Retirement Community Transition

Transitioning from home to retirement community

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Four Steps for Transitioning From Your Home to a Retirement Community

Moving into a retirement community can be one of the best decisions of your life, but it helps if you’re prepared. The transition can be easy and rewarding if you know how to tackle saying goodbye to your current home, downsizing, and embracing your new life in a retirement community.

Finding Your New Home

The first step in moving into a retirement community is finding one that is suitable for you. Be sure that the community you choose has the amenities and services you need and is compatible with your lifestyle. Make sure you thoroughly research your options before committing to a community. The average life expectancy is much higher today than it was a few decades ago, and this has resulted in high demand for nursing home and retirement community spots. This means that while you may have trouble finding just the right place at first, you’re going to have a lot of options.

Downsizing to the Essentials

More often than not, you’re not going to be able to bring your entire home into a retirement community living space. You’re going to need to downsize – but that’s not always a bad thing! This can be a great opportunity to sort through your possessions and finding new homes for things you no longer want or need. Let relatives choose what they’d like to keep and consider a yard sale or donation for the leftovers.

Storage Solutions

Of course, there are going to be some things with which you can’t bear to part but won’t work out in your new space. Investigate storage units if you want to keep these items safe or if no one else in your family can take them. Also, keep in mind that you probably won’t have to worry about cleaning supplies or many household appliances and items – more than likely the retirement community will have these covered.

Celebrating the Next Step

Finally, once you’ve moved into a new spot, celebrate this new chapter of your life! Consider throwing a get-together with friends and family in your new home. You can also have relatives stop by to help you personalize your space and make it your own. Moving out of a home and into a retirement community can be a difficult process for some, but it doesn’t need to be a chore if you prepare and look at the positives of this next step.

Click to register for our downsizing seminar on Thursday, January 26 at 1 pm. Learn how to get organized, clean out the unwanted “stuff” and prepare your home for a quick sale.

Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Retirement Living

Four Tips for Talking to Aging Parents About Retirement Living

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Discussing retirement communities, health issues, and long-term care can trigger negative emotions and strain relationships between adult children and their aging parents. Both parties know that aging is a reality, but talking about it requires tact. Our tips for positive communication will help, regardless of the retirement living plans you need to discuss. A calm, well-planned talk will make the transition easier for you and your loved ones.

  1. Break the Discussion into Steps

    Don’t wait for a health crisis or other emergency to talk about long-term care. Look for opportunities to have small discussions in everyday life. Ask your loved ones questions about the plans they have considered, where they would like to live, and other details. Talk about retirement living often to keep your information up to date. Have discussions during calm times, not stressful ones like the holidays.

  2. Speak With Respect and Empathy

    Adult children want their parents and other loved ones to stay safe. Sometimes, though, that worry comes across as anger. Speak to your loved ones with the respect they deserve. Understand that they feel they are losing their independence and control. Empathize and do not insist that your plans are the only right ones. Give your loved ones ample time to think about options.

  3. Value Their Independence

    Many seniors believe that long-term care means an inevitable transition to a nursing home. Assure them that this isn’t the case. You may be able to use in-home care, depending on their independence levels, health, financial status, and other factors. Do what you can to make their home more accessible. Involve your loved ones in the process of vetting caregivers and training them to meet their needs.

  4. Don’t Forget Emotional Needs

    Even independent seniors can still feel alone. Help your loved ones maintain an active life and consistent emotional contact. Arrange transportation to favorite activities, and ask which new ones they’d like to pursue. Look for senior get-togethers in your area, perhaps at a community center, library, or a place of worship. Teach your loved ones how to use a cell phone, tablet, or Skype to stay in touch with out-of-town family and friends.

10 Ways to Love Your Brain

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Love your brain

If you fail to properly take care of your brain, you may eventually experience problems such as memory loss and stroke. The brain needs both exercise and nourishment to maintain proper function. Try these 10 tips to help you to love your brain and keep it healthy:

  1. Focus on your diet. Healthy foods that are low in saturated fat and cholesterol will promote brain health because they don’t clog the arteries. Clogged arteries block proper blood flow to the brain.
  2. Stay hydrated. Failing to consume adequate fluids can cause dehydration. A dehydrated brain becomes disoriented. Water and other healthy fluids keep the brain sharp.
  3. Stay well-rested. The average amount sleep required for an adult is at least eight hours of every evening. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel foggy and irritable. Not only does your body feel tired, but your brain can also be exhausted. As a result, you may not be able to think clearly and make important decisions.
  4. Get your exercise. Practicing adequate physical activity keeps the blood flowing to vital organs. Blood carries oxygen to the brain, helping you to think and feel more energized.
  5. Take medications as prescribed. Taking too much of a medication can negatively affect the brain. An excess amount of medication can cause symptoms like dizziness or headaches and can impair judgment.
  6. Stimulate your brain. Brain exercises, such as playing cards, working crossword puzzles and reading, keep your brain active and sharp. Try to focus on stimulating your brain every day.
  7. Limit your alcohol intake. Like too much medication, too much alcohol can cause an impairment of judgment and motor skills. Eventually, this can have negative effects on your brain.
  8. Stop smoking. Smoking causes changes in blood vessels that can impair blood flow. Quitting smoking not only promotes a healthier brain, but can also add years to your life.
  9. Stop worrying so much. Chronic stress be unhealthy for the brain. Stress relievers include walking, listening to music, watching a funny television show and getting enough rest.
  10. Spend time with others. Spending too much time alone is not good for the brain. Loneliness often leads to internal sadness and depression. Get together with friends and have some fun as much as possible!
Activities for seniors Columbus Ohio

4 Activities for Seniors to Stay Physically Active in Life Plan Communities

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As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it.

This is just as true for our physical health as anything else. As people age, slowing down is normal – to a degree. Staying active, however, can increase one’s quality of life, reduce the risk of injury, and improve one’s mental health.

Why Activity Is Important

Studies show that exercise benefits the body and mind. When you’re active, you experience less stress and an improved mood. Even something as simple as going for a walk around the 38 wooded acres that Wesley Woods of New Albany is located on, can help clear your mind and enable you to focus on feeling productive and positive.

Physical exercise also keeps joints functioning correctly and prevents and delays diseases. Arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes are three common afflictions that can be avoided or minimized by staying mobile.

Ways to Keep Moving

Exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or intense to be effective. In fact, there are a variety of activities that life plan community seniors, regardless of age or health, can participate in to maintain physical fitness:

  1. Walking.

    This is a low-impact exercise that requires no training to get started! Walking around the life plan community is a great way to get the blood moving, but it also means seniors can see the sights and make new friends.

  2. Swimming.

    Many life plan communities have pools for members to enjoy. Swimming is extremely low impact and appropriate for all skill levels.

  3. Gardening.

    Taking care of plants and herbs is doubly rewarding since there will be something to show for the effort. If mobility is an issue, plants can be planted in pots and placed on windowsills instead of in the ground.

  4. Visiting a fitness center.

    Places like the Phillip Heit Center offer a huge selection of equipment as well as knowledgeable trainers to help seniors make a difference in their lives. Activities include lifting small weights or participating in cycling classes.

No matter what you choose, staying active is an important decision that can enhance the lives of all seniors.


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How Life Plan Communities are Changing Retirement

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Life after retirement doesn’t have to be a sentence to boredom or hopelessness.

Thanks to forward-thinking baby boomers, the idea of retirement and aging has shifted – people are now retiring younger and healthier.

To ensure seniors get the most out of their retirement years, senior living communities in Columbus, OH are becoming life plan communities. These facilities cater to all aspects of today’s seniors’ active lifestyles, foregoing the depressing, cookie-cutter design of traditional senior care communities.

What Is a Life Plan Community?

Life plan communities are contemporary, enrichment-focused residences that offer the highest quality of life for active, independent seniors. The communities nurture physical, emotional, and mental activity, as well as healthy relationships and habits, while offering the highest quality residential, memory, and 24-hour nursing care as it’s needed.

Is a Life Plan Community Right for Me?

Each life plan community is different, many will consist of independent living, assisted living, nursing care and memory care all on one campus, but offer varying types of contracts or agreements.

Type A, or life care, is all-inclusive and comes with unlimited health care as needed at no additional cost. This plan provides the higher levels of care at independent living rates, instead of market prices that typically accompany additional care.

Type B, or modified, contracts offer a discounted rate for health care when it’s needed for a limited time. On the other hand, the fee-for-service Type C contract calculates fees by services used and are subject to the going rate for that level of care at that time. This contract offers the lowest up-front charges for independent seniors, but charges higher market prices for additional care later, making it difficult to plan financially for the future.

How Are Life Plan Communities Changing Retirement?

Life plan communities offer more customized opportunities to seniors. Residents have time to enjoy their retirement years, participating in activities and hobbies they enjoy, without worrying about the burden and expense associated with home ownership.

The communities also give seniors peace of mind when it comes to caring for health and personal needs, while still offering an enriching environment.

Life plan communities are a sign of hope for the future of nursing and retirement living. They’re designed to offer the most independence and joy for seniors. Life plan communities, it seems, are rewriting everything we know about retiring.
See how Wesley Woods at New Albany is the right retirement community for you.

Click here to download our brochure or contact us today.

Saturday at the Symphony

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New Albany Symphony OrchestraThe New Albany Symphony, in partnership with Autism Society of Central Ohio and Methodist ElderCare, are introducing a new series entitled Saturday at the Symphony. Never longer than an hour, these concerts are perfect for the first-time concertgoer or those who need a more relaxed, sensory-friendly experience.

Enjoy your favorite holiday tunes at the first show, Santa and the Symphony, on Saturday, December 17th at 11:30 a.m. You may even get to share some cookies and milk with Santa himself!

Click here to listen to an informative overview of this special program. You will hear from the organizations who are coming together to make this series possible, as well as interviews with our very own Peg Carmany and Michele Dose.

To purchase tickets, visit New Albany Symphony Orchestra‘s website. We hope to see you there!Santa Sleigh


Elderly Mother and Daughter Holding Hands

Is a Life Plan Community Right for Your Aging Parent?

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Is a Life Plan Community Right for Your Aging Parent?

It’s not easy helping aging parents with life transitions. Many times, parents resist change, putting adult children in challenging positions of providing care and guidance for their parents’ future. How do you know when it’s time to look for alternative living situations? And how do you know if a life plan community is the right choice?

A life plan community provides:

  • Multiple levels of care in a single destination
  • A focus on active lifestyle habits
  • An emphasis on personal and social responsibility

Residents live in attractive apartments, or villas. Services and amenities that are included in many communities, such as housekeeping, maintenance, and grounds keeping, allow residents to pursue activities in their lives that otherwise can be pushed aside due to obligations of home ownership.

A variety of recreational and entertaining activities encourage socialization and leisure. Residents can sign up for a fitness class, watch a movie in the indoor theater, or sit down to a gourmet meal.

Personal and social responsibility is promoted through opportunities to give back. Residents can participate in charitable outreaches that benefit schools, shelters, and clinics. For example, golf tournaments may be held to raise money for the local soup kitchen.

A full range of health services is also available on site, from assisted living and rehabilitation to long-term care. Residents enjoy peace of mind, knowing they’re surrounded by healthcare professionals, loving friends, and devoted staff. Adult children also enjoy peace of mind in knowing that their parents are well taken care of.

Life plan communities reduce the reliance that aging parents have on government aid. In fact, most facilities offer a full of refund the entrance fee if parents aren’t happy within a certain period of time. This reassures adult children that the communities are invested in the health and well-being of the residents.

Additional advantages:

  • A focus on health and wellness
  • Planned social activities
  • Different levels of care for spouses (while ensuring spouses can still live together)
  • Alleviating concerns of loved ones

It’s normal for adult children to be concerned about aging parents’ needs, especially for those who live far away. Moving into a life plan community provides aging parents with a high level of independence and specialized attention while also assuring loved ones that healthcare needs will be met.

Contact Wesley Woods at New Albany to learn more about the community.

For more information, please call (614) 656-4100.

Columbus Ohio Retirement Community Host Upcoming Events

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Wesley Woods at New Albany, a life plan community near Columbus, Ohio is hosting an upcoming event.

November 13 from 1-4 pm, an Open House will be held. Attendees will get to tour the newly opened model and view standard finishes, as well as learn:

  • How to get the most out of retirement living experience
  • If a Life Plan Community is right for your parents
  • Ways residents can free themselves from the responsibilities of home ownership and enjoy personal passions
  • How to take advantage of special introductory pricing and move-in packages

For more information, please call (614) 656-4100.

Central Ohio’s newest continuing care retirement community is coming to New Albany. The Wesley Woods campus is a 55+ senior living community, offering a variety of apartment and villa floor plans.

Changing your address, not your lifestyle, will free you from the hassle of home and lawn maintenance. Explore the advantages of the Traditional and Life CareAgreements, which provide security and peace of mind for your future.

Tours of our model, single-family villas, and apartment homes are now available. For additional information or to schedule a tour, call (614) 656-4100 or visit

Open House

Columbus Ohio Retirement Community Holds Open House October 23

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Press Release

For Immediate Release


Emily Smith-Conlon

Patrick Carle

Columbus Ohio Retirement Community Holds Open House October 23

New Albany, OH (October 18, 2016) – Wesley Woods at New Albany, a senior living community near Columbus, Ohio is hosting an Open House Sunday, October 23 from 1-4 pm.

Attendees will get to tour the newly opened model and view standard finishes, as well as learn:

For more information, please call (614) 656-4100.

Nestled on 38 wooded acres in vibrant New Albany, Wesley Woods is a sanctuary for retirees and those close to retirement. It is home to people in all stages of life, many living independently, with some requiring assistance from skilled professionals. With well-appointed homes, a continuum of health services and luxury amenities, Wesley Woods helps residents live their best lives. For additional information or to schedule a tour, call (614) 656-4100 or visit

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Retirement Communities Columbus Ohio

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What to Look for When Researching Retirement Communities in Columbus, Ohio

With so many options, finding a senior living community is no small endeavor. However, with the right tools, it can be a positive and exciting experience. Here are some of the most important things to consider when searching for retirement communities in Columbus, Ohio.


Every facility has unique prices, and some won’t work well with certain budget restrictions. However, the short- and long-term costs may not always be obvious. Research all budget options to assess compatibility. For instance, renting will set the foundation for the majority of your monthly expenses in a different way than owning might. Are the activities that you enjoy most an extra expense? And if so, is the cost reasonable? Check that the lifestyle you want is financially possible.
Health and Safety

Finding a retirement community that caters to individual healthcare needs is vital. Determine the level of care that you or your loved one needs – now and in the future. Disregard any retirement communities that can’t meet those needs. Always ask your primary healthcare provider for insight if needed.
In addition to health care, look into the security policies and practices of any home of interest. Understand how a retirement facility handles and responds to emergencies. Check things like the availability of staff and healthcare professionals to ensure you or your loved one will always safe and taken care of.


Social structure is essential to a resident’s emotional and physical wellbeing. When evaluating potential communities, consider your needs and whether they’re compatible with the community culture. Access the staff’s rapport with the current residents. Are they friendly and respectful? Is the atmosphere inviting and comfortable? There should be many opportunities for daily activities and socializing as well. If you’re particularly fond of certain activities, verify that the community can support those interests. Transportation options and the freedom to leave a property are also important considerations.


Senior housing that isn’t clean will negatively impact the comfortability and health of residents. Minimizing opportunities to spread infection should be a primary concern. If a facility appears unclean and disorderly, cross it off the list.

Finally, compare and contrast all potential retirement communities to find the one that best suits your needs. There are many options in and around Columbus, Ohio. With a little time and effort, you can find the right fit.

See how Wesley Woods at New Albany is the right retirement community for you. Click here to download our brochure or contact us today.