I have been a resident at The Barrington for several years and I am a widow. I am happy here; never lonely, very safe, with friends and a caring staff.
Sleep Problems and Seniors Back
It’s that old familiar problem...not getting a good night’s rest. Whether it’s having trouble falling asleep, waking up frequently in the night or early morning, getting less quality sleep (a.k.a. “deep sleep”), or only being able to sleep for a few hours; sleep disorders tend to surface as a common problem for older adults. Dr. Leslie Kernisan of the UCSF Division of Geriatrics says that, “normal aging brings on some changes to sleep. Basically older adults tend to sleep less deeply than when they were younger.” Often times, lack of sleep contributes to daytime fatigue which complicates driving and participating in typical activities.
Sleep Disorders Vs. Sleep Problems
During those regular doctor’s visits, you will probably be asked about how well you think you are sleeping. Sleep disorders include apnea (which is a temporary cessation of breathing during sleep), and periodic limb movement (or “restless leg syndrome,” when your constantly urged to move your legs repeatedly before falling asleep). Sleep disorders are diagnosed after a thorough medical examination, review of current prescriptions, and possible testing. Medical equipment may be provided or medication may prescribed for a sleep disorder. It is important to note that side effects to medications for sleep disorders are widely known to be habit-forming, and often do not provide long-term relief from sleep disturbance.
As we age, it is most likely certain that we will not sleep as long or as deeply as we do when we are younger. While sleep problems may persist as we age, there are measures we can take to increase our chances of sleeping as soundly as possible. Here are a few ways you can examine your routine to make changes if you need to improve your sleep:
Ensure Proper “Sleep Hygiene.” Sleep hygiene is a great way to describe how our bedtime routines either impede or improve our nighttime sleep. Consistent routines such as having a regular bedtime, bathing, or reading are all ways that signal your body that it is time to rest. Exercising (within four hours of bedtime), smoking, taking mid afternoon naps, drinking alcohol or caffeine all impede quality nighttime sleep.
Ensure There Are No Underlying Medical Problems. Sleep problems can be the result of a health condition. When treated properly, health conditions should not affect our ability to sleep well. Common health conditions that tend to affect sleep are heart and lung conditions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, arthritis, urinary problems, and even mood problems such as depression and anxiety. Discuss any concerns with your doctor or pharmacist if you are experiencing insomnia or sleep problems.
As we age, lack of sleep can have dangerous consequences such as depression or risk of falling. Implementing better “sleep hygiene” takes time and dedication, but as you do this with help from your loved ones and your doctor, you can take control of your sleeping habits. Often times, getting to the root of the issue is the first step in making an improvement.
The first time I walked into the Barrington I had a very warm feeling. The entire staff is very caring and helpful. I enjoy all the activities and social events that we have. I really enjoy the food; our chef does a great job. I feel that there is something for everyone here to in enjoy here at The Barrington. I have made some wonderful friends with the residents and staff. The Barrington is a great place to live.
I came to the Barrington in 2009; this place saved my life. The room my daughter picked out for me overlooks the school and the children who go there. The trees and the surrounding grounds are beautiful. I love to walk outdoors and meditate. I also enjoy our trips to the beaches and parks. I am on the welcoming committee, serve at happy hour, and I go with the Marketing Team to do outreach. This is my home and the staff is my family.
The Barrington in Largo, FL, was recommended to us by A Place for Mom as an option for my parents. My wife and I visited The Barrington for a tour. We were greeted by Sherrie (Regional Supervisor, Tarantino Properties) for our visit. Sherrie was extremely knowledgeable & professional; a great representative for The Barrington. We also met Linda (Nurse Administrator) in order to describe the care needs required for my father. Linda was very understanding of my Dad’s needs and took the time to formulate a care plan for my father. Linda was extremely helpful with a great sense of humor. From the start, we were comfortable with The Barrington. The residents were happy, friendly and outgoing; we even spoke with a couple of them. We were provided with an overview of the facility (both assisted living & independent living) and walked the property. From the front desk staff to the caregivers, all personnel were professional, caring and friendly. Unlike the numerous other ALFs we visited in the Tampa, FL, area, The Barrington offers 1 bedroom apartments; not studios. This makes your “home” feel like HOME not just one room with a bathroom. The units even have small kitchens and screened covered lianas (porches). Very nice touch! The Barrington was very clean; very important to us and my parents. We knew from the time we walked in to The Barrington, this was the place for Mom & Dad. As a result, we scheduled a second visit for my parents to visit the property. My parents were pleasantly surprised with the beauty of the property; large facility surrounded by huge oak trees and even a swimming pool! If you have a vehicle, covered parking is provided; what a bonus. Again, we were greeted by Sherrie; she took the time to show my parents the grounds and treated us all to lunch. …..and a great lunch too! We met the chef and the food was really good. Our server, Jolene, was very personable and even though she did not know my parents, she joked with them and made them feel right at home. The Barrington has a Nurse Practitioner on site as well as a contractor providing on site physical therapy. My wife and I met all healthcare professionals and were pleased with all. How convenient; healthcare professionals on site and you don’t even have to get in the car to go anywhere. The Barrington has complimentary van service that meets everyone’s needs. In conclusion, The Barrington was the place we all decided would be “home” for Mom & Dad. My parents have been residents at The Barrington for about 1 month now and all is good. They have told me the residents are friendly and they like the staff. They have bragged how good the food is….very healthy options and if you don’t like healthy, then you can order a grilled cheese, hamburger or hot dog with onion rings. :o) Of course my parents are going through an adjustment but the staff at The Barrington have made Mom & Dad feel right at home. Since moving in, The Barrington continues to impress. On July 4, they had a cookout for the residents. They have happy hour one evening a week…..even took the residents to a local park for a picnic; also took the residents out for free slushy day offered by the 7-11 store. There is complimentary Wi-Fi offered in the lobby and basic cable tv (BrightHouse) is provided free of charge in each residents room. Bottom line – Mom & Dad’s home cannot be replaced but The Barrington is the next best thing.
I love it here. This place is just like next to heaven. It's as close as you can get.
I love it! Katie and Amber are so helpful and keep me involved. Everyone is so kind here. I love bingo. We have such sweet, sweet people working here. The food is outstanding too!
I love it here. Katie and Amber are the reason I love it here. You both are exactly why I love every day here.
There are just so many activities here that it's hard to choose what to do. I love the poker on Thursday nights. It's been an easy transition for me.
The people that work here are really nice and attentive. I like playing Scrabble and staying busy. Our walking club is really fun. I love being outside. Our walkway around the building is so nice. I always like when they come in and help me get ready for my day in the morning. The Parkinson's program is so nice to get my day started too.
I like the activities here. That's my favorite part. We painted bird houses and now they're in the courtyard. I love the entertainment here. The music is from the right era! I am really happy.