To make it easier for you to understand the ins and outs of senior living, check out our blogs. They’re a useful resource for your family to rely on as you embark on your senior living journey.

What to Expect During Stroke Recovery at Deerfield

Every year In the United States, more than 795,000 people have a stroke. And while a stroke can happen to anyone at any age, for adults over the age of 55 the risk of stroke nearly doubles each decade. At Deerfield, we understand the importance of minimizing your risk for stroke as well as recognizing …

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What Is the Difference Between Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy?

A physician may recommend either occupational therapy (OT) or physical therapy (PT) to help speed up your recovery following injury, surgery or illness. OT and PT are similar in that they both help patients restore strength and mobility. However, it’s not always clear how they differ. At Deerfield Retirement Community in West Des Moines, Iowa, …

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6 of the Best Downsizing Tips for Seniors Moving to a Retirement Community

Deciding to downsize to a smaller space is a big decision for an older adult, and the process can be time-consuming and overwhelming. However, keeping your attention on the positives, like the chance to reminisce with family members over a lifetime of memories, will make the process of packing and moving a more enjoyable one. …

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What Is the Difference Between Assisted Living and a Nursing Home?

To understand the difference between assisted living and a nursing home, first you need to know more about the residents who typically make each of these senior living options their home. In an assisted living community, the goal is to help residents remain as independent as possible. Residents have a great deal of freedom and …

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4 Reasons Why You Should Move to a Community with an Arts Studio

Nearly everyone searching for a retirement community wants a place that’s full of fulfilling amenities and activities for seniors. And why not? Hobbies are proven to have vast benefits for older adults. Especially arts and crafts. However, many people fail to ask if communities have an arts studio or arts programming, even though research has …

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Questions to Ask a Skilled Nursing Facility

With more senior care options available today than ever before, choosing the right care for your parent, family member or loved one can be overwhelming. If the senior in your life needs long-term or short-term skilled nursing care, there are a variety of factors to consider. While some  basic types of care and services are …

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6 Reasons Why You Should Consider Retirement in Des Moines

Throughout our lives, we make choices about where we’d like to reside and raise our children. Considering where you’d like to retire is also a big decision. After all, these years can offer the ultimate freedom to do as you please and pursue dreams that may have been put on hold. If Des Moines isn’t …

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When Is It Time for Assisted Living?

Sometimes there are clear mental or physical signals telling family members a senior living community is the right place for an aging parent. However, barring a medical event or an accident that leaves no doubt, you may find yourself wondering, when is it time for assisted living? There’s no perfect equation and many variables to …

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5 Reasons Why You Should Move into Independent Living Now

After decades of responsibly caring for your family, home and career, you may feel like you’re well past due for a break. You’re not alone. More and more older adults are choosing senior independent living communities long before health and mobility concerns arise so they can take advantage of the lifestyle these communities afford. As …

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