Bellewood - A LifeMinded® Residence
Senior Apartments & Retirement Community near Redmond, Washington
Bellewood, located in Issaquah, Washington is a senior apartment and retirement community providing the finest care and community in the Redmond area. Come home to a welcoming retirement living and senior housing community, a fir-lined setting, and an Issaquah, Washington location convenient to everything.
Change is inevitable. Rent increases don’t have to be. People tend to live at Bellewood longer than they expected, so we’ve found a way to help you plan for the future with greater financial certainty and confidence.
LifeMinded is in everything we do.
YOUR SENIOR LIVING QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
No matter where you choose to live, this information can help you make an informed decision.
Building wellness instead of treating illness
Eating healthy should be everyone’s top priority in life, but this especially applies to the elderly. Most of us think of aging as a merciless monster that’s out to get us no matter what. And while it is certainly inevitable, it doesn’t have to be unpleasant, as long as we play by the rules. So what are these rules exactly?
Well, among many things one can practice to curb aging and maintain a happy life even in retirement, nutrition could very well be the most important, and most impactful of all. As medicine advances, it is becoming clear that nutrition plays a key role in disease prevention, as well as treatment, which we’ve sort of forgotten since the industrial revolution began and the introduction of processed foods changed the way we look at food around the world. Science has long been pondering the question of why some regions, such as the Mediterranean or East Asia, have so many old-timers who are not just breaking age records but are living their lives unchanged.
The key to their success is a diverse and healthy diet. Mediterranean cuisine is based on an abundance of fruits and vegetables, which are nature’s most generous sources of fiber and beneficial amino acids necessary for the synthesis of vitamins. Mediterranean folks also consume a hefty amount of olives and olive oil, rich in monounsaturated fats, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances that keep the vascular and immune system in check.
Another key component popular not only in the Mediterranean but Japanese and East-asian cuisine is - seafood. While poultry and beef are well-known sources of proteins, fat and energy, they usually contain certain unwanted additives as well as fats in forms not suitable for the human gastrointestinal tract. Seafood, on the other hand, offers a handful of proteins and fatty acids that boost the immune system and clean the body of pathogens and unwanted byproducts without taking a toll on our digestive system. Therefore, it is a perfect choice for elders and those with sensitive digestion, restrictive diets, and those who pay special attention to staying fit and healthy.
Bellewood takes pride in combining deliciousness and wellness
One of the most prominent myths in nutrition is that the more healthy a diet plan is, the less pleasureful it is. We at Bellewood take pride in proving it wrong. We believe that with a little effort and creativity, a healthy diet plan can be just as tasteful and appealing as any other. If not even better!
Our menu is based on a combination of several cuisines, with Mediterranean and traditional Japanese being in its focus. Our salad bar offers a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, perfect for refreshing your body while enjoying the mesmerizing taste of Italian dishes. Besides traditional beef, pork and chicken meat, we proudly cater to our residents’ needs with a handful of seafood specialties, inspired by traditional Japanese cuisine.
But enjoying the food gets even better when it’s accompanied by pleasant surroundings. Our dining areas are specially designed and equipped to always make our residents feel relaxed and at ease, with natural green and lots of open spaces. Furthermore, the residents have the option to consume their meals whenever they please throughout the day. And for those special occasions when some privacy is needed, we offer full room service.
How socializing slows down aging, both mental and physical
Retirement brings a lot of changes, especially when it starts to shape our routines and old habits. Suddenly we find ourselves faced with a lot of free time, yet not enough ideas and plans to make use of it. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And the solution, although not always quite obvious, is fairly simple.
As social creatures, born and bred in groups, humans depend on contact just as they depend on water. Isolation and loneliness not only erode our minds, they literally shape our physical health as well. It has been proven, over and over, that isolation and loneliness can impede our metabolism and immune system, opening the gates for many diseases and health problems. Things get even worse if we continue to stress over trivial things, and most of us do, since we’ve been conditioned to for the past several decades.
The key to avoiding this vicious cycle is to build and maintain an active social life. There are plenty of reasons why medical professionals and psychologists underline the importance of socialization in elders. And why it is of the utmost importance to choose a senior housing community where social skills can be developed even further.
Ways to maintain social skills as we age
Most of us have different categories of friends and acquaintances. It is useful to learn what works best with each and every one of them. One of the most important things to do is to maintain regular contact with your closest friends. This is where most people tend to fail, even though nowadays maintaining contact is literally just a few clicks away. With so many voice and video chat services available, it would be a shame to lose friendships just because of casual laziness.
Hence, start by developing small but meaningful habits. Remind yourself to call up your old friend at least once per week. Talk to them and see how the two of you can synchronize your schedules and work towards setting up a routine. And do not let those precious opportunities to see each other in person go to waste. Sure, a video call does the job. But psychologically, it can’t and shouldn’t be a replacement for a live meeting. So use your free time to stay in touch with your closest friends and loved ones.
After developing habits and keeping in touch with your old friends, turn to group activities. Always unpredictable and pleasantly surprising, this kind of socialization is what keeps our minds engaged and in shape throughout life. Fortunately, there are many sorts of group activities to pick nowadays. Local clubs for seniors, community workshops, book clubs, board games clubs, community gatherings and many others. These are exactly the kind of places to find new friends and experience new joys of life.
Socialization is what makes Bellewood the perfect choice for seniors
Choosing the right senior housing facility may sound like a big leap of faith, but the core principle to keep in mind is that it just marks the beginning of a new era in life. One which you should use to enjoy the company of your peers and experience something new every day. That’s exactly the reason why Bellewood senior housing focuses on encouraging residents to socialize and be as outgoing as possible.
We are fully aware that physical activities can be a challenge, especially for elders. So we came up with creative ideas on how to turn them into fun and pleasant experiences. Our residents can choose a variety of exercises, some of which include Pole walking tours and Qi Gong. As its name suggests, Pole walking is a light form of hiking, that allows participants to cleanse their minds by long yet relaxing strolls through nature. Qi Gong, on the other hand, is ideal for those that prefer a more static experience. In this course, our residents learn the beautiful art of mindful breathing, which helps them recover and develop, both physically and mentally.
Creativity is another component we consider vital in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Therefore, our programs offer those with interests in visual arts to master their skills by attending our Visual Arts Classes. And since music goes hand in hand with visual arts, we offer music and singing classes as well. In the words of our own residents, there’s something eternal in hearing people singing together and sharing their emotions through vocals.
When in need of some peace and quiet, our residents can head to the Book club, where they can pick their favorite novels, and gather with other book aficionados to share their experiences and tastes. For gentlemen who like to seclude themselves, there’s the option of going out to a diner with your buddies or making new friends while having breakfast outside.
And just to keep things exciting and fun year-round, we have our own special event called Murder Mystery Dinner Theater. Held every couple of months, it includes both our residents and our staff, and is focused on mystery and suspense, but presented in a comical and humorous way. Always fun and unforgettable, it’s everyone’s favorite activity.
Making The Transition
As we progress through careers and life in general, we tend to build our sense of independence. And along with it, we get personally attached to people and things we encounter along the way. And perhaps nothing else represents one’s independence and personality as their home. A mirror of our habits and lifestyle, and a temple of our personality celebrating hard work and effort we’ve been putting in all these years, it’s understandable we grow so attached to it we want to spend the rest of our lives in it.
But as our bodies change with age, it becomes clear that things aren’t the way we imagined they’d be. And our homes may not be the best place to spend the rest of our retirement. This is why many folks today consider moving into assisted living or senior care retirement communities. As expected, such a big and important change brings many dilemmas and resistance, especially in those who take pride in their autonomy and independence.
However, what they need to realize is that moving from their homes does not equal to losing their freedom. In fact, one could argue the opposite to be more accurate. And this is why it is essential to talk to them through this issue and approach the problem as a family.
By communicating with your loved ones and being honest, clear, and straightforward, it will pave the way for a dialogue. This leads to negotiation and compromise, instead of conflict and argument. Organize a long, relaxed discussion with them, and give them time to process the idea, express their feelings and gradually reveal their expectations. This way, it really becomes a family decision, a common project, instead of letting it develop into a debate.
Obviously, it is vital to gather as much information as possible on the senior living community at hand, and explain it in a manner that your loved one will understand and appreciate. Once all issues have been solved, the next step is to formulate a long term plan, to make the transition easier for both sides. It is vital to go through and solve all dilemmas, as it will help and affect both sides.
What does Senior Care mean in practice?
Senior communities come in many different forms and names, but what they all have in common is the way they are organized and managed. They focus on providing their residents with everything they need without exposing them to unnecessary hassles and risks. Instead of having to do housework and chores by themselves, residents have everything they need on their disposal, with all sorts of assistance to make their lives easier and happier.
To a newcomer, it may sound like a stagnant path to isolation. But on the contrary, it gets more and more exciting with time. A well-managed senior housing facility such as Bellewood will always encourage its tenants to be outgoing, social and active. These communities are designed and organized to promote a vibrant lifestyle and social interaction, making sure that all participants live a fulfilled, and most importantly - healthy life.
What makes senior communities a better option for seniors than their own homes are their services which are available round the clock. Combining this with the right approach in encouraging social activities, physical exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, these elements make assisted living communities perfect for retirees and the elderly.
What makes Bellewood Assisted Living the right choice in Redmond?
As a senior community dedicated to encouraging social activities and relationships, Bellewood is considered one of the best out there, and certainly the best in Washington State. Everything within our communities is designed and organized to make lives easier and more pleasant for seniors while giving them maximum independence and freedom.
We also make sure our tenants become and stay physically active and thus keep their overall health and wellness. Our LifeMinded approach to senior care includes several key features that promote and develop physical and mental health through social activities. Among many events we love to host, there’s the Perfect 10 club, which consists of staff and residents who have been with us for over ten years. This is our way of showing appreciation and dedication to the members of our community, or our big happy family, as we like to call them.
It is understandable that moving to a senior community can be a big step for some folks. For this reason, we encourage you and others considering their options, to come and visit us. We will be glad to give you a detailed tour of the facilities, introduce you to our staff and answer all your questions. We will also introduce you to other Bellewood residents who can give you a first-hand testimony of their life in our community.
You can also contact our relocation coordinator on hand to answer any orientation questions a new resident or their family may have. And once you have made up your mind and decided to become part of our community, we introduce all newcomers to a select group of residents known as “ambassadors” whose sole objective is to welcome new residents and help them settle in. Moving to senior care is a big step, but at Bellewood, you won’t have to do it alone.
We all love to think of ourselves as independent and self-sufficient. And while learning to rely on ourselves is a great thing, there comes a time when we have to face the fact that we can’t live the same way as we used to. For most retirees, staying in their homes for the rest of their lives seems like a perfect setup. But it’s one thing to live independently as a working person, and a whole other to do it as a senior.
The house needs cleaning, the roof won’t repair itself, the groceries need to be picked up and meals are waiting to be prepared. It can be overwhelming at times. Not to mention the risks and uncertainties that come with this kind of lifestyle. The constant worry and need to keep everything in check eventually becomes a burden and we end up wasting more of our free time and energy than we did as employees. So what can we do about it?
Independent Senior Living Communities are the future of retirement
The first and best solution is to consider moving into an Independent Senior Living Community. These specialized campuses act like small neighborhoods and communities that focus on housing and taking care of seniors and the elderly so they can have more time and energy to do things they enjoy. The key principle is to enable residents to live in close proximity to one another which brings many benefits.
At Bellewood, we’re fully aware of our residents’ needs and therefore we offer them a wide variety of services. Housekeeping to keep their homes clean with no effort, transportation to enable them to travel wherever they need to, salons and wellness centers to maintain their looks, fitness programs to take care of their health and security to make them feel safe and sound.
Aging in place, with priorities in place
The concept of Senior Living Communities originated from the need to minimize residents’ needs to leave their living communities for everyday activities. Instead of wasting time driving around, they have everything they could need just around the block. And whenever they require any sort of assistance, be it general or medical, they can use our voice-activated call system to communicate with members of our staff.
Furthermore, by sharing their living quarters with others, our residents never feel isolated or neglected. This kind of setup allows for independence without involving unnecessary hassle and risks that come with living on their own.
This concept also makes the whole experience easier and more pleasant for both our residents and our staff. Communication and socialization are our top priorities, and we go an extra step to make sure everyone feels happy and taken care of all the time.
Visit Bellewood Senior Living Community and see what makes us different
Unlike other Senior Living Communities, Bellewood was founded 30 years ago as a family business. And we’re proud to say that, to this day, it continues to operate that way. We suggest you come and take a free detailed tour and experience what it’s all about.
Our staff would be more than glad to meet you and answer all of your questions and explain why they feel like a part of a big and happy family. Also, we encourage you to take time to talk to our residents as well and see for yourself why so many seniors choose Bellewood as their new home and what makes it stand out from the rest.
As we grow older, an active lifestyle becomes more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Regular exercise can boost your mood and energy levels, maintain a healthy weight, and even reduce common symptoms of aging. In fact, getting fit in older age has been proven to reduce risk of stroke by half.
Exercise improves your strength and balance, meaning that you’re less likely to fall over. As we age, we all naturally lose muscle strength. Staying fit and active can help build this muscle strength back up. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness. But starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge as you get older. You may feel discouraged by illness, ongoing health problems, or concerns about injuries or falls.
The sooner you start, the easier it will be later on
When we exercise we produce endorphins. These are our body’s natural painkillers and mood brighteners. At the same time, we reduce the amount of adrenaline and cortisol in our body, both of which are linked to stress and anxiety. This is a huge benefit, especially during an uncertain time like quarantine when stress levels can rise. All these biochemical processes have a long-lasting impact on our bodies by changing our immune system and metabolism for the better.
The more active we are, the better we seem to sleep. Research suggests that physical aerobic activity helps our brain to refresh and rejuvenate. This is because when we exercise, we then in return get more deep sleep during our sleep cycle. Sleeping well also improves our mental wellbeing, again showing that regular exercise not only benefits our physical but our mental health.
Become LifeMinded and see how much better you’ll feel after
Understanding the importance and beneficial impact of regular exercise, we have developed a specialized program called LifeMinded, which consists of five categories. The first one includes yoga, dancing classes and walking, and serves to promote a healthy lifestyle to beginner participants. The second pillar is brain fitness, a fun social activity that mixes leisure, competition, and logical puzzles, and encourages participants to maintain and use their wits to solve complex problems.
Social connection makes the third form of LifeMinded program and is practiced through various group activities, workshops, parties and live events that hosted on a weekly basis. The point of these activities is to help and encourage participants to develop new friendships and work on their social skills and connections.
We also believe in making a difference to be the best motivation for all, and therefore implement it in our LifeMinded program. It is designed to show our residents that they still have more than enough time and abilities to develop new skills, discover their passions and make an impact on their community and the world by funneling their energy into creativity.
Many seniors living on their own eventually become overwhelmed with worrying their retirement savings will run out dry. This can be prevented in several ways, from changing lifestyle to live within your financial limits, to hiring a financial expert and coming up with your own budget plan. It should be noted however that the majority of your savings and income will be spent on living expenses and unforeseen housework, and is therefore important to consider long-term options and alternatives.
Stay home or move into a retirement community?
Among several important factors that need to be taken into account when planning the remainder of your retirement, is your overall health, happiness and finances. Most seniors fall into the trap of thinking their home is more affordable and a better place to spend the rest of their lives compared to assisted living or senior living communities. What they tend to overlook is that this kind of lifestyle brings many unforeseen expenses and troubles.
As their bodies change and their needs grow, their budget eventually shrinks. Making it hard for them to keep up and adjust their home to meet their new requirements. Installing a lift, adding wheelchair ramps, remodeling bathrooms, adding extra lighting… all these come at a cost, and it is essential to take them into account from the get-go.
On the other hand, senior living communities, such as Bellewood, offer all of these benefits without the extra costs and hassle of installing and maintaining them. Besides providing our residents with meals, internet and phone access, transportation, housekeeping and all sorts of assistance, we also meet their needs for daily meals, wellness and socialization. All these are included in our monthly fees and for those looking for some extra comfort, there are additional services and packages available.
Security as a priority!
Our residents’ financial security and stability are our main priority and for this reason, we’ve designed a program called LifeMinded Rewards. As experience has shown, seniors tend to live and engage at Bellewood longer than they expected, so we’ve come up with a program to help them plan for the future without stress and uncertainties.
LifeMinded Rewards is a unique, custom-developed program that limits or eliminates any rent increase for loyal Bellewood clients. The program begins after a resident has lived with us for just 3 consecutive years. After the 3rd year, rent will never increase by more than 2% per year. When 5 years pass, their rent will be unable to increase by more than 1% per year. And last but not least, when a resident spends 10 consecutive years with us their rent will never increase at all.
Although our most popular and unique, LifeMinded Rewards is certainly not our only program.
Unlike most retirement communities or independent senior housing communities you’ll find, we are very transparent and clear about our fees, and that’s why the majority of our residents decide to stay with us for good and consider us their family.
Assisted Living FAQ
Questions you should ask when deciding on your retirement community:
What are the different levels of care available?
Different senior living and retirement communities offer different levels of care, here are the very basic differences.
Housing only: What you’d expect, 55 and above senior housing. Typically with fitness rooms and common lounges but no meals, no maid service and often no transportation.
Independent Senior Housing: You live and cook in your own space but there are many social opportunities to take advantage of.
Assisted living: This is the hardest to compare as the level of assistance offered vary. At a minimum it should include some meals, transportation, maid service and 24/7 on call assistance. From there the level of care increases with need, offering on site nursing and medical care and eventually providing what it typically thought of as nursing home services. Not all assisted living communities are the same, take your time and shop the ones you are interested in.
Do you offer assisted living services?
It’s important to determine if the senior living community is the right fit for you, and for your future. Make sure to ask about their assisted living services, transportation, memory care, and wellness programs to determine if it’s a right fit. Read our posts on assisted living and independent living to learn more.
Bellewood residents have access to personal care services in the comfort of their senior apartments. Even though we are an independent senior living community, there is no need to leave Bellewood if you need assistance with grooming, laundry, medication reminders or other personal matters. Access to assisted living services can be provided on your terms by our partners or anyone of your choosing. Read more about our partners and the assisted living services they provide here.
Do you allow pets?
Many assisted living communities and retirement homes do not allow pets. If your pet is an important part of your family, be sure to keep them in mind when selecting where to live, it will be their home too.
At Bellewood, small pets are welcome. We can even help you find dog-walking services.
Will I have to sign a lease?
In order to make a good decision for your senior housing situation, you need to be able to plan for your future, and the unknown that comes with it. Make sure to find out the monthly and annual expenses that will be required by the independent living facility. Some assisted living or senior living communities require an initial deposit or a substantial joining fee. Make sure you know what you’re signing up for and what happens if you have to change your plans, before making any commitments. At Bellewood, we do not require signing a long-term lease, we rent our senior apartments on a month-to-month basis, even though many of our residents stay here for years.
What is the rent and how often does it increase?
This seems pretty simple, but often it’s not. Make sure you get details so you can plan your finances and ensure your future is secure.
How does your meal plan work?
Meal plans and the quality of the food are important parts of your decision to join an assisted living community. The dining experience is also important, is it a cafeteria environment? Restaurant-style serving? Can you get room service?
The quality and nutrition of the food should not be overlooked. Adequate nutrition is critical for seniors to maintain muscle mass and overall health.
Bellewood’s monthly food service fee is included in your rent, and provides for the equivalent of one meal per day and you can choose to use those meals whenever you’d like, lunch or dinner.
Do you provide transportation?
Coming home to an inviting home is important, but inorder to come home, you must be able to get out and about. If you don’t drive, or plan to eliminate driving in the future, make sure you have access to the transportation you’ll need for social engagements, shopping, banking, and medical visits, on your schedule.
An important part of enjoying life at Bellewood Senior Apartments is your access to the outside world. Bellewood offers regular transportation to their residents, come see our concierge for details.
Is parking available?
Parking is important to the senior apartment residents who drive, and for those who may come to visit. Ensuring adequate parking is critical for your daily convenience, and also has financial implications if you have to find alternate storage for your vehicle.
Bellewood has plenty of surface parking for you and guests at no extra charge. We’ll even valet your car for you if needed.
Where can my family stay when they come for an extended visit?
For many, leaving their family home often means also leaving their extra guest room. It’s important to ensure that your visitors have a comfortable, affordable, and convenient place to stay when they visit. Make sure you aren’t limited in your ability to visit parents just because they’ve moved to assisted living.
At Bellewood we have apartments available for families use when visiting. This means you don’t have to find a hotel, you’re a short walk away from the folks and most importantly, your parents don’t need to pay for and keep up an extra room or two in their home.
What are community fees?
Community fees are charged by many assisted living or senior apartments to cover the administrative fees associated with a new resident move-in. Typically the fee runs from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. At Bellewood, we do not charge a separate community fee and most of our amenities are included in your monthly rent.