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.
Think about all of the things you do in a day, whether it’s cleaning the house, cooking, driving to the store, shopping, planning paying bills. How many hours does that take each week? If you didn’t have to do those things, how would it improve the quality of your life?
If you were to move into a senior living community, how would your life change? The goal would be to tap into your passions, things you aspire to do, so that you can live your life in a meaningful way as you get older. For some, it’s being more active. For others, it’s having more friendships, or tapping into crafts not done in 20 years, or solitude, or gardening, or having someone else remember what medications their spouse/partner needs, or being able to go on outings with friends, or travel more often without having to drive, or having peace of mind. Don’t discount the benefits of security either, a consideration as we get older. Having a better quality of life is priceless.
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 the answers for elders radio network and here with Tracy Harvey from cadence living in Kent Meridian. And for all of you that are listening there in the south end of King County, now is the time to go just take a look at this amazing building. It was just it’s the first type of community that’s been built in over twenty years in this area and so I hope that our listeners, you will reach out and call Tracy or call the community and Tracy. So glad you’re back for this final hour. But before we start, I want to make sure that our listeners get the website and also the phone number to reach you. So why don’t we start out with that? Okay, so call us at two hundred and fifty, three, five, four nine hundred and ninety three hundred, and our website to if you need to get in touch with us is cadence can already andcom perfect. Yeah, perfect, and we’re going to again give you that number at the end of this this segment. So I want to make sure that we do that. So I want to really close out our hour and I want you, for if you’re driving, don’t do this, but if you’re listening, maybe it’s a podcast or whatever, I want you to close your eyes and I want you to think about all the things you do in a day, whether it’s, you know, clean the bathroom, clean the house, Cook a meal, drive to the store. Do you the shopping plan for all different types of situations? Pay The bills, the utilities, prepare food? Do you know all of the things that you do in a day? How many hours is that in a day? And and think about if you didn’t have to do those things? What would that how would that improve the quality of your life? And as you’re getting older, I mean I’m I’m looking at my own self. The sixty five going to be almost sixty six. I’m saying to myself, you know what, I’m not I’m not as ambitious as I used to be. As much as I love to do these, you know, all these things around my house, it’s hard sometimes I realize I’m starting to feel the aging process and I can only imagine, if I fast forward my life another ten years, how that’s going to affect me specifically, and so tracing when I guess, when I move into a senior living community, what can I expect and how will my life change? That’s my question for you. How would you like to change? Wow, well, we hope to change it for the better. Of course. The whole goal is to kind of tap into what were your passions that when they did, when you weren’t running the househole? What are the things that you aspire to do and be? That’s the real thing, is just to help you tap into the curiosity so you can live the chapters of your life in a whole and, you know, a whole way that is really meaningful to you. And they’re people. That’s being more active. For others it’s getting more friendships going. For some im it’s tapping into crafts that they haven’t done in twenty years. Yeah, some of them solitude, you know, just knowing that they have a place to go and that their partner is, you know, to being take well taken care of and someone else is remembering the medication to give them and they’re able to go on outings with their loved ones and friends, you know, so they don’t have to be tied together all the time. So those are the examples I’ve recently seeing that makes people so anxious to want to move in Shin Ore depositors that we have so far. That’s their reasoning and a lot of them just want to travel when they’re looking at lesas that they’re paying, apartment fees that they are and increases in the rents. There are places that don’t have meals, don’t have the care models in place, to be very true of them as they get older, don’t have transportation. Some books don’t want to drive anymore and they’re selling their cars. Yeah, you know, there’s all those situations. So those are the depositors we have today that we’re loving to, you know, help them with a solution, and that’s really what it is. It’s just identifying what is that for you, so you when it’s I think what you’re saying to it, it’s peace of mind, because maybe you don’t need help today, but if you ever fell in the middle of the night it or if you had a situation where you just, you know, you’re not feeling good or you something doesn’t feel right. And I think the other thing, you know, as to have staff there. That’s twenty four seven that all you have to do is is call or push a button or, you know, pull a cord or whatever that is, and somebody will come to you. And I think that’s that the main thing, and I think the other side of it don’t discounted, is security. You’re in and a building that’s locked at night, you’re in an area with staff that has been vetted and and you know, and certainly there to protect you. And you know, as you get older, those are considerations for seniors as they get older. You know your house is can be vulnerable to certain situations and and you know, maybe the quality of life is not there as much as you’d like it to be. And this is the time of your life if you can still, you know, find ways to enjoy it. You have time to do things because you’re not, you know, settled up with home maintenance and all the different things that you have to do. And and it doesn’t mean that you can’t bring those hobbies with you. And you know, what I’ve learned about senior living is there’s so many things that they do to incorporate, like you talked about the gardening piece. That’s a huge thing for some people and I’ve been to communities where there’s actually garden raised beds that sit available, so when a resident moves in they can actually have their own garden, which is really, really cool and I love that that that happens. You know. So I’m sure you guys do similar things. Absolutely we do. We actually do. So, yeah, there are so many things, but are with all the different programs and people also say, well, you know, I, you know, I don’t really need all that right now. But I tell people to they can think of it as like their extended senior center, because we’re very conned community and that way as well, we’re partners with the senior center, and so when I’m thinking to a lot of folks there, I kind of tell them they could bring their show in the road here. They just don’t have to bring the house. But though, yeah, yeah, and I think that’s really a cool thing too, is just having the ability to have the freedom to choose, and sometimes that’s takes away when you’re sitting at home alone and you don’t necessarily have the impetus or the incentive to get up and do anything or be involved in activities or, you know, help you in any sort of you know, fitness goals that you might have. You know you have somebody right there on on site that’s going to be there for you, help you, maybe overcommon injury, you know, or help you, like you were talking about steps. Maybe it’s just somebody that’s there with you while you’re walking, you know, to recover or something like that on a temporary basis. What’s that? You don’t use it, you’re going to lose it. Yeah, exactly. So just knowing that that ability to rehabilitate yourself and to have that better quality of life, I think is so valuable and it’s priceless. And certainly to have a community like yours that is there for, you know, the area of Cap Meridian and we’re so thrilled. You know, we worked with you guys in the earlier year, less in December, as we did twelve days of goodness, and we had a lot of inquiries from seniors in Tuck Willa where you we had the event that you sponsored. It was incredible. People were really interested in wow, this is brand new. We didn’t know that it was there. So that’s a really cool thing to be able to introduce to so many of our seniors. We I think it was some five it was five thi or Tux Willa. Yeah, yeah, so it was really fun that we did. So tell us a little bit about you know, if my life’s going to change. Obviously I come in. There’s a check in process. So what are the kind of things that you look for? If they need help, they go through an assessment process. Is that correct? They do. They do. And so, you know, you first call for a tour and then, you know, it’s really if you’re independent living, you really just see to, you know, have a baseline of where you are as well. Right, it’s important, touch Haden’s and for our building that, even if you’re independent, we kind of try to go through the normal steps of absolute assessment. That’s a baseline for you from upstial perspective so we can keep you well and then we also have all the information together if you ever did need services later, like help with medications or whatever it means. H and that’s huge too. Yeah, and the important thing too is reserving. Just like any apartment building, you know, you also need to it’s a month to month here, but we do need to have a reserve reservation and you know, the first thing I’d have to say, Susanna, is the biggest questions. Always asks us. How do I get started? or No, I can’t afford it, and that’s a really good exercise to go to through with your budgets, absolutely the things out you possibly pay, and you’ll see that more than likely you can’t afford it, because it is a value for your money if you’re including the food, including the transportation, including housekeeping, including maintenance. So all those little things add up. And so that’s the first place to start. And then you come in Toour and identify your apartment and then get it. And I love also that your pet friendly. Tell us a little bit about that. Well, we have a whole program around our pets. Pets are family to us. I have a senior pet myself. She’s seventeen and she goes through all the old you know, the things that goes older people go through. Right, so we want them to age with you and we have a whole program around it. So we have everything from pet therapy programs to costume contest we’re going to be doing. We’ve already started, like a social media campaign where our resident dog daisy. So We’d love for you. So you have an on site dog? Yeah, we have. Our executive director has a puppy that’s a golden retriever, that she’s raining to be a therapy dog. Oh awesome. Turns everyone to go to our facebook page. Like us, because you’ll see daisy, she’s wor getting already in the building. Well, I love that because obviously my dog is a trained therapy dog. My mine is a golden doodle and of course all of our listeners know all about would be my dog. But the new thing about it is is it’s so needed and animal therapy is so, so important, especially the seniors who have been quarantine. It provides them connection and to have a daisy there is so valuable. So that’s awesome. So how old is daisy now? I think she’s not even a year. So okay, th eighteen months? Maybe? No, maybe she’s not even a year to yeah, yeah, yeah, so she can’t quite get certified yet, but she’ll get there. Yeah, yeah, they make I think it’s they have to be a minimum of the year old and have so much in Ye in training and all that stuff. So yeah, Mo. Well, my would be didn’t get certified till she was eight years old. So perfect. Yeah, so that DOC can get certified at any time. So, so, so we have thirty seconds. Give us our your website and also your phone number. Yes, please call us at two hundred fifty, three, five, four nine and ninety three hundred. And we are open for tours. And again, we’re not moving people in until we get our official license and our website is it is cadence. Can’t Mariadyancom so perfect. And everyone, there is a spring moving special. Reminding you right now. If you sign up to be a founder, quote unquote, you’ll get your birthday month for free and US for two years. And the other thing is there’s a movement special of three thousand one hundred dollars for I’m a studio. Yes, yes, and that is in all inclusive, isn’t it? With me meals. That’s amazing. Dishwasher two, which is unique for studios, we’re being told. Incredible, incredible. So everyone, tracy, thank you so much and we’re looking forward to having you with us on a regular basis moving forward and I’m just thrilled to have you and for everyone here at answers for elders. I am so honored and thrilled that we can include cadence in our amazing roster of cream of the crop elder care providers and Tracy, you’re the best and to each and every one of you. It’s kind of a spring is sprung getting out and you know, weating and gardening and yard work and all of those things. So please, to all of you, stay safe, make sure you trim back a lot of that overgrown growth, especially around for your senior loved ones. Let’s that’s major trip situations. Check those decks mix sure that they’re not slippery slidy and, most importantly to all of our families, be good to each other. 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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