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Your Senior Years: A Chance to Take Control and Improve Quality of Life

Healthy aging doesn’t happen by accident, it’s a conscious choice. Fortunately, when you have decades of life experience under your belt, you have many of the tools you need to drive your retirement in whatever direction you choose. If you are an active senior looking for tips on how to improve your quality of life, today’s post is for you.

Where You Live Matters

One of the most important decisions that you’ll make as a senior is where to live. When you choose Charter House, you’ll have access to a wellness center, full-service salon and spa, multiple dining venues, games and recreation, and, on the days you choose to slow down, a full library with more than 4000 books. Where you hang your proverbial hat is so important that the American Senior Housing Association even has a website full of nothing but senior living resources.

Do You Want To Work?

You’ve retired, but that doesn’t mean that you have to exit the workforce completely. If you want to stay busy and fulfilled, consider starting your own business. The benefits of doing so now are that you can start small, focus on your passion, and, potentially, leave a financial legacy for your children and grandchildren. If you have never been an entrepreneur before, spend some time researching the process. This includes forming a tax-advantageous business structure, such as an LLC. Depending on where you live, you may have different steps to take before LLC formation in Minnesota, so do your research. Then, look for a recruiter that can help you hire the exact right people to turn your post-career endeavors into a long-term success.

Hello, Hobbies

One of the best things about retirement is that you have the time to enjoy all the things you didn’t when you were busy raising your kids and supporting your family. As 60+Me explains, there are many things you can do now, including volunteering, sports, mentoring, and exercising to keep you busy and mentally and physically engaged. You can even start a hobby, like woodworking, drawing, cooking, or weightlifting. The possibilities are endless, and you are only bound by whatever limitations you impose on yourself.

Know Your Nutrition

Your senior years come with visible changes, like gray hair and wrinkles; however, there are a few more subtle ways your body changes. One, in particular, is your dietary needs. Your body may not be able to absorb nutrients as effectively, and, if you are a woman, you’ll likely experience bone loss. Now’s a great time to re-evaluate how you eat and focus on high-quality proteins and high-fiber foods.

Socially Savvy

Do you remember when your children were little, and you made friends with their friends’ parents? Or when you were in high school, you likely navigated toward the students that liked the same things as you did. No matter what season of life you were in, you’ve likely had friends that complemented it. Don’t change that now. Although, as Salmon Health acknowledges, opportunities to socialize are fewer these days, you need people now more than ever. Don’t be afraid to make friends with everyone you see. You never know who you might spark up a relationship with that will enhance your life in ways you could not imagine. Plus, you’ll have more people who can go on a last-minute road trip when you’re ready for an adventure.

Your entire life has built you up to this moment. Everything you’ve learned can help you make better decisions today so that you can truly enjoy your senior years. Take this wisdom to choose where you live well, start a business or hobby, or just make friends. Remember, it’s your life, and you are in full control to live it your way.

When you value your independence but no longer want the burden of maintaining a home, consider Charter House. As a full-service Continuing Care Community, you’ll have access to a full suite of lifestyle amenities that will help you live your best years on your terms.

– Millie Jones, SeniorWellnessInfo.com

32nd Annual Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale in 2019 with shoppers at Charter House

Charter House Sidewalk Sale

Friday, July 15, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Kmart building (201 9th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904)

You’re Invited!

We invite you to our 32nd annual Sidewalk Sale! This is one of the summer’s largest sales in town. You’ll find furniture, appliances, décor, antiques, paintings, household items, plants, and much more! The best part – this community event benefits local nonprofits.

Since we’ve been unable to hold our annual Sidewalk Sale for the past 2 years, we have DOUBLE the items. First, items will be dropped off by several semi-loads. Second, Charter House staff move the items. Third, our residents organize and price the items. This collaborative event is a Rochester favorite, so don’t miss out!

Visit the 97.5 MN Hits booth who will be on-site during the Sale. Also, get a scoop of Rochester’s favorite ice cream at the Flapdoodles mobile truck.

Nonprofit Beneficiaries of the Sidewalk Sale

Sidewalk Sale proceeds will benefit local nonprofits: Family Promise Rochester, Rochester Public Library Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center, Children’s Museum of Rochester, and Yellow Monkey.

What you need to know…

We hold the Sale rain or shine. Cash or check ONLY. Face masks are encouraged to protect our staff and residents. Find our event on Facebook.  Parking will be available in the Kmart parking lot.

History

In 1989, a group of residents decided to begin selling unwanted items they otherwise would have given away. They organized a large sale in front of Charter House and decided all of the money would go to local charities. The first year they raised $2,000 and the next year $4,000. The Sidewalk Sale quickly gained a following year after year and has become one of Rochester’s largest annual sales. The Sale is usually held at Charter House, but due to the large number of items we have this year, we had to move to a larger location.

To date, the Sale has raised over $300,000!

Protect Your Hearing

May 31st is National Save Your Hearing Day.  This serves as a great reminder of the importance of our hearing.  Use this as an opportunity to learn about risk factors along with the steps you can take to protect your hearing.

Hearing loss can occur from damage to the inner ear, infection, a ruptured eardrum, and even earwax build up.  Risk factors include age, heredity, exposure to noise, and illness.

Symptoms can include hearing muffled sounds along with an inability to block out background noise.  You may find yourself asking others to repeat themselves or turning up the volume on your phone, TV, or radio.  Some of those with advanced hearing loss withdrawal from social situations as communication becomes too difficult, which can result in isolation.

Mayo Clinic provides us with the following steps that can prevent noise-induced hearing loss and avoid worsening of age-related hearing loss:

  • Protect your ears. Limiting the duration and intensity of your exposure to noise is the best protection. In the workplace, plastic earplugs or glycerin-filled earmuffs can help protect your ears from damaging noise.
  • Have your hearing tested. Consider regular hearing tests if you work in a noisy environment. If you’ve lost some hearing, you can take steps to prevent further loss.
  • Avoid recreational risks. Activities such as riding a snowmobile, hunting, using power tools or listening to rock concerts can damage your hearing over time. Wearing hearing protectors or taking breaks from the noise can protect your ears. Turning down the music volume is helpful too.

If hearing loss is affecting your everyday life, it may be time to reach out to your doctor to learn about your options.  Visit Mayo Clinic’s hearing loss page to learn more.

Do you have hearing loss?  If so, join the discussion with Mayo Connect’s hearing loss group.

Best of the Best 2021

We are happy to announce Charter House has been named winner of the Post Bulletin’s 2021 “Best of the Best” award for Best Senior Living Community in Rochester. This win marks the 5th year in a row for Charter House to have this honor. We want to thank all of our residents, staff, and friends that support us. We are so proud to do the work that we do each day because of you. Thank you!

VOTE Best of the Best!

Charter House is once again in the running for the Post-Bulletin’s Best of the Best Award! We would very much appreciate your support in helping us be recognized for this prestigious award. To vote, follow the instructions below, and thank you for your support!

1). Visit the website: https://bit.ly/2XqtUVs
2). Click on the “Home & Lifestyle” category
3). Click on the “Best Senior Living Community” category
4). Click “Charter House” and submit

Annual Sidewalk Sale 2021

You’re invited to our 32nd annual Sidewalk Sale!

Friday, August 20, 2021

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Charter House – 211 2nd St NW, Rochester, MN 55901

 

Join us for one of Rochester’s largest annual sales!  Find furniture, appliances, antiques, décor, books, paintings, and much more.  Since we were unable to hold our Sale last year, this year we have DOUBLE THE ITEMS!

Sale proceeds will benefit local nonprofits: Rochester Public Library Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Thrive Child Care and Family Resource Center, and Family Promise Rochester.

Find our event on Facebook.  Sale will be held rain or shine.

Vaccine and Testing Update

Resident Vaccination

On January 5, 2021 Thrifty White pharmacy staff partnered with Charter House Health Services to administer the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to the residents living within our Short Term Rehabilitation Center, Assisted Living and Supportive Living. The second dose of the vaccine will be scheduled for the first week of February 2021.

We have confirmed the date of January 19, 2021 with Thrifty White pharmacy to partner with Charter House Health Services to administer the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to our residents living within Independent Living.

Staff Vaccination

Charter House staff have been offered and many have received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine through the Mayo Clinic employee COVID-19 vaccine process.

For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccines visit:
https://mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19

After the Vaccine

Even after receiving the vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) state we will need to continue to wear masks, maintain physical distance, avoid being with others who are ill and hand sanitize frequently. Loosening restrictions will be based on guidelines from CDC and MDH as well as the positivity rate we see in our community, county and state.

Testing

All Charter House staff continue to get tested for COVID-19 twice weekly, and have since October 2020. We continue to test residents living within our care venues weekly for COVID-19.

HappyGram!

Charter House is now a proud user of HappyGram! HappyGram is a free card-delivery service for senior living communities.

How to Use HappyGram

You can use HappyGram to send messages to your loved ones just as easy as you would send a text or an email. Simply click here and fill in the information to find Charter House.  Then you can submit your message – you can also attach a picture. Your entry will be created by HappyGram and sent to Charter House to print and deliver to your loved ones.

This service gives a personalized message from you that can be held and cherished by those that receive it. We hope you enjoy using HappyGram to brighten the day of someone you love!

Vaccine and Testing Update

The information below is related to COVID-19 testing and vaccine administration at Charter House.

Vaccine

We have partnered with a local pharmacy for vaccine administration to our residents living within our care venues. Administration of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is currently scheduled for the first week of January 2021. Charter House Health Services RNs will administer the vaccine. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered 28 days after the first vaccine dose.

Due to state mandates for prioritization, residents living within our independent living will receive the vaccine after it has been administered to residents living with our skilled nursing facility and assisted living. We continue to work with our local pharmacy to arrange for vaccine administration for independent living residents.

Charter House staff will be vaccinated through the Mayo Clinic employee COVID-19 vaccine process. Long term care staff are in the first phase for receiving the vaccine. The vaccine is recommended but not mandatory for staff. For additional information about the COVID-19 vaccines visit: https://mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19

Testing

All Charter House staff and contractors have undergone twice weekly COVID-19 testing since October. We will continue this process into the new year.

 

Charter House COVID Update

As we have been living through the uncertainty of this pandemic for the last many months, one thing remains clear – At Charter House, the health and safety of our residents always comes first. 

Here are a few updates regarding our current practices at Charter House.

  • Visits: Charter House has a restricted visitor policy aligning with Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) guidelines.
    • Residents within Independent Living can choose to visit with loved ones outside of Charter House (such as on our patio space, walking around the building, going to a child’s home). We highly encourage them to maintain social distance and keep their face masks on during visits.
    • Residents living within our care areas can visit with family via patio visits, window visits, and Zoom visits.
    • In September, we conducted a successful pilot of indoor visits in accordance with the MDH Level 2 Visitation guidelines.
    • On October 12th, MDH released new guidance for indoor visits. Charter House is ready to implement indoor visits after we have gone 14 days without any new positive cases of COVID in staff or residents.
  • COVID-19 testing: One of our newest and most exciting developments is our testing processes instituted as part of a routine surveillance for COVID.
    • On September 29 & 30 we tested nearly 700 individuals – residents who consented to participate and all staff. We are thrilled to report all tested were negative.
    • In addition, we have been testing all Charter House staff for the past several weeks and plan to continue through at least the end of October. Testing frequency for staff is dependent on several factors such as the COVID positivity rate within Olmsted County.
    • Per MDH guidance, we test residents living within our care areas for COVID on a weekly basis until we reach 14 days with no new positive cases. Any new case in a resident or staff restarts our testing cycle.
  • Daily staff health-screening: Since April, each Charter House employee has undergone screening before start of each work shift.
    • Staff is instructed take their temperature and monitor for any symptoms twice daily while at home.
    • Now all who enter Charter House have their temperature taken and are asked questions regarding symptoms and potential exposure to COVID.
    • The screening is conducted by a new, specially-trained Mayo Clinic screening team.