Jane Austen’s novel asks the question, “Which is a better way to live, using sense or sensibility, and is one better than the other?”

My love for playing on words is my driving force in today’s blog. Assisted living can be expensive. This is true whether you have a large savings or pension, or if you are counting on Social Security to meet your needs. Many people ask why there is a difference in monthly prices, city to city and even building to building in the same town. The staffing ratios are the same, the food is purchased more than likely from the same vendor and the care is very similar, as it is all regulated by the same state surveyors.

This question can be answered numerous ways, including the amount it cost to build the facility, the amenities provided, newness of the building and because the market will bear that price.

At Inspirations, we have a 2-year-old building with the same amenities and services you will find in the Las Vegas metro area, but we are considerably less expensive. The biggest reason for this is we aren’t in the big city. Our staff is trained the same way and we have a nice bus that takes our residents throughout the community for appointments and outings. What you pay in Vegas, you get in Pahrump for $1,000 less. And you get all the conveniences of the city without all the crowds and traffic.

So does it make “cents” to drive the 45 minutes to Pahrump? We believe it does, come and see why.

I remember hearing my grandmother say to us when visiting, that we were going to have a “hardy” meal that night. That usually meant some red meat, mashed potatoes and ambrosia salad. I can’t even begin to calculate the calories.

Those foods might have been okay then, but once you reach your 50’s, what you put in your body will make a significant impact on how your body feels. It is even more important to choose carefully as you continue to age.

Here are the four categories you should concentrate on:

  1. Colorful vegetables. The darker the better, as they are chock full of vitamins and antioxidants.
  2. An easy and great way to get calcium for keeping bones strong.
  3. Lean Proteins. Chicken, fish, poultry, nuts and beans.
  4. Whole Grains. Oatmeal comes to mind first, but try quinoa. Loaded with B vitamins, proteins and fiber.

At Inspirations, all of our menus are dietician approved and designed to provide the best foods to not only keep your body working, but your mind, as well. Sure, we splurge sometimes and enjoy an old “Hardy” favorite, but we understand the importance of a good meal.

Don’t forget the snacks either! They keep your metabolism up and a great variety always can be found in our 24 hour bistro.

In keeping up with our previous alphabet soup theme, we thought we would write about the “B’s” of assisted

living. Many of the questions we get from potential residents and their families are related to the social

aspect of living in an assisted living community.


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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

Are you a caregiver for a family member who needs help and assistance maneuvering throughout the day’s tasks? Are you switching off with another sibling, taking turns caring for a parent with dementia issues and feel you can’t leave them alone for a minute? Is all of this wearing you down and the only light at the end of the tunnel seems like a racing steam engine?

You promised your parent AND yourself that you would take care of them should the need arise. While that is admirable and noble, the problem is you forgot about you in the equation. So many family caregivers find themselves in your shoes and struggle where to turn for help and wonder if help even exists.
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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

No two people experiencing cognitive decline are alike. As the population of the United States ages, it is estimated that the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease will increase exponentially.

Memory Care is a program specifically for residents with dementia related diagnosis’s and is designed to ensure safety and well-being while preserving dignity, memories and life experiences. It is one of the toughest decisions to make so you want to ensure the care your loved one receives is tailored to support his or her stage of life, and includes freedom of movement and choice of activities.
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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

We know it is difficult to understand the nuances between all the industry terms and there is much confusion when you are seeking to find the right place to live – or you are researching the best options for your loved one. How do you find just the right amount of support that allows you to stay as independent and active as you wish? What is the right level of care needed – and what options exist so your loved one can age in one place, without having to move again and again?

Today we are looking at Skilled Nursing Facilities.
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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

So why all the abbreviations and acronyms? Is it a tactic to confuse, or simply just laziness? I don’t believe there is an industry-wide conspiracy to baffle and confuse you as you seek the best possible living option for the senior you care so much about. I don’t believe there is any value in not being clear and I am not an advocate of letting anyone move in to a community with the understanding that we will answer your questions – later.

I do believe that those of us in the industry just tend to get caught up in our own four walls and have the expectation that prospective residents and families have done enough research that they should know what we are talking about.

It’s time to change our approach.
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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

Last week we served up a little alphabet soup with all the healthcare jargon you are bound to find as you search for the perfect living and care option for mom, dad, your spouse or other senior who is important to you. A comment I recently heard from a resident while touring an assisted living facility was that you have to learn the jingle if you want to survive and thrive here.

That is sad.

Historically, the senior housing industry has done a poor job making outsiders feel welcome and we have done an even worse job of making people comfortable. We sometimes make it difficult for people to understand what we do and, more importantly, what we can do to help.
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A Little Help in Finding the Best Living Option for the Senior You Love

Getting older has become more and more confusing, especially when you find yourself or your loved one in need of services and care. What is needed? Where do you turn and most importantly, who can you trust?

Back in the good ol’ days, there was only the old folk’s home and we made promises to our grandparents and parents that we would never put them into “one of those places.” Now with so many options to choose from, we struggle to know what “one of those places” is or isn’t.
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