On August 2, 2019, my Mom, Frances, gained her wings. She had spent the last 6 years of her life at Lake Forest Park, her last 5 months in Memory Care. I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to the Staff. They are all truly phenomenal caregivers. From the receptionist, to the hairdresser to the laundry staff, to housekeeping, to maintenance, to the kitchen staff. They are all just such wonderful, caring people. I have to mention here the extremely kind gesture from the kitchen staff who came to mom's room to see her just before she passed. Mom passed soon after. Just after the Crisis Care nurse called me, she held the phone to Mom's ear and I got to tell her for the last time that I loved her, and my 2 sisters loved her. One half-hour into my drive over to see her, she passed but heard those last words "I Love You". Also, I want to give a big thanks to Ryan, Virginia, and Stephanie who made sure mom was taken to any activities she was able to take part in. Last, but not least, the kind, caring and loving nursing staff who treated Mom as if she was a member of their own family. All the CNA's (sorry I have forgotten names and apologize) are all exceptional people whom I've gotten to know and love. It meant the world to me and my family. Again, thanks to all. I will never forget your kindness to me. It is absolute proof that angels walk among us. I will keep you all in my prayers, and may God bless you abundantly.
Sleep Problems and Seniors Back
It’s that old familiar problem...not getting a good night’s rest. Whether it’s having trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently in the night or early morning, getting less quality sleep (a.k.a. “deep sleep”), or only being able to sleep for a few hours; sleep disorders tend to surface as a common problem for older adults. Dr. Leslie Kernisan of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics says that, “normal aging brings on some changes to sleep. Basically older adults tend to sleep less deeply than when they were younger.” Often times, lack of sleep contributes to daytime fatigue which complicates driving and participating in typical activities.
Sleep Disorders Vs. Sleep Problems
During those regular doctor’s visits, you will probably be asked about how well you think you are sleeping. Sleep disorders include apnea (which is a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep), and periodic limb movement (or “restless leg syndrome,” when your constantly urged to move your legs repeatedly before falling asleep). Sleep disorders are diagnosed after a thorough medical examination, review of current prescriptions, and possible testing. Medical equipment may be provided or medication may prescribed for a sleep disorder. It is important to note that side effects to medications for sleep disorders are widely known to be habit-forming, and often do not provide long-term relief from sleep disturbance.
As we age, it is most likely certain that we will not sleep as long or as deeply as we do when we are younger. While sleep problems may persist as we age, there are measures we can take to increase our chances of sleeping as soundly as possible. Here are a few ways you can examine your routine to make changes if you need to improve your sleep:
Ensure Proper “Sleep Hygiene.” Sleep hygiene is a great way to describe how our bedtime routines either impede or improve our nighttime sleep. Consistent routines such as having a regular bedtime, bathing, or reading are all ways that signal your body that it is time to rest. Exercising (within four hours of bedtime), smoking, taking mid afternoon naps, drinking alcohol or caffeine all impede quality nighttime sleep.
Ensure There Are No Underlying Medical Problems. Sleep problems can be the result of a health condition. When treated properly, health conditions should not affect our ability to sleep well. Common health conditions that tend to affect sleep are heart and lung conditions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, arthritis, urinary problems, and even mood problems such as depression and anxiety. Discuss any concerns with your doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing insomnia or sleep problems.
As we age, lack of sleep can have dangerous consequences such as depression or risk of falling. Implementing better “sleep hygiene” takes time and dedication, but as you do this with help from your loved ones and your doctor, you can take control of your sleeping habits. Often times, getting to the root of the issue is the first step in making an improvement.
Having lived at Lake Forest Park for 10 years, I am very happy and feel lucky to be here. It is a very pretty place, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is good. I love the trivia games and puzzles they offer on the activity calendar; they keep my mind alert. Living here is like belonging to a huge family; we all get along great. I don't have to cook and clean anymore, so I am getting lazy and fat! I never thought I'd live to see that! I am grateful each day.
I love it at Lake Forest Park! It is now my home. The other residents are my loving extended family. The staff is always courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. Dining and housekeeping staff are always cheerful, conscientious and highly, highly efficient. It is a pleasure seeing the staff smiling and keeping us happy and content. Our activities are varied with something for everyone. We all enjoy participating in activities. I am happy to call Lake Forest Park home.
When I first moved to Lake Forest Park, it was the most difficult time of my life. Now, after being here 9 months, I have made friends and am really enjoying myself. Everyone is like family to me; we are so close and we have a lot of fun.
I visited this facility. This building is beautiful, from the moment you walk in the airy sheer curtains the décor, the music, the atmosphere is wonderful. We met a very cute young girl who gave a great tour of the building. The entire management team made it a point to introduce themselves, the head young lady was so warm and eased our concerns. We were shocked that fort pierce had anything as nice as this. When we left everyone wished us well. The folks living there look healthy. It didn't smell either.
I am a senior who has lived and worked in St. Lucie County since the fall of 1972. I have worked as both a teacher and a minister for a large part of that time and have had the opportunity to visit many different retirement facilities over the years. I am presently a part of a group that meets once a month at Lake Forest Park for a luncheon. I have also toured their facilities and am quite impressed. They provide a secure and challenging program of activities and I know of no other place that I would rather consider retirement than LFP. Their facility is conveniently located near shopping and Lawnwood Medical Center, and they provide transportation for most every need of their residents. The staff is helpful and friendly and the food is delicious and well prepared. I'm impressed by the fact that the chef goes out of his way to accommodate special dietary needs. In addition, one never gets the feeling that he/she is an imposition. i would highly recommend Lake Forest Park to anyone looking for a nice, clean, secure place to retire and enjoy their "golden years".