Six Tips for a Smooth Move to a Sonata Assisted Living Community in Florida

There’s no getting around it, moving your loved one to assisted living can be challenging— for everyone. That’s not to discount the tremendous benefits you’ll experience. As with any major life change, there may be some trepidation and uncertainty. But there’s also a lot to look forward to in an assisted living community in Florida, and a number of ways to create a smooth move for your loved one and you.
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One-Size versus Your-Size Senior Living Communities in Florida

You know the term ‘one-size-fits-all,’ but have you ever really seen the idea work well in practice? Think about it; we’re all individuals with our own wants, needs, beliefs, style – it’s what makes us, us. And we wouldn’t have it any other way – right? So why would we settle for something that doesn’t really fit – whether it’s clothes, shoes, cars or particularly something as important senior living?

Yet for years the senior living industry has asked us to do just that. It’s essentially followed a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model with standard offerings for dining, living arrangements, activities and even the care provided, leaving many residents and their families feeling it’s far from well-suited to them. Not anymore, at least not at Sonata, where our approach is all about finding just the right fit for your family and your circumstances.

A Lifestyle that Fits

Aging well goes way beyond providing a few games and social activity options. In fact, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAG) has identified seven overlapping dimensions of wellness that can help seniors live as fully as possible: emotional, intellectual, physical, vocational, social, spiritual and environmental.

Sonata has taken these wellness dimensions and integrated them with the latest research in active aging along with the most current training, equipment and resources to develop our proprietary Live It Up!℠ signature program.

Our residents Live It Up! in our communities, some of which offer amenities such as fitness centers, game rooms, a pool, an art studio and even a dog park. In addition, we offer a full monthly calendar from which to choose clubs or hobbies that interest you, as well as your pick of cultural,
educational, spiritual and volunteer opportunities.

Our communities are designed for the needs of our residents and emphasize natural light, safety innovations, diverse amenities and outdoor recreation areas.

Convenience that Fits

Have no worries about managing for yourself at Sonata. We are always At Your ServiceSM. We believe so strongly in this philosophy that we’ve created an entire signature program around it based on eight standards of excellence that all team members embrace: commitment, caring and compassion, teamwork, communication, privacy and confidentiality, safety and security, cleanliness and quality and service recovery.

At Your ServiceSM gives our residents the freedom to enjoy a more active, fun and purposeful life while leaving us to take care of chores such as:

  • Weekly housekeeping
  • Personal laundry services
  • Standard maintenance
  • Move-in coordination services; from medical paperwork to scheduling movers
  • Electronic billing, email notifications and newsletters

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Care that Fits

We pride ourselves on appreciating the uniqueness of our residents. Whether it’s independent living, assisted living or memory care; we offer a personal approach to each resident in our senior living communities in Florida that includes:

  • 24-hour licensed nursing onsite
  • Visiting physicians
  • Access to medical services including physical, occupational and speech therapy

Plus, Sonata’s memory care communities were early adopters of internationally renowned dementia care expert Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach™ to Care (PAC), which strives at all times to: Connect, Protect, Reflect, Engage and Respond.

Each of our caregivers is trained in this method and helps residents thrive in three areas:

Proactive and facilitative focus – Rather than do tasks for residents, we perform tasks with them to create confidence, self-control and trust.

Ability-centered approach – Evaluations and care plans focus on each resident’s current abilities to maximize engagement, function, health and happiness.

Individualized care – Integrating residents’ life stories and preferences into daily care helps to improve personal connections, independence and emotional well-being.

Our ‘your-size’ approach to senior living communities in Florida has earned us national recognition as an innovative leader with evidence-based design and programming. But our approach that focuses on helping our residents to live their best lives is what truly matters most to each of us at Sonata.

Come see for yourself how well you’ll fit here. Call a Sonata Senior Living community in Florida near you today to schedule a visit →

5 Tips on Moving your Loved One to a Senior Living Community in Florida

There’s no place like home, right? For many seniors, this is absolutely the case.

Even when you know — and they know themselves — that the time has come to move to senior living. But that doesn’t make it any easier to leave.


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Live It Up for Senior Wellness

Let’s face it good health seems harder as you get older, but the key to aging well isn’t solely in your physical health. In fact, a MacArthur Foundation study found that 70 percent of physical aging and approximately 50 percent of mental aging is determined by our everyday lifestyle choices. Makes sense right? But where do you begin?

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How Music Strikes a Chord in Those with Alzheimer’s

Music has an amazing power to bring us back to times, places and emotions; sometimes in only a few notes. And in the case of those with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, music has the unique ability to connect when nothing else can. But why, and how? More importantly, in what ways can music benefit the life of your loved one with Alzheimer’s?

The Key to the Connection

According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA), “rhythmic and other well-rehearsed responses require little to no cognitive or mental processing. They are influenced by the motor center of the brain that responds directly to auditory rhythmic cues.” That’s why a person with Alzheimer’s disease can still connect with music even in the later stages of the disease.

However, research has shown that music engages much more than auditory brain functions; it stimulates many parts of the brain including the limbic areas which are responsible for emotion. Music also activates the release of dopamine which sends pleasure signals to the rest of the body.

Did You Know?

Playing music regularly will increase brain plasticity and has been shown to improve the volume of the cortex of the brain.

Benefits of Music for Alzheimer’s

“We see people who have not spoken in years begin to sing songs that they knew in their early teens and early adulthood,” says Suzanne Hanser, PhD, Department Chair of Music Therapy at Berklee College of Music in Boston and former program director of San Francisco’s Alzheimer’s Association. How’s that for power?

The benefits of music for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia include:

  • Helping to recall memories – Familiar songs can tap into memories associated with the song or a particular time in their life.
  • Improvements in mood and emotional state – Upbeat music lifts the spirit and relieves anxiety.
  • Sense of control – Singing, dancing and clapping along brings about a sense of accomplishment and normalcy.
  • Promoting movement – Music can facilitate basic movements including speech.
  • Encouraging social interaction – Music brings people together and gives them something in common.

Notes for Music At Home

Here’s how you can add music to your loved one’s daily routine if you’re caring for them at home:

  • Find their favorites – Let your loved one pick the music if they’re able. If not, and if you don’t know their favorites yourself, check with family members or friends. Be sure to pay close attention to which songs they enjoy and which they don’t.
  • Create the right mood – Is mealtime or another daily activity stressful? If so, peaceful music can encourage a sense of calm. If you’re looking to boost spirits, put on some high tempo music; it can lighten the mood for both of you!
  • Use it to connect – Singing, clapping or dancing together can bring about some much needed closeness. While you’re at it, bring out some photos while the music is on. Having the sound trigger and visual cue can encourage reminiscing.
  • Get up to get down – Music is a great way to encourage physical exercise and increase energy.
  • Keep the right balance – Make sure the volume isn’t too loud and that there aren’t competing noises from the television or outside. To lessen confusion and to keep the good vibes going, make sure the music isn’t interrupted with commercials.

Did You Know?

Listening to music is one of the few activities that utilize the entire brain.

Did You Know?

The chills you get when you listen to music, is caused by the brain releasing dopamine into your system.

Music in Memory Care Communities

Memory care communities like Sonata’s Serenades take it a step further with music therapy programs. We also embrace renowned dementia care expert Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care and her “Connecting Through Music” recommendations. In fact, Sonata’s Serenades memory care has received back-to-back Best of the Best awards from the Assisted Living Federation of America (now Argentum) for our purpose-built design, person-centered care and programming.

We would love to meet you and show you the difference music in memory care can make for your loved one. Call a Sonata Serenades community near you today or schedule a visit →

Feel free to contact us at 407-286-6490.

Guide to Finding the Right Memory Care Community for Your Loved One

Looking for the right memory care community can be challenging. You want to make sure you find the best place for your loved one, while dealing with a range of emotions. The entire family feels the impact when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia.


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Food for Thought: How Nutrition Affects Memory Care

We all understand the necessity of food; it’s the fuel that keeps us going. But it also provides comfort that soothes the soul, tastes and smells that take us back and nutrients that impact our health, particularly of our brain. Let’s take a look at how, why and ultimately the ways in which food can improve not just the health but also the quality of life of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia in assisted living and memory care communities.
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National Assisted Living Week Testimonials from Sonata Senior Living Team Members

Find Unparalleled Care Across Each of Our Communities

Seniors and their families can rest assured that our personal approach to care carries over from one community to the next, allowing as many opportunities as possible for residents to live life their way.

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Sonata Senior Living Celebrates National Assisted Living Week

Orlando, FL – September 1, 2018 – Sonata Senior Living, an Orlando-based owner, developer and operator of 10 senior living communities, is celebrating National Assisted Living Week September 9 – 15, 2018 by holding events all week long for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities.

All Sonata communities have planned exciting events and activities to engage their Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory Care neighborhoods. Established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), National Assisted Living Week® (NALW) provides a unique opportunity to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors. The annual observance encourages assisted living communities around the country to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve, as well as to help educate members of the public about long term care. This year’s theme for NALW, ‘Capture the Moment’ inspires residents to celebrate the present and also look back on the pivotal moments in their lives.

Sonata Senior Living has organized activities and events during NALW that help residents celebrate their past while also enjoying the present.

“Our dedication to excellence in senior living includes remembering that each of our residents has a life rich with memories and experiences that should be shared and celebrated. We are proud to participate in events that allow for this expression,” said Shelley Esden, Chief Operating Officer of Sonata Senior Living.

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Sonata Senior Living is a privately held owner, developer and operator of Independent Living, Assisted Living and Memory care communities located exclusively in Florida. The Sonata Senior Living team is comprised of experienced senior housing executives who have been instrumental in the development and operations of more than 20 Central Florida senior housing communities.

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Find Unparalleled Care Across Each of Our Communities

Seniors and their families can rest assured that our personal approach to care carries over from one community to the next, allowing as many opportunities as possible for residents to live life their way.

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Tips For Your First Day in a Sonata Senior Living Community

We’ve all been the new kid at one point or another and, for most of us, it never gets any easier. Add that to the emotion of the transition from your home to a senior living community and there's bound to be some nerves, some uncertainty. We get it!

But here's what we want you to know. First, it's OK! Second, the following tips can not only help your first day in a senior living community to be less stressful, but also set the tone for much more joy to come.
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