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What is a Senior Living Advisor?

What is a Senior Living Advisor?

When you want to invest your money wisely, you call a Financial Advisor. When searching for a home, you call a realtor. When you are not feeling well, you call your Doctor. When you have legal concerns, you call an Attorney. Who do you turn to when you want to ensure you are making the best decision about one of life’s most important transitions pertaining to how and where you or a loved one should spend remaining retirement years? Typically, when something changes with you or a loved ones needs you probably turn to a phone book or internet search. Then upon narrowing down options via those sources you begin to make calls and schedule appointments with those contacts. This can be very time consuming and if you aren’t sure what questions you should ask or what to look for, your conclusion of which is the best option may be one you later regret. When making a decision about long term health care needs during retirement years as you or a loved one are aging and becoming more dependent on others, you should contact a Senior Living Advisor. A Senior Living Advisor can provide you with an insider’s perspective on Senior Living options in your area.
A Senior Living Advisor is a great resource which will save you time, money, hassle and worry. An experienced Senior Living Advisor will be able to provide you with information on which are the best options for Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Group Homes, Adult Daycare, Respite Care, Home Care, Home Health, Skilled Nursing, Rehabilitation, Hospice, Financial Options, Veterans Solutions, Medicaid, Elder Law Attorneys, Real Estate Agents, Estate Sale Planners, Moving Assistance and Geriatric Care Managers. A large percentage of clients a Senior Living Advisor is assisting have already made a decision on one or more types of senior living options and aren’t happy with the ones they chose. They realize how time consuming it is to research thoroughly and that their knowledge about senior living options is very limited. Senior Living Advisors have worked closely with businesses in the area for many years and are aware of which will be a great fit for you or a loved one after providing you with an assessment.
Not only can your Senior Living Advisor provide you with an Assessment and give you the options that are best for your situation, they also can schedule appointments for you. provide transportation, accompany you on the appointments andensure an excellent solution is provided for the needs that have arisen.

For more information on this topic contact Louis Johnson or Kelley Rogers, who are Senior Living Advisors for Senior One Source. With more than 10 years of experience, Senior One Source Advisor’s have already done the research and know which options can be trusted to provide a better quality of life for you or a loved one. By allowing us to guide you, we are saving you time, money, hassle & worry. Call a Senior Living Advisor today for Free Cost Estimates, Advice and Health Assessments! To find out more about Senior One Source visit

IN THE SPOTLIGHT About You Home Care

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the
Welcome About You Home Care!

About You Home Care is an innovative Physician directed non-medical home care

company serving the East and Southeast Phoenix Metro areas. The physician director works

with families and care providers to support client well-being and quality of life. He also oversees

caregiver training and supervisory visits to assure that high standards are maintained.

Dr. Morgan Brown, MD helped launch About You Home Care in 2011. While caring for his

mother he recognized that better communication among caregivers, families and medical providers

can result in improved health and may even reduce the need for costly hospitalization. Dr. Brown

has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of healthcare areas including large hospital

inpatient care, outpatient primary care clinics and emergency medicine as well as clinical laboratory

medicine and anatomic pathology. He has also served on several hospital leadership and quality of care committees.

The founder Debbie McLay, has had a 10 year career working as a Behavioral Health

Technician providing Direct Care to youth and adults with behavioral challenges, including

substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence and mental health issues. Debbie founded

About You Home Care with a vision of serving others who are faced with the struggles that her

family had experienced. As a strong believer in community service Debbie does volunteer work

for Duet, a nonprofit organization that provides free of charge services for homebound adults

and their families that face the difficult challenges associated with aging.

About You Home Care specializes in:
· Chronic Condition Care – Our Condition Specific Program is designed to help improve the

health of our clients and keep them safe at home. If your aging loved one has a chronic or

post-acute condition we will customize a care plan and assign a caregiver trained in that specific condition.

· AlzBetter Authorized Provider – Our specialized Alzheimer’s and Dementia program can

help your loved one live a happier, fulfilled life. We combine essential tasks and meaningful activities, including our Music to Remember program, to enrich the lives of those struggling with Alzheimer’s

and other forms of dementia.

For more information visit or call 480-427-4840


We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the
Welcome MO MedTrans, LLC!

MO MedTrans, LLC is a progressive transportation provider with a passion for results. Since its inception, it was founded on a vision to revolutionize the non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) industry. From the day we had one vehicle, our commitment to excellence has been unparalleled.
Our Core Values:
  • Integrity: you can trust us
  • Respect: we treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Caring: our customers are family, friends and neighbors
  • Uniqueness: we stand for something
  • Innovation: we are creative in delivering service

We are licensed and insured.
We are licensed as a livery service by the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures and the Arizona Department of Transportation. We are also licensed by the Arizona Sate Board of Pharmacy to supply Oxygen.

Our commitment to customer service and public safety has motivated us to self-regulate, join the Arizona Medical Transportation Association (AZMTA), and become an active associate member.


Ambulatory | Wheelchair | Stretcher

We provide transportation solutions for seniors and those with special needs and focus on non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT):
  • Routine doctor appointments
  • Dialysis appointments
  • Patient discharges: inpatient hospital stay, outpatient surgeries, and endoscopy procedures
  • Physical therapy
  • Workers’ compensation claims
  • Independent Medical Examiner (IME)
We offer a range of assisted transportation services, which include:
  • Door-to-Door
  • Door-through-Door
  • Hand-to-Hand
  • Bedside-to-Bedside
Our team is available Monday – Saturday (6:00 AM – 7:00 PM), and is highly trained to meet your needs. Our fleet is comprised of sedans, minivans, and full-vans. Our wheelchair andstretcher vans meet ADA regulations and have been customized for safety and comfort. We are also licensed to supply Oxygen.

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We do NOT provide emergency medical transportation nor do we provide any medical monitoring or treatment during our trips. We fully comply with Arizona Statutes 36-2223 – thus, we can supply Oxygen, however we can not administer it.

Call 911 in the Event of an Emergency

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Inn at Freedom Plaza

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the
SPOTLIGHT Senior Services & Living Options

Resource Guide

Welcome The Inn at Freedom Plaza!

THE INN AT FREEDOM PLAZA features Personalized Assisted Living for those who desire social connections, clinical support, or need some help with routine activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing, or assistance with medications. Compassionate associates provide care and “Respect for Individual Preferences,” with a smile, personal greeting, and personal attention – the Brookdale way.
The Personalized Assisted Living Promise: “Respect for Individual Preferences”
This customized and person-centered experience is designed to honor your individuality and respect those preferences that make you unique. In our community, “Respect for Individual Preferences” is our promise to you. Our way of discovering your personal needs, unique qualities and values requires the following approach, which is unique to our community.
The Personalized Assisted Living Approach: Listen. Recognize. Integrate.
The Inn at Freedom Plaza’s Personalized Assisted Living program is designed to accommodate individuals who need daily assistance to maintain a relatively independent living lifestyle. The Inn is a family-centered community that serves the physical, social and emotional needs of residents and their families. After listening to our residents, we recognize who they are and the importance of developing relationships, and then we integrate their desires into every aspect of community life. Delivering Personalized Assisted Living with respect for individual preferences is both our goal and our promise – your preference is our priority!

Services and Amenities
Ø Private or shared accommodations furnished with resident’s own belongings (furniture
available if needed)
Ø Individual assessment of personal and health care needs, the Personalized Care Plan
Ø Licensed nurses on-site 24 hours a day
Ø Medication Administration
Ø Trained staff on-site 24 hours a day
Ø Assistance with personal care needs such as bathing, grooming, dressing, and ambulation
Ø Emergency Response System in each apartment
Ø Ongoing monitoring of changing care needs
Ø Assistance with scheduling appointments
Ø Complete therapy program available by in-house Brookdale Therapy team
Ø Three freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals served daily, planned by a registered dietician
Ø Therapeutic diets available
Ø Snacks and beverages available throughout the day
Ø Private Dining Room for your family celebrations
Ø Social history to determine residents’ interests and preferences
Ø Daily lifestyle activities that include clubs, cultural, social and fitness programs
Ø Library, Media Room, Club Room, Living Rooms, and Outdoor courtyard
Ø All utilities with Cable TV are included except telephone
Ø Weekly housekeeping, personal laundry and flat-linen service
Ø Beauty Salon / Barber Shop
Ø Weekday scheduled transportation services
Ø As needed, for additional fees, a full continuum of care is available on the Freedom Plaza campus
Ø All inclusive Monthly Fee

Clare Bridge offers programs and secured environments for those with Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia. We believe that no matter where an individual is in their life journey, each has the right to enjoy life and to have meaningful experiences every day. Highly trained associates provide CAREconnections dementia care services as they deliver on our promise – “ensuring daily moments of success.” We embrace this promise by offering opportunities to find happiness and meaning in an environment that supports their unique interests and needs.
The Clare Bridge program is deeply rooted in a person-centered approach focused on sustaining feelings of belonging and purpose while seeking to preserve a sense of self. The Clare Bridge concept has evolved during more than 25 years by continually embracing the latest research and innovations in the delivery of quality dementia care.
The Clare Bridge Program Promise: “Ensuring Daily Moments of Success”
Clare Bridge Daily Path
The Daily Path offers a gentle daily structure (seven days per week) choreographed with a minimum of six programs per day. All are designed to maintain the resident’s abilities and encourage the use of their current skills. The Daily Path creates a routine that gives each resident a sense of security that they are “right where they need to be.” Daily Path activities include:
  • A Morning Mental Workout with discussions, brain stimulating games, and reminiscing.
  • Daily Physical Activity with a variety of exercise opportunities including “Movement is Medicine” group exercises, walking programs, and dancing.
  • Daily Life Skills for individuals or as group activities provide a sense of purpose, meaning and belonging.
  • Person Centered Programming includes activities designed to use the resident’s “Guide to the Daily Path” social history information as a foundation. By honoring past interests and involvements, programs tap into current skills and support successful experiences.
  • We’re Keeping Our Promise” personal notes periodically sent to a family member to communicate Daily Moments of Success.
Clare Bridge Dining Program
As a part of the Brookdale CHOICE approach to dining, the Clare Bridge Dining Program was designed by a team of experts specializing in dementia care, culinary associates, and registered dieticians. This unique dietary program sustains the resident’s opportunity to enjoy and master the dining experience. The program offers such specialized aspects as:
Ø Dementia Friendly Menus provide diverse offerings that help prevent weight-loss. Selections are easy to manage, familiar and are appealing to the senses.
Ø Individualized Dining Assistance includes evaluating each resident to determine the level of prompting assistance needed to preserve the resident’s use of utensils as long as possible.
Ø The Supportive Dining Environment incorporates small dining rooms with consistent seating to support the challenges of those with dementia. This encourages familiarity and socialization while supporting the needs of the residents through the assignment of resident care assistants. Music, centerpieces, reFRESH warm scented wash towels and fresh linens enhance the dining experience for our residents.

The Clare Bridge Place program is dedicated to the special needs of individuals with dementia. We provide a secure and caring environment with 24 hour a day support to older adults that require assistance with activities of daily living.
Clare Bridge staff assists our residents in every way, from ongoing monitoring of our residents’ health care and behavioral needs to daily support such as helping our residents’ bathe, dress and take their medications.

Our team is carefully selected and trained to handle the special needs associated with memory loss and receive ongoing support from our Dementia Care Specialists. The staff meets the diverse needs of our residents from the most basic to the most challenging . . . while always treating our residents with dignity and respect.

Ø Private or shared accommodations furnished with resident’s own personal belongings to encourage past connections (furniture available if needed)

Ø Individual assessment of personal and health care needs

Ø Medication Administration

Ø Purposefully designed environment that includes a fully sprinkled fire safety system

Ø Exterior doors alarmed at all times, with access to outdoor, enclosed courtyard

Ø Licensed nurse on staff

Ø Trained staff on-site 24 hours a day

Ø Emergency response system

Ø Assistance with personal care needs such as bathing and dressing

Ø Three freshly prepared, nutritionally balanced meals served daily, planned by a registered dietician

Ø Therapeutic diets available

Ø Snacks and beverages available throughout the day

Ø Social history to determine residents’ interests and preferences

Ø Individualized activities and programming

Ø Weekly laundry and linen services

Ø Housekeeping services

Ø Cable TV, gas, electric, and water service (telephone hook-up available)

Ø Ongoing monitoring of health care and behavioral needs

Ø Beauty Salon / Barber Shop

Ø Scheduled transportation services

Ø As needed, for additional fees, a full continuum of care is available on the Freedom Plaza campus

Ø All inclusive Monthly Fee

Home Instead Senior Care ~ Avoiding Med Mismanagement

Prescription drugs are a scary business and sometimes, with the best will in the world, it’s easy for seniors and their loved ones to get a little mixed up on what they’re taking, when they should be taking it, where it’s stored, and what might cause a negative interaction.
In a survey, more than half of the seniors polled said they took at least five different prescription drugs regularly, and about 25 percent of the seniors took between 10 and 19 pills each day. So it’s really no surprise why they get confused!
Unfortunately, because many of these drugs are very strong, and medication regimens are often customized to a senior’s specific health condition and the other meds they are taking, there is precious little room for error.
Here are some ways you can help:
Make a List: This should include every prescription medicine your senior is taking, as well as anything over the counter such as a vitamin supplement, probiotic or low-dose aspirin. Other items to include:
  • Your senior’s name and date of birth
  • Each drug’s name
  • Dosage
  • Time/frequency taken
  • Whether food or liquid should be taken with it
  • Food or beverages to be avoided (i.e. leafy greens for blood thinners; alcohol)
  • Pharmacy and health care provider names, addresses and telephone numbers
  • Family emergency contact information
Keep a copy of the list prominently posted in your senior’s home and make sure one or two family members also have a copy. When filling prescriptions, bring it to the pharmacist for review.

One-stop shop for meds: Consolidating all prescriptions at one pharmacy is not only more convenient, it can help the pharmacist keep better track of any drugs your senior is taking and any possible interactions or side effects.

Mail-order?: If this is an option, it might help you take care of ordering your senior’s meds for them so they don’t run out. Just be sure to regularly consult a pharmacist in-person to red flag possible interactions or side effects.

Read and save the literature: We know, we know, it can seem like reams of paper come with every prescription, but it really is valuable information to prevent or alert you to new complications.

Get a med tray: They come in all shapes and sizes (consult your pharmacist for the one that suits your senior’s medicine regimen best). This will help both you and your senior keep track of what’s being taken.
For inquiring about medicine reminders or more information about caring for seniors, please contact us!

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ADL Solutions ~ Bathing Solutions

Comfortable, Relaxing, Accessible Bathing is now Possible With the Best Bath ADL Spa in Scottsdale AZ

Who doesn’t love the luxury of siting in a nice, big, comfortable bath tub where you can sit back, relax, have some bubbles, and enjoy some peaceful time to yourself? It is a wonderful feeling and a great way to relax while also being able to bath. The hard part is that when someone acquires a disability, or has some very limited mobility, due to various reasons, they might not be able to enjoy that because they can’t access their current bath tub. It has become inaccessible. Luckily Best Bath has come up with the ADL Spa bath tub that is accessible for anyone of any age. So let’s take a look at the features and benefits of this amazing spa bath tub.
  • The tubs’ pressure-sealed door slides open, allowing users to transition into the tub directly from a wheelchair or walker, or for assisted entry via a lift.
  • The optional jetted system, which includes an Ozone3 Sanitation System, combines a seven-jet hydro massage and a 15-jet air massage.
  • The hydrotherapy system relieves stiff muscles and joints, features rotational jets for additional relief to the feet and lower back, and uses the Syllent water pump, the quietest on the market.
  • The tubs are available with a right-hand or left-hand opening, and come standard in white with a white cabinet base; biscuit, bone, linen, and almond tub colors are available as upgrades.
  • A range of special-order colors and a selection of 12 wood-grain cabinet faces can be specified for a custom look to match any décor. Additional options include a two- or three-wall surround, grab bars for the wall surround, and a harness and seat strap system.
With the improved access provided by the bathtub, individuals of all abilities may be able to remain in their homes longer. And it also has the benefit for parents as well. They would no longer have to strain their backs bending over a bathtub to bath their children.

Ability Center ~ Which Wheelchair Van is Right for You?

Which Wheelchair Van is Right For You – Side Entry or Rear Entry?

At Ability Center, we specialize in helping our valued customers find the right accessible van for their needs, budget and lifestyle. Many times families are curious as to what type of wheelchair van is best; a side-entry handicap vanrear entry handicap van or a van with a ramp that comes out the rear of the vehicle.
When thinking of these two options, we have four things we will discuss to help you make the best decision; Parking, Position of the wheelchair, Passengers and Price(4 P’s).

One consideration when thinking about what type of wheelchair accessible van to purchase is parking. Rear entry vehicles have an easier time in crowded parking spots because the entry and exit of the wheelchair passenger can take place in any parking spot; it doesn’t necessarily have to be a large handicap parking spot. However, keep in mind that you will be loading and unloading the wheelchair passenger into the flow of traffic. In areas of the country where much of the parking is done curbside/parallel, a rear entry van may not be the best option because you’ll need significant room behind the vehicle to load the wheelchair. Side entry vans have the opposite benefits; it’s easier for parallel parking because the ramp can be deployed on curbs. However, parking lot parking can be difficult at times with so many limited large handicap parking spaces that allow 8′ for the ramp to deploy.

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Position of the wheelchair

Ask yourself this question, where would I like the wheelchair to be positioned and where is the person using the wheelchair going to sit. Some people with disabilities have the ability to transfer out of their wheelchair onto the front driver or passenger position. If this is the case, a side-entry van is best suited for you since the whole floor of the vehicle is cut out making for an easy transfer. Some people like to remain in their wheelchair and sit in their chairs in the front driver or passenger position after removing the front seat of the van. If this is the case, a side-entry is best suited for you as the seats are on bases that are removable. Rear entry vans have a portion of their floor lowered which makes for a neaBraun Chrysler Wheelchair Vanrly impossible option for the wheelchair passenger to sit in the front two seats. If the person in the wheelchair has a caregiver and will not drive or sit in the front passenger position, a rear entry van is a great option. Some rear entry vans have jump seats so the person in the wheelchair can be positioned in the middle of the van with brothers, sisters, grandchildren, etc. sitting next to them.


The third thing to consider is how many passengers will be transported with the wheelchair van? Rear entry vans can accommodate more people because many have fold down seat options in the middle. However, there are some side-entry vans that have jump seats in the middle as well. This question goes hand in hand with the position of the wheelchair; look at the family as a whole and how you will be using your van.


Lastly let’s talk money. In many cases rear entry vans are less expensive because they are geared towards caregivers so many of the conversion features are manual. However, in the last couple of years there have been some reasonably priced side entry manual wheelchair conversions that are a great option as well. toyota braun wheelchair van

One more thing to think about is to try before you buy. At Ability Center, we offer wheelchair vans for rent. Try a side-entry one weekend and a rear-entry the next weekend. Many times, we will put the cost of the rental towards the van you purchase from us. Our goal is to make sure you have the right van for your family.
Call us at 866-405-6806 or email or visit us online @

Recreation Services at Haven Senior Horizons of Phoenix

Patients and FamiliesPatients at Haven Senior Horizons of Phoenix have access to a variety of Therapeutic Recreation services. Our staff of Activity Therapists, Social Worker and Behavioral Health Technicians work to meet the individual needs of our patients through a variety of methods.
Within Activity Therapy Groups, patients can enjoy Music Therapy, Hand/Eye Coordination skills, pet therapy or basic life skills. Other activities assist with motor skills or focus on stimulation of senses with the use of essential oils and other mediums. Reminiscence groups are an important part of therapy and focus on memories and sharing.
Social Services Groups provide opportunities for patients to work on processing skills, coping skills and emotional regulation skills to aid in stress management and build self esteem.
In conjunction with Therapeutic Group Activities and Social Services Groups, Haven Senior Horizons also offers Family Support Groups to help families as they experience challenges while caring for their loved one.
Behavioral Health Technicians facilitate several groups each day to meet each individual’s specific needs at varying levels of cognitive ability. These groups offer fun, interactive recreations including karaoke, bingo, current events, trivia and cards.
Haven Senior Horizons is here to serve your family and meet your needs. Please contact us at 623-236-2000 for more information.

MD 24 House Call ~ Signs & Symptoms of Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus is the name given to a group of conditions that occurs when the level of glucose (a type of sugar) in the blood becomes higher than normal. Insulin is a hormone that moves glucose from your blood-stream, into the cells of your body where it is used for energy. Diabetics cannot make enough insulin or the insulin that is being made does not work properly. This causes blood glucose levels to become too high while impacting your short and long term health.

In type 1 diabetes, your immune system destroys cells in your pancreas that make insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas is not under attack. It usually makes enough insulin. But your body does not use it well. The symptoms of the two forms are similar, but usually come on more quickly in people with type 1.

Individuals can experience different signs and symptoms of diabetes, and sometimes there may be no signs. Some of the signs commonly experienced include:
  • More thirsty than usual
  • passing more urine
  • feeling tired and lethargic
  • slow-healing wounds
  • itching and skin infections, particularly around the genitals
  • blurred vision
  • nausea and vomiting
  • weight loss
  • mood swings.

Often in type 2 diabetes signs and symptoms may not be present.

Type 1 diabetes, once known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy. The far more common type 2 diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not make enough insulin.

Various factors may contribute to type 1 diabetes, including genetics and exposure to certain viruses. Although type 1 diabetes usually appears during childhood or adolescence, it also can begin in adults.

Despite active research, type 1 diabetes can be managed but has no cure. With proper treatment offered today, those infected can expect to live longer, healthier lives than those of the past. Type 1 diabetes can happen at any point in life. But it is mostly diagnosed before the age of 19.

Having high blood sugar for a long time can damage many of your body’s systems. Type 1 diabetes can make you more likely to have:
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Blindness or other problems seeing
  • Gum disease and tooth loss
  • Nerve damage in the hands, feet, and organs

Type 1 diabetes signs and symptoms can surface rapidly and may include:

  • Increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Bedwetting in children who previously did not wet the bed during the night
  • Extreme hunger
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Irritability and other mood changes
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • In females, a vaginal yeast infection

Type 2 diabetes, once known as adult-onset or noninsulin-dependent diabetes, is a chronic condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar (glucose). Your body either resists the effects of insulin — a hormone that regulates the movement of sugar into your cells — or does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level.

More common in adults, type 2 diabetes increasingly affects children as childhood obesity continues to grow. There is yet to be a cure, but you may be able to manage the condition by eating well, exercising and maintaining a healthy weight. If diet and exercise are not enough to manage your blood sugar well, you also may need diabetic medications or insulin therapy.

Type 2 diabetes is sometimes described as a ‘lifestyle disease’ because it is more common in those struggling with obesity while ignoring physical activity. Also known as non-insulin dependent diabetes or mature onset diabetes, It’s strongly associated with high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, or the ‘apple’ body shape. (excess weight around the waist.) While most diabetics are mature adults (over 40), younger people are also now being diagnosed in greater numbers as rates of obesity increase.

Type 2 diabetes symptoms often develop slowly. In fact, you can have type 2 diabetes for years and not know it. Look for:
  • Increased thirst and frequent urination. Excess sugar building up in your bloodstream causes fluid to be pulled from the tissues. This may leave you thirsty.
  • Increased hunger. Without enough insulin to move sugar into your cells, your muscles and organs become depleted of energy. This triggers intense hunger.
  • Weight loss. Despite eating more than usual to relieve hunger, you may lose weight. Without the ability to metabolize glucose, the body uses alternative fuels stored in muscle and fat.
  • Fatigue. If your cells are deprived of sugar, you may become tired and irritable.
  • Blurred vision. If your blood sugar is too high, fluid may be pulled from the lenses of your eyes. This may affect your ability to focus.
  • Slow-healing sores or frequent infections. Type 2 diabetes affects your ability to heal and resist infections.
  • Areas of darkened skin. Some diabetics have patches of dark, velvety skin in the folds and creases of their bodies — usually in the armpits and neck. This condition, called acanthosis nigricans, may be a sign of insulin resistance.

Pre-diabetes is a risk factor leading to the development of type 2 diabetes. It’s a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal, but still not diabetic. There are no defined symptoms, but risk factors include obesity, smoking, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome and high blood pressure. Without treatment, 33% of pre-diabetics will develop type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

There are two types of pre-diabetes: Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glucose.
Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than non-diabetic ranges post-meals. IGT typically occurs in overweight and physically inactive people – and a greater risk in those with heavy midsections.
There are often no symptoms associated with IGT and we recommend an immediate assessment if you notice one or more associated risk factors. An oral glucose tolerance test is required to help your doctor determine if you have IGTY. All you need to do is submit a sample of your blood the a lab for your physician to examine.
Impaired Glucose Fasting (IGF) occurs less frequently than IGT and incorporates fasting blood glucose levels that are higher than non diabetic ranges, but not classified as diabetic.
Pre-diabetes is diagnosed by a blood test that checks your blood glucose level. Any blood glucose test that shows higher than normal blood sugar levels needs to be examined and diagnosed. An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) may be required and it’s results will show whether your blood sugar levels are normal.
Women, especially those expecting, should be aware of the symptoms of gestational diabetes. The complications of diabetic women are difficult to pinpoint and women can experience the following symptoms:
  • Thrush and yeast infections
  • Itchiness around the vagina
  • Female sexual dysfunction
Vulvovaginal Candidiasis, or vaginal thrush, can be a symptom of diabetes as high blood sugar levels can cause glucose to be excreted through urine. Glucose in urine can create yeast infections. Here are some symptoms to consider:
  • Soreness and itching around the vagina
  • Reddening of the skin
  • A white curd like appearance on the skin
  • White vaginal discharge
  • Pain during intercourse
Oral yeast infections can also occur as a symptom of diabetes. High blood sugar can also lead to a lack of natural vaginal lubrication which makes sex difficult or painful.
The symptoms of diabetes in men and women are similar but some are more noticable in men. Specific male diabetic symptoms may include:
  • Reduced strength from loss of muscle mass
  • Recurrent episodes of thrush around the genitals
  • Itching of or around the penis
  • Erectile dysfunction


Reduced strength and loss of muscle mass, unexplained loss of muscle mass may be a sign of high sugar levels in men. If blood sugar levels remain high for a long time, the body begins to break down fat and muscle for energy. The resulting weight loss is usually most noticeable in people with type 1 diabetes, but can affect those with long-term undetected type 2.
More than 33% of diabetic cases occur in seniors over the age of 65. At the same time, almost 210,000 U.S. children and adolescents are said to be diabetic – and counting. It’s important to catch children’s diabetic symptoms quickly. Here’s what you should look for:
Early symptoms:
  • feeling tired or weak
  • Mother comforting daughter in bed
  • frequent peeing (urination) in large amounts (polyuria)
  • increase in thirst (polydipsia)
  • weight loss
  • increase in appetite (polyphagia)
  • dry mouth or throat

More serious symptoms:

  • These symptoms appear if the diabetes is not treated, or in some cases when it is undiagnosed.
  • drowsiness
  • weight loss
  • nausea and vomiting
  • heavy, rapid breathing (Kussmaul breathing)
  • stomach aches

Excessive thirst and urination are typically the first indications of high blood glucose levels in kids. While younger children may begin enuresis (wetting the bed), some get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom (nocturia).​. The loss of sugar in the urine, together with dehydration, and lack of blood sugar is a bad combination. This can lead to weight loss despite an increase in appetite (polyphagia). As the symptoms develop and worsen, a child can become tired, drowsy, and weak.

children.jpgDiabetic signs and symptoms may not be as clear in newborns and toddlers as a language barrier, regular growth spurts, and changes in appetite throw off the analysis. In these cases, your child can develop serious symptoms before diabetes is even recognized. Fungal or yeast diaper rash that doesn’t improve with the use of medicated cream should also be considered as a sign – even though common.
Diabetes is a complex condition, which can affect the entire body. Understanding this disease is truly important even if you don’t have it. In your lifetime, you’ll most likely know a diabetic.
MD24 House Call is one of the leading institutions for Arizona diabetes care. MD24‘s specialists work closely with diabetic educators, dieticians, and podiatrists to help patients to develop insight into their condition, manage symptoms, and relate more positively to others. The first step in seeking help is to visit MD24 House Call and arrange a health assessment. Call (888) 632-4758 for registration inquiries or visit our website and “Request a Visit.”

MD24 House Call is proud to be able to assist the patients we already serve and look forward to serving the healthcare needs of new residents who register with us.
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Caring Senior Service ~ The 5 Main Do’s & Don’t to Planning Retirement

The 5 Main Do’s & Don’t To Planning Retirement

Retirement planning can be overwhelming, but getting it right can make a huge difference in your future. These are a few things that you should remember when working on your retirement planning, no matter what your age is.

1. Don’t Wait Too Long
It can be easy to put off retirement planning until the last minute, especially if funds are tight. However, the sooner that you can get started, the better. It’s never too late to start planning, but it’s never too early, either. No matter how old or young you are, now is the time to start taking steps to save money, invest and otherwise plan for the future.
2. Do Work With a Financial Adviser
Many people attempt to do their own retirement planning, but there are a lot of tax breaks, types of accounts, investment opportunities and more that you probably don’t know about. If you sit down with a financial adviser, you can get pro advice to help you make the most of your money and your future.
3. Don’t Take Out Your Social Security Early
Many people take out their social security early so that they have the money as soon as possible. This can cause your payments to be dramatically reduced for the rest of your life, so you should look for other options so that you can withdraw later.
4. Do Make Arrangements for Living Changes Early
If you are thinking about refinancing your home so that you can enjoy lower payments during retirement, you should do so before you retire. Otherwise, you could have a tough time getting approved for a loan if you don’t have a job. If you are planning on moving into a retirement community or other setting, you should also start planning for these things while you are still working.
5. Do Create a Budget
You might not work with a strict budget now, but you are going to need one in retirement. Start keeping track of how much you spend on things like food, medication, clothing, gas and more now. Then, you will have accurate numbers to work with when writing up this budget.
Now is the time to start thinking about your future, so remember these do’s and don’t’s to planning retirement while you are making important decisions. For more assistance for seniors, you can also contact us at Caring Senior Service


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ADL Solutions is a total solution company. We offer evaluations and assessments in the facility and home setting to provide a variety of options and recommendations to modify the environment to meet the needs of the individuals served.

ADL has a team of professionals that understand the world of accessibility. We are committed to keeping up with the latest innovations and products in the industry to bring state-of-the-art equipment and concepts that can improve the quality of life for the individuals served.

We are Certified Environmental Access Consultants (CEAC), Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS), and Executive Certificate in Home Modification (ECHM), to help determine the most effective way to assist facilities & individuals with their needs.
We provide the complete installation of equipment and all the construction work necessary to modify the facility or home setting.

Our exceptional team of commercial and residential contractors are fully licensed and bonded. We also sell all the innovative and state-of-the-art adaptive equipment needed for the modification. Providing a variety of solutions and resources to help improve the quality of life for those in our community is at the very heart of what we do.

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Elmcroft Senior Living

We are pleased to announce our newest advertiser in the
Welcome Elmcroft of Tempe!

About Us

Based in Louisville Kentucky, Elmcroft takes great pride in offering much needed services for seniors across the United States. Elmcroft has 102 senior care communities, including 79 assisted living communities, 4 multilevel retirement communities and 19 health and rehabilitation centers serving over 6,000 residents in 19 states.
At Elmcroft, we are dedicated to providing compassion and kindness to our residents and fellow employees. Our mission is to enrich the lives of those who live and work with us by responding to their unique needs and universal desire for dignity and respect.
We are mindful that each resident comes to us with an individual set of needs. For some, those needs are as simple as companionship, a church service or a few kind words throughout the day. For others, it’s assistance with the basics of daily living such as housekeeping, laundry and more. Still others require more specialized care including therapy services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services.
Our trained and tenured staff are here to serve the many differing needs of our residents, promoting creative thinking and learning, with patience, kindness and, above all, compassion.
The later years of life can bring many joys and many challenges. At Elmcroft, we are committed to making these precious years fulfilling and enjoyable. And we will do this through our passionate pursuit of excellent care and service.


At Elmcroft we understand the decision to place yourself or your loved one in another’s care is a complex one; there are many factors to consider. We would like to be a resource to help you make the decision that is best for you and your family based on your specific needs and wants. We have assembled some resources below to help, but we encourage you to reach out to one of our communities for assistance as well.


What are the signs that a move to a senior living community might be a good option?
  • Mobility issues – difficulty with daily activities or frequent falls and other safety concerns
  • Memory loss – misplacing items or wandering away from home
  • Medication concerns – forgetting to take medications as prescribed
  • Lack of socialization – not interacting as usual; untidy surroundings and poor personal hygiene
  • Fear and depression – unwilling to seek medical help or assistance; withdrawal from others
  • Lack of appetite – not receiving proper nutrition throughout the day
If you or your family member are experiencing any of these signs the move to a senior living community may in fact be a very good option. Whether a long-term or short-term stay, seniors often improve through socialization, regular diet and medication management, as well as relieving the burden they often feel they have placed on their family. You are free to resume your relationship and enjoy the company of your loved one without the worry of providing for their needs.


You should take the time to visit the senior living communities you are interested in to see which will be the best fit for you. Each visit is an opportunity to get to know the community and staff better.
The Assisted Living Federation of America has developed an evaluation tool to help you get all the answers you are looking for before you choose the community that’s right for you.


How will you cover the cost of a senior living community? This is a concern for many families. Follow the link below to view the financial options available to seniors and their families


We understand that you, just like your loved one, are going through a life-changing transition. Our goal is to make that process as comfortable as possible – for both of you.
You will have more quality time with your loved one because our caregivers are doing their day-to-day physical care. And you will have peace of mind knowing that your loved one is getting 24-hour care and you can focus on your own health needs.
  • It will take you and your loved one time to adjust, but remember why you chose to make the move to a senior living community.
  • Give your relationship time to adjust. You are still an important part of your loved one’s life.
  • Take care of yourself. Allow time for physical exercise, rest and play. Nurture yourself.
  • Reconnect with friends; surround yourself with supportive people.
Making the decision to surround your loved one with trained professionals who can meet their needs is a selfless act. It is important that you understand you will still be involved in medication and level of care concerns and that no one lights up your loved one’s life like you, so visit often and cherish those moments.

Here's to life.