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Milwaukee Magazine - - Special Advertising Section - BY B.L. HO­GAN

Choos­ing a re­tire­ment home can be dif­fi­cult – es­pe­cially when there are as many ex­cel­lent op­tions as ex­ist in south­east­ern Wis­con­sin.

THREE PIL­LARS

There is some­thing spe­cial about be­ing a non­profit, mis­sion-based or­ga­ni­za­tion serv­ing se­niors for over 110 years. “We fo­cus on mis­sion first, and that mis­sion fo­cuses on our res­i­dents,” says Kelsey Pang­born, com­mu­ni­ca­tions specialist at Three Pil­lars Se­nior Liv­ing Com­mu­ni­ties.

Peo­ple at the Dous­man fa­cil­ity know that to­day’s gen­er­a­tion of older adults is savvy, smart and so­phis­ti­cated, Pang­born says. “They like op­tions, ameni­ties, com­fort and en­rich­ment, and they de­serve the very best in re­tire­ment liv­ing.”

As for the care, she says: “Our full con­tin­uum of care pro­vides lev­els that evolve with our res­i­dents as their needs change over time. Catered care and ser­vice pack­ages al­low us to de­liver just what the res­i­dent needs, at a fair cost to them.”

Ed­u­ca­tional, so­cial and leisure of­fer­ings en­hance the life­style of res­i­dents, she says. A well­ness fa­cil­ity has equip­ment and pro­gram­ming for ma­ture adults. Restau­rant op­tions of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore a va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tious foods.

WRIGHT HOUSE

Wright House Se­nior Liv­ing be­lieves that ad­dress­ing the whole per­son is the key to qual­ity of life. The fa­cil­ity’s mem­ory care com­mu­nity (open now) of­fers spe­cial­ized and cus­tom­ized care for those liv­ing with cog­ni­tive chal­lenges. “We un­der­stand the im­por­tance of al­low­ing res­i­dents to have as much free­dom and in­de­pen­dence as pos­si­ble while pre­serv­ing their safety and dig­nity,” says Pam Lid­ing­ton, direc­tor of mar­ket­ing.

Wright House’s care team part­ners with families to learn each res­i­dent’s life story, past daily rou­tines and pref­er­ences.

With a build­ing de­signed to best serve mem­ory-im­paired se­niors and with a staff trained in the CARES De­men­tia Ba­sics and Ad­vanced Care pro­gram, Wright House as­serts that se­niors there are get­ting the best mem­ory sup­port avail­able.

In spring the Wright House cam­pus will be com­pleted, with 60 RCAC units for both “in­de­pen­dent plus” and as­sisted liv­ing res­i­dents. With pa­tios, a bistro, a pub, ex­er­cise ar­eas, a chapel and more, Wright House Se­nior Liv­ing Cam­pus will of­fer per­son-cen­tered care and health ser­vices as res­i­dents’ needs change.

LAU­RE­ATE GROUP

For over 40 years, Lau­re­ate Group has been help­ing older adults and their families man­age the chal­lenges of ag­ing. Lau­re­ate Group is a lo­cal, fam­ily-owned busi­ness that op­er­ates eight se­nior com­mu­ni­ties in greater Mil­wau­kee with in­de­pen­dent and as­sisted liv­ing, as well as com­pas­sion­ate de­men­tia care.

Adele Lund, direc­tor of com­mu­nity and busi­ness re­la­tions, has seen how families strug­gle to un­der­stand the maze of long-term care ser­vices. “Hav­ing so much knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says, Lau­re­ate cre­ated a free tele­phone con­sul­ta­tion to an­swer ques­tions about se­nior ser­vices. “With Lau­re­ate Cares, you get to speak with some­one who has 20 or more years of long-term-care ex­pe­ri­ence. They’ll help you to bet­ter un­der­stand and put con­text to your cir­cum­stances, iden­tify op­tions and de­ter­mine the steps nec­es­sary to make a good de­ci­sion. No sales pitch, just some­one who is able to help you set a course to meet your needs.”

A phone call to Lau­re­ate Cares at 262832-7113 can be of as­sis­tance, Lund says.

WHEATON FRANCISCAN HOME HEALTH & HOS­PICE

As part of As­cen­sion at Home, this home­care team de­liv­ers health-care ser­vices

through­out south­east­ern Wis­con­sin, all cen­tered on pa­tients. Home care is for those in need of as­sis­tance due to ill­ness, in­jury or surgery. It can be an al­ter­na­tive to an ex­tended hos­pi­tal stay and pre­vent hos­pi­tal read­mis­sions.

Wheaton Franciscan’s home care team of­fers ser­vices in­clud­ing: hos­pice and in-home nurs­ing; so­cial work; phys­i­cal, oc­cu­pa­tional and speech/lan­guage ther­apy; in­fu­sion ther­apy; and tele­mon­i­tor­ing, which em­ploys a small de­vice set up in your home to check your blood pres­sure, weight, heart rate and blood oxy­gen level. Medi­care, Med­i­caid and most pri­vate in­sur­ance com­pa­nies pro­vide fund­ing for physi­cian-or­dered home care ser­vices.

For end-of-life care, Wheaton Franciscan Hos­pice of­fers a sup­port sys­tem of pro­fes­sional staff and vol­un­teers who help pa­tient and fam­ily meet phys­i­cal, emo­tional, so­cial and spir­i­tual needs.

CAPRI SE­NIOR COM­MU­NI­TIES

Wis­con­sin-based Capri Se­nior Com­mu­ni­ties pro­vide res­i­dents the con­ve­nience of liv­ing in the neigh­bor­hoods where they’ve worked, raised their families, built friend­ships and now re­tired.

“Fam­ily is at the heart of what we do,” says Cindy Robin­son, direc­tor of sales and mar­ket­ing. “We want our res­i­dents to be as in­de­pen­dent as pos­si­ble while main­tain­ing safety in a car­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

Robin­son ad­vises families to be well in­formed, as choos­ing a re­tire­ment home is an im­por­tant de­ci­sion. When seek­ing a com­mu­nity, speak to the ex­ec­u­tive and life­style di­rec­tors, care staff and even res­i­dents and their families, to en­sure

ex­pec­ta­tions will be met. Res­i­dents of Capri en­joy in­de­pen­dent and as­sisted liv­ing in apart­ments with ameni­ties, pro­gram­ming and so­cial­iza­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties. Sev­eral lo­ca­tions of­fer mem­ory care, and the well­ness pro­gram has a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties.

BROOK­DALE BROOK­FIELD

With the num­ber of peo­ple in Wis­con­sin with Alzheimer’s ex­pected to in­crease over 18% in the com­ing decade, an as­sisted liv­ing and de­men­tia care com­mu­nity is in­tro­duc­ing a spe­cial pro­gram to slow the dis­ease’s pro­gres­sion for those in its early stages.

Brook­dale Brook­field, a se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity, is now of­fer­ing Clare Bridge Cross­ings. The new pro­gram is part of a $1 mil­lion project at the com­mu­nity that also in­cluded ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions.

Brook­dale de­vel­oped Clare Bridge Cross­ings based on the new­est find­ings about the dis­ease. “Re­search shows that pro­grams tai­lored to peo­ple in the ini­tial phase can make a big dif­fer­ence in sus­tain­ing their abil­i­ties and pos­si­bly de­lay­ing ad­vance­ment of the dis­ease,” said Juliet Holt Klinger, Brook­dale’s se­nior direc­tor of de­men­tia care.

Clare Bridge Cross­ings res­i­dents take part daily in ac­tiv­i­ties that en­gage them men­tally, so­cially and phys­i­cally. The new pro­gram en­com­passes 30 apart­ments at Brook­dale Brook­field.

EASTCASTLE PLACE

Eastcastle Place, a se­nior liv­ing com­mu­nity on Mil­wau­kee’s East Side, has been a fix­ture in the neigh­bor­hood for more than 130 years.

Eastcastle’s in­de­pen­dent liv­ing prom­ises a care­free life­style with well­ness pro­gram­ming, abun­dant ac­tiv­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­tinue learn­ing and ex­plor­ing. Ameni­ties in­clude restau­rant-style, chef-pre­pared meals; an aquatic cen­ter, spa and fit­ness cen­ter; beauty sa­lon and bar­ber shops; fully-stocked li­brary; a cre­ative arts stu­dio; free Wi-Fi; concierge ser­vices and more.

All lev­els of care are of­fered. The Health Cen­ter pro­vides as­sisted liv­ing, mem­ory sup­port, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and skilled care. The cen­ter re­cently had its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive de­fi­ciency-free sur­vey by the Divi­sion of Qual­ity As­sur­ance, Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Health, and an im­pres­sive rank­ing by the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Med­i­caid Ser­vices.

Eastcastle Place is at 2505 E. Brad­ford Ave. in Mil­wau­kee. For more, call 414-2191398 or visit East­castlePlace.com.

AL­WAYS BEST CARE

Al­ways Best Care is lo­cated in Brook­field and pro­vides ex­pe­ri­enced, ded­i­cated and com­pas­sion­ate care­givers to as­sist in the homes of older or dis­abled adults. Al­ways Best Care started in 1996 and in 2010 be­came lo­cally owned by Colleen and Tom Fo­ley, both Wauwatosa na­tives.

“What sets us apart is that we are truly a 24-hour op­er­a­tion with the abil­ity to do same-day sched­ul­ing,” says Colleen Fo­ley, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor. “We will do as­sess­ments days, nights, week­ends and hol­i­days, and if it’s an emer­gency, we will

get the sched­ul­ing done the same day.”

Fo­ley says ABC pro­vides ex­cel­lent, su­per­vised care. “We have two full-time geri­atric care so­cial work­ers who are al­ways in touch with our clients, mak­ing sure they have the proper care and re­sources to stay in their homes safely.”

Al­ways Best Care has 180 com­mit­ted em­ploy­ees, Fo­ley says.

SAINT JOHN’S ON THE LAKE

Saint John’s On The Lake is known for its ro­bust pro­gram­ming for res­i­dents, in­clud­ing more fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties than can fit in a day. There are ac­tiv­i­ties for ev­ery­one, in­clud­ing “Splash Time” – fam­ily swim time for grand­kids in the warm-water pool three days per week.

LifeStreams is a col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to per­sonal well­ness en­com­pass­ing six di­men­sions – spir­i­tual, phys­i­cal, emo­tional, so­cial, vo­ca­tional and in­tel­lec­tual. Res­i­dents take the lead in their health and well­ness, with staff serv­ing in sup­port.

Pro­grams, lec­tures and concerts are driven by res­i­dents, who also share their tal­ents and in­ter­ests with each other; the staff sim­ply fa­cil­i­tates pro­grams. There is free­dom to take in what you like, to try new things (or not).

His­tory lessons, public pol­icy fo­rums, po­lit­i­cal de­bates, en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­cus­sions, so­cial con­cerns, concerts, recitals and more fill Saint John’s cal­en­dar with over 200 events per month. And Saint John’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Mu­seum of Wis­con­sin Art in West Bend al­lows res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity to en­joy a new ex­hibit at MOWA On The Lake, on Saint John’s main floor, every three months.

Three Pil­lars’ well­ness fa­cil­ity

Capri Se­nior Com­mu­ni­ties’

Vil­lage Pointe Commons

St. John’s On The Lake

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