Meet Our New Assisted Living Director

kahina-hadibi

I was born and raised in Algeria where I graduated as a medical doctor in November 2006. In December of 2006, I moved with my husband to the United States and am enjoying raising our three children in San Diego.

In 2008, I started working in senior living as a Certified Nurse Assistant, then went to nursing school and got my Vocational Nursing degree in February 2013.

For 6 years, I worked in skilled nursing and then started my first job in Assisted Living in 2014 as a Resident Service Director.

I joined the ISL team in May 2016 as an Assisted Living Director and have been working at The Arbors since October 2016.

I am committed to working with The Arbors team and families to help our residents receive the best care!

Sincerely,

Kahina Hadibi, LVN
Assisted Living Director

Director Spotlight: Tim Batton

I would like to introduce myself and thank everyone for the warm welcome I received when I joined The Arbors on October 1st.  A little bit about me – I lived most of my life in a small town in Michigan.  In 2013 my wife, Jackie, and I were blessed with our first grandchild.  We made the decision to move to California to be a part of his life and settled in Sonora, CA.  I joined the Integral Senior Living (ISL) team at their Foothill Village Community where I worked as the Executive Director for two years.  ISL then asked me to consider moving to San Diego where I accepted the position of Executive Director at The Arbors.

I have spent 13 years as an Executive Director in assisted living communities and have served as a director of various other companies for over 30 years.  I look forward to getting to know each of our residents and their families over the coming weeks.  You will find me available and willing to discuss anything related to making The Arbors the best it can be!

Employee of the Month – Lydia Dizon

The Arbors is proud to congratulate Lydia Dizon for receiving July’s employee of the month!

Lydia-DizonLydia has been a part of The Arbors family for 8 years. She always has a positive attitude and what she loves most about her job is the opportunity to help the residents in any way she can.

She’s the first one to jump in and help out a fellow employee and has come in on her days off to work when we have been short-handed.

When Lydia is not here at the Arbors, she loves spending time with her 5 children and 9 grandchildren. She says she is a “very busy grandmother”.

We love having Lydia on our team! You cannot miss her big smile and infectious laugh.

Monte Carlo Casino Night Fundraiser

The Arbors Raises Money at Night in Monte Carlo Casino Night Fundraiser

At our annual Casino Night event we raised funds for children with deployed parents through MCAS Miramar. The event raised $335.95 towards assisting the children with deployed parents.

At the Casino Night Fundraiser guests enjoyed blackjack, craps table, roulette, karaoke, wedding chapel, hor d’oeuvres and cocktails all to help raise funds for a very worthy charity.

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“This was our 10th Casino Night event and once again exceeded expectations. Everyone who came had a great time, and in the end we raised much needed funds for a wonderful local charity,” said Gaby Duron, director of sales and marketing for The Arbors.

Employee of the Month – Jose Casique

joseThe Arbors is proud to congratulate Jose Casique for receiving January’s employee of the month!

Jose has been a part of The Arbors family for a year. He always has a positive attitude and what he loves most about his job is the opportunity to help the residents in any way he can.

Jose’s supervisor Chris said, “Jose is one of the happiest staff members in our community, he’s always singing or whistling a happy tune. He’s the first one to jump in and help out a fellow employee and has come in on his days off to work when we have been short-handed. We love having Jose on our team!

The Holiday Season Often Exposes Changes in Aging Parents

The Arbors offers assistance to navigate when help is needed

SAN DIEGO, CA  (January 2016)  –Whether traveling many miles or merely spending more time with those closest to them, a visit home for the holidays is an annual tradition for many families. Though these visits are often filled with warmth, laughter, and good cheer, it is also a time when adult children come face to face with the increasing and changing needs of aging parents and family members. Each and every January, following the holiday season, senior living communities see an increase in inquiries from concerned family members looking for help and answers. At The Arbors, a local senior living community, appreciation and understanding of this period in adult children’s lives is clearly recognized with assistance and guidance.

“The holidays are a time when families spend more time together. And often, it is during this period that the reality of where a parent or loved one is health wise becomes all too apparent,” said Gaby Duron for The Arbors. “After the holiday’s we experience a surge in inquiries from families looking at options as they seek new living residences for loved ones, and we are here to help.”

Many times people confuse moving to a senior living community with having to give up all the things they love about life. Thankfully today’s communities are a far cry from those of decades ago. They’re for people who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, expand their horizons, and spend their days with fewer worries and chores and more time with activities and friendships- taking in all that life has to offer in the golden years.

Before or even after a loved one mentions’ “I’m not ready for a senior living community” consider asking these questions to engage in a conversation about making a move.

  • Are you tired of shopping and preparing meals?
  • Are you eating well?
  • Do you worry about home maintenance?
  • How do you feel about your personal safety?
  • Do you feel secure in your home?
  • Are you paying your bills on time and managing all the mail?
  • How is your health these days? Are you getting enough exercise and moving around well?
  • Can you get to your appointments easily?
  • How much socializing do you do, are you seeing friends and engaging in activities outside the home?
  • What are your thoughts about moving into a senior living community?
  • What are your concerns?
  • If not now, can you suggest a better time to move?

It is important to understand the many choices that make up the new face of senior living in the 21st century. Here is a brief description between the differences in the level of care and services offered in each.

Independent Living

In senior living communities, active older adults continue enjoying private dwellings, control over their own schedules, and freedom to come and go as they choose. Social networking, optional events and clubs, and conveniently located services, such as beauty salons, banks, and technology centers, increase convenience and personal freedom of choice rather than limiting it. Medical, dietary and other help is available when needed.

Assisted Living

An assisted living community is a special combination of housing, personalized supportive services and health care designed to meet the needs — both scheduled and unscheduled — of those who need help with activities of daily living. Assisted living is quickly becoming the fastest growing long-term care option in the U.S. because of its philosophy, which embraces independence, choice and the opportunity for seniors to live enriching lives.

Memory Care 

The diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s presents a wide array of emotional and practical challenges for a family. Thankfully, the research and information regarding Alzheimer’s and dementia has led to the establishment of residential options specifically designed to care for those living with memory loss. Many independent and assisted living communities offer memory care areas within their communities. Residents live in a secured space and enjoy an environment and activities coordinated by staff members trained specifically for caring for those with memory impairment.

For more information on senior living options contact Gaby Duron at The Arbors 858-538-0802. 

About The Arbors at Rancho Penasquitos

The Arbors is a conveniently located senior living community providing assisted living and memory care for residents. Located in San Diego, the expert trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent, assisted living and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information call (858) 538-0802 or visit www.arborsal.com.

Media Contact:

Gaby Duron

858-538-0802

Happy Holidays and a Healthy New Year!

Regardless of which holidays you celebrate, most people take time off at the year’s end to celebrate, gather with family and friends, and to reflect on days past and those to come. Wishing a joy-filled holiday season to our staff, residents and their loved ones, as well as all our community neighbors. We look forward to sharing 2016 with you.

Here are a few inspiring words of wisdom to carry you through the holidays and stay with you throughout the New Year.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. Wishing you happiness.”—Helen Keller, American author, political activist, educator, lecturer

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”—Charles Dickens, English novelist

Happiness is there for the taking—and the making.”—Oprah Winfrey, American entertainer, actress, producer, and philanthropist

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun and missionary

Helping Seniors Enjoy the Holiday Season

The busy holiday season can be challenging for any of us, but older adults can find the added activity to be especially draining. Low mood, confusion, and stress may put a damper on seniors’ holiday merriment.

Below are some tips on how to help seniors find joy, relaxation, and connection during the holiday season—and beyond.

Reminisce. Take out the photo album, listen to old records, watch family movies, tell stories of holidays past. Sharing memories can be powerful and engaging for older adults.

Plan for alone time. Set aside a room or area in which the senior can take a break from the overstimulation of family gatherings.

Include the senior. Make a point to invite your senior to participate in as many family activities as they can handle. Simple tasks include setting out dinnerware, folding napkins, and adding ornaments to the tree. Helping out will give them a sense of purpose and usefulness, helping them feel more involved and needed.

Connect. Loneliness can bring on depression, so it’s important for seniors to connect with others during the holiday season. Go out of your way to visit and talk with older people in your life more frequently than you might have done during the rest of the year.

Caregivers: Tips for Less Stress Over the Holidays—and More Joy!

The holidays can be a stressful time of year in any household, especially if you’re a caregiver for an aging loved one. Changes in routine, raised expectations, busier schedules, and more frequent social interactions can quickly become overwhelming for loved ones and caregivers alike.

These tips can help caregivers manage stress and anxiety for themselves and those they care for while focusing on less-demanding fun and merriment.

Simplify! Resist the pressure go all-out for the holidays. You’re not obligated to attend every event, host gatherings in your home, or keep up with all family holiday traditions. Choose just a few activities, decorations, or foods that are meaningful to you and feel doable.

Start new traditions. While it’s true that honoring family traditions may help a loved one with dementia connect with holiday celebrations, it’s OK to scale down favorite festivities, or carry out just a few traditions. Another idea is to try something new. If your loved one seems receptive, attend a holiday concert you’ve never gone to before. Instead of cooking a holiday meal, eat out or order a prepared meal. Take a drive to look at neighborhood holiday decorations.

Keep up self-care. During this busy time, it’s easy to let your own needs and well-being slip. But making time for exercise can boost your mood and renew valuable stamina. Keep exercise as simple as walking in a shopping mall or dancing to holiday tunes. Try to limit sugary foods and alcohol that can result in an energy crash. Step outside for some mood-elevating vitamin D from sunlight.

Focus on what you can do rather on what you can’t. Valuable advice from AARP: “Think about what you can accomplish instead of what you can’t.” Further, celebrate what your loved ones can do, rather than mourning their diminished capabilities. Revel in the holiday joys you and your loved one will experience this season, instead of missing those you’ll bypass. Try to give thanks for the help you are receiving rather than resenting those who aren’t supportive. AARP reminds us that negative thinking activates your body’s stress response. Redirect your thoughts when you feel yourself slipping into a detrimental mindset.

The Benefits of Music for People with Memory Loss

Recent research strongly suggests that listening to, dancing to, and singing music can lift the spirits of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. Neurologist Jonathan Graff-Radford, in an article in the Mayo Clinic’s blog, says that “musical memories” tend to be preserved in Alzheimer’s because the disease leaves key brain areas relatively unaffected.

Studies have shown that exposure to music can relieve stress, lessen anxiety and depression, and reduce agitation in people with Alzheimer’s and related memory-loss conditions.

Playing music can also bring relief and joy to caregivers by lightening the mood—thereby lowering anxiety and stress—and helping caregivers connect with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, especially those who have trouble communicating.

How can you use music to help relieve the symptoms of a loved one with Alzheimer’s and to foster connection? Consider putting their favorite music on an iPod (making sure that caregivers know how to turn it on and use it) or get them a portable CD player and CD’s.

What kind of music does your loved one respond to? The power of music may be understood because implicit memories are relatively well preserved in people living with dementia. Implicit memory is associated with routines and repetitive activities. All of us tend to listen repeatedly to music we like. Because Alzheimer’s affects the ability to form new memories, music we once loved remains accessible in the brain.

Music can calm or stimulate. To relax your loved one during meals or a hygiene routine, play music or sing a song that’s soothing. To boost the mood, choose faster-paced tunes.

Avoid overstimulation. Eliminate competing noise. Turn off the TV. Shut the door. Set the music volume for your loved one’s hearing ability. Choose uninterrupted music (no commercials), which can cause confusion.

Get moving! Encourage loved ones to clap with the song or tap their feet to the beat. Dance along!

Sing out loud. Singing along can boost the mood and enhance your relationship. Some early studies suggest musical memory functions differently from other types of memory, and singing can help stimulate unique memories.

Pay attention. If your loved one enjoys particular songs, play them often. If he or she reacts negatively, play something else.