Vista Living Expands Assisted Living and Memory Care Service to Paradise Valley, Arizona

Vista Living Expands Assisted Living and Memory Care Service to Paradise Valley, Arizona

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Lisa Karaffa
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August 30, 2022 — Vista Living Senior Care, Inc. is proud to announce the opening its fourth assisted living home in the Phoenix area and the first in Paradise Valley. The other three homes are in the Arcadia neighborhood on the other side of Camelback Mountain. The new home offers a similarly welcoming and intimate experience where residents can connect with nature, walk in the courtyard, and even practice on a putting green.

“After tremendous work, we are excited to announce our expansion into Paradise Valley. We believe we have created an exceptional property. It is a new market for us but just minutes from our three other homes in Arcadia. One of our greatest joys is putting smiles on our resident’s faces. Our residents ‘care is our number one priority, and we have a great team who are passionate about helping our seniors,” commented Vista Living CEO Brett Weisel. He continued: “We believe that the Paradise Valley market is undersupplied, and we look forward to providing a great convenient location to residents and families in this community.”

Even though Vista Living Paradise Valley is a 10,000-square-foot home, it strikes a nice balance between the amenities of large communities and the intimacy of smaller assisted living homes. Residents receive more one-on-one care while thriving among a group of peers to prevent isolation. Residents and families can enjoy views of the Camelback Mountains to the south, Mummy Mountain to the east, and the Phoenix Mountains Preserve to the north. Residents can take in the 270-degree views while walking on the property’s extensive 1.1-acre paths and lush garden.

The inside of Vista Living Paradise Valley is just as breathtaking as the outside. The home is designed to maximize its residents’ and families’ enjoyment of light, nature, and mountain views. The home includes 12-foot-high ceilings and an impressive 35 feet of floor-to-ceiling windows and doors in the living room and dining area. Each of the ten suites has 8-foot-high by 8-foot-wide patio doors that open to the resident’s private patio. The kitchen, dining, and living room are open to a large courtyard with unobstructed views of the area. Residents can take advantage of our well-thought-out amenities, including an on-site beauty salon with pedicure chairs and barber services. The home offers wide-open walking trails around the property. Residents can enjoy a large saltwater fish tank in the living room. Indoor entertainment and activities are provided along with HDTVs, raised garden beds, and all the amenities seniors need for daily living. Vista Living Senior Care invites interested families and seniors to schedule a tour of Vista Living Paradise Valley.

Founded in 2016, Vista Living has a mission and passion for providing each resident in our homes with the highest level of personalized care that is loving, warm, and quick to respond to ever-changing health needs. We, including our activities directors and caregivers, leave enough time to socialize, laugh and spend quality one-on-one time with each of our residents. We welcome our families to join us for weekly music events and daily activities. Our homes are best when they are filled with family, music, and laughter that warms everyone’s heart. We strive to give family members the peace of mind that their loved ones are thoroughly cared for every day. At Vista Living, caring for seniors is our way of life, where each resident is a family member. Learn more at: Vista Living Website.

Seniors vulnerable to accidents in the home

Seniors vulnerable to accidents in the home

Accidents in the home, time for a safety assessment

During these upcoming holidays we have the opportunity to visit with family and friends we may not have seen in awhile.  If that lists includes seniors, it’s a great time to start a discussion of senior care.  Make sure a visit to their homes includes a safety assessment to find hazards and avoid those painful senior accidents.

Recent surveys have shown over 65 percent of seniors’ homes have potential safety hazards, and almost half of accidents in the home are avoidable. The survey also found that 85 percent of seniors do not take steps to get rid of home hazards as they get older.

Periodic safety inspections is a must to alleviate hazards and senior accidents

Several years ago I was attempting to help a family move their mother out of her home and into the safe protected environment of our senior community. Her daughter brought Carol for a visit and she loved it there, made a couple friends and was looking forward to moving in. The next day I received the call from Carol’s daughter, Mom fell last night at home and won’t be able to move the next weekend as planned.

Several weeks later, Carol’s daughter called me to let me know that Carol was coming home and asked if I could meet the family there the next afternoon. It sounded like Carol was starting to feel better and was thinking about delaying the transition and wanted to stay in her home a bit longer.

Immediately upon arrival, I started to point out items to the family that were accidents waiting to happen. Each electrical extension cord is a trap, the throw rugs must go (hate them), and do we need to even talk about the stairs. Very sincere and nice family, it was decided Carol was moving tomorrow. While saying goodbye to all, I was at the front door and then we all heard a noise and then the scream. Yep, Carol fell again; I hate those throw rugs. Carol broke her hip and never was not able to move in.

Millions of seniors end up in the hospital every year in the U.S. because of falls and other accidents — roughly a third of all hospital visits for people over age 65. Many of these injuries happen at home and could have been prevented with some careful planning.

Common senior accident issues include tripping hazards, like throw rugs, storage that’s out of reach or a lack of grab bars to hold onto in the bathroom. Older people are not as steady on their feet, and could benefit from these small improvements in the home.

If you see a step stool in the house be concerned, very concerned.

But some of the senior accident hazards are a little less obvious. Clutter in general can be a problem for seniors, especially in hallways that make it hard to maneuver around with a walker.  Pets have been know to bring down a senior by accident.

The problem is twofold: seniors are more susceptible to falling as they age, and they are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Many seniors may suffer from impaired vision, muscle atrophy, cognitive impairment, and balance issues, making it harder to maneuver around without falling. Seniors who have diabetes, arthritis or had a stroke are also at increased risk.

The family needs to discuss the current medications being taken – they also play a role! And seniors need to be aware that what they’re taking might make them unsteady on their feet. Multiple medications, specifically combinations of drugs, can cause seniors to experience dizziness and other side-effects that can cause a fall.

Many safety suggestions rely on family members to help make the house a safe place. It just makes it so much easier to get things done when family members are talking about solutions and getting a plan together to prevent senior accidents.

Vista Living Senior Care and our team helps seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built 10 resident Luxury Senior Care Homes in the Phoenix Arcadia area something special.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family, please schedule a tour, we know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at 480-456-1919 or Visit

Medical Care for Senior Citizens

Medical Care for Senior Citizens

I remember being invited to visit with Maria and her visiting son Tony who was in town for their annual check in. He and the family lived back East in New York and were very worried that something could happen at anytime and they would not be able to help Maria.

The family was looking for a safe, protected environment for her; she was not sure. While we looked around her home, we noticed all the usual suspects of safety concerns including extension cords, throw rugs and steps. Maria looked very sedentary for someone in her 80’s but she did love to talk. Tony mentioned how quickly her health turned poorer this last year.

Asked about friends, all gone. Asked about physical activities, none. Asked about diet, frozen and fast food. Asked Tony to check out the fridge, some water and soda, the freezer had some frozen dinners and the rest was full of ice cream, vanilla ice cream Maria’s favorite.

The families next visit to Maria was at her new assisted living home. They could not believe the difference a healthier diet, social interaction and some activities can do. Maria has become more active and is a social butterfly, after all she does love to talk.

Tony and his family were lucky they saw the difference and needs Maria had and were able to do something before things got worse.  With the holidays coming soon, many families will be visiting their senior loved ones for their annual or semi annual visits especially if they live out of the area.  Here are some things to look out for and some great tips.

Anticipate and Respond to Elderly Emergencies

If you have a loved one who is a senior citizen, it’s natural to expect them to require additional medical help as time goes by. The senior population in the United States is living longer, thanks to advances in medical science, and this means that new challenges are facing elder care. Thankfully, keeping your elderly loved one safe and healthy is manageable, when you follow common sense and a few practical tips.

Stay Informed
One of the most important things you can do to help your elderly loved one with their health care is to be informed.
If possible:
• Go to doctor’s appointments with them
• Know status of your loved one’s health
• Stay alert as to whether they are suffering from memory problems
• Ask when was the last time they had theirs eyes or ears checked
• Keep note of their prescription drugs and:
• Any warnings or adverse interactions associated with them.

Check in Often
If your elderly loved one lives on his or her own, check in often and regularly. What could have been a simple fix may turn into a serious medical emergency:

Seniors who live alone may suffer from accidents, such as:
• Slips and falls
• Medication issues
• Dehydration issues
• Suffer from depression
• Create a phone call or visitation schedule
• If you don’t hear from them as planned, follow up immediately to see if they need emergency care.
• Every visit, look for signs of disorder, accidents waiting to happen
• Remove all extension cords when not needed
• Get rid of all throw rugs!!
• Review easy access to storage
• Check the fridge, is their diet balanced

Consider Professional Senior Care
If you are having difficulty balancing your life and elder care or aren’t able to live with or near your loved one, but you know that he or she needs additional help you cannot provide, consider elder care solutions such as in-home care or assisted living.

When considering these options, you will have to make sure that your loved one is on board and understands that the purpose behind hiring professional care is to ensure the senior’s safety and avoid medical emergencies.

If you do face a medical emergency or need help with senior care involving your elderly loved one, Vista Living Senior Care is located in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Biltmore and Scottsdale, and our team has helped seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built 10 resident luxury assisted living homes something special.  We love what we do and it shows.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family.  We know we have something special. Let us show you.  For more information please or to schedule a tour call Vista Living Senior Care at 602-456-1919, email or Visit Our Blog and subscribe.

Should Your Aging Parent Move In With You?

Should Your Aging Parent Move In With You?

Early in my career, before joining Vista Living Senior Care in Arcadia, I was fortunate to discover the importance of this question. For most children of aging parents this is the first question to ask yourself and will guide the process of finding the best options for their Senior Care.

Studies reveal that 25% of caregivers live with the elderly or disabled relative that he or she cares for. This arrangement can have many benefits, but there is a point in time when it can also begin to cause more expense, fatigue, heartache and stress, especially if your home has to go through a remodel for needed accommodations or modifications.

Take time to consider the following questions when deciding whether to be an in-home caregiver:

1. What kind of care will be needed?

It’s important to consider the person’s mental and physical condition, and any illnesses he or she may have, before you move him or her into your home.

However, moving parents out of their family home usually happens when there is some sort of health condition or crisis that acts as a catalyst for the transition. If this is the case, your family will be dealing with the person’s chronic illness, which will most likely get worse and eventually require round-the-clock care.

It’s important to think about the future senior care needs to determine whether a move into assisted living may be a better option.

2. Realistically, how much personal assistance and supervision can you provide?

Many families feel obligated, or even want, to bring their elderly loved ones into their home when their health declines. Many feel caring for an aging relative is a great way to give back some of the care, love and nurturing he or she may have given you.

But role-reversal can be challenging for everyone involved; not only for you, noone wants to be a burden and feel uncomfortable with you having to care for them.

Consider these other factors to determine whether the move is a good idea:
• Be realistic — You may consider speaking to your elderly relative’s doctor about his or her upcoming needs and determine whether you’re able to provide the level-of-assistance needed.
• Consider your schedule — Do you work? Do you have children? You need to consider whether you actually have time to watch someone who requires assistance. Do you have someone who can help you? There is no guilt in asking questions that you need to ask.
• Know your limits — If the person needs help with activities of daily living (ADLs), such as bathing and dressing, are you and your loved one comfortable with you performing these duties as caregiver? Do you feel your best, current option is hiring in-home aide or nurse until the need for more care makes it because necessary to have your loved one move into a senior care facility?

3. What’s your relationship like?

Do you get along well with your loved one or relative? You need to look at the history of your relationship and determine whether or not you can reside in the same house, let alone have you care for their needs.

If you can move past conflict easily and feel living together will only strengthen bonds without sacrificing your sanity in the process, the arrangement may work.

However, if you’ve never gotten along, putting yourself in close quarters probably isn’t a good idea, even if you feel obligated, you have to be realistic.

4. Can your home accommodate the person’s care needs today and in the future?

Often times, older adults with health problems can’t bathe or climb stairs easily unless grab bars are installed. Can you afford a renovation that may be involved, consider the following:

• Could you convert the living room or den into a bedroom easily?
• Is there a bathroom available on the floor the relative will be residing?
• Is the bathroom and hallway areas wheelchair accessible?
• What renovations will be needed, and is the cost worth it for both short-term and long-term health and senior care needs?
• Will everyone have a level of privacy they’re comfortable with?

5. How do your other family members really feel about the potential move-in?

You have to go with your gut when it comes to moving in your aging relative. Do you and your children feel excited about the potential move-in?

Does your spouse have a good relationship with the relative? How does he or she feel about the move-in? You want to make sure everyone is on-board with the decision and is prepared for potential sacrifices and responsibility. Consider meals, noise levels in the house and everyone’s preferences and styles. Can family members adapt to be compatible to accommodate multiple generations, in addition to possible care?

6. Will you have enough time to care for yourself?

If you’re working full time, you need to seriously consider whether you can handle the additional stress of having a dependent, older adult at home. Being a caregiver is hard work that many people don’t realize until they’re in the situation.

Many caregivers have lost or given up their jobs because they can’t juggle competing demands of work and taking care of an older adult. They are also prone to illness from exhaustion and stress if they’re not taking time for themselves. It’s important to replenish your own body, mind and spirit by having your own activities and time. You need to consider whether you can balance everything.

There are many support groups for caregivers, both in-person and online. It helps to realize you’re not alone in what you’re going through.

7. Your elderly loved one, what kind of social life will this arrangement offer them?

When a relative moves in with you, he or she may be leaving his or her own social network and friends. Not only that, it can be especially hard for some older people to adjust to a new environment, especially if they’re set in their ways.

Depression and loneliness from isolation could become an issue.

During your Senior Living career you have the pleasure of meeting many wonderful seniors and families, we still enjoy and recognize the reaction of a visiting family member or loved one commenting: she or he was in a hurry to have a meal with their friends.

Vista Living Senior Care believes a social life for seniors is very important and you’ll need to understand they can and may greatly benefit and thrive in an environment with friends their own age.

Families opt to move their aging loved one or relatives into assisted living — where there is 24-hour access to personal care, as well as nutrition and wellness services designed specifically for older adults. Seniors can enjoy social contact, security and support while still maintaining their independence.

If you’re still on the fence and struggling with the answer, then its down to 2 things: Care & Cost. Notice Care first, it’s only fair to ask, “Will someone else be able to provide the same level of care that I do?” Vista Living Senior Care Arcadia believes we can, and affordably.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care for your family. Please schedule a tour of one of our purpose built 10-resident Luxury Senior Care Communities in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Scottsdale & Biltmore. We know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at our main line at (602) 456-1919 or email

Arcadia Assisted Living

Vista Living Senior Care Arcadia

Seniors Relying on Friends and Family are in Denial

Seniors Relying on Friends and Family are in Denial

Many of us have seen a senior who is struggling in their home. Some seniors silently believe they have a whole network of support from family and friends.

Daughters may call their mom once a day to inquire if their senior parent is okay OR no answer could mean they fell again and need help.
• Senior falls often lead to dangerous issues including fractured hips
• 911 calls
• skilled nursing care
• physically therapy
• 24/7 care

A son may set up medications in a pillbox for his senior parent, and then call two or three times a day to make sure his parent has taken them.
• This can be effective until the senior gets confused and says “What are these pills for? I don’t want to take them.”
• Not being there in person twice a day to make sure the senior properly ingests the pills can be an issue.

Kind neighbors may make an extra plate of dinner every night and take it to their senior neighbor.
• Neighbors get:
• Frustrated and burned out
• Worried and begin spending more time away from their own family
• This type of support does not last forever

Daughters may spend every other Saturday or Sunday cleaning mom’s house, grocery shopping, and setting up her senior parent to successfully survive for another two weeks.
• No matter how close or how far away the daughter lives, this type of help eventually turns into every Saturday or Sunday. If the daughter works full time, then what?

What is the answer to a senior struggling to manage in their home?
It starts with patience and persistence. As soon as the struggle becomes apparent it is time to start a discussion. You may focus on how the current home is an injury trap, or worse for the elderly, but sooner or later its time to have “The Talk”. Knowing what to expect may make it a bit easier to prepare.

There are five typical results in having “The Talk” with a senior:
1. Denial: “I am just fine living in my own home. I am not ready yet.”
2. Shutting down: “I don’t want to discuss this.”
3. Anger: “Why are you questioning my ability to be independent? Leave me alone.”
4. Confusion: “Don’t you want to come see me everyday? I don’t understand.”
5. Acceptance: “I understand that I have become a burden. Maybe it’s time to look at what my senior housing options could be. I am tired of being lonely. Will you help me look?”

Vista Living Senior Care is located in the Phoenix Arcadia area, between Scottsdale and Biltmore, and our team has helped seniors improve the quality of their life by making our purpose built, 10-resident luxury assisted living homes something special.

No one ever chooses memory care or skilled nursing, but those may be the only options for many seniors who waited too long and ended up in a health care crisis needing 24/7 care and can never return home. We are part of your team, a team working hard to provide a high level of senior care, at an affordable price, in an enriching environment.

We urge you to consider Vista Living Senior Care Arcadia for your family. Please schedule a tour of one of our purpose built 10-resident Luxury Senior Care Communities in the Phoenix Arcadia area. We know we have something special. Let us show you.

For more information please call Vista Living Senior Care at our main line at (602) 456-1919 or email and subscribe.