Monthly Archives: May 2016

Is Assisted Living Right For Your Mom?

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 20th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments

When it comes to choosing the right care for your aging mom, you have a lot of decisions in front of you. Deciding between them can be daunting, and you might wonder if assisted living is really the best choice. Will your mother be better off living in an assisted living community instead of staying with you or another caregiver?

We have compiled a short survey that can help you decide which steps to take next. And if you are considering assisted living, take a look at these health benefits for Mom.

1. Assisted living provides a loving community of friends and staff members.

Studies show that nearly 30% of senior adults are isolated and lonely. Often faced with limited mobility and activity, seniors find themselves without companionship or any sort of mental stimulation. This social isolation can actually increase Read more...

Preparing for a New Life at an Assisted Living Community

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 20th, 2016 in Interior Design | No Comments

When you or a loved one decides it’s time to move into an assisted living community, there are many factors you may have to consider. What will happen to the house? Will you be able to bring pets with you? Should you look into memory care, or are you able to live independently? How will assisted living care be paid for? All of these are important questions to consider. However, there is one that many people don’t think about: What will happen to all the furniture and other possessions that fill your home?

Downsizing is one of the biggest issues our residents face when they first move in. As spacious as our apartments are, they simply aren’t big enough to hold as much as a house can. Here are a few tips on moving to an assisted living center … Read more...

When It Comes to Moms, #LoveIsAgeless

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 18th, 2016 in Holidays | No Comments

As we get older, every day we get to spend with our moms is a gift. This is especially true on holidays, including Mother’s Day. Our residents spent the holiday with their children, enjoying tea. However, we know that one day is not enough to truly celebrate mom. At Dogwood Forest, we know that, when it comes to mothers and children, #LoveIsAgeless. That’s why we are celebrating all month long!

Cindy Bell, Executive Director of Dogwood Forest in Gainesville, recently spoke about how important her mom is in her life.

“My mom, Hilda Bell, is a breast cancer survivor, sings, dances (ballroom and line dancing), plays the Dobro, makes her own hats, is a master wood carver and teaches it weekly, and made her first vocal CD at age 91!” Cindy says. “She will be 93 this year. She is … Read more...

Resident Spotlight: Ethel Betsill Keeton

Posted by Kia Crawford on May 3rd, 2016 in Eagles Landing, GA | No Comments

Where did you grow up?  Ethel was born in Fayette County, Georgia and when she was 11 years old, her family moved to Clayton County.  She grew up the third oldest child in the family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. Today 5 of the brothers and sisters are still living.  Ethel graduated from Jonesboro High School, and took some business college courses Massey Business College.  

What are some of your favorite memories from your childhood?  Ethel’s family states that Ethel grew up on a farm and remembers picking cotton as a child.  Ethel also has good memories of attending school while growing up, but otherwise had to work a lot on the farm while growing up. 

What are some of your favorite memories from your adulthood?  Ethel got married in 1951 when she was 17 years old to Lanier … Read more...