Tam Katzin and guests from MBK Senior Living talk about Aging in Place.
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And welcome to answers for ALDERS radio. Everyone. I am here with a dynamic team from MBK senior living here in Greater Seattle, three locations. Mr Jim Purpose, and he is from island house of Bellevue and but that’s actually on mercer and isn’t it to we do service, of course, but we are on Mercer Rand. That’s perfect. and Tam Katson from Mount Lake Terrace Plaza senior living, and that is a mountlake terrorist. Welcome Tom Thank you. And Katie MC McConnell from northgate plazas senior living right in the hustle and bustle of Northgate, and I’m still glad that all three of you are able to join us again. You are on our show about four or five weeks ago and you talked about the generation. You know, the general description of senior living and how a lot of us have a misconception of what that’s like. But I’m also wanted to delve into this because we’re talking about aging in place this month, in the month of April, and really talking about how can we make better choices to stay independent longer. But also, you know, you guys offer a wonderful option for seniors in the fact that they can aide in place in your communities completely independently. And you know, Jim, tell me a little bit about like you have mostly in a pendant seniors in your community. Is that correct? We currently do. Yes, we are adding additional services to our community and that will allow us to provide even deeper care than we offer right now at the moment. But it’s a continuing care program that, as you say, allows a residence to age in place. They may come at as an independent right but then they find themselves perhaps needing some care a little bit down the road. They have a difficulty getting dressed or perhaps taking a shower, theirs become a little bit more of a fall risk with their mobility, or they might there and they might be just need some respite care. They might have hit need some you know, extra interim type care if someone has maybe some chronic pain or something like that. Sometimes it’s helpful in that in those respects. Yeah, and and we really have the ability to help people live the rest of their lives every step of the way, all the way through the care services that we offer, through Palliative Care, even all the way to end of life care. They could be receiving those types of services in our communities. Amazing. That’s amazing. So let’s talk about the apartment. You know, obviously, Katie, you’ve talked a lot about, you know, having the ability that eat. What you’ve seen the industry evolved. Yes, tell us about like what’s in an apartment? Like if I were going to rent an apartment in a community of your organization, what would I expect? To See? The same thing. You’d see it just about any apartment you go anywhere, there’s a closet and a linen closet and a small kitchen, and the focus for us is to ensure that we can provide a senior with as much independence as possible. If you want to be able to cook, we’re going to let you cook. If you don’t ever want to touch a stove again, we’re going to afford that opportunity as well. It’s about allowing someone to come in and create their own environment that suits their lifestyle. MMM, and that’s really important, because how many times people will say, well, I don’t want to go sit there, I want to cook my own meals. I Bake every Friday, you know, and it’s important for me. So that’s the thing that’s really great about them again the misconception you can really be totally independent. You can have your car there, you can certainly bring your pet to a certain degree. I think so, Tam you know you talk about a lot of you do events, and part of that, I think that advantage is the socialization of having a senior be involved in a community as opposed to isolating and I know that. You know for my parents, obviously my father was a perfect example. He would sit there, he refused to go to senior living, refused, and luckily he had a wife that was twenty plus years younger than him. So guess who took care of him? Bless her hard but you know, when you sit there and you think about it, he lived till he was eighty eight. But what did he do all day? He sat and Watch TV and that’s not necessarily the most healthy thing, especially for mental acuity and things like that. So tell us a little bit about activities on how they really affect the wellness of seniors. Sure that’s a great point. So just to take off on that for just a brief moment, is when someone comes in and some a lot of people don’t necessarily come in waving their arm saying I’m here, I’m here, I’m so happy to be here. Right, right. So a big part of it is acclimating to just a different style of life. You’re still in independent you’re still have got a lot of things to do. We’ve got lots of activities. We have some of the best activities directors in definitely the state of Washington, because they’re very focused on the residents who are living there. It’s what they want to do. It’s almost resort style living. If for people like to cruise, it’s very you know, we’ve got a dining room. It’s restaurant style dining. We’re open dining seven am to seven PM and so for the most part you come in any time you want and have whatever you like if you want to, because at dinner right have egg to a dinner, and so we’re very cutting edge in that regard and we have lots of themed events around the dinners. Right now we’re doing decades theme throughout the year with our MB kick community. So every month is a new decade and we’re celebrating different kinds of styles, different cooking, different celebrates. So we have a lot of different events that way. But we also do so in house, but we also are getting out quite a bit. So in our particular community we go river rafting and watching, you know. So I don’t surprises a lot of people that’s have made. We do that. We do Gondo the rides, we do scenic drives in the mountains, we do picnics at the beach and we do things like that weekly. So all of those things are available, inclusive of the theater, going to the theater, grocery stopping transportation for all of our residents who have doctors appointments, who aren’t driving anymore or just don’t want to drive, because who wants to get into traffic these days, right? So, so we have a little bit for everybody and Gosh, there’s so many different types of events at all of our communities and they’re changing all the time based on what our residents want to do. So we are here with some amazing individuals from mbk senior living that represent three of their communities. Here, Jim Perfect, tell us a little bit about your community. Well, our community is located right in the heart of Mercer Island. It’s stepping out the front door and immediately in the heart of the entire Mercer Island Community area blocks from shopping, the post office, the Fire Department, everything that you could possible. And the name of your community is island house. Island House, we’ve been there for twenty eight years. Where a fixture in the community. Yes, any islander about island house, they generally know where we’re located and maybe even had a loved one in our community at one point in their time. Perfect Tam. Tell us about yours. Well, our community is nestled in a nice little neighborhood which is across from the public library and mount like tears, and we also have a lot of people know of double d meats, which is kind of sits behind us. We’ve got the VA Park right next to the actual public library and then we’re also down the road from the sound transit which is also eventually getting the train is. That’s awesome. Earth. Yeah, but it is the bus system now, so a lot of people like to travel in and out of sale and just minutes away from shopping and all Deerwood Mall. And the name of your community is Mount Lake Terrace Plaza. Wonderful, Katie. Tell us about yours. I am from Northgate Plaza and we are adjacent to Northgate Mall. So moments out your front door you can shop, go to movies, go out to restaurants. There are twelve banks within walking distance of our buildings, so we could be able to bank. That’s perfect and you know those things are really important right. And you have light bail coming in right there. It’s like do I go by there all the time on my way to the studio and I see you know, man, Oh man, what is this amazing thing going in? So that’s exciting. So, you know, we have just a few minutes left and I was just curious about you know, your thoughts as far as right now on the you know we’ve just done a couple events in in your facility, your community, Tam. So let’s talk about how can people reach you guys like so Jim. Do you guys have like a main website that people can reach you, or do you each have separate websites? Well, we have an MBK senior living website where anybody could go to mbk senior Livingcom and at the main website you’ll see our individual communities listed. You can just have to click on that particular community and it will take you directly to the specific communities. Website. Perfect, and what’s the URL for that? MBK senior living and BEK senior Livingcom and BEK senior livingcom perfect. Perfect. And you know, I guess the thing that I want to end with today is, like you know, we’re talking about aging of place. Katie, would you kind of summarize what what is the main piece of aging a place that you guys provide for the community? Aging on your own terms? MMM, none of us wants to leave this world, but when you go, you want to make sure you’re doing it your way. Yes, and and I think that that’s really the message that we want to be here. And second of all, listen to the programs and and the podcast here that, you know, these amazing providers can, you know, give to the community, because we want to be there for you guys over the long term. So I am so thrilled you guys can be here and just really spend time with us today in this amazing, amazing company. I and then just in closing, I guess what I want to talk about is mbk. Just to remember that. You had the three things that it stands for. So why don’t you explain to me that? So roughly translated into English, it’s means mid Sue Holdings company. It’s a Japanese phrase, Uh Huh, and I will be honest, if you speak Japanese, I’m going to apologize to you because I’m going to butcher. It’s mid sue, Bussan, Kabush Kai, Geisha and what. And so those are names, are they? Mitsu, he’s a family name, just like okay, John Okay, and the last two words mean holdings company. So we’re part of a very large umbrella of a Japanese company that has multiple divisions. Were simply the senior living arm of that company, but it means that we have a lot of great checks and balances in place make sure that our business is running ship shape. And the beauty of it. You guys have just come in and I know that you have this brand new, refurbished community and I’m assuming all of your communities are just amazing. So it’s so nice to have you guys on the program today. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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