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Should You Move to an Assisted Living Community?

Should You Move to an Assisted Living Community?

Moving to an assisted living community is a highly personal decision that is based on many different factors, all of which are unique to the individual who is considering the move, as well as their families. Assisted living communities are designed for older adults who value an independent, social lifestyle but who require assistance with daily activities, such as grooming,…

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Respite Care: What is it and who can Benefit From it?

Respite Care: What is it and who can Benefit From it?

  Family caregiving is a beautiful labor of love, but it can also be complex, exhaustive, and demanding. If you are caring for a parent or another family member, let us help you take the break you deserve with our Respite Care Program. Respite care can be a real sanity saver for overburdened family caregivers, especially those who care for…

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Residents of Grand Oaks Okeechobee Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Residents of Grand Oaks Okeechobee Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

  Residents of Grand Oaks of Okeechobee recently received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. “I was very pleased the majority of our residents at all Grand Oaks communities consented and received their first vaccine dose,” said Laurie Allen, Grand Oaks Administrator. On January 21-22, the first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine were administered to residents who wished…

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There Are Many Health Benefits to Crafting, Experts Say

There Are Many Health Benefits to Crafting, Experts Say

  According to experts in neuroscience, there are many potential health benefits associated with crafting. Participating in your favorite craft can improve anxiety, depression, and chronic pain, and it may also protect the brain from damage caused by aging. While additional research needs to be completed, past studies suggest the health benefits of crafting are comparable to those seen in…

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Fun Holiday Crafts for Seniors

Fun Holiday Crafts for Seniors

  If you follow us on Facebook, you know that Grand Oaks of Okeechobee residents love to craft! Did you know that crafting has a myriad of health benefits, like reducing stress and improving cognitive function? And when your crafts become holiday gifts or decor, that’s an even bigger benefit! Here are three holiday crafts for seniors that are fun…

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Assisted Living Checklist: Helping You Prepare for the Move

Assisted Living Checklist: Helping You Prepare for the Move

  After your senior loved one has made the decision to move to an assisted living community like Grand Oaks of Okeechobee, you may find that you are both a bit overwhelmed by the moving process. You may be thinking, “Where should we begin? What should we pack? How do we know what not to take?” These are all common…

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September Brings National Assisted Living Week

September Brings National Assisted Living Week

  Established in 1995 by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), National Assisted Living Week (which begins on Grandparents Day each year) helps promote awareness about assisted living facilities and the important way they benefit local communities, residents, and their families. This year’s National Assisted Living Week is September 13th —19th. The theme is “Caring is Essential,” which highlights…

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Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

Hurricane Preparedness at Grand Oaks of Okeechobee

  In March, 2018, while serving as Florida’s governor, Rick Scott implemented new regulations regarding hurricane preparedness for assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Florida. Scott put the new rules in place after 12 residents at the Hollywood Hills Rehabilitation Center in Broward County perished from heat exposure following Hurricane Irma in 2017. The residents’ deaths raised serious questions…

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Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

Senior Care: 5 Benefits of Staying Hydrated This Summer

  During the hot summer months, one of the simplest yet most overlooked necessities is proper hydration. This is especially true when it comes to senior care. The elderly or those experiencing certain health conditions are particularly susceptible to dehydration. While it’s no surprise that drinking plenty of fresh water can help keep dehydration at bay, drinking more water also…

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Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

Gone Fishin’! The Heart Healthy Benefits of Fishing for Seniors

  If you’re an avid fan of fishing, you probably already know that February is the perfect time in South Florida to enjoy some bass or crappie fishing. But you may not know that February is also National American Heart Month, and there are a lot of heart healthy benefits to going fishing, especially for seniors. Heart Healthy Benefit: Stress…

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