December 2019 The winter season can create unnecessary hardships for most anyone, but it can be especially precarious for seniors who should be worry-free and relaxing in their golden years. If you or your loved one is ready to enjoy a maintenance-free lifestyle without the burdens of maintaining a home or lawn or ever having to shovel snow from a driveway or sidewalk again—now is the time to explore life at Traditions at North Willow. Traditions at North Willow is a state-of-the-art, reputable senior living community, conveniently located close by St. Vincent Hospital and to several restaurants, coffee shops, pharmacies and a local Kroger store. Though it is in close proximity to these amenities, the community itself offers a quiet, resort-like feel while providing excellent security to its residents with a gated entrance. When It’s Time to Make the Tough Decisions When it comes to beginning the conversation about moving a loved one into assisted, independent or memory care living at North Willow, the staff understands the difficulty and the emotional toll just the mere conversation can have on a family. The staff is there to walk the family through the entire transition process and will remain a dedicated partner with the family thereafter. Let Traditions at North Willow be your guide through this part of your family’s journey. North Willow offers well-appointed Independent Living as well as thoughtful, expert Assisted Living and Memory Care, designed to encourage independence, dignity and well-being. North Willow also offers an array of modern amenities and the comforts of “home” that you or your loved ones have been accustomed to throughout their lives. Traditions at North Willow Provides Peace of Mind As the winter months unfurl, it is even more important that your loved ones are enjoying their day-to-day goings-on in a safe manner with access to 24/7 nursing care and maintenance-free living, as well as have exposure to an extensive menu of social activities and outings to keep them from becoming isolated during a time of year that can conjure up feelings of being alone and discarded. “It is important for our residents’ families to know that their loved ones are safe, well-cared for and are actively engaged with social activities,” Brown said. “We have a transportation bus that we use for our outings, so our residents don’t need to worry about driving to the grocery store and battling the snow. We also take our residents to and from their doctor appointments and other errands, but we also do fun outings and take them out to see the holiday lights, different concerts and shows like at Beef & Boards .” Brown explained that all of their residents have 24/7 on-site access to the community’s licensed nursing staff. Personalized service plans include any ongoing assistance that you or your loved one may need with daily care and activities, eliminating unnecessary stress or worry for you or your family members. Traditions at North Willow Memory Care North Willow offers the Varietas Memory Care Program. The Varietas Program is a model of caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory impairments. The tenets of the program are proven to maximize quality of life for individuals suffering from these disorders. The program is a combination of therapeutic and positive stimulation—including expressive arts, exercise, nutrition, reminiscing and cognitive activities—and is used to enhance social engagement with peers, families and staff members. All Varietas staff receive Certified Dementia Practitioner Training, the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and dementia education. Another unique program to Traditions at North Willow is its Behavior-Based Ergonomics Therapy (BBET). BBET is a nationally recognized and award-winning nonpharmacological, personalized approach North Willow uses with residents that is proven to promote resident engagement and reduce agitation, depression, falls and medication use. “We consider every one of our residents as extended family,” Brown said. “We know them all by first name and know most of their life stories. Every person has a unique life story, and we take special care to learn as much about each resident as possible as this process starts when we first meet.” Keeping and Creating Traditions Traditions at North Willow is a senior living community that builds its traditions on those of its residents and their families. “There are multiple areas in the building that we can host family gatherings and where we host different family activities,” Brown shared. “Every family has a tradition. Let Traditions be a part of yours. Our residents can enjoy a personalized holiday experience and reserve the cafe, or they can invite their family for the big family gathering in the dining room full of other residents and their families. We can accommodate the needs of your family’s holiday experience. We invite and encourage family members to come and join us for decorating activities, and many come in to help decorate for the holidays. We really want this to be like ‘home,’ and having your loved ones be part of the decorating process helps with that, even though you’re living in a different environment.” Enjoy Independent Living and Life in The Villas The Villas at North Willow are part of North Willow’s upscale independent living community, complete with attractive one-story villas, most of which feature two bedrooms, two baths and attached garages. Amenities at North Willow Villas include: emergency response systems connected to 24/7 nursing personnel support, all appliances provided (including: washer and dryer units and stove tops), scheduled transportation, and maintenance free living at its finest. “We take care of all the utilities: landline phones, trash, cable, and we shovel the driveways and sidewalks so you can really just sit back and relax this winter season,” Brown said. “You’ve worked hard throughout your entire life, so now it’s time for you to relax and let us take care of these things for you.” An additional service that makes Traditions at North Willow unique from other communities is its meal program. The meals are chef-driven by a classically trained chef that offers a professional but personal dining experience. Traditions at North Willow also offers menus and daily specials, breakfast served all day, a comfortable dining room, upscale table setting, friendly servers and delivery service. “We provide each resident 30 meals a month, per person, in our dining hall,” Brown said. “In addition to our dining amenities, we offer a fitness center with multiple stations and different equipment, so you no longer have to go to an off-site gym. One of the things that I love most about our community is our clubhouse that is truly the center of our community and offers so many activities for our residents. We are also pet-friendly and have a wonderful dog park for our residents and their pets to enjoy.” Personal Care Throughout the Entire Process and Thereafter Brown emphasized that the entire staff at Traditions at North Willow understands that transitioning to a senior living community is an emotional and sometimes arduous journey for not only the individual but also their family members, but it can be an easier one for everybody involved if they have the right support team and if the community is the right fit. “No matter where you are on this journey, we are here to help,” Brown emphasized. “We are here to be a support for you and your family. When you meet with me, it is not going to be a sales pitch, rather it’s me getting to know your situation. I know how difficult it can be to start looking at options for a loved one or yourself, and just the fact that you’re ready to start the conversation is a great first step. I would love to learn more about you or your family member and find out where you are at, where you would like to go and how I can help you get there, regardless of where you’re at in the process.” Take the first step of your next journey now and schedule a tour of Traditions at North Willow today. For more information about Traditions at North Willow, visit traditionsatnorthwillow.com.