CayCare picked some of our favorite coffee hotspots to laugh with the girls. Check them out below. Looking forward to seeing you there with my own girls. Aging never looked better on us!
- Electric Coffee House – 905 Main St, Sumner, WA, 98390 @electriccoffeehouse
- British Bites – 720 East Main, Puyallup, WA, 98372 @british_bites
- Craft 19 Coffee – 1201 Main St, Sumner, WA, 98390 @craft19coffee
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First we want to commend our leaders by talking about the heart of the problem with regards to COVID 19 being protecting our seniors. I love that they said during a news conference we are protecting your Grandma. That is absolutely the truth. Let’s all be mindful that we are in fact protecting your and my grandma. We do not want to inadvertently expose or spread an illness to someone who is at risk.
In light of this we will be ensuring the safety of our community but assisting our seniors with our wonderful support and approach. You can search for care without exposing anyone through our customized experiences we have had in place for our ill seniors for years.
We can perform virtual and bedside tours. Implementation and screening and wonderful support away from the risk makes you succeed. We have been performing these support services for many years so you will be able to get what you need and protecting our seniors.
Complete our free online intake or call us and we will perform a telephone assessment, provide detailed instructions and tours as well as set up all the next steps.
Touring will currently be very complex and complicated in an already stressful and complicated process. We want to be your guide and support.
- Call us to determine where to start.
- We provide education to you allowing you to have reduced stress.
- We screen the facilities protecting you.
- We set up your virtual tour and introductions to the facilities that have availability.
- Once you have a connection we help set up the evaluation and admission.
- Our nurse will provide telephonic follow up.
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My name is Lisa. I am a nurse, the founder of CayCare, wife, mom and in this article the first role I ever played, daughter. Join my mother as she enters her mid eighties with a smile. We have spent many a week end figuring out what a senior can do with family or friends around here. While not every place is perfectly fit for seniors we still made it fun to visit.
This month’s adventures include the following places. I will tell you that many of these may well fit in the blooper category but we left every single one of them with a smile. I learned that wheel chair ramps do not have to be as close to an entrance as you think. I learned that sometimes you have to act like you are parking a getaway car to pick up your over 80 year old parent in the wind and rain.
DISLCAIMER – The following information about local outing locations doesn’t negatively reflect their service or overall community rating. This information is to provide those of us who have seniors in our midst and/or those with senior impairments (hearing loss, vision loss, inability to move as quick as a non-senior) an idea of the potential challenges taking their loved one to these locations may pose.
Longston Regal Cinema – With reclining chairs, reserved seating and the ability to pay without standing in too long of a line (mostly because we all use Netflix now and don’t go to the theatre) made the cinema a great place to be.
- Amount of Noise – 3 (turn the hearing aids down people or your ears will explode to the varying screen sounds.)
- Lighting for safety in building- 4
- Handicapped Parking – 4
- Easy Reading – 4 (Times/Signs were pretty easy, rotating vending screens a bit of a challenge to follow)
- Decision Making Time – 5 (You didn’t have to wait in line until you knew what you were going to get)
Total Score Average – 4.0 Senior Friendliness
Forever Sushi – You feeling lonely and just needing other humans around, this is the place for you! They greet every guest who enters and give you that welcome to our family feel. I love places like this that can help a senior out who doesn’t have others. While I do not rate age friendly on prices this place would fit in the modest budget household as well. You can get a plate of food for under $5.00, although who can stop at one plate has my prize for the self control. This has become mom’s and my favorite quick hot spot for a meal. Did I mention my 9 and 10 year old love it here too. If you haven’t been introduced to interactive piggy banks and hi-chews this is the place for you
- Amount of Noise – 4 (You can hear yourself think but there is a TV going and interaction.)
- Lighting in the building – 4.5
- Handicapped Parking – 3 (While this location has handicapped right in front, it is a busy area. I haven’t had luck about 50% of the time finding parking. This is the place we treat my mom like she is the queen of England and pull right up with lights flashing on an “off” day to drop her off. Otherwise this one you need to have a senior who can walk.)
- Easy Reading – 4.5 (I mean technically you don’t need to read to go here. The plates are color coordinated. The senior may need instructions to get going but then dive right in or grab the plate.)
- Decision Making Time – 4.5 (This one could be debated. If you don’t make a decision as the choice comes around you have to wait until it completes the full circle. My mother and I went back and forth on this but ultimately decided that the time it took to go full circle not only allowed the time but sometimes the proper digestion.)
Total Score Average – 4.1 Senior Friendliness
Charlie’s Restaurant– My mother and I checked this place out a while back. This is a known place for seniors. I love the salad bar and that it is a locally owned business. Lisa’s mom goes by Jane if you meet her on the street.
- Amount of Noise – 4.5
- Lighting in the building – 4.5
- Handicapped Parking – 3.5 (Parking is a bit of a challenge but there is some to navigate)
- Easy Reading – 4.5 (Menu was easy to read.)
- Decision Making Time – 4.5 (They were super patient as we took our time looking at the menu.
Total Score Average – 4.3 Senior Friendliness
Jane, AKA my mom has let her daughter rope her in to this adventure and we are sharing our story with you. Please let us know of a location to check out and rate for senior friendly/aging friendly adventures.
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How to Help a Senior Search for Housing
Searching for housing at any age is both fun and stressful. Add in that you are also trying to think about the care and medical support you need. The stress can cause a family to be on edge. When a senior is searching for housing for a senior, the family’s own expectations about how it will go and what the senior needs may not align with reality. Many are inaccurate in what they are searching for when it comes to housing for the senior. So, what can you do to help out and get good results? I am so glad you asked, because this is where my expertise as a nurse and care manager and placement navigator come into play with good results.
- Perspective – First of all your senior once was young and active and didn’t need your help. They have quirks and things they like to do that you do not. This is okay. Many family members try to place their loved one in a location or building that they themselves would choose. Or the family member picks a location where they want the individual to “get involved”. As we age our world gets smaller and our desires can change. While some people thrive in a more active community, active communities are not for everyone. Bear that in mind when considering options for your family member. May I also suggest getting a specialist such as myself involved. Referral agents are experts at helping seniors find placement because they do this every day. They can help you along this path of change and decision making.
- Address Concerns – Ask your senior what concerns them. It is as easy as that. Are they afraid of the strangers? Are they afraid of being alone? Are they afraid of not being able to be alone due to all of the activities?
- Address Fears – If your senior is grumpy about this decision to move for care needs find out the root of the problem. Many times it boils down to the fear of the unknown. Even when someone wants to change or get help they are comfortable where they currently are and so bad is better than change sometimes. When dealing with moving a senior addressing their concerns, fears and challenges around moving can eliminate the barriers. Without the barriers change is so much more acceptable.
- Provide Real Support – As we age decision making is just not as easy. There is a lot more to factor in and many seniors get information overload impeding the actual decision to move. As a family member support is being literally along for the ride. Ask the questions they have, write them down and then review them together later.
- Provide the Gentle Push – When a decision is made there is a lot that needs to happen. Help the senior with paperwork, move planning (house sell, packing, estate sale), check-in. This is a major change and even for the better they really need you.