November, 2013 (Germantown, WI) - Gables of Germantown residents John Konkel and John Pafford went on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in early November. John Pafford was invited on the trip through the Germantown Legion and he asked to have his friend bumped up on the list so the pair could go on the trip together. He suffered an unfortunate accident while training in the Army. He was struck with a bayonet in the back and didn’t see active duty. John Konkel served in the Army Air Corps and Air Force in Guam, Japan, and Iceland. He met and married his wife while in Iceland. He enjoyed meeting Senator Dole and his wife on the recent trip.
Both agreed the Honor Flight was an experience that no one should pass up. “It’s a day you’ll never forget”, they said. “It meant an awful lot”. The pair sat side by side on the plane and enjoyed all the sites together. They met at the Gables and have enjoyed sharing stories. Their latest flight is one story they can share for years to come!
Thank you to all of our residents and fellow Americans that have served this great country!
ATTENTION FAMILIES! It’s time to take a break and enjoy a fun filled day with the whole family!!! Join us for Wilson Commons’ Second Annual FAMILY FUN DAY on Saturday, August 24th from 11am to 3pm. Wilson Commons will be transformed into a festival jam packed with fun for everyone! Enjoy delicious food, a live DJ, petting zoo, pony rides, cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones, BINGO, games and prizes!
Wilson Commons is located 2 blocks south of 13th and Howard in Milwaukee. Admission is FREE! If you have questions, please call Sarah at 414-281-2450.
Full Story from our August GROW Newsletter:
There is always that one son or daughter who carries the unique assignment of tending to their parents’ affairs after they pass. Perhaps because my chosen career has landed me in the healthcare industry and for most of it smack dab in the middle of Senior Living, which often faces the ongoing cycle of life and death, I have been assigned this task. We have an unsaid feeling about this in my family that acknowledges the relentless nature of father time, but embraces living a good life while hoping we’re preparing properly for the inevitable. For many the thought of managing executor duties during the passing of a parent can be overwhelming and seem a bit confusing. Here are a few tips I pulled out of an editorial piece I came across on Mary Randolph’s book, The Executor’s Guide.
Reduce the Paper Chase- Accepting that there are a lot of important documents that impact our ability to manage such affairs is your first step; titles to assets, various investment accounts, company retirement benefits, insurance and health related documentation, funeral arrangements, etc. Make this a bit easier by talking about this stuff now. If possible, it is recommended that executor’s go through a discovery process with their loved one and find a safe place to centrally locate such information, a fire/water proof home safe box for example. Identify and update a proper listing of key contacts to various accounts, benefit plans, etc. and don’t forget to include account numbers. It is also important not to forget online accounts as without paper documentation these can sometimes serve to be difficult in accessing after someone passes.
Can you be organized and multi-task- An executor is responsible for notifying institutions of the death. If there is a Will involved, you are also responsible for managing any assets until they are properly passed onto the designated heirs. This does include paying bills, continuing to meet prior obligations that may be under contract, and closing up relationships/arrangements that would cease upon death. This process can take up to a year in some situations. Randolph advises that executors should not dismiss the idea of seeking out professional help to keep things organized and legal while honoring the terms of the Will. The fees for such services can and should come directly from the deceased estate. If the opposite is true and you feel you can effectively manage such a process, it is becoming more common that the executor retain a small fee to offset the time and effort committed during this time.
Put on your thick skin- Death is a challenging event for many different reasons. Everyone grieves and deals with loss in different ways. It is common that people become negative and lash out at others during the grieving process, often hoping to assign blame to someone for a misdoing when in reality usually nothing erroneous has really occurred. There are many coping mechanisms that you might face, simply because of the position you’ve been asked to hold. In addition, the actions you will have to take are more times than not directly a result of the decisions/wishes of the deceased....something you have no control over. There may be no easy way to deal with some of these reactions. Open and clear communication will always give you a head start and at a minimum it will help establish transparency. Second, keep key family members apprised of what is happening as steps unfold; perhaps soliciting involvement, even if that means simply being present. A classic example is the sale of a family home, which can be a devastating event for some. This could be a condition of a Will and must be completed, but involving your siblings in the process would likely reduce resentment toward you. Finally, don’t rule out seeking the assistance of professional help or a mediator. Sometimes all it takes to settle the waters is for a non-biased, outside entity to confirm that indeed the proposed plan or actions is exactly what must happen.
As I look at my own future, I know this assignment will bring with it struggles and emotional tests. The experts tell us that the moving parts can be overwhelming. Death is a life event that carries different feelings for each of us. Being the one responsible for both of my parents’ after-life affairs, I know their wishes are to have their surviving family celebrate their life and shared memories. Whatever wishes you may be tasked with honoring, hopefully putting some light on this subject early enough to keep others involved and plan properly will help you do just that.
Full Story from our July GROW Newsletter:
Many people plan their whole careers for retirement, but a pattern often happens. As folks get closer to that long awaited and hard earned milestone…they miss some key opportunities to improve their situation. Analysts often note that many key moves can be made as you come down the home stretch, which can make a big difference in the years to come. Consider a few steps that will help set you up for plenty of worry free golden years.
Maximize the time you have…by getting aggressive with late career saving. One example would be to take advantage of the catch-up provisions for workers older than 50, which allow you to contribute an additional $5500 to 401K and $1000 to an IRA. It has been widely reported that less than 15% of those eligible take advantage of this perk. Depending of course on how your investments perform, this strategy can add hundreds of dollars to your monthly income during retirement years.
Get out of the school yard…by this age most over 55 are “empty nesters” or approaching this. It is very common that young parent(s) will use the quality of a school district in their housing search. This is a great practice at that stage, but many owners simply forget that such homes fetch a higher price tag and are in areas that generally command higher property taxes. In many cases the combined affect can raise your monthly expenses well over 20% to comparable homes. Finally, the overall size of a family home will quickly become more than you need or want to manage as you enter retirement. ReMax, a national realtor, shares that Americans have a uniquely strong emotional investment in their family home as compared to other cultures. This single change could net a soon-to-be retiree tens of thousands in savings and hundreds in regular monthly expenses.
Are you in love with Google…a common fault with many long term investors is they forget to readjust their portfolio to minimize risk as they age. We’ve all heard the tip that as we get closer to retirement we should increase the diversity of our portfolio. Advisors warn that many individuals try to follow this but often retain single stocks that have performed well…a “favorite stock” gets saved. Vanguard states that many investors average over 13% in a single company stock. An investor coasting toward retirement should reduce their risk by never retaining any more than 5% in a single stock.
What to do with some extra monthly income…as your expenses begin to level off late in your career, you might want to consider putting more into your mortgage payment. Inc. Magazine provides an example that involves a standard 15 year $300,000 fixed rate loan of 4.5%. By adding as little as $500 to your monthly loan payment you can net you nearly $20,000 that could be valuable during your retirement years.
Take a step back and regroup on the big picture…if you’re over 60 and haven’t thought much about retirement, you probably don’t have a realistic level of urgency. If you haven’t evaluated what annual income you expect to live off of during retirement, you are behind in your planning. Many experts recommend, taking a year or two prior to 60 to “test” your retirement budget. It is generally believed this will leave you with enough time to make modest adjustments to your plan before you retire. Finally, simplify your life and investments; consolidate your accounts, find a an asset firm that has a low set premium for management expenses as opposed to a percentage of your asset base, and finally communicate with your family. Do your loved ones know what you want, what your plans are, and how (if at all) you’d like to have them involved?
"At Capri Senior Communities, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for our residents. Today it's more important than ever. Senior living providers are dealing with changing demographics: the population is aging and older people are entering retirement communities at a later age, but, while demand for these communities is growing, the market is increasingly competitive."
Click here to read more of this compelling article about technology and our residents written by our very own Director of Independent Living, Jennifer Kessel! The article is featured on McKnights.com.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 (Milwaukee, WI) - The Capri Communities team got the chance to eat up the culinary skills of Chef Henry Piano during an Italian cooking demonstration followed by a tasting at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. Jim Tarantino, owner of Capri Senior Communities, won the cooking demonstration package at the live auction at the Alzheimer’s Association’s Mardi Gras Gala benefit dinner earlier this year. Special guest Bonnie Blair was also in attendance. Henry Piano prepared seven courses of outstanding Italian specialties crafted from his mother’s family recipes. Thanks Henry, we all had a fabulous time! Thank you to the Alzheimer's Association for arranging the special outing!
Full Story from our June GROW Newsletter:
There is a growing challenge within our healthcare system that has received little attention or publicity within popular media. Often referred to as the Silent Storm, a severe shortage of primary doctors has the potential to change the face of care as we know it; many argue it has already started.
Exact numbers often vary based on whose pushing what agenda, but it has been reported that we will see a shortage of physicians totaling near 65,000 in 2015, by 2025 experts predict that number will top 125,000. A future problem...something for someone else to worry about...not so fast, the data also shows us this problem has already arrived. Industry think tanks tell us that proper physician coverage would call for around 85 primary doctors for every 100,000 citizens. Current employment numbers reveal that a majority of metropolitan areas are averaging 40 primary doctors with many rural communities as low as 25.
It is clear there are many variables that have contributed to this issue, but few would deny the driving force is an aging population, specifically a segment we all know as the baby boomers. Consider some key points:
Taking a step back to examine the whole picture, it’s no surprise the scales have gone beyond tipped. New York Times warned that nothing can be done by the industry or our government to change this scenario, it is simply too late. We as a nation will be forced to adjust how we access our care, the expectations we have related to care delivery, and ultimately how we take care of ourselves. Although they may seem subtle, some of the changes have already begun. The Associated Press reports that major cities are grouping patients together to save time and gain efficiency. In practice, a clinician may see 6 patients with similar disease profiles, spending 10 minutes with each as oppose to 30 minutes. The group is then provided education and follow-up directions collectively by a nurse, dramatically increasing the volume of patients a stretched clinician can cover. This is one example of many efforts that have begun including some in our own backyard. Nationally, many routine or minor services are becoming available in unconventional community based settings by nurses or pharmacists...have you been to your Walgreens Wellness Clinic or Consulted a Pharmacist lately?
Is taking ownership of your health and personal wellness the answer? A small but persistent message is beginning to resonate and take hold. It promotes that if we take control of our health and proactively manage it; the less dependent we will likely be on our healthcare system. The challenge is often figuring out how to do that. Advocates often promote tips such as; proper sleep, managing the stress, eating a balanced diet and finally making some kind of physical activity a routine part of our lifestyle. Could it be that easy? If I choose the stairs will I contribute to solving the doomsday that is facing our healthcare system...well perhaps there is something to be said for taking the first step!
Friday, March 29, 2013 (Waukesha, WI) - With an astounding 1,113 units of senior living, Capri Senior Communities came in at number 80 on the Assisted Living Federation of America's (ALFA) list of largest senior living providers in the nation.
Capri Senior Communities has 10 properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin and a home office in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Out of the 1,113 total units of senior living, Capri has 269 assisted living apartments and 24 memory care suites.
For more information about ALFA visit their website: www.alfa.org
Friday, March 1, 2013 (Waukesha, WI) - As part of Capri’s “Going Green” month and National Caffeine Awareness month, all Capri properties will be collecting tabs from aluminum cans to donate to the Ronald McDonald House. We will be recycling, “keeping tabs” on our caffeine intake, and helping others! While you are sipping, keep in mind caffeine has its perks, but it can pose problems too.
Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, alleviating fatigue, increasing wakefulness, and improving concentration and focus. For most healthy adults, moderate doses of caffeine, about two to four cups of coffee a day, aren't harmful. But, too much can lead to some unpleasant effects such as: insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors. Cutting back on caffeine can be challenging and an abrupt decrease may cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and nervousness. To change your caffeine habit try these tips:
UPDATE: Saturday, May 11, 2013 (Milwaukee, WI) - Capri Communities stepped up this spring collecting more than 52 pounds of can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities! According to the Ronald McDonald House website, 1,267 tabs equals one pound of aluminum. That means Capri collected over 66,000 tabs! All tabs were dropped off at Tab Toss Day in Milwaukee.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 (Kenosha, WI)—Over 300 kids and parents hopped on over to St. Catherine Commons this past Saturday for the 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt! With 3,700 eggs stuffed with goodies and a dozen winning prize baskets, this event was surely egg-straordinary for everyone who was able to attend.
The community room was packed with kids, parents and balloons as everyone empty their Easter eggs in hopes to find the “golden ticket” for a large prize basket. Eric Bartel, Manager of St. Catherine Commons says this is his favorite event each year. “We love hosting this event each year for the kids and families in the local community. Our residents enjoy seeing the children take pictures with the Easter bunny and hunt for eggs,” Eric said.
For more information about St. Catherine Commons click here.
We Want You to G.R.O.W. with Capri!
You are invited to G.R.O.W. with Capri as we help you Gain and Retain your Overall Wellness!
January 30, 2012 (Waukesha, WI) - Our new Resident Lifestyle Program focuses on all aspects of your well-being. Community activities will begin to center around your cognitive, emotional, spiritual, cultural and physical wellness. Residents may choose to take part in as many or as little of the activities. Each month will have a new theme. January 2013 is Winter Blues month!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
January 20, 2012 (Milwaukee, WI) - Wilson Commons is the first community to make EasyConnect HD available to all residents. EasyConnect HD is a high definition video calling system designed to connect families with their loved ones living in senior communities. The easy one-click video calling is so simplistic - no high-tech savvy skills needed! Wilson Commons is so excited to be able to offer this to residents and families and it's absolutely FREE to residents and families. Travel can be difficult, timely and expensive, but with EasyConnect HD residents and family can be joined together with the click of one button!
EasyConnect HD and Wilson Commons were recently featured in an article in the Journal. Click here to read this article online.
For more information visit: www.easyconnecthd.com
Thursday, October 25, 2012 (Milwaukee, WI) - Capri is very proud to announce that two of our Culinary Managers received awards from the Milwaukee Aging Consortium's Golden Spatula Competition.
Congratulations Toni & Ericka!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 (Germantown, WI) - Capri Senior Communities is proud to announce their 2011 community Awards!
Outstanding Business Achievement - Gail Skebba - Himmel Haus & Cottages
Outstanding Resident Satisfaction - Mona Schmalz - Three Oaks Circle & Hedwig House
Outstanding Overall Occupancy - Gail Skebba - Himmel Haus & Cottages
Outstanding Occupancy Growth - Andy Lange - Engel Haus
Community of the Year - Gail Skebba - Himmel Haus & Cottage
Kayla Gliszczinski from The Gables of Germantown and Kayci Krucas from Killarney Kourt were nominated for the Milwaukee Aging Consortium's Caregiver of the Year Award! Both Kayla and Kayci have gone above and beyond their duties while demonstrating hard work and a positive attitude. It is reassuring to know how wonderful Kayci and Kayla truly are and how they positively impact the lives of our residents each and every day!
On behalf of Capri Senior Communities, thank you Kayla and Kayci and all of our wonderful team members! Thank you for everything that you do and for just being you!
Kayla Gliszczinski - The Gables of Germantown "...residents know they can count on Kayla for good company and companionship everyday... Kayla sets herself apart with her leadership and striving to help improve our community..."
Kayci Krucas - Killarney Kourt "Kayci can have a demanding task in front of her, but she always smiles and has a 'can-do' attitude..."
April, 2012 (Waukesha, WI) - Join TEAM CAPRI for the Alzheimer's Association's Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Capri Senior Communities has participated in the Alzheimer’s Walk since 2010 and has raised over $8,000 to the cause. Please join us and help raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer’s disease. Together, we can advance research to treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, and provide programs to improve the lives of millions of affected Americans.
Because Capri Senior Communities has 10 communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin, TEAM CAPRI chooses a different location for the team each year. This year, Capri has an even stronger connection to the Alzheimer's Association as we opened our first Memory Care Community, Casa del Maré in Kenosha. We support the Alzheimer's Association as well as our residents and their families that are affected by this disease.
Track our progress or donate to TEAM CAPRI: http://act.alz.org/goto/TeamCapri
February, 2012 (Kenosha, WI) - The first few residents of Casa del Maré have officially moved in this week! After unpacking their bags and getting settled, residents and their families gathered for the first meal at Casa del Maré on Monday night.
Casa del Maré is an addition to the St. Catherine Commons Senior Living Campus on 7th Avenue on the former site of the old St. Catherine’s Hospital. The new 69-unit assisted living and memory care community features a home-like, comfortable environment with many unique amenities including a refreshing lake-view spa, Health & Wellness Suite with a Physical Therapy Center, Media Room, Intergenerational Room, Game Room and Activity spaces.
Casa del Maré also holds a few pieces of Kenosha’s history. As you enter the main lobby you will find the original statue of St. Catherine and pillars from the old hospital. Other relics include marble tiles from the hospital floor, large doors, stained glass from the chapel and a cross. Assistant Executive Director, Amy Rohrer knows the significance of the former St. Catherine’s site and says, “Many of our residents have a connection to St. Catherine’s hospital. They were born here, their children were born here, or they worked at the hospital.”
For more information about Casa del Maré click here!
January, 2012 (West Allis, WI) - After an exciting K-9Unit Demonstration by Deputy Dan Dittberner and his dog Arras and Deputy Joel Stricher and his dog Rico, the residents and staff of The Landmark of West Allis and Carnegie Place wanted to do something in return. In order to show their gratitude to the special four legged friends that courageously put their lives on the line for our everyday, the residents of The Landmark and Carnegie Place pulled together and raised $285.00 for the WI Vest–A-Dog Program.
The goal of the VEST-A-DOG Program is to provide a bullet proof and stab proof vest for every police dog in Wisconsin. The vests are the only protection these K-9 officers have until their human partners arrive on the scene. Sadly, many law enforcement agencies and police departments do not have the funds to purchase body armor that can save the lives of their police dogs. The cost of each vest is $840. In Wisconsin, we have over 235 canine officers. Most of them do not have protection.
If you are interested in learning more about the VEST-A-DOG Program or want to know how you can help, visit www.wivestadog.org or click just here!
October, 2010 (Waukesha, WI) - Summit Woods and Catholic Memorial High have teamed up to raise money for the Freedom Honor Flight Program. On Saturday, October 16 Summit Woods and Catholic Memorial High ran a FREE car wash in efforts to raise money for the Freedom Honor Flight. The Freedom Honor Flight Program is a unique program that raises money in order to fly America's heroes to Washington D.C. to visit their war memorials. This is a special kind of honor for the sacrifices of America's veterans.
Both Summit Woods and Catholic Memorial have a special connection to this uplifting program. There are 12 veterans that call Summit Woods Home; one resident will even be a part of the Honor Flight early next year. Catholic Memorial has been raising money for the Freedom Honor Flight in hopes to send 23 veterans on the special trip in honor of the 23 CMH veterans that lost their lives in World War II.
Catholic Memorial High serviced 47 cars and collected $780 on Saturday. In addition to the $780 in donations, Capri Communities donated $250 to the cause bringing the grand total to $1,030 for the Freedom Honor Flight.
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