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Respond to U.S. Census to Ensure Health Equity

Date Published: Sep 08 2020

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you respond by the end of this month to the federal 2020 Census, which was mailed to your home. The census is conducted only once every 10 years, and this is the first time you also may respond to it online or by phone.

Find Resources For At-Home Seniors

Date Published: Aug 20 2020

Watching a beloved parent or friend begin to decline can be very worrisome. However, there are many resources available today to help you both. 

Assess When "Home Alone" May be Unsafe

Date Published: Aug 06 2020

Nearly everyone begins slowing down as they age. When do you know it’s time to consider senior living options for your parent or other senior loved one?There are several warning signs that you may need to intervene. Keep an eye out for anything that might indicate a loved one may need help.

Protect Yourself Against Phone Scams

Date Published: Jul 24 2020

Unsolicited phone calls from strangers can be downright frustrating. They also may pose a serious threat—scammers know exactly how to trick us into providing sensitive information that could lead to huge financial losses.


CHI Living Communities Featured in National Publication

Date Published: Jul 22 2020

Thanks to CEO Aaron D. Webb, CHI Living Communities is very pleased to be featured in the latest issue of Senior Housing News.

Make Sure Seniors Connect "Smartly"

Date Published: Jul 21 2020

When seniors are alone, such as during a quarantine or threatening weather conditions, it can be especially difficult for them to stay engaged and connected. This may create or add to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Ways to Connect with Quarantined Seniors

Date Published: Jul 10 2020

When you can’t visit your elderly loved one during a quarantine, you still can help them feel involved and connected by taking numerous actions.

Why You Need A Care Plan

Date Published: Jun 30 2020

Whether you live alone, are in a long-term care facility or are part of a large household, all adults should have a care plan. 

Tips for Older Men’s Health

Date Published: Jun 24 2020

Americans are living longer than ever, yet women are still outliving men by about five years. Research suggests this may be due to men not taking care of themselves as well as women do. For instance, women are much more likely to have a primary ...

Four Ways to Improve Brain Health

Date Published: Jun 02 2020

As we grow older, often our minds slows down, we can become forgetful and it can be harder to multitask. This natural part of aging is referred to as mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

Don't Carry in COVID-19 with Takeout Food

Date Published: May 29 2020

You may be caring for an aging parent or have more people in your household than usual during the pandemic. As the U.S. begins recovery efforts and more businesses re-open, you may choose to get take-out food for a break from many home-cooked meals in recent weeks.

CHI Living Communities Welcomes New CEO

Date Published: May 26 2020

CHI Living Communities is pleased to announce Aaron D. Webb, Esq., as our new Chief Executive Officer, effective June 15. Succeeding former CEO Rick Ryan who retired May 1, Aaron has more than 25 years of diverse experience, including the last 15 in senior health care services.

Why move now? Your family is ours.

Date Published: May 18 2020

Deciding to move into a senior living community can be difficult. It may be even harder during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Should you move into an independent living residence now or wait until the pandemic is over?

If a spouse or family member needs assisted living, skilled nursing and rehab, or memory care, is it best to continue caring for them at home for a while longer, or find them a senior living option now while space may still be available?

Six Tips for Good Mental Health

Date Published: May 13 2020

Aging. Financial issues. Poor health. Being alone. The death of a spouse or lifelong friend. Each of us has stressors that can occasionally make us feel anxious or sad. The older we get, these challenges may sometimes occur more frequently or even simultaneously, making it harder to cope.

Bishop Drumm recently named 2019 Business of the Year

Date Published: Mar 02 2020

Bishop Drumm Retirement Center’s leadership team is pleased to announce that the organization was recently named 2019 Business of the Year by the Johnston Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet on February 28.

How Do You Know if Your Loved One Needs Assisted Living?

Date Published: Jun 19 2019

There are so many commercials on television today talking about the best way to care for older family members. How do you know when your older loved one needs just extra help or can no longer live on their own?

Bishop Drumm Celebrates its 80th Anniversary

Date Published: Jun 13 2019

Eighty years ago, the Sisters of Mercy started Bishop Drumm Retirement Community for aging seniors in the Des Moines community supplying compassionate care and creating a history of innovation.  

Preparing for care after surgery and/or a hospitalization

Date Published: May 22 2019

You have met with the doctor and other staff at the hospital.  You may have had surgery or another illness that requires physical, occupational, or speech therapy.  However, what happens when the hospital is ready to release you to a rehab facility? A little preplanning can ease your mind.


Date Published: Jan 31 2019

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news? Heart disease can be managed or prevented when people make health choices and manage their health conditions. Communities, health professionals and families can work together to create opportunities for people to make healthier choices.

Bishop Drumm Awarded Gold Seal from The Joint Commission

Date Published: Aug 30 2018

CHI Living Communities Bishop Drumm Retirement Center earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Nursing Care Center Accreditation and Post-Acute Care Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

Preplanning Can Ease Your After Surgery Woes

Date Published: Jun 26 2018

You’ve met with the doctor. Scheduled your surgery. Have all your hospital plans in place.  But what happens after surgery when the hospital is ready to release you? A little preplanning can make your recovery faster.

Ten Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Some Help

Date Published: Jun 15 2018

When Becky’s sister asked how their mother was “really doing” after a whirlwind weekend of relatives in town, a bridal shower and a milestone birthday celebration, she was told, “Okay.” But was she?

Ten Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Some Help

Date Published: Nov 10 2016

When Becky’s sister asked how their mother was “really doing” after a whirlwind weekend of relatives in town, a bridal shower and a milestone birthday celebration, she was told, “Okay.” But was she?

New Branding for Franciscan Living Communities Announced

Date Published: Oct 25 2016

Franciscan Living Communities long-term care facilities are being rebranded as part of CHI Living Communities, a national business of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI). Sylvania Franciscan Health became part of CHI in 2014.

CEO Recognition Award Earned

Date Published: Oct 23 2016

CHI Living Communities earned the Chief Executive Officer’s Recognition Award for being among the Top Five high achievers in the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) 2016 Performance Culture Assessment.