The “Small House” Concept at South Mountain Proves Itself During COVID-19

suite1 800x500South Mountain Memory Care in Emmaus, Lehigh Valley, is the first privately-owned standalone "Small House" designed memory care community in the Lehigh Valley. This concept has always proven to be effective in giving residents a sense of comfort and security, and the COVID-19 crisis has served to spotlight the advantages of the small house model.

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Delirium or Dementia? There Is a Difference That Makes a Difference

When we encounter memory problems, large or small, in ourselves or others — especially among seniors — we may immediately think, “Dementia!” Because that is a common affliction of older folks, it is taken for granted that it must be the cause of every mental problem.

 

There is another health issue that can have symptoms similar to dementia: delirium. Both conditions cause confusion and are similar on the surface. Although delirium is not the same as dementia, it can be a sign of a more serious health issue, including dementia.

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“You’ve Got Mail!”

mailbox letter letterbox mail“You’ve Got Mail!” Moviegoers and AOL subscribers should recognize that phrase. It is AOL’s option for announcing that you’ve received an email. It is also the title of a popular film starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. To many lonely people in the Lehigh Valley and beyond, it’s a welcome reminder that someone cares.

With the introduction of commercial greeting cards in 1846, the effort needed to express one’s feelings and thoughts was somewhat reduced — the need to compose your own personal thoughts was also reduced. At least, you could sign your own name in your own handwriting.

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SMMC Receives the 2021 Best of Senior Living Award

senior advisor awardReceiving recognition from the nation’s largest senior care rating and review site is indeed an honor. We were chosen, not just from the Lehigh Valley, but from among nearly 45,000 senior care communities in nearly every state and several Canadian provinces. Only 3% of those providers received this honor from SeniorAdvisor.com and A Place for Mom.

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Padbots Are Making the Rounds in the Lehigh Valley

Robby the Robot01If you are a senior citizen in the Lehigh Valley, you may remember the days of the house calls, when the friendly neighborhood doctor would arrive at your home with his black bag and oral (or otherwise) thermometer. They say those days are over; however, a new visitor has come calling: the padbot.

 

What is a padbot? It’s a model of a telepresence robot. Simply put, it’s a mobile robot that can move around on wheels and tilt its “head,” which is controlled by a smartphone or iPad. The little visitor is impervious to germs and viruses, so it is the ideal tool for communicating between doctors and other healthcare workers and patients.

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