Posts Categorized: Assisted Living

Assisted Living at The Cedars: Our Dining Experience

Sitting down for a delicious meal is something we all look forward to, both to nourish our bodies as well as to gather with friends and families.  At The Osher Inn Assisted Living, our residents look forward to joining in our dining room that is elegant yet intimate, and feels just like home in our small community of 30 apartments. For lunch or dinner, we often have family members join their loved ones to catch up on busy lives.  Breakfast time is an opportunity for our residents to plan their days and visit with friends over a lingering cup of coffee.  Our Dining Director, David Kessler, prides himself on planning his menus around seasonality and variety. “Living in Maine gives us access to the best seafood, produce and meats,” he explains. “And we don’t want even our most popular dishes to feel repetitive. In every way, we try to...

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Exploring Watercolor at The Osher Inn Assisted Living

When Nancy Meyer arrives at the Osher Inn at The Cedars Retirement Community, she unpacks watercolor paints, brushes and paper. Eager hands await the materials, ready to get to work adding color and personal flair to the watercolor paper. Teaching and facilitating watercolor painting with seniors has had a great effect on Meyer, a New York native who now calls Baldwin home. “It’s so rewarding,” said Meyer. And the Osher residents love it, her many loyal attendants wouldn’t miss her class. Nancy focuses on nature in her watercolor sessions, bringing pieces of the natural world inside especially for those who are unable to go out-of-doors. It may be apple blossoms, flowers or pumpkins. These special still-life subjects are sure to bring smiles, said Meyer. “I learn from them,” she said, of her students. Some smile, paint and have a great time. Others are slowed down by the details. Others...

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Matters of the Heart: Finding New Love in Our Later Years

BOB NEEDED A PLUS ONE. His daughter, Kathryn Callnan, President and CEO of The Cedars, wanted him to join a family birthday celebration in Old Orchard Beach. He’d only been living at The Osher Inn for one month, but he knew exactly who he wanted to bring. “I’d noticed Lauretta in the dining room,” he explains, eyes twinkling. “This was my big chance.” “And we’ve been together ever since!” Lauretta says. Talking with Bob Callnan and Lauretta Torraca, they feel as though they’ve been together for years, not less than six months. Both widowed, they had each raised large families with loving partners before life brought them to The Osher Inn. When they found each other, they knew right away what a precious thing they had. “We just melded our lives together,” Lauretta beams. “At this stage of our lives, we get to do what we want. There’s so...

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The Magic of Music: Assisted Living Week at The Osher Inn

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of our souls.” –PLATO  This week is National Assisted Living Week, an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living.  This year’s theme, The Magic of Music, celebrates the music we’ve all created, played, listened to and enjoyed throughout our lives.  Throughout the week the residents at The Osher Inn at The Cedars will play games, sing and listen to their favorite melodies as guests share their music with us. Music is such as powerful force that brings evokes feelings of love, comfort, joy and memories of days gone by.   For people with memory issues, several studies have demonstrated the soothing effects of music and the ability to bring those precious memories back. We hope you’ll embrace music this week as we honor our residents, staff, volunteers, and families – and embrace all that music brings to our...

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Assisted Living at The Cedars – Residents Knitters Reach Out

What do you do when you hear about someone in need?  At The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars, a group of more than six residents dusted off their knitting needles and joined forces to help.  A few months ago, a few residents at The Osher Inn heard of a man receiving services from VNA Hospice – who just couldn’t stay warm. They didn’t miss a beat and gathered their friends at The Osher Inn to create a blanket as a donation to hospice. “It took around three months, with more than six of us working on it”, the group explained.  None of the knitters had picked up needles in years, but they jumped back in willingly.  “Fingers change over the years,” one knitter explained, “the needles are slippery and they didn’t used to be!” Another resident, who owned a yarn store in Portland for many years, says that using...

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Assisted Living at The Cedars Welcomes Wellness Manager

The Cedars is pleased to welcome Nancy Kuliga back to The Cedars as the Wellness Manager at The Osher Inn, assisted living at The Cedars.   Nancy is no stranger to our community as she was the Director of Nursing for several years at our Skilled Care Center at The Cedars. Nancy has a multitude of experiences in senior care: she has served the Director of Resident Services at an area assisted living specializing in dementia care, acted as a Professional Services Consultant/ Director of Clinical Services for North Country Associates and Manager of Clinical Operations for Genesis Health Care. Nancy has worn many different hats throughout her nursing career and possesses strong skills with nursing leadership, management, knowledge of regulations governing assisted living and extensive knowledge of best clinical practices.  Additionally she possesses certifications in nursing leadership, dementia care, and the minimum data set, which is the tool that determines long term care compensation levels....

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Wellness in Assisted Living: Setting a Higher Standard

During the past decade, assisted living communities have offered exercise, social, creative and educational opportunities. In recent years, senior care has been trending toward broader and deeper approaches to wellness. You’ll want to look for this higher standard as you visit assisted living communities for yourself or your loved one. The best assisted living communities have embraced a wellness philosophy that infuses the entire organization.   What are the Six Dimensions of Wellness? It is commonly accepted that six dimensions of wellness need to be present in order to age successfully. There are tangible signs that the community you’re considering has a successful wellness philosophy when these six commonly known factors are holistically integrated into all quality programming for senior life. Seen together, these dimensions optimize and improve a person’s state of health.   Physical — Centers on exercising the body to promote strength and flexibility. Advocates healthy lifestyle habits, encourages...

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Challenging Ourselves As We Age: Retirement Living

  If you’re fortunate enough to live into your 90’s – life is looking better and better.  Earlier today the Associated Press released a summary of findings from a Denmark study indicating that 95 year olds today are more mentally acute than those of ten years ago.  Although they are not sure why, scientists are chalking it up to better nutrition earlier on in life, as well as more intellectual stimulation.  At The Cedars Retirement Community, we’re strong believers in offering multiple opportunities for mental challenge and stimulation – both for ourselves and our residents.  Members living in our independent living at The Atrium choose which types of programs they want to see.  What’s on our recent calendars?            Historical lectures by members and guest speakers Current Event Discussion Groups (this group often contacts local representatives) Blackjack, Mahjong Story writing and telling, “Legacy Letters” Trips to OLLI and SAGE classes,...

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The Benefits of Assisted Living

As we celebrate National Assisted Living Week at The Cedars with an active calendar of resident and family gatherings and events, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on the positive effects that The Osher Inn assisted living has had on the community and those we serve since opening just three years ago.  Assisted Living is the perfect option for seniors needing assistance with one or more of their activities of daily living (ADL’s) such as bathing, dressing and grooming.  In addition, most assisted livings provide help with medication management, assuring that the medications are in-house and are being administered to the residents at the right time.  Staff is on site 24 hours per day providing personal support with ADL’s and medications.  A registered nurse works with the residents’ physicians to assure their medical needs are being met.  Seniors enjoy three meals per day at assisted livings in a social...

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