What’s So Great About Zionsville?

What’s So Great About Zionsville?

With its unique combination of small-town ambiance and urban sophistication, Zionsville is an ideal destination for anyone seeking a beautiful, safe and engaging place to call home. Its population of almost 30,000 makes it one of the smaller suburbs to Indianapolis’ north, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up in culture, activities and outdoor opportunities. At Senior Living Advisor, we often recommend senior living facilities and neighborhoods in Zionsville because this lovely community checks off so many requirements for today’s seniors.

A quaint village setting

A trip to downtown Zionsville feels like a trip to the good old days, where you can walk to your favorite restaurant or poke around an assortment of shops. Cross-stitchers can indulge their hobby’s passion at Persnickety Stitchers on Main Street, while your favorite philatelist (that’s a fancy word for a stamp collector) may want to check out the Village Stamp & Coin shop. Zionsville’s main street is as old as the town itself. In 1852 the town’s first home and first store were built. You can read all about it on the historical marker located on the south end of Zionsville’s quaint brick Main Street.

Foodies feel at home in Zionsville. Locally owned restaurants give the area a unique flavor, with everything from seafood to Thai, Italian and the all-American burger shop. Lona Newton, our Senior Living Advisor owner, particularly enjoys Auberge Restaurant & Bar for its French-inspired cuisine and Salty Cowboy tequileria for tasty tacos.

Lots of outdoor options

Zionsville Parks and Recreation offers an amazing 500 acres of parkland and 20 miles of trails within the community. There’s no need to sentence yourself to a treadmill when you can take a walk on the conveniently paved Big-4 Trail, weather permitting. If you like to hit the links, Zionsville is home to four golf courses, including one municipal course. Lions Park, a privately owned recreation space owned by the Zionsville Lions Club, offers many athletic opportunities, including its two lighted tennis courts/pickleball courts. The Zionsville Nature Center, located at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, focuses on local Indiana habitats and wildlife.

Awards and citations

Zionsville receives national recognition for its character and charm. It has been named one of the “Best Cities to Live in Indiana,” one of “Indiana’s 20 Safest Cities” and one of the “Best Suburbs in America.”  It consistently scores high as one of the safest cities in the state, with low rates of violent and property crime.

Zionsville’s location just outside of Indianapolis proper means its residents have easy access to state-of-the-art healthcare. Witham Health Services, Ascension Medical Group and Riverview Health are a few of the many healthcare options located within Zionsville, and the prestigious Indiana Health University Hospital and IU’s Simon Cancer Center can be easily accessed from the highway.

We think Zionsville is the perfect spot for living your best life, no matter how old you are. Are you interested in exploring Zionsville’s senior living options? Let the experts at Senior Living Advisor help guide the search. We’re familiar with the many senior living solutions in the Zionsville and surrounding areas, and we’ll help you find the right fit for yourself or your loved one. Reach out now for a free consultation. We look forward to working together!

The 12 Days of Christmas for Caregivers

The 12 Days of Christmas for Caregivers

If you’re part of the so-called “Sandwich Generation,” you may find yourself in dire need of a holiday break. Sure, a trip to a fancy spa sounds lovely, but you’d settle for a 30-minute bubble bath with no interruptions. While you’re taking care of everyone else, who’s taking care of you?

That’s why we’re introducing caregivers to the 12 Days of Christmas for Caregivers. And unlike the traditional Christmas song, you don’t have to wait around for your true love to give these to you. Self-care is the name of the holiday game, as you continue your solo task of caring for everyone around you.

The 12 Days of (Caregiver) Christmas

Day 1: Make yourself a priority. Yes, easier said than done. To care for others, you must care for yourself. It’s time to change your mindset. Give yourself permission to take care of your own needs.

Day 2: Talk to the family. Ideally, you have other adults around to share the burden. They may need a not-so-subtle reminder to pick up the slack. Give your children the gift of responsibility by teaching them to pack their own lunches or fold their own laundry.

Day 3: Consider professional caregivers. You may have promised yourself that you would never allow a stranger to care for your beloved parent or senior relative. Stop and think what this means. Would you want your own children to compromise their health and well-being to care for you 24/7? Make peace with letting someone else lessen the load.

Day 4: Adjust your holiday tasks. Maybe you’ve always prepared a huge family feast for Christmas Eve. If you just don’t have the energy this year, pop a frozen pizza in the oven and tell the family you’re doing things differently. Years from now your kids may wax poetically about the traditional Christmas Eve frozen pizza.

Day 5:  Use the technology at hand. Are people constantly calling for an update on Mom? Start a group text or social media page to offer regular reports. If you have a tech-savvy youngster, let them handle the updating tasks.

Day 6: Exercise. Depending on your feelings about exercise, this may or may not be a gift. But regular exercise is essential to your physical and mental health. Even if you only walk around the block, you’re pushing blood through your veins and oxygen to your brain.

Day 7: Shop for yourself. If you have a spouse or family members who know how to shop for you, that’s awesome. If not, purchase a few things for yourself, wrap them up and stick them in your stocking. You deserve holiday treats!

Day8: Schedule the appointments you keep putting off. We understand. You’re too busy to schedule an annual physical exam or ask a medical professional to look at that mole on your arm. Refer to Day 1. You must put yourself first.

Day 9: Take a hard look at finances. You may be losing sleep over how you’re going to pay for caregivers or long-term care. Douse your nightmares with a bucket full of reality. A financial advisor or eldercare attorney can help you design a care plan within your resources. While you’re at it, sign the important papers. Your loved one’s health can change with one accident or illness. Do you have signed power of attorney documents allowing you to make health care decisions? It’s always better to have these too soon that be left without them during a health crisis. If you’re not sure who to call, check out the Senior Resources page on the Senior Living Advisor website.

Day 10: Plan a night out. Get out of the house for an evening. Splurge on a nice dinner or just drive around looking at holiday decorations in the neighborhood.  

Day 11: Let it out. You may feel guilty because you’re frustrated or annoyed with the unrelenting demands on your time. Consider this your permission to feel angry. This may not have been the life you envisioned. Occasionally you must take out the emotional trash before it builds up. Talk to a non-judgmental friend or write down your thoughts in a journal. You’re carrying a heavy load. Don’t let your emotions add to the burden.

Day 12: Take that bath. Remember the uninterrupted bubble bath you’ve been craving? You’re allowed to lock the door behind you when the kids are in bed and the phone’s not ringing with demands. Throw in some scented bubble bath, grab a book and relax. You deserve it.

How are the holidays treating you this year? If you’re overwhelmed as you try to care for everyone around you, it may be time to look at different options. Senior Living Advisor is here for you during every step of the journey as you work to find a safe, comfortable living option for the people you love. Contact us now and set up a free consultation.