12/30/14

Pride,Gratitude, and Honor

 

 

Dear Cypress Meadows Residents, Families and Staff.

 

It is with a great sense of Pride, Gratitude and Honor, that I welcome all of you to this New Year 2015.  In this New Year, all of us at Cypress are celebrating our 15th year of Operation.  As you are all aware, Cypress Meadows Antioch was designed, built, Licensed from 1997 - 1999 and opened its doors on November 9, 1999.  We accepted our first few residents that November of 1999 and I am so Honored to tell you that Mr. Ray Gourley was one of our first residents and is going strong at 97 years young and still calls Cypress his home.

 

My Pride comes from the fact that I had the dream of building an incredible place where I could care for my own Mom and Dad.  I was able to realize that dream as Rose and Lou have now lived at Cypress for over 5 years.

 

My sense of Gratitude comes from that fact that there is one overriding principle that has made Cypress Meadows  the only Assisted Living Community in Eastern Contra Costa that has been bestowed several awards over the years..... Its what sets Cypress apart from any other Assisted Community......

Its the Incredible Staff of Warm, Compassionate, Loving Individuals that have cared for our residents over the years.  A lot of those that started with us way back then...are still here.

 

My sense of Honor comes from the responsibility that our Residents families bestow upon me to care for their very precious Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles Grandma's and Grandpa's.

 It is truly an Honor that we all take very seriously and strive our very best to provide the most loving, dedicated care that can be given.

 

Thank You to all of you for the Privilege of working with you.

Best Regards,

Dr. Vincent "Doc" Malfitano


06/16/2014

11 Signs It Might Be Time For Assisted Living

 

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one -- both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you all feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that your loved one should no longer be living alone?

 

Although every situation is different, looking at the following 11 signs will give you valuable information to help make the decision.

 

1. Big-picture signs it might be time for assisted living

Keep the big red flags in mind. Certain situations make it more obvious that it's wise to start thinking about alternate living arrangements.

 

Look for:

Recent accidents or close calls. Did your loved one take a fall, have a medical scare, or get in a fender bender (or worse)? Who responded and how long did it take? Accidents do happen, but as people get older, the odds rise of them happening again.

A slow recovery. How did the person you're caring for weather the most recent illness (for example, a flu or bad cold)? Was he or she able and willing to seek medical care when needed, or did last winter's cold develop into untreated bronchitis?

A chronic health condition that's worsening. Progressive problems such as COPD, dementia, and congestive heart failure can decline gradually or precipitously, but either way, their presence means your loved one will increasingly need help.

Increasing difficulty managing the activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). ADLs and IADLs are the skills needed to live independently -- dressing, shopping, cooking, doing laundry, managing medications, and so on. Doctors, social workers, and other geriatric experts evaluate them as part of a functional assessment, which is one way to get an expert's view of the situation. Difficulties with ADLs and IADLs can sometimes be remedied by bringing in more in-home help.