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing our seniors and hiring staff with a felt calling to serve in order to provide a true home for residents.  Please schedule a tour to experience firsthand our comfortable, home-like atmosphere.     

Causes and Symptoms of COPD

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The COPD Foundation states that, “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis.”  As COPD progresses, it results in increasing breathlessness as the lungs are further damaged.  The damage is permanent and is the 4th leading cause of death for people 65 to 84 years old. 

Often in the early stages, people mistake the symptoms of COPD with fatigue and getting older.  In addition, many people may have the disease for years before experiencing the symptoms of COPD that includes breathlessness, wheezing, or a chronic cough.

You may be at risk for COPD if you have a history of long-term smoking, a job that exposed you to dust or chemicals or other indoor air pollutants, second-hand smoke exposure, or lots of exposure to outdoor air pollution.  You may additionally be at risk if you had lots of respiratory infections as a child or have a genetic risk factor for emphysema that is related to a deficiency of the Alpha-1 Antitrypsin protein in the bloodstream.

COPD is diagnosed with a simple procedure known as a spirometry test that measures how well your lungs are working.  If your results show signs of COPD, you will need to consult with your doctor regarding treatment.  It is important for anyone with COPD to get a yearly flu shot and a vaccine for pneumonia as they can help to prevent some infections.  Good nutrition and staying as active as possible is also important.

The Mayo Clinic reminds anyone diagnosed with COPD that is not the end of the world. They say most people have a mild form of the disease and require little therapy other than to quick smoking.  For more advanced cases, there are effective therapies available to “control symptoms, reduce your risk of complications and exacerbations, and improve your ability to lead an active life.”

This post is for information purposes only; please consult your health care providers with any health concerns.

MorningStar of Fort Collins represents the very best in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is one built upon honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve.  We invite you to schedule a tour to discover the finest assisted living Fort Collins has to offer.

Source: copdfoundation.org/What-is-COPD/Understanding-COPD/What-Causes-COPD.aspx

Why Assisted Living is the Answer for Many Seniors

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More and more older adults are discovering that assisted living communities are the ideal place to enjoy their retirement years when the time comes that they require some assistance with the activities of daily living.  This is probably due to the fact that over the last several years, such communities have changed dramatically.  Today’s modern communities are tailored to meet aging adults’ physical, emotional, spiritual and wellness needs and provide a comfortable and secure lifestyle.

Many seniors, especially those living alone, find themselves becoming more and more isolated as they have retired from careers and may even have stopped driving.  In contrast, assisted living communities offer residents a friendly place to socialize and meet new friends as well as to engage in a variety of meaningful activities. Even for someone who values their privacy, assisted living communities offer the comfort of having other people around.  It is reassuring if you experience a fall or a medical emergency to know help is close at hand.

Another common problem with seniors who live alone is that many do not eat well.  Cooking may be difficult and/or they may not be able to easily get out to grocery shop.  Again, the problem of good nutrition is solved in assisted living communities as they provide healthy daily meals designed around the needs of the residents.

For older adults that have given up driving, assisted living provides a safe solution.  Most provide scheduled outings to places such as shopping malls, outdoor parks, plays and other entertainment venues, museums and more.

MorningStar at Jordan offers residents a safe, comfortable place to age in place and to take advantage of resort-style amenities and meaningful activities.  We encourage you to schedule a tour to see for yourself why our residents are pleased to call MorningStar “home”.

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan represents the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting by creating a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest assisted living in Centennial CO. 

Source:aplaceformom.com/blog/why-seniors-prefer-senior-living-communities/

MorningStar at Jordan – Better than Ever

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MorningStar at Jordan is very proud to have been selected as one of the Best of 2018 Assisted Living Award Winner on SeniorAdvisor.com, the largest ratings and reviews site for senior care and services in North America and Canada.

Recipients represent the top tier of in-home care, assisted living, and other senior living providers, based on the online reviews written by seniors and their families. The award places the winners in the top one percent of providers across the United States and Canada.

The annual SeniorAdvisor.com Best of Senior Living Awards tabulates over 150,000 family-created reviews to find outstanding care providers for this honor. Of the nearly 45,000 communities currently listed on SeniorAdvisor.com, just over 1,600 were selected for this prestigious award.

To qualify for the Best of 2018 Awards, care providers must have maintained an average overall rating of at least 4.5 stars while receiving four or more new reviews in 2017. MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Jordan regularly receives positive reviews from their senior residents and their families like this 5-star review from Customer Lobby:

“I am so impressed with the level of care from the staff at MorningStar Assisted Living and Memory Care at Jordan. My dad moved there from another facility and the difference was like night and day. He was pretty independent before he went there and the staff treat him accordingly. They really go above and beyond for the residents living here. They are all patient and kind and willing to help. I am personally at the facility a lot and could name every member on the staff, each one of them as exceptional as the next. They know my dad likes chocolate ice cream, so, in the middle of the day sometimes, here comes one of the staff with some cookies and chocolate ice cream for him. The interest they show and the care they give is just beyond words. They are like one happy family. They keep the residents busy with activities and social gatherings. I highly recommend this place to anyone who has a loved one in need of this type of care.”

Please see our website or contact us to schedule a tour to understand why our residents are happy to call MorningStar at Jordan “home.”

MorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care at Jordan represents the very best in senior living with our distinct mission statement of “to honor, to serve, to invest.” We are dedicated to providing a true home for residents amidst a beautiful, serene setting by creating a foundation built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting staff with a felt calling to serve. Please contact us to set up a tour to see firsthand the finest assisted living in Centennial CO.

Assisted Living Offers Comfort and Safety

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Many people mistakenly assume that “assisted living” is just another term for nursing homes.  In fact, nursing homes are intended for people that require long-term, around-the-clock medical care and supervision and should not be confused with assisted living, which provides residents support for daily care activities.  At a senior community offering assisted living, you will receive the care you need to live comfortably and safely while still retaining your privacy and as much independence as possible.

Assisted living is ideal for anyone who does not require 24-hour skilled medical care but rather just needs more personal care than they can get at home or at an independent living retirement community.  Meals and transportation are provided, and if needed, residents can get help with activities such as showering dressing, and etc.  For the family, they rest easy knowing that a trained, caring staff is available to help whenever a loved one needs it.

Many assisted living communities offer the privacy of individual suites, while also providing their residents with the security and safety of 24-hour support and quick access to care.  In addition communities generally provide residents the opportunity to participate in social and recreation activities along with wellness programs.  Residents usually eat their meals in a communal dining room and have housekeeping and laundry services available.

If you would like to see what the best senior living community in Billings offers, we invite you to take a look at the gorgeous MorningStar Senior Living of Billings.  Our assisted living option provides various levels of assistance with daily living activities as determined after a thorough assessment with our Wellness Director and in agreement with the senior and their extended family.  For all of our residents, MorningStar’s around-the-clock Care Managers are there to meet needs and to ensure the utmost safety.

MorningStar Senior Living of Billings represents the finest in senior living with a mission “to honor, to serve, to invest.”  Our foundation is built on honoring God, valuing all seniors and selecting team members with a felt calling to serve.  Dedicated to creating a real home for residents, we encourage you to visit to see for yourself our exceptional community for independent and assisted living.