When to Know it’s Time to Move to Alzheimer’s Care

How do you know when it’s time? If you are at the point where you are concerned for the safety of your loved one, it’s time to seriously consider a senior living community like Safe Haven that specializes in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Any of the following signs are reason enough to look at your options:

  • A lack of impulse control and issues controlling emotional responses
  • Accusatory verbal outbursts or paranoid statements
  • Depression or isolation
  • Difficulty engaging in meaningful activities
  • Agitation and restlessness
  • An increased number of falls
  • Increasing physical dependence on others
  • A need for a verbal, gesture, or physical cueing to complete tasks
  • Weight loss or difficulty with dining

Caring for someone with dementia can be a lot for one individual which means there are also signs you will see in yourself, as your loved one’s caregiver:

  • Increased irritation
  • Social withdrawal
  • Consistent low mood
  • Emotional and physical exhaustion

When it comes to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia, it is essential to consider your health and the health of the whole family as well and how that will affect your loved one.

Keeping your loved one at home may seem like the best option, but given the complexity of the disease and the amount of support needed, they will get more support at a community like Safehaven that is designed especially for people living with dementia.

Our team is trained in dementia care and specialize in techniques that will help maintain your loved one’s indepedence and utilize their remaining skills. We develop a strong relationship with our residents and can anticipate their unmet needs.

At Safe Haven, we are focused on keeping residents engaged by providing a wide range of activities that are for people with different ability and interest levels. Our homes are also designed with safe outdoor walking spaces and garden with the needs of those with Alzheimer’s in mind.

A big piece of advice is to do your best to plan ahead of time to make the transition as smooth as possible – don’t wait until it feels like you’re out of options or until it presents a stressful situation for those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia. Call our offices to schedule a tour of Safe Haven Assisted Living and discuss how we can help you and your loved one.

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Smart New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

Eat more healthy options.

No matter what your age, it’s important to eat your fruits and vegetables. It’s suggested by the USDA to have at least five servings of fruits and vegetables in order to maintain a healthy diet. Opt for dark leafy veggies that are high in vitamins and nutrients this year.

Take your vitamins.
Talk to your doctor about vitamin supplements if you haven’t started already. If you have dietary restrictions that make it more difficult to intake needed nutrients, like lactose intolerance, taking Calcium vitamins can help keep your bones and teeth in good shape.

Stay active.
No matter what your physical condition is, it’s crucial to keep moving and stay active every day. Taking a walk with a friend is an easy way to get started if you need a challenge try taking up yoga or water aerobics.

Challenge your brain.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Reading, crossword puzzles and Sudoku are simple activities that can be done virtually anywhere. Join a card club to not only keep your brain active but also your social skills.

Update legal documents.
If you have paperwork that you’ve put off for months or documents that you haven’t updated in years, make this year the one you where you get it done. This includes things like wills, directives like a living will, or power of attorney documents.

New Years Resolutions can be big or small as long as it improves your quality of life in any big or small way.

Learn more about the Safe Haven Senior Living community in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Downsizing 101: Personalizing Your New Space In Assisted Living

Moving can be a challenge, but it can also be an excellent opportunity to tidy up and get organized. If you’ve lived in a space for 10 or more years, there’s probably more clutter than you realize. Moving into a new place gives you the opportunity to declutter your life and prioritize what’s truly important. Here are a few tips to help get you inspired:

Don’t consider downsizing as getting rid of all of your things. Utilizing old furniture that has been with you through the ages not only saves money but also brings along warmth and hominess to your new place. Instead, it might be time to get rid of any chipped kitchenware, kitchen appliances you no longer use, or old wash towels.

Get Colorful
The way you decorate will set the tone for your new home. The right colors can have a direct connection to your mood.

  • Green promotes health and peace.
  • Blue is a color that can help you feel motivated.
  • Yellow improves your mood and brings you energy.
  • Lavender helps you breathe easy and feel calm.
  • Red makes you feel powerful — and hungry.

Be Creative With Storage
When you’re downsizing, storage becomes essential. Creative storage can mean using under the bed boxes, utilizing shelf space, or buying furniture that doubles as storage like ottomans. If you’re smart with storage, you can clear the clutter from your life which will make it so much easier to find your favorite book, blanket, or a pair of shoes.

Organizing and decorating a new space can leave you feeling rejuvenated, especially after saying goodbye to your old home. Don’t forget to add personal touches and reflections of your personality into your decor. Once you’ve arranged everything, it will make it that much easier to finally sit back and relax as you start a new chapter of your life at Safe Haven Senior Living in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information on our floor plans and available rooms, reach out to us here.


Senior Living Can Feel Like Resort Living

When you think of a five-star resort, what comes to mind? Fine dining, laundry service, themed events, roaming in the garden. Not only will you find these amenities at a resort, but also at Safe Haven Senior Living, our luxury assisted living home right outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

Forget your preconceptions about senior living being drab and dull. At Safe Haven, we think of senior living as an exciting new chapter.

We have dozens of amenities designed in mind to maintain an at-home atmosphere with a resort lifestyle.

Fine Dining
Leave behind hours spent above the stove and washing dishes; our kitchen provides home-cooked meals inspired by five-star culinary dishes. We keep seniors health in mind and can accommodate healthy options and meet any dietary needs.

Time to Relax
Have a hard time with cleaning? You can leave the chores to us! We provide laundering and housekeeping services to give you more time to enjoy.

Be Our Guest
Need help running errands or just need an extra hand? We help with prescription pick up, medication management, transportation, and hygiene help. We also have a range of living options including Alzheimer’s Care.

What Else Does Senior Living Offer?
Want to learn more about our amenities? Schedule an appointment today or call (404) 235-7733.

Do Seniors Need A Living Will?


What is a living will and who should have one?

Talking about end-of-life and critical-care issues are never an easy subject and can often get pushed aside because family members aren’t ready to confront this stage, but planning ahead can avert confusion and unnecessary distress during times of concern and grief.

Knowing a loved one’s wishes in advance before an illness or accident ensures that family members won’t have to make tough calls on their behalf during a crisis.

Livings Wills Are Legal Instructions

Also called advance directives or healthcare directives, living wills are written, legal instructions detailing a person’s preferences for medical care if they are unable to make decisions. Advance directives manage healthcare choices for medical professionals and caregivers if a person is terminally ill, critically injured, in a coma, in the late stages of dementia or near the end of life.

Living Wills and Power of Attorney

A living will typically work together with a medical power of attorney (POA). Some states combine the two into one document. The medical POA enables a person to select a person (a spouse, family member, or a friend) to make medical decisions on their behalf.

This isn’t just for older adults either, unexpected critical care and end-of-life situations can occur at any age, it’s crucial for all adults to prepare these documents. For more helpful information for seniors read more articles on our blog here. To contact Safehaven for assisted living click here to speak to a representative.

Senior Foot Health And Why It’s So Important

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Mobility is a vital ingredient to self-sufficiency, making the foot ailments that often trouble seniors particularly worrisome. While it may not come to mind as a major health concern, poor foot health can severely impact a person’s ability to live alone, work and engage in social activities.

Observing preventive foot health care has many benefits. At the top of the list is that it can increase comfort, limit the possibility of additional medical problems, and reduce the chances of hospitalization because of infection.

Here are some tips for keeping feet healthy:

Wear Shoes That Fit Properly
Many people don’t wear shoes that properly fit them or support their feet. Shop for shoes in the afternoon so you can avoid choosing shoes that are too small for your feet that swell during the day.

Regularly Take Walks
This is ultimately the best exercise for your feet.

Wear Seam-Free Socks
This will help with preventing any skin irritations from developing on your skin.

Have Corns & Calluses Professionally Treated
Never cut corns and calluses with a razor, pocket knife. Only use over-the-counter foot products with the advice of a podiatrist.

Bathe & Inspect Feet Daily
Apply lukewarm water and mild soap to keep your feet free of any dirt on a daily basis. If you notice any redness, swelling, cracks in your skin consult your podiatrist.

If you or your loved one needs assistance with foot care or any additional health care and support, contact Safehaven Senior Living here. We provide 24/7 assistance in Atlanta that will keep your loved one happy and healthy!

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Senior Sun Safety in Atlanta

Summer weather in Atlanta, Georgia is great for relaxing with family and friends. Too much outdoor time for seniors, however, can lead to problems like sunburn or dehydration. By taking a few precautions, these problems could be avoided so you can get the most out of long summer days.

Wear the proper summer clothing
The best summertime clothing for seniors is lightweight and made out of breathable fabric such as cotton. Shirts should be long-sleeved, and seniors should wear wide-brimmed hats.

Apply sunscreen early and often
Sunscreen takes time to work, so doing wait until you’re poolside to apply sunscreen. Try to use sunscreen about an hour before you head outside and reapply every two hours.

Drink plenty of fluids
Seniors are less likely to feel thirsty, and dehydration can come on unexpectedly. Try to drink between six and eight glasses of water a day, especially on days involving physical activity, or if the weather is particularly hot.

Stay indoors during the hottest hours
The sun is most intense during the middle of the day. Save activities like gardening or walking for the early morning or evening when the weather is cooler.

Weather can get extremely hot during the summer in Georgia. Do your best to follow these tips so you can get the most out of your time outdoors this year. Our assisted living community offers gardening programs, great outdoor recreational areas, and plenty of seats in the shade. Contact us today to schedule a tour of Safehaven Senior Living.

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Five Activities for Seniors with Dementia

Connecting with others is an essential part of being human – and that remains the same when a person has dementia. We’re frequently asked, “What are good activities for dementia patients?”. There are still many ways you can continue to form connections and strengthen bonds with your loved one during this time.

People with dementia turn to long-term memories of their childhood. Their minds seem only to recall their younger years, and often this is where connections can be made. The next time you visit with your loved one, try one or more of the following activities to create a relationship with them:

Look Through Photo Albums
Find up photo albums with pictures of your loved one’s childhood or young adulthood to connect with old memories. Past periodicals are another excellent option, particularly those that include many photos such as Life or Time magazines.

Make a Playlist
Download songs or set up a radio on Pandora that streams music from their teenage years. Many internet radio stations include everything from classic rock to big band sounds; their favorite music should be easy to find.

Look Through Old Cookbooks
In the past, women spent a lot of their teenage years learning to cook and young adult years cooking for their families. Ask about the origins and different variations used in old family recipes. For even better results, prepare a meal with those old family recipes and reap the rewards with your loved ones.

Enjoy Favorite Treats
Buy some candy or other treats that were common when your loved one was young. Many companies specialize in nostalgic candy where you can buy old favorites.

Visit and Connect with Animals
People who grew up on farms may enjoy an outing to a petting zoo or family farm where they can touch and talk to horses and other farm animals. Ask questions about animals, old pets, or what it was like to grow up on a farm. Recalling old memories on the farm is a meaningful activity to involve grandchildren in since many kids today are not familiar with farms.

Your loved one may seem different than the person you’ve always known, but they still deserve connection and companionship with you. You can strengthen that connection by applying these activities to enhance both of your lives.

Safe Haven is a luxury senior living home that specializes in Dementia Care, Alzheimer’s Care, and Lifelong Enrichment. We have a compassionate, patient, and caring senior living environment, with the goal of enabling senior residents to enjoy the perks of a no-worries lifestyle. Contact us here to learn more about our elder care services in Atlanta, Georgia.

Settling Into Senior Care

When moving into senior living homes like Safehaven, there are four main steps to outline. These steps overview the major components of what is involved in moving into the care and compassion of a senior living facility. We intend to make the process easier and less complex for both you and your family. Moving for seniors can be a challenge which is why it’s important to have family or friends that support you in the process.

The first step is assessing care options:
This assessment is about knowing what level of care you or your loved one may need. Here at Safehaven we offer Assisted Living services and specialize in Alzheimer’s Care. This senior care is especially essential for those who may have caught the early signs of Alzheimer’s or Dementia and are preparing for the later stages. For more about our services click here.

Second is preparation for the move:
Living in a senior care facility has many long-run benefits that are hard for seniors to see during relocation. It’s important to emphasize the pros while they’re under stress and only thinking about the cons. Before you box things up, a massive help with downsizing is to print out the dimensions of your new home and plan what will fit and what won’t. Make an inventory of all of the items you’re keeping including big furniture pieces.

Next is the physical move:
Avoid the physical and emotional strain on yourself by contacting movers two weeks before you pack up. If you have a layout of your new room, share it with your movers so every item will already be in its place when you get there, only leaving you to hang photos and decorate. The sooner you start organizing and decorating your new space the sooner it will feel like home.

Finally, making a smooth transition into the community:
Important things to remember is that this is your home and everyone wants you to feel welcomed. Adjusting to a new social and cultural environment can be tough. To overcome this start by making yourself familiar with the community pragmatics. Next, walk around the grounds and say hello to everyone to start creating relationships with your neighbors. Attend social outings and participate in group activities, Safehaven has a full calendar of weekly events to make you feel welcomed.

If you are located in the Atlanta and Decatur area and want to learn more about our Assisted Living Care at Safehaven click here.

Alzheimer’s Care and Management

Safehaven specializes in care techniques that reduce difficult behaviors for residents in various stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. We know that providing care to loved ones with dementia can be challenging which is why we offer Alzheimer’s Care for our residents.

We understand that you may be frustrated and unsure of how to handle the day-to-day challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. Here are a few tips to help you create more meaningful interactions with loved ones.

Maintain Structure and Routine
Research shows a daily routine allows people with Alzheimer’s to experience better moods and suffer less anxiety. Establish a sense of structure with consistent waking, sleep, and meal times. Here at Safehaven, we communicate their daily routine and what to expect next. We also print out schedules for an even greater sense of reassurance.

Keep Your Loved One Hydrated
Maintaining hydration is critical to good health no matter what your age is. Dehydration in seniors can cause medical destabilization, confusion, and agitation. Keeping plenty of water bottles on hand may help make it easier to stay hydrated. We keep water bottles stocked and readily available any time of day to keep our residents healthy.

Enter Your Loved One’s Reality
Don’t argue with people with dementia when something they say is obviously incorrect. Arguing may make them feel angry and that you do not respect them, this will also cause them to strain their brain more which can worsen dementia symptoms over time. Try to maintain a “go with the flow” attitude when you talk. This can help you to keep the connection and familial bond strong.

Focus on Feelings Not Facts
At Safehaven, we strive for our residents to maintain a healthy positive state of mind. This can be achieved by engaging them in activities that meet their personal preferences. Family tensions can deeply affect people with dementia and can cause difficult behavior – even refusal of care. Be sensitive to family dynamics and recognize that tension and negative feelings can impact acceptance of care.

Effectively Communicate
Remember the saying “actions speak louder than words.” With dementia, nonverbal skills become more important as their verbal skills start to fail. Make sure when you see your loved one you smile, don’t cross your arms, make eye contact, and use a positive tone of voice.

Other tips include: keep it simple, ask one question at a time, use yes/no questions, simplify but don’t eliminate choices, and avoid asking questions that require elaborate answers. Avoid using words and phrases such as “don’t,” “you can’t” and “I told you.”

If you have a loved one in the Atlanta area with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia, consider moving them to a safe and compassionate home-like environment. Here at Safehaven, you can still feel like you’re at home but with the help and support of a dedicated staff. To learn more about our Alzheimer’s Care services and schedule a tour contact us HERE.