North Georgia Senior Living: Losing Quality Of Life

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With a rainy forecast, Jessi and BKP talk about the river and the quality of the outdoor activities they could attend since the rain stopped before the morning. And Jessi recalls an inspirational moment she noticed as a Senior Concierge.

However, the real issue of the day arises as the two ask one of the most important questions in senior care. “When is the right time?”

The question leaves a blank in the mind, such a large question amid someone’s entire life, looking for the right time to seize an opportunity, to make a change, to venture out on a new adventure, or so many others. But with Jessi, the question becomes when is the right time to transition to a senior living facility?

As so many think a senior facility means a drop in quality of life, Jessi talks about the details of that transition and the regrets of some who have to attempt it “last minute.” She says there is not crystal ball to foresee the time to start preparing. The two ideas are intertwined however. Taking time to understand the quality of life can help you understand the need for a senior living facility to maintain that quality.

Maintaining the conversations and a real assessment can make sure you don’t miss the opportunity and end up with regrets because the quality of life has degraded further than a Senior Living Facility can care for and provide for that need.

The stumbling block to that is the unwillingness to see one’s parent as aging or at a point where they are too tired to maintain a house.

Jessi also talks about her personal experience in the industry and the “blessing and curse” that it provides. It provides more awareness as she sees the changes and is more sensitive to those needs. Yet, it also highlights each stage of change and aging signs in one’s self, one’s family, and all branches of the family.

You can always find out more about Senior Living, Jessi Barton, or the Senior Living Facility she works at, Cameron Hall, by calling 706-515-4100.
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North Georgia Senior Living: What Does Ready Look Like?

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BKP and Jessi Barton start the conversation for you this week about being ready. Looking at the “next transition” in life, the discussion becomes not if, but when. A next transition is always on the horizon at any stage of life.

With no end in sight for the pandemic, today becomes the time for many as they begin to think that now is the time to act. People also say that transitioning into Senior Living is something they wish they hadn’t waited on.

Jessi Barton touches on increases in Life Expectancy for people in Senior Living. Tales come from developing relationships to having more interactions through events and community supports. Studies show support for the idea of community as a major influence in that area.

Fear and uncertainty can be barriers there, and it can create a divide as maybe families are ready, but the senior isn’t. Jassi explains that the important question to ask is, “What does ready look like?”

Some may not have answers. Some may not have thought about it. If we focus so hard on the ‘what ifs’ and horror stories unintentionally. That only creates stress and anxiety.

Focusing on the memories, processing through the sentimentality. People want the feeling of “home.”

It comes back to an old cliche that still holds firmly true today. “You make a home, a house is just a structure.”

 

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North Georgia Senior Living: Waiting To Press Go

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Jessi Barton joins the Friday show to discuss safe environments amid the virus. Cameron Hall is loosening some restrictions while adhering to guidelines. Despite not being back to “normal,” Jessi talks about their window visits and medical care. With a light of hope for the future, she talks about taking the small steps towards that, but residents are still waiting to press the go button on outdoor visits and in person visits without glass in between.

She touches on state guidelines and restrictions and how Cameron Hall in Ellijay is addressing state as well as local county issues while focusing on the five dimensions of wellness; physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social.

Focusing on wellness instead of care, Jessi takes us through the struggles of focusing on the dimensions of wellness in new ways and provide these needs for each individual resident. It is a balance as we all continue treating elders “like fine china.”

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

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North Georgia Senior Living: The Media’s Impact on Senior Living

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BKP and Jessie Barton discuss how the media has impacted the way people look at senior living. She explains the fear of waiting too long to go to the doctor.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

North Georgia Senior Living: Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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This Week, Jessie Barton comes on the show to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s and other brain conditions.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

North Georgia Senior Living: Community Cat!

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This week Jessie Barton discusses the newest member of Cameron Hall, Hunter Binks the community cat. They also touch on the other creatures coming to visit the residents.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

Senior Living: Barton Returns!

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With the return of Jessi Barton and our Senior Living segment, we catch up with our Senior Concierge on all things Cameron Hall and how they are handling the shutdown and return to normal Senior Life. Jessi also speaks on the admissions still going on during this outbreak.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

Gilmer Chamber refuses to “cancel” Taste of Ellijay

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Not canceled, but not the same. It seems to be a trending theme in the last two months of events like Taste of Ellijay are being amended to work around the viral outbreak, quarantines, and distancing.

Gilmer County’s Chamber President and CEO Paige Green released a video on social media three days ago speaking about Taste of Ellijay Week. Instead of one day downtown, 2020 will see a whole week of social media posts, updates, highlights, and photos of the flavors and foods that Ellijay provides.

All about Taste of Ellijay 2020!

Posted by Gilmer Chamber on Thursday, May 14, 2020

Chamber Communications Manager Caitlin Neal said that the Chamber did not want to completely cancel many people’s favorite event of the year. Most events like this have planned “rainout days” to reschedule the event if needed, but with the sheltering and quarantining, even that day was unsure of viability. Neal said they wanted to find some option to make the event still accessible. “We just didn’t want to not have a Taste of Ellijay,” she said.

With many restaurants doing curbside, delivery, or take options. But some are also having to work off limited menus due to the situation. A natural response is to connect citizens with the event to those restaurants who are struggling through this virus or others who are just reopening.

Neal took it a step further, however, as she said the Chamber is taking all the stress out of finding a restaurant as well. Instead of the common argument asking ‘where do you want to eat?’ Neal said the Chamber has made a Facebook and Instagram filter for randomizing Ellijay’s Tastes. The Taste of Ellijay filter will get you started into the week easily, randomizing and deciding for you on where to go.

With testing a beta testing, the filter is already been viewed 11,900 times and captured close to 1,400. With the event not starting until tomorrow, these statistics are all from preview testing and beta runs.

But filters, social media, and online efforts are still not enough for our Chamber as Neal expressed plans for more outside of restaurants like chalking information on the sidewalk in addition to other ideas. The entire campaign is not only helping a favored event to survive, but also to rally citizens to support local businesses amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

As the week continues and we follow up with the event, the Chamber will be hosting and resharing posts of their own as they curate the mostly online campaign for Ellijay. Follow the #TasteOfEllijay on social media outlets for more as well.

North Georgia Senior Living: Family Visits

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BKP and Jessi Barton dive into President Donald Trump’s plan to reopen America and the effect of Family. One of those that they talked about is phase 3. This phase includes facilities such as Cameron Hall to reopen to the residents’ families.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

North Georgia Senior Living: New Socializing Ways

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BKP has a conversation with Jessi Barton of Cameron Hall. In this they discuss how the date has been moved to the 30th. Jessi goes on to say all the ways that they have been allowing socialization at Cameron Hall. One of those ways is introducing the seniors to facetime and zoom for family members to see them. Another way is walks outside wearing protective masks.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

North Georgia Senior Living: Social Distancing

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Jessi Barton of Cameron Hall discusses with BKP how they are handling social distancing in their facility. This includes keeping the seniors healthy, happy, and active while providing them that community piece that Cameron Hall is known for. Though social distancing may be hard, Jessi Barton insures that they are doing the best that they can and are accomplishing that.

Sponsored by Cameron Hall in Ellijay, you can follow more of North Georgia Senior Living through the dedicated playlist on FYNTV’s Youtube channel and check out a wider variety of shows there as well.

New food business birthed in Ellijay from viral shutdown

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Amid the shutdown during the coronavirus outbreak, a new business has cropped up this weekend in Gilmer serving those at home through a new, shelter-friendly style of food service.

No, they’re not cooking, but people on social media have already started commenting and sharing experiences from this new business known as Ellijay Eats. Taking a similar model to some delivery services popularized before the shutdown, they say, “We are a new service created to help support the local restaurants in Ellijay, GA.”

Supporting restaurants and offering delivery to citizens, this entire business adds a “no-contact” style delivery service in and just outside of the twin cities of Ellijay and East Ellijay. They have noted that in these early stages, their is a set range of delivery. Early stages because the business has almost cropped up over-night due to concerns over the virus.

Even now, the owners are still working details out. One example as they said, at the time of this writing, is that they were unable to do alcohol sales deliveries due to ID checks as they haven’t figured out a process for it yet. Also, an expanding list of supported restaurants to deliver for is another limit they are looking to break. The business model mimics other delivery services that have been popularized, but this service is completely contact free.

Commenting on their own creation, their social media page stated, “The current situation is a shelter-in-place restriction due to coronavirus that makes it a challenge to support our restaurants.” They have created thei own website and facebook group in a matter of days. Indeed, the new business hasn’t even been open for a week. Making it among the first, if not the actual first business started in the area post-outbreak.

The business is owned by partners Molly Elmore and Mitch Silvius according to posts. Elmore said in her introduction, “Ellijay GA is wonderful mountain town, with many amazing independently owned restaurants that were not prepared for a quarantine situation. The vast majority were not set up to take online orders for local delivery.”

Elmore said the business was created to support local restaurants while also honoring the shelter-in-place order that has come from Gilmer County, Ellijay, and East Ellijay.

Chamber creates new “Chalk Ellijay” event amid isolations

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – Building, coordinating, and energizing a social function can be quite difficult, but doing one amid widespread quarantines and self imposed isolation is a completely different order, such as “Chalk Ellijay.”

We are here to support our community and lift the spirits of those around us. Please tune in until the end of this video for a fun way to stay positive and brighten someone’s day. We have always said that the Gilmer Chamber is a family and now it is time to show our community what this family is all about! #ThisIsEllijay

Posted by Gilmer Chamber on Friday, March 20, 2020

Gilmer County’s Chamber of Commerce has taken on exactly that task as they began a new event over the weekend. After an earlier video post from President/CEO Paige Green promising to help coordinate resources and business in the time of need. But, the video ended on a very different note.

Green said the Chamber’s two locations, the Downtown Welcome Center on the Square in Ellijay and the main office just off 515 in East Ellijay, now have baskets of chalk. What they are pushing to do with this chalk is building community and a neighborhood feeling by using the chalk to “Chalk Ellijay.”

A later post offered more details stating,

“(We get by with a little help from our friends.) In an effort to help lift our community’s spirit, we invite you to chalk your sidewalk or driveway with an encouraging message, snap a picture, and post it using #ThisIsEllijay so the community can see! Need chalk? Visit the downtown welcome center or Chamber office! We have chalk inside buckets for you. (Please only take one or two and leave some for your neighbor!) want to go the extra mile? Leave an encouraging message in the driveway of an at-risk/elderly/immune compromised friend and give them a call afterwards to let them know you’ve been by. (Let’s maintain social distancing 💪🏻) We will get through this together in heart.”

Chalk EllijayThe idea of the chalk use is simple, but social media has been flooded over the last week from across the country with stories and videos of people do small things to build greater feeling and community.

From a man playing music in the common garden of an apartment complex for people to list to from their balconies to signs and gifts of people visiting elderly relatives outside the windows of their homes and apartments.

The local step is incorporating far more than just a few select groups though. The Chamber said, “We are here to support our community and lift the spirits of those around us… We have always said that the Gilmer Chamber is a family and now it is time to show our community what this family is all about!”

People are starting to take to social media, posting their own chalk art and messages, with even a few local businesses and restaurants joining in, too.

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