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Finding the Value: What A Senior Living Community Could Mean To You

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Considering a move to a full-service retirement community can bring up a lot of issues. Some are related to long-held concerns about aging. Others are misconceptions about what exactly it’s like to live in such a community. For example:

“I don’t want to give up my independence.”

“I can’t bear leaving my home.”

“I don’t like confronting my mortality.”

“I’ll spend all my savings and have nothing left for my heirs.”

“I’ll have to give up my hobbies and interests.”

Now consider looking at senior living a different way.  For example, ask yourself:

What does peace of mind mean to me at this stage of life?

How can I maximize years in retirement?

Would I appreciate a new level of security and freedom that enhances my quality of life and lets me spend my days as I choose?

Would I enjoy having dining venues, swimming, fitness, a salon, movies and more within walking distance, as well as services like scheduled transportation, all covered in a monthly fee?  

When you examine your life now, you might realize that you’re not as “free” as you think. You may be tied to a large house with never-ending repair needs and maintenance issues.  You’re paying for insurance. Lawn care. Security. Perhaps there are stairs in your home that make it harder for you to get around. Driving at night is something you avoid so you’re actually missing out on familiar pleasures like the theater, movies, events and more.  Maybe you’re tired of eating alone.

And if you had a health crisis, what would you do?  

Many retirement-aged people are discovering that instead of their world growing smaller when they move into a retirement community, it actually opens up in ways they never thought possible. Buoyed by the reassurance that they are no longer alone if a crisis should occur, they can now turn their attention and energy into new pursuits, familiar hobbies and new friendships. Traveling is a breeze because all they have to is close the door and go. They enjoy having a new residence with modern design features and the perks of regular housekeeping as well as all maintenance handled by a friendly staff.

And choosing a rental community such as The Carrington at Lincolnwood means no entrance fee, so you can protect your investments and still enjoy a carefree lifestyle worth of a resort.

Maintaining and even enhancing your quality of life in a safe environment is what healthy aging is all about.  At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, you’ll find genuine value that benefits you as well as your family.  We welcome your questions. Call us at 847-941-0793.

What to do if your Siblings Can’t Share Caregiving Duties

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Caregiving is an important role when it comes to your parent’s emotional or physical needs, which is why it’s important to recognize the roles each sibling and other family members will take on.

While it would be ideal for everyone to take part in caregiving for Mom, that’s not always possible.

To learn about options you can take if your siblings can’t take on their share of responsibilities, CLICK HERE.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood Hosts Education Sessions on How Best to Assess Senior Living Care Options

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The Carrington at Lincolnwood recently hosted several educational events for professional audiences and prospective residents and their families, offering facts about care options for assisted living and memory care. The programming was designed to help attendees and their families be prepared, protected, and best equipped to determine the right fit in communities and services.

The guest speaker for the events was Dr. Joan Roche, Ph.D., RN, GCNS-BC, a Board Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gerontological Nursing. 

Dr. Roche covered a wide range of topics during the presentations, including:

• Major factors to consider when evaluating assisted living and memory care communities and services 

• Assisted living and memory care – dispelling the myths and misconceptions 

• How to determine the most appropriate care and support option 

• How “memory care” assisted living differs from traditional assisted living 

• A guide to understanding the various stages of Alzheimer’s disease and the major benefits of specialized memory care assisted living environments for those with cognitive impairment 

• Understanding the various assisted living and memory care pricing models 

• A comparison of assisted living costs to living at home 

• Little known ways to make needed care more affordable, including a Veterans Affairs pension ranging between $1,176 and $2,169 per month that veterans and their surviving spouse may be eligible for 

If you’d like to visit with a representative from The Carrington at Lincolnwood to learn more about the tips and recommendations shared in this presentation to help with your decision making, please contact us at 847-973-6262.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood Hosts “First Tour” Event

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Once the doors to The Carrington at Lincolnwood senior living community opened, it was time for a fabulous First Look event unlike any other!

Guests from near and far arrived for this special occasion, held May 3, to receive a first look at the fresh interior design, the wide array of services and the outstanding, multiple dining venues available to residents. It included tours of the entire campus, offering a perfect opportunity to experience the lifestyle that will forever change your view of senior living.

If you weren’t able to make it to the event but would like to schedule a personal tour of The Carrington at Lincolnwood, call us today at 847-232-6192.

Being Social is Easy at The Carrington – and Good for You!

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When you start envisioning your retirement lifestyle, what do you see?

A vibrant atmosphere filled with good friends, stimulating activities and lots of opportunities for pursuing lifelong wellness? Do you see yourself meeting new people and building new relationships?

Or do you wonder if you’ll be primarily alone, isolated from the “action”, feeling set apart and lonely? When you consider that many people will spend 25 percent of their life in active retirement years, it’s an important topic to consider. Statistics will tell you…social interaction is not only a lot more fun than sitting alone, it’s imperative for your good health and wellness. In fact, people 60+ are most likely to cite “loving family and friends” as extremely important to their happiness.

According to The National Institute on Aging, social relationships are consistently linked to health and wellness.Having a positive social life has been associated with lower levels of an inflammatory factor implicated in age-related disorders such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease and some forms of cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health found evidence that older adults in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline.

Being around people you care for also can boost your immune system and raise your “feel good” hormones, giving you focus, energy and optimism. It also can reduce stress and pain.  Studies show holding hands or even a brief hug can lower blood pressure and the positive effects last all day!

Social isolation and loneliness, on the other hand, can affect an older individual on both a physical and emotional level, even serving as a risk factor for morbidity and mortality.

It’s just better for you to be around people who care about you, and have friends close by who share your experiences. That’s why at The Carrington at Lincolnwood, we have created a carefree lifestyle for those who enjoy active independence with more fun, more friends and more freedom—and fewer daily worries.

In our community, engaging in social interaction is easy to do. And it’s more than just saying hello in the hallway! Think wine tastings in our sports bar. Visiting area attractions as a group. Discussing a bestseller in the library. Meeting a neighbor each day for a morning walk. joining other dog owners in Carrington’s dog park. Dining with friends in the Bistro.

Here, every individual has the opportunity to realize his or her greatest potential for positive, self-directed living—and have fun doing it! The Carrington at Lincolnwood sets the stage for you to stay connected to the people, places and pleasures that you cherish, while offering you new opportunities for growth, connection and choice.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood - Group of Seniors Outside

A Little Assistance, a Lot of Wow! Assisted Living is a Whole New Ballgame.

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As the population ages, and nearly 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 each day over the next 15 years, it’s good to know that lifestyle choices for those needing some assistance with daily living are changing too. You can toss out that idea of an institutional environment or a boring routine with nothing to do. Today’s seniors are discovering a world of opportunities and inspiration in an environment that often calls to mind a fine hotel.

And why not? At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, positive, potential-filled senior living helps residents remain as self-reliant as possible, even when health challenges arise. Simply put, you might need a hand now and then, but you are eager as ever to learn, laugh and enjoy new experiences, make new friends and stay in control of your life.

This kind of next-generation assisted living offers an array of advantages that are all part of Carrington FIRST—putting our residents first in every way.

For example:

  • Familiar comfort. You haven’t lost your sense of style. That is why each of the beautiful 88 assisted living residences is well appointed and designed to make it easy to add your personal touch, calling it home. It’s reassuring to relax and enjoy the day knowing everything The Carrington at Lincolnwood offers is nearby. Striking studios and apartments with one or two bedrooms are available and feature thoughtful details such as a half-kitchen, walk-in closets, a large bath and more.
  • Ease of living. At the Carrington, the stress of daily household chores, preparing meals or even getting to physician’s appointments, the hairdresser or other services is gone. The Carrington provide all this and more for one monthly rental fee, so you can turn your attention to something much more fun like learning to paint, giggling with your grandchildren, or watching your dog play in The Carrington dog park. here will be neighbors to meet, birthdays to celebrate, or simply time to bask in some welcome sunshine.
  • Safety & security. Enjoying day-to-day hobbies and new pastimes is a breeze when you feel safe and secure. At The Carrington at Lincolnwood, assisted living residents know a highly professional staff is on hand to help with bathing, dressing, mobility and other personal needs. What’s more, it feels good to spend your days knowing what you need is right at your fingertips. No more need to rely on family, friends or paid caretakers. At The Carrington, there is even an EMT on-site as well as 24-hour security.
  • Friends & social interaction. Regularly engaging in fun and relaxing activities can lower your blood pressure, help you avoid weight gain and lower cortisol, the stress hormone that has a negative effect on your health. The Carrington offers a full calendar of fun and stimulating activities and events that keep you engaged, entertained and looking forward to each day.
  • Lifelong wellness. This is the key to successful aging, and living in a senior living community that focuses on all eight dimensions of wellness like The Carrington at Lincolnwood gives you a tremendous advantage towards staying active, healthy and inspired.

These are just a few of the reasons why assisted living can be an exceptional choice. There are many more. One thing is for sure: you don’t have to compromise at The Carrington at Lincolnwood retirement community—you can enjoy a rich, supportive lifestyle that puts you FIRST!

Help is Just a Moment Away Here

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“A desire to feel safe and secure is strong motivation for older adults considering a move to a retirement community. Therefore, when we had the opportunity to pursue this unique partnership, we were delighted to do so,” said Stephen Kennery, executive director of The Carrington at Lincolnwood senior living community.” South Bay Partners, developers for The Carrington, collaborated with the Village of Lincolnwood to establish an EMT station on-site.

The Carrington at Lincolnwood is a rental senior living community being built on a beautiful 13-acre campus in the heart of Lincolnwood. Set to open in February, The Carrington will offer independent living, assisted living, and memory support.

Adam Arnold of South Bay Partners explained that during the construction approval process with various Village of Lincolnwood entities, a concern was voiced early on. “Officials wanted to be proactive about EMT traffic of the new retirement community that would be home to hundreds of seniors. That’s a common question when we’re developing a new campus,” Arnold said. “Providing an EMT satellite station became a logical project on which we could partner with the Village. We are building a garage, office, and sleeping space at The Carrington, so that there can be EMTs and an ambulance on-site 24/7. It’s a wonderful idea for all parties involved; the ultimate win-win situation.”

“What this means to our residents is that help will always be just a moment or two away. The security of knowing this will be a strong motivator for people moving to the community. They’ll feel safe living here. It’s very unique, but makes a whole lot of sense,” said Kennery.

Other distinctive characteristics of The Carrington include its monthly rental fee, reserved under-building parking, indoor pool and fitness center, four libraries, multiple dining venues, hair salon/spa, gardens, dog park and walking trails. The Carrington is also introducing a unique Life Plan Program which guarantees a 15-day stay at a preferred provider if needed, for skilled care.

See the story in Daily Herald.