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Educational Guides

At Highgate Senior Living we’re committed to sharing useful, relevant information with families or business professionals who work with families or aging adults. Our educational guides cover a variety of topics. Some of our educational guides provide advice and useful information if caregiving for a loved one. For families actively researching senior living options, our collection also includes useful information about senior living options (such as assisted living or memory care) or about Highgate’s unique approach and signature programs.

6 Signs It's Time To Start The Search For Assisted Living

For many years, your parents helped you navigate life. Now, as they age, it’s time for you to help them. If you suspect your loved one might no longer be safe and mentally and physical healthy living on their own, the best thing you can do is get them the care they need. But how do you know when it’s time to start considering making the move into assisted living? The answer isn’t going to be the same for everybody, but there are signs you can watch for.

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Hope & Happiness

Read a collection of stories from residents about life before Highgate and how moving into a community setting not only helped reduce feelings of loneliness, sadness, and anxiety but also provided a positive, compassionate, and purposeful atmosphere where they feel empowered to live a life filled with meaning and joy.

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How Highgate’s Person-centered Care Approach Helped My Parents Live a Positive Life

Trying to decide if Highgate’s positive, person-centered approach to care is right for your loved one? Read this collection of stories from families of loved ones living with dementia and memory loss about why they chose Highgate.

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Person-Centered Care

A Positive Approach to Caring for Those with Dementia and Memory Loss

If you’re looking for a memory care community for a loved one, you might be wondering how to compare the care your loved one will receive. This guide explores how person-centered care differs from the traditional approach to dementia care, the benefits of person-centered care, and signs a memory care community offers positive, person-centered care with tangible, real-life examples.

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Is Assisted Living Just Like the Nursing Home?

If you have an older loved one, you may have put plans to find an assisted living community on pause. But, for many seniors, assisted living is still the right choice. This guide explores the differences between assisted living communities and nursing homes, the way they were uniquely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, and what assisted living looks like moving forward.

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Living a Healthier, Happier Life

How to Use the Eight Dimensions of Wellness to Find Purpose and Meaning in Older Age

It’s never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, wellness is a lifelong journey. Explore the things you can do that can help you live a healthier, happier life today.

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Promoting Healthy Aging

Understanding the Challenges That Prevent Optimal Health and Wellness in Seniors

If you want to feel better and live longer, it helps to know what might be preventing you from doing so. This report helps older adults, as well as those who love and care for them, understand the challenges they might face as they age, featuring research from aging and wellness experts on each of the eight dimensions of wellness.

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The Definitive Guide to Assisted Living Facilities

This guide will provide a clear overview of what assisted living is, and how you or a loved one can benefit from it. This simple guide will also explain what you can generally expect in an assisted living community and will answer some frequently asked questions.

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How to Pay for Assisted Living Costs

In this guide, you will learn the different ways assisted living facilities structure pay, what funding options are available to you, and how to begin your search for the right assisted living facility.

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What Older Parents Really Want From Their Adult Children

It is hard to be an adult child caring for an aging parent. It is equally as hard to be an aging parent being cared for by an adult child. In this guide, you will hear from seniors who share what they wanted — and what they got — from their adult children.

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How to Cope with Caregiver Guilt When Deciding on Long-Term Care

Feeling guilty? You are not alone. Family caregivers often burden themselves with a long list of self-imposed oughts, shoulds, and musts. However, few aging parents would want their adult children to entirely give up living any kind of life apart from their needs. Fortunately, caregiving does not have to be a guilt-ridden experience.

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Caring for a Parent with Dementia at Home

Processing an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis is a lot to take in. Whether it comes as a shock or verifies what you suspected, you likely have a lot of questions. This guide covers documents you should have after diagnosis, resources and self-care tips for caregivers, long-term care considerations, and more.

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Guide to Memory Care and Dementia Communities

When you start to feel like you need outside assistance, memory care and dementia communities are wonderful environments where seniors can lead meaningful and enjoyable lives — and you can experience peace of mind. This guide will look at everything you need to know, from signs it’s time to start exploring your options to how to find a quality community to questions to ask when touring.

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Health Bar Recipe Book

One of the greatest evolutions taking place in the senior living industry has to do with what's happening in the kitchen. At Highgate, we've always taken pride in the food we serve (and the quality nutrition for seniors we provide), but it continues to get better and better. In this recipe book, you will find easy, delicious health bar recipes that can help strengthen the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and increase brain function.

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Guide to Holistic Healthcare for Older Adults

This guide will provide a brief overview of holistic healthcare and what it looks like, how holistic healthcare is practiced in assisted living and how to identify if an assisted living community uses a holistic approach to healthcare.

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How to Decide: Home Care or Assisted Living

It is no secret that seniors prefer to stay in their homes as they age. Most families want to respect that choice. When your aging loved one starts needing assistance, however, you may face a tough choice: in-home care or assisted living.

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How to Find the Best Assisted Living Community

With more than 28,000 assisted living residences in the U.S., looking for the right one can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to start your search early. This guide will cover everything you need to know, from when you should start looking and the best way to research options to traits the best assisted living communities share and questions to ask when touring.

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How to Manage Challenging Family Dynamics When Making Long-Term Care Decisions

Discussions around aging and long-term care can be emotional. No matter how complex your family dynamics may be, it is possible to establish consensus and get everyone on the same page.

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Nutritious, Delicious

Eating nutritious foods can make a world of difference in a senior’s quality of life. Making these foods delicious brings happiness as well as health. Finding ways beyond traditional medicine to keep residents fully engaged in life is part of Highgate’s unique, holistic approach to senior care.

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Navigating the Caregiver Relationship with a Parent or Spouse

Relationships inevitably change once you decide to be a caregiver. Understanding the changes that will occur — as well as your options as caregiving needs increase — can ensure that you and your loved one both have the support you need.

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From Guilt to Gratitude: How Highgate Helped My Family Feel Good Again

Lisa Carter was living in Mississippi when she got a call from her younger sister Ruth in Montana: Something was not quite right with Mom and Dad. “I wish I had talked to someone who had been through this,” she says. In this eBook, you’ll read Carter’s story, how she went from feeling guilt to gratitude, and how Highgate Senior Living helped her family feel good again.

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How Highgate Senior Living Changed My Parent's Life

Convincing yourself it’s time to pursue assisted living for a parent can be extremely difficult. But, convincing a parent? Sometimes nearly impossible. But, what if you knew for certain that your parent’s life would be better? Highgate Senior Living may very well be that place.

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Each Day to the Fullest

The reasons to choose Highgate Senior Living are as varied and individual as the residents who live here. Our programs are designed so each resident can live each day to the fullest. In this guide, you’ll learn about care options, including Couples Care; Highgate's unique holistic approach; dining services and offerings; and Highgate’s mission to create a life of purpose.

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Life at the Cottage: Guide to Highgate's Unique Approach to Memory Care

If you’re like most people, there are a few reasons why you’re afraid to consider memory care for a loved one — and they’re valid reasons. Not all memory care communities are created equal. But there are a lot of reasons why memory care at Highgate Senior Living is different than what you expect.

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The Start of a New Chapter: A Guide to Making the Move to Highgate Senior Living

Although the move from one’s home to a new home at Highgate Senior Living is a life-changing one, it does not have to be fraught with stress and anxiety. Letting the community’s team members help you, welcoming in your new assisted living family, and bringing in the experts to help downsize can ease the transition for seniors and family members alike.

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