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Susan Cooper

A Message from the President & CEO

My heart goes out to all who have been affected by this worldwide pandemic. During times of crisis, we often come together in ways we've never come together before. We set aside insignificant things and shift our focus to what really matters most in life...the people we love and care about. As I reflect on the past months since things began to unfold with the coronavirus (COVID-19), I am humbled by and grateful for the work of our local emergency responders, hospital professionals, and other workers who are making it possible for people to get health care services, food, supplies and medications. These "Community Heroes" lend courage, strength and sacrifice through their service to others.

Being in the retirement living business, we at Morningstar Living have a monumental responsibility to take care of and protect the people we serve..."in health and in sickness." Caring for and protecting the residents and the clients we serve is what we do. We are responsible for hundreds of residents living at our two campuses in Nazareth, and the clients we provide in-home support and care to, who are living in their homes throughout the Lehigh Valley. Our residents and our clients rely on us 24/7/365. For this reason, we've taken some very extraordinary measures to limit the risk of infection and prevent the spread of the virus in our communities:

As I think about these extraordinary changes that we've made in a short period of time, I am in awe of my team members, who come to work faithfully and work tirelessly around the clock to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our team of Nurses, CNAs, Caregivers, Social Services, Wellness, Physical Therapy, Neighborhood and Community Life, Culinary Services, Maintenance and Security, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Transportation, IT and Administration...these are the Morningstar Living Heroes.

Yes, the world has certainly changed as a result of COVID-19, and so have we at Morningstar Living. Who knows how long we'll be dealing with this pandemic and its' aftermath? And while there may be more changes and uncertainty in the months that lie ahead, there is one thing of which I am absolutely certain...the mission and core purpose of Morningstar Living has never been more important.

"Making a difference...by enriching life's journey for all we serve."

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Morningstar Living - Guarding Against Falls

Guarding Against Falls

Five simple steps you can take to reduce risk.

You stumble getting out of the shower. Catch your foot on a throw rug. Or lose your balance climbing the stairs. Falling down at home happens more often than you may think.

Each year, one in three Americans ages 65 and older suffers a fall. As a result, nearly two million seniors end up in a hospital emergency room with bone fractures or serious head injuries.

While taking a tumble isn’t a natural consequence of growing older, many times age-related issues are to blame.

Declining vision, faulty balancing mechanisms within the ear and other problems with spatial orientation can make you unsteady on your feet. Weakened muscles, side effects from medication, and unsafe conditions at home are other triggers.

The good news? You can reduce your risk of falling with some simple steps:

  • Stay active: In doing so, you’ll help maintain the flexibility, strength and balance you need to guard against falls.
  • Fall-proof your home: Minimize or eliminate throw rugs, electrical cords and other underfoot clutter that can trip you up. Also, install brighter lighting and add grab bars to bathrooms.
  • Dress safely: Wear shoes with sturdy, non-slip soles, and avoid walking in slippery socks or loose-fitting slippers.
  • Take medications as directed: Adhering to the correct dose will help you avoid becoming light-headed. Of course, if you become dizzy anyway, talk to your doctor. A change in dosage or drug may be advisable.
  • Have your eyes checked: At least once a year, get a check-up to ensure your eyewear prescription is adequate and no other conditions are impairing your ability to see clearly.

“If you happen to fall, try to land on your backside and not your side,” recommends Donna L. Henshue, RN, for Morningstar Senior Living’s Life Care Community, Moravian Hall Square in Nazareth, PA. “When you’re ready to rise, roll up on your side, crawl to the nearest chair, and stand up slowly using it for support. Of course, if you need help, use an emergency pull, telephone or life alert.”

“Falls should be evaluated by a healthcare professional,” adds Henshue. “Especially if you’ve hit your head and may be in danger of a brain injury.”