At Your Service! Grace Ridge Concierge Program Lends Helping Hand

🔊 Listen to This Blog. Make anniversary dinner reservations. Check. Schedule dentist appointment. Check. Shop for Christmas presents. Check. Book flight to NYC. Check. Get oil changed in car. Check. Buy tickets to CoMMA show. Check. Thanks to Grace Ridge’s new concierge program, these services – and so many more – are available to residents with just one phone call. Residents focus on enjoying retirement. We’ll handle the rest. “When you’re retired, you don’t want to deal with frustrating errands and spend all your time waiting on hold to make appointments – you want to relax and have fun,” said Evelyn Beaver, life enrichment director. “That’s why we’ve developed this concierge program – to enhance our residents’ lives,” she said. “By eliminating the day-to-day worries and other stressful responsibilities, they can focus on living vibrantly.” From bill paying to bucket list adventures Concierge services are divided into six primary offerings to help residents manage their daily schedules, activities and tasks: personal, home, shopping and errands, entertainment and leisure, travel and technical. Personal services include making salon and spa reservations, providing respite for family members, pet sitting, housekeeping and companionship. Home services include meal preparation, ironing, assistance with organization projects and house sitting. Personal shopping and errand services include private transportation, grocery shopping, purchasing gifts and prescription pick-up. Travel services include airport transportation, packing assistance, and hotel, rental car and flight arrangements. Technical services include smartphone and computer support and helping residents set up the LifeShare mobile app. Entertainment and leisure services include making dining reservations, acquiring sporting and event tickets and helping residents make their bucket list dreams come true....

Webinar Explores Aging Well, Maintaining a Healthy Body & Mind

🔊 Listen to This Blog. “Just because you age, it doesn’t mean you have to be sick,” said Dr. Golnosh Sharafsaleh. “Healthy aging and preventative care are crucial in maintaining independence and promoting the best quality of life that a person can have.” As director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program at Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, Dr. Sharafsaleh is dedicated to transforming the delivery of health care for older adults. The geriatric medicine and preventative care specialist shared her expertise on health promotion and preservation during a presentation on Nov. 13 at Grace Ridge Retirement Community. Dr. Sharafsaleh discussed health issues that affect older adults and ways to age gracefully and live a longer and healthier retirement. Topics included: chronic disease, depression, preventative care, immunizations and screenings, vision and hearing loss, nutrition, dietary supplements, falls and physical activity. Watch now:   Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Grace Ridge is a Life Plan Community spanning 52 pastoral acres in Morganton, NC. Come for a visit and find out why our community repeatedly garners awards, high rankings and superior satisfaction ratings as one of the best retirement communities in North...

Explore the Wonders of Wellness at Senior Fair, Oct. 4

🔊 Listen to This Blog. September marks the beginning of fall, but it’s also a time to focus on healthy aging. Explore the wonders of wellness and learn how you can build healthier habits for an active lifestyle at Grace Ridge’s Live Longer, Grow Stronger Senior Wellness Fair, Oct. 4. “This is a continued celebration of September’s Healthy Aging Month and our 4th year of bringing together community specialists in happiness and health,” said Kelli Huggins, wellness director. “Helping our residents build healthier habits to thrive and stay active remains our top priority and hosting this fair helps us meet that goal.” She added, “It’s also a chance for Grace Ridge to give back to the community by providing Morganton and Burke County seniors a chance to explore techniques, strategies and tips for aging well. The event is a one-stop shop for health, happiness and wellness needs.” Wellness Fair Highlights Flu shots. Don’t forget to bring your Medicare Part B card, medical insurance card or other form of payment. Complimentary health screenings and assessments for balance, spine and sleep apnea. Medication education booth, where you can learn about medication-medication and medication-food interactions. Nutritional information and healthy samples from the culinary team. Physician Presenters Dr. William Bell from EmergeOrtho specializes in treating adult orthopedic problems from the shoulder to the hand. Dr. Catherine Galida specializes in osteopathic manual therapy and acupuncture. Dr. Steven L. Smith from Hickory Chiropractic Clinic specializes in chiropractic care with an emphasis on wellness. Allison Thompson, PT, specializes in treating women who are having problems with pelvic floor health. The Live Longer, Grow Stronger Senior Wellness...
Conversations Before Crisis: The Importance of Advance Care Planning

Conversations Before Crisis: The Importance of Advance Care Planning

🔊 Listen to This Blog. The recent passing of former first lady Barbara Bush has sparked conversations about end-of-life wishes and comfort care. In light of these timely discussions and recent National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), we talked with Life Enrichment Social Worker Charity Elliott about the importance of advance care planning. Part of your job is to care for Grace Ridge residents and families through the journey of life. How are they planning ahead? We have several residents who have planned for everything down to the outfit they would wear, the music they want played and the picture they would like used for their celebration of life service. The Grace Ridge team helps support them through that process. Once completed, most residents and families are relieved that it’s taken care of. Why is it important for people to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care? Too often, end-of-life care is never discussed, which puts ourselves and loved ones in vulnerable situations. If your wishes have never been discussed, that might result in care and treatment that you may not have wanted. Why is advance planning both smart and necessary? None of us are ever promised tomorrow. Everyone has a different vision of comfort, so to make our own personal end-of-life decisions and to have those wishes outlined and documented is a priceless gift. It’s not just the elderly or terminally ill who need to plan. At what age should people start thinking about planning? I personally have advance directives and a celebration of life planned for myself. It’s never too soon to start planning for end-of-life, just...
Mindful March: Awareness and Resources for Memory Impairment

Mindful March: Awareness and Resources for Memory Impairment

🔊 Listen to This Blog. March marks new beginnings, longer days and the start of spring, but it’s also a time to highlight the prevalence of brain injuries and cognitive impairment and the resources available for people who are coping with mental decline. Brain Injury Awareness Month The Brain Injury Association of America leads the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness Month. This year’s “Change Your Mind” campaign aims to de-stigmatize brain injuries through education and outreach, empower those who have survived brain injury and their caregivers, and promote the many types of support that are available to people living with a brain injury. Western North Carolina Healthy Brain Initiative Several local and regional care partners have been working together to make a difference in the lives of patients and families who are struggling to cope with the journey of memory loss and brain function decline. Together, they formed the Western North Carolina Healthy Brain Initiative to educate the community on brain wellness and provide information on community resources for healthy aging. Funded through the Blue Ridge HealthCare Foundation, the committee is made up of family caregivers and care partners from Grace Ridge Retirement Community, Burke Senior Center, Catawba Regional Hospice, Burke Hospice & Palliative Care, ADAPT (Alzheimer Dementia Adult Professional Team), Supportive Solutions and Blue Ridge Community Action. Caregiver Emergency Packet (CEP) Most recently, the committee created caregiver emergency packets that will serve as a visual cue for emergency personnel to let them know a resident has a cognitive impairment. The packet will operate like the Do Not Resuscitate or Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment forms used...
Airborne Pathogens Be Gone! New Purifying System Helps Protect Residents

Airborne Pathogens Be Gone! New Purifying System Helps Protect Residents

🔊 Listen to This Blog. Most of us know the importance of taking steps to ensure we stay healthy and protect ourselves against infections and illness. We scrub surfaces, we scrub our bodies and we scrub our hands. But what about scrubbing the air? Novaerus, an air purification technology that’s been implemented at Grace Ridge Retirement Community and throughout Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, is doing just that.  “This unique technology quietly scrubs away harmful pathogens in the air. It helps us ensure our residents and staff members are protected from infections and illnesses that are caused by airborne viruses, bacteria, allergens and mold,” said Executive Director Brenda Yost. Yost noted that because Novaerus doesn’t produce harmful byproducts, it’s safe to use around vulnerable populations, such as older adults. “We have two portable units set up in our main lobby. It’s a great location because it’s a high-traffic area and can make the most impact for our residents and guests.” Healthy Air Benefits Benefits of the healthy air system are numerous and include protection against viruses like the common cold, norovirus and the flu; reducing bacteria to prevent infections; removing odors; destroying dangerous C-Diff spores that can cause illness; and eliminating pollen, mold and other forms of irritating allergens. The company’s website notes the technology has an “extremely high kill rate” and has been independently tested and proven to be effective. Yost noted that Grace Ridge will add additional Novaerus systems, as needed, and interested residents can rent or purchase a portable unit for their apartment or villa. Allergies & Asthma in Older Adults Grace Ridge’s investment in healthy...