Tracey Harvey from Cadence Living joins Suzanne Newman to talk about a dynamic, new senior living community soon to open in Kent, Washington. Tracey is Regional Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Northwest for Cadence at Kent-Meridian.
Tracy provides some considerations to keep in mind for seniors considering downsizing. It helps to actually visit a community, seeing all the departments and teams of people that help make it a value for your money, where you can have food prepared, housekeeping once a week, and transportation if you need it.
Alumni of Kent-Meridian High School will like the dugout and outdoor patio overlooking their baseball field. Some balconies have a view of Mount Rainier. Cadence also supports loved ones’ hobbies, ones that are important to mom or dad, and a calendar of events that they want to participate in. Adult children may think a view is important, or having fewer steps, but your loved ones might think an apartment layout is equally important, or they want it to be further down the hall to get in all their steps per day.
A move-in special, a founder’s club membership, gives residents their birthday month free for two years, pet fees are waived, and the second person occupancy fee is waived the first year. Studio pricing starts at $3,150/month. Cadence at Kent-Meridian is located at 25035 104th Ave SE, Kent, WA 98030. Learn more at (253) 549-9300 or at their website.
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The following is a podcast from a qualified senior care provider, hurt, on the answers for elders radio show. And Welcome back everyone to answers for elders radio network, heard on Google, apple, spotify and more on the Internet as well as this radio station. And we are here with Tracy Harvey, Vice President of cadence living and with a and cadence is a brand new property here in the Pacific northwest but to all of our listeners, kidens has been along for around for a really long time and there’s some really big things to come. So, you know, narrow in and listen, because this is senior living at its best and best value and I think that’s one of the things that I love about talking to Tracy and you know, we’ve been talking up so far little bit about you know, what it’s like overview with the Kent area and you know what what is our in the amenities specifically offered in the community like like cadence. But Tracy, I’m glad you’re back. I’m want to talk a little bit about if I’m a senior that lives at home and maybe thinking about making that downsize step, what are the considerations that I need to make even before I think about where I’m going to. I think first you wanted to just kind of consider your current situation, and we like to eat you wherever you are, but oftentimes it’s consulting with your family, or it’s if you live in a multilevel, if you want one level, if you’re at risk for falling or if you’ve had some sort of fall and you’re uneasy and then steady on your feet, you want to make sure you’re safe. Yeah, if you’re having to, you know, contract services in a lot, like if you’re having someone do the house and clean the house and bring you meals it, or, you know, even have taxing your family with that. Sometimes sons and daughters and Daughterin laws. Is What I talk to a lot, and it’s hard to take everyone to their doctor’s appointment every single day of the week, counting their families on their own families. So those are the things to consider. As, like you, no one wants to be a burden on their family and you want to still maintain a really independent lifestyle. So how can you? How you can do that is by visiting a community and seeing all the different departments and team of passionate people that are smboled. That can help make it really a lovely value for your money when you move in because you’ll have your meals prepared, you could have your housekeeping service once a week. You could have transportation if you need a transportation. Some people are still driving when they move them. They don’t. Yeah, absolutely, and like them. Yeah, and like what we talked about with with the whole independent living side. A lot of times people think when they’re going to move into a community it’s going to be super expensive because it’s independent living. Right are you know it’s assisted living that you’re paying for, that you don’t need. This is the beauty of your communities. You can actually come in as an independent apartment and I love the fact that you have a floating license in for our listeners we kind of outlined that, but there’s different types of licensing and sometimes if some money needs assisted living or memory care, oftentimes they have to be cornered off into an area. The floating license allows you to be have be a fully integrated community, so the spouses can stay together, which is really really important, and I think one of the things that that’s really a great feature of what you guys do offer. So if I was going to move into an apartment. You said you have studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms. Tell us a little bit about your apartments. Well, our apartments truly, and this is, you know, just coming from all the tours that we’ve been giving this week, but there you don’t see apartments like this usually, even when you’re in family housing, because the ceilings are, you know, on the first level, twelve feet high. The other levels are ten feet high. We have full kitchens, we have balconies on each apartment. Each has a view. So, you know, you can have a view of mountaineer or you can yeah, you have the nice and for those alumni of Kent High School, people are loving the fact that we have a dugout and a whole outdoor patio setting that, oh, or looks the can’t baseball field. Oh father, people are loving that because, you know, their sons and daughter’s played there and they played there and so there’s that lovely touch as well. So it’s very much a community that was really purpose built with everyone, you know, kind of in mind so we could, you know, actively have programming that we need and have the space to do it. There’s salon on site, there’s a barber on site, there’s games on site, there’s library on site, so you know, you don’t have to get out of your little oasis if you don’t want to. That’s great. That’s great. And you know, the other thing that I think is really, really amazing about it is that you know there is a mind shift I think that goes into moving into senior living. When we think about we’ve been doing all these things for ourselves. So you’re cooking meals, you’re trying to take care of the house, you’re trying to you know, you’ve got all these cleaning supplies, all of this stuff that you know when you move into community like yours, you’re not going to be cooking as much, you’re not going to be doing how home maintenance as much, you’re not going to be doing, you know, maybe it’s not maintaining a yard, but you have this nice little balcony that maybe instead you can have some containers of flowers up front or things like that, so you still can have the things you love, it’s just done differently. But I think one of the things I really want to zero in on, is you said it several times, is listening to what is important to you, and I think that’s the thing that I think a lot of communities don’t listen sometimes, and I hear that over and over again from you in the time that we’ve been together. Tell us a little bit about like how you accommodate interest in hobbies and things like that with see the yeah, that’s where the ownership and our philosophy of kidence as a whole truly tricknals down with every team member we have and that’s where I’m so passionate about the programs that we do have in place and as we open you really do want to listen and to the prospective resident. And so things that are really important that I think adult children may not think of, but to mom and dad it may be really important. Water pressure. Can I go to arts class any time I’d like to Kid, do I have? You have a calendar of events, and it’s not just the color too of events, it’s a counter events of things that they want to do. M that’s really important. Are we going to have gardening? Yes, we’re going to have guarding. So it’s just really important. Some other things that have come up that are really important like family. Adult children may think the view is really important to their loved one. Well, it comes to be that they want to actually not just have a view, but the layout is important because they want to be at the end of the building of the hallway, because they want to stay active and get their steps in. With the sons and daughters, recently are trying to minimize the steps. They want their loved one near the elevator. Interesting. Yeah, the the parents are saying, Hey, no, I need to get my steps in, I’m rehabbing my leg, I want to stay active, and so those are really interesting things to keep in mind. In our hallways aren’t so long that they’re forever in a day. No windows at the end of the hallway. It’s a home, it’s not a hotel. Yeah, you know, so there’s it’s just all those little nuances that you have to come see it to really believe it, because I know we try to do a great job showcasing it online, but everyone that comes in the door says, oh my goodness, it’s even prettier or what I wasn’t expecting even when I shot saw the video of it. So well, I got to come down one of these days and see it. But I know there’s you know, will do here’s what I will do now that we’re you’re going to be with us on a regular basis. Yeah, I would love to someday come down and do a podcast at your building and we’ll just come in, will put it on youtube and everybody can go sit maybe in your model apartment or something like that, or we could go to the rooftop terrace all this summer. Let’s do that. That would be a great idea. And then I want to talk a little bit to about the whole idea of keeping people together and also keeping them together, but there’s also the ability that every apartment has just to do that, and that is accessibility, and I think one of the things that by living at home. I think the latest statistics are seventy five percent of broken hips and falls happen in a bathroom of their seniors own home. Yeah, it’s that is insane, but it’s some outrageous statistic that blew my mind, and it’s because the proper safety equipment is not in place in a bathroom or maybe there’s a throw rug on the floor or there’s things like that that they trip on or brought improper lighting and all those things when you move into on a community like cadence. Not only do you have those things already built in, which is great, like grab bars and all those things that happened, but I think the other thing is their staff on call seven so if there’s a fall, if there’s an ability. I know, Tracy, not too long ago, I guess it was about a year ago now, we got a call from a lady that fell actually in her yard and she was she was walking on pavers and she had a walker, but she lived alone in her house and she was walking out to her garden and she had some overgrown ivy and that Walker got caught in the Ivy and she fell and she laid there for two hours until somebody found her. It broke my heart when I heard that story, but I realized that this is what happens more often than you then you realize it’s like those are going to kind of things. Unfortunately, without proper, you know areas in a home, it can be a danger zone R and so this is the thing when you’re looking at potentially you know your loved one aging in their home, you know what is it going to cost to make those changes so that they can live comfortably, and that’s the key when, if you move into a community like this, it’s already done, and that’s the nasal part that the peace of mind will overwhelm outweigh everything, and this is I don’t think people think about this even in their home. They think they have it, but the seamless transition from Florida carpet, from from the floor to the balcony, exactly. A lot of those transitions and those subtle things. And just on the tour I was you know, one of the big check marks that someone needed was can I walk into my shower and, you know, do you have that grab bar? So, because there are. You know, we’re new building. So yes, that makes it modern and its sense, but the finishings and everything within is very modern, but also the lighting and the Yah, everything Shan and the colors were all very purposefully picked for our audience. Perfect. And you have a founders club and it’s now open. Tell us about that. Yes, it’s now. Of It and it’s so fun to I hope on everyone to be part of it, but we are running out of spots. But it is a club that will give you the most perks and the most benefits for being one of the first to move into our community. The pricene is right and it absolutely yeah, it’s you know, it includes your meals, your transportation, everything that we’ve talked about. But you also get the perk up having your birthday months three for two years, so virtually your paying rent for eleven months and when we also have a either or kind of option that people need help down sizing and moving, we can do that. If they need a closet room model, we could do that. So pets also, we’re very pet friendly. We wave the pet fees in the founders club. Awesome. The second occupancype is way of the first year. Awesome. And Tracy and I will be right back and we’re going to tell you more about cadence living in Kent Right after this answers for elders radio show with Suzanne Newman. Hopes you found this podcast useful in your journey of navigating senior care. Check out more podcasts like this to help you find qualified senior care experts and areas of financial, legal, health and wellness and living options. 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Founder and CEO of Answers for Elders, Inc., Suzanne Newman proclaims often, “Caring for my mom was the hardest thing I ever have done, but it was also my greatest privilege.” Following a career of over 25 years in sales, media, and marketing management, Suzanne Newman found herself on a 6-year journey caring for her mother. Her trials and tribulations as a family caregiver inspired an impassioned life mission outside of the corporate world to revolutionize the journey that so many other American families also find themselves on. In 2009, she became the founder and CEO of Answers for Elders, Inc., subsequently hosting hundreds of radio segments and podcasts, as well as authoring her first book. Suzanne and Answers for Elders, Inc. have spent 14 years, and counting, committed to helping families and seniors along their caregiving journeys by providing education, resources, and support. Each week on the Answers for Elders podcast, Suzanne is joined by vetted professional experts in over 65 categories including Health & Wellness, Life Changes, Living Options, Money, Law, and more. Suzanne lives in Edmonds, Washington with her husband, Keith, and their two doodle dogs, Whidbey and Skagit.
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