Author: Douglas Cromwell

The Value of Consistent Caregivers

Seeing the same caregivers on a regular basis
improves quality of care and quality of life for aging seniors.

consistent senior caregivers


A Familiar Face

When you’re relying on someone for personal care, there’s nothing better than seeing a friendly face. At Avendelle, it’s essential to us that our residents feel comfortable asking for help whenever they need it. We understand that the bond built between seniors and caregivers has the power to uplift, empower, and encourage. That’s why we keep caregivers as consistent as possible in our homes instead of rotating them between locations or relying on agencies to fill positions. At Avendelle, our residents know their housemates and their caregivers, so there’s always a friendly face when it’s time to ask for help.

An Established Dialogue

It’s an unfortunate reality that communication challenges can be a barrier to care. By promoting caregiver consistency, Avendelle gives caregivers the opportunity to observe residents over time. Thanks to established relationships, caregivers are better equipped to recognize behavior changes, notice subtle signs, and intervene early when new problems or conditions arise. This is key to medical care, but also to everyday living. If a resident starts behaving differently, a caring staff member can ask informed questions and make sure that the resident’s health, safety, and comfort are all where they need to be.

Comfort & Trust

We know that trust takes time to build and that you’ll likely be choosing a senior care solution before you’ve had time to establish trust. But you should know that building trust between our staff members, caregivers, residents, and their loved ones is core to our mission at Avendelle. When it comes to caregiver consistency, we are committed to seeing that our senior residents are receiving care at all times from caregivers they know and trust. Even when they’re just getting to know us, we pay close attention to ensure that your loved one is comfortable with his or her caregivers. We’re confident that, over time, the trust we build will lead to a higher standard of care and enhanced quality of life.

The Role of Routine

Providing consistent, compassionate caregivers is just one way that we prioritize consistency at Avendelle. But our commitment to predictable care goes beyond which caregivers are interacting with your loved one. The way in which care is delivered is also significant. Following a routine can have an enormous impact on seniors, making the experience of each day more positive. The value of predictability is even higher if memory loss or dementia becomes a factor. Our caregivers establish individualized routines for each of our residents, giving a much-appreciated rhythm to the day. Flexibility is built in, of course! We see the benefits play out every day in each of our homes.

Benefits of a daily routine for seniors include:

  • Better Sleep
  • Reduced Stress, Anxiety, Disorientation, and Confusion
  • An Improved Sense of Safety & Security
  • Less Disruption when New Caregivers Step In
  • Reduced Sundowning for those with Alzheimer’s

To us, following a routine means doing the same basic activities around the same time every day to give the day structure and a predictable flow. We still maintain flexibility in case seniors want to try a new activity or visit with loved ones.

A Caregiving Team that Values Consistency

As you can see, Avendelle is a team that values consistency at all levels. We’ve found that seeing the same caregivers on a regular basis improves not only quality of care, but also quality of life for aging seniors. When your loved one lives in an Avendelle home, you can rest easy knowing that there’s always a friendly face nearby to help. To learn more about assisted living at Avendelle’s residential care homes, request more information today.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia & Memory Care

Memory Care is already available in some Avendelle assisted living homes
and will soon be integrated into others.

What is Memory Care?

Memory care is a specialized type of skilled nursing that helps seniors cope with the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other memory problems. It is a comprehensive approach that includes modifying the physical layout and security of the residence2, daily routines, structured activities or programs, specialized social & therapeutic programming, brain fitness & memory games, and specialty food programs1. At Avendelle, memory care1 is already available in some of our assisted living homes and will soon be integrated into others.

How is Memory Care delivered?

It’s important to know that Avendelle is an array of small residences, many of which provide memory care1, rather than a memory care community. While not all our assisted living locations are equipped for memory care1, those that are deliver it within an environment that also provides individualized attention, the comfort of home, and the peace of mind that comes with around-the-clock care. We work with dementia experts to make our homes easy to navigate2 and to reduce the risk of danger from wandering. The specialized caregivers involved in memory care have received professional care provider training and certification. Though requirements vary from state to state, our commitment to an outstanding quality of care is consistent across Avendelle’s network of assisted living locations.

What does Memory Care address?

When discussing Memory Care, you’re referring to a particular approach to concerns stemming from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The areas commonly covered in professional dementia training include:

  • Memory Loss Conditions
  • Care Strategies
  • Communication
  • Understanding Behavior
  • Social Needs
  • Nutrition
  • Pain Reduction
  • Falls
  • Wandering
  • End-of-Life Care

Whether you ultimately choose a professional facility or family caregiving for your parent or loved one, make sure that all individuals providing care have received training in these areas. With the right knowledge, caregivers can prevent accidents, promote effective communication, establish healthy routines, and minimize the stress and anxiety felt by everyone involved.

When is Memory Care needed?

Due to the progressive nature of Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, the presence of one of these conditions means your loved one will almost certainly require specialized care. In the early stages of dementia, seniors can typically manage day-to-day life independently. Once a senior has progressed to the later stages of memory loss, a higher level of skill and supervision will be needed. Assisted living homes address these needs very well, affording independent living space with care and assistance available around the clock. Thanks to specialized training, Avendelle locations offering Memory Care1 are equipped to meet the evolving needs of residents with dementia, including by providing mental stimulation, diminishing potential causes of stress, and enhancing the safety of the home2.

Memory Care at Avendelle

Memory Care services are being rolled out in Avendelle’s residential care homes one at a time. If memory care is a concern or a priority for your loved one, be sure to mention this right up front so that we can help you evaluate homes where this type of care is available. Since both our care and our homes can be tailored to individual residents’ needs, we’re well equipped to implement interventions wherever they’re needed. The cost of memory care at Avendelle1 is unique as well. Thanks to our all-inclusive pricing model, memory care services are simply factored into the total price. There are no surprises, and you’ll always know what to expect.

To inquire about Memory Services at Avendelle residential care homes, request more information today.


1 – Availability varies by location; please inquire for details.
2 – Home Features vary by location.

Are you putting off assisted living?

It’s hard for family caregivers to know when it’s the right time for assisted living. 
Consider these factors for an easier transition.

The decision to move your parent or loved one into an assisted living home could be one of the hardest you’ll ever have to make. For many caregivers, it’s an impossible decision and one that doesn’t get made until you’ve found yourself in an impossible situation. The physical, emotional, and financial toll of family caregiving, however, is well known. The best thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your aging loved one is to consider the possibilities – genuinely and openly – before the toll of caregiving becomes too high. This will allow you to ask the right questions, weigh the best options, and maximize your enjoyment of your loved one as they transition through the stages of elderly care.

A Labor of Love

Lucky are those families whose aging loved ones find, declare, and set away funds for their own end-of-life care. Unfortunately, those families are also few and far between. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, more than 34 million Americans provided unpaid care to an adult age 50 or older in 2014. Millions of Americans are providing informal care to their parents and other aging loved ones because they believe it’s the only loving or practical solution. A labor of love, however, is still labor.

As Long As Possible

Many family caregivers declare the intention to provide care only for as long as it makes sense.

What they don’t anticipate is just how hard it is to know when a loved one has crossed the line to needing a level of care that’s more than you or your family can provide. When it comes to aging, everything is a progression. The demands begin manageably with running errands, keeping an eye on prescriptions, and helping around the house. When big changes take place, like new medical conditions or the loss of mobility, you notice. However, the caregiver can easily become the proverbial frog in the pot of water. Without a long-term plan that relieves you of your role as primary caregiver, it can all become too much, to the detriment to both yourself and your aging loved one.

How is the coping going?

When do the risks of keeping an aging senior at home outweigh the benefits? It’s impossible to know the precise moment. By keeping your eye on a few key areas, however, you can notice the red flags indicating the heat is on and going nowhere but up. We’re going to challenge you to evaluate many of these factors — not just for your loved one, but also for yourself. If you’re sacrificing your own well-being to meet a loved one’s needs, you’re likely over-taxing the system in a way that’s not sustainable.

Areas to watch out for:

Cleaning – Is your loved one living in a clean and healthy environment? Have homekeeping tasks taken a backseat to caregiving tasks in your home?

Money – Are your loved one’s bills being paid? Are your own? Are you compromising your budget to provide care?

Medication – Are medications being taken as prescribed? Are you considering taking medicine to offset the impact of caregiving activities?

Food – Nutrition is essential for everyone. Are you both eating often enough and avoiding unhealthy foods? Are meals being rushed or skipped?

Personal Hygiene – In addition to cleanliness, this includes self-care. Are both of you maintaining healthy habits? Are you sleeping?

Clothing – Does your loved one look disheveled? Are they changing clothes each day and dressing appropriately?

Mobility – Is your loved one able to move about to the degree they want or need?

Accidents – Are falls or wandering becoming more common? Do you worry you’re unable to provide the supervision your loved one needs?

Hobbies & Socializing – Socialization is vital throughout the aging process. Is your loved one getting out or taking visitors? Are you keeping in touch with other important people in your life?

Be honest.

Here’s another one that’s not often applied to both caregiver and senior. Successful caregiving requires honesty, both with yourself and with your loved one. The first thing to be honest about is that there will likely be a point when you and your support system can no longer reliably address all the needs of your aging parent. This may be a painful reality to share, but once you’ve both accepted it, you can move on to honestly discussing other options. At that point, it’s essential to know that you’re not forced to find the best among a bunch of bad options. Your loved one deserves a wonderful place that feels like home, and you should be looking for and expecting nothing less. Once you’re on the same page about what’s possible, finding a long-term care option can become the enriching, quality-of-life-extending pursuit it’s meant to be.

3 Phases of Elderly Care

For family caregivers considering assisted living for a loved one,
it’s important to understand the way in which elderly care needs progress.

As you evaluate senior care options, it’s important to understand the way in which elderly care needs progress with age. You’ve likely already seen your parent or loved one’s needs increase over time, and you know they will continue to evolve. Though the timeline involved can be unpredictable, the progression of elderly care unfolds in stages that aren’t so difficult to anticipate.

Navigating the Changes of Aging

Avendelle’s specialized caregivers are devoted to being of service from moment to moment in daily life – as well as to managing the momentous whole-life changes taking place for your loved one. We’re committed to helping seniors – and their families – navigate the confusing, uncertain, and often scary transitions that come with aging. Eldercare is our calling, and we’ve been helping seniors and their loved ones for over 13 years. We have the personnel, resources, and experience to soften these transitions and to adjust to seniors’ changing needs over the long term. Ultimately, we hope to make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone we serve.

Three Phases of Need

  1. Early

Common Early Care Solutions

  • Home Health Aides
  • Homemaking Services
  • Once-Daily Visits
  • Congregate Living

In the early phase of elderly care, seniors begin to require more consistent help. In addition to household chores, aging adults can struggle to stay active in social activities and hobbies. Family members and friends are often very involved in meeting care needs at this stage, but the demands of elderly care will inevitably extend beyond family resources. The early phase is the ideal time for finding a long-term care solution, even though this can be difficult due to all the responsibilities caregivers are already juggling. Making the transition to an assisted living home early, however, makes the most of the opportunity for aging in place. Avendelle’s unique model for delivering multiple levels of senior care in the setting of small, residential homes gives residents the chance to truly get to know one another, as well as their caregivers, and to make themselves at home.

  1. Moderate

Common Moderate Care Solutions

  • Adult Day Care
  • Increased Home Health Aide Assistance
  • Longer or More Frequent Visits Daily
  • Memory Care

In the moderate phase of need, aging seniors require more consistent and specialized care. Safety becomes a more pressing issue, as do daily life activities like mobility, nutrition, and hygiene. Maintaining healthy routines and minimizing physical risks are essential. During this phase, it’s common for seniors remaining in their homes to become isolated and to withdraw from social settings. Individuals with Alzheimer’s or dementia may struggle with sundowning or other behavioral challenges. Families that do not have a long-term care plan in place during the moderate stage are likely to become significantly burdened by the demands of elderly care.

  1. Progressed

Common Progressed Care Solutions

  • Assisted Living
  • Hospital Care
  • Inpatient, Short-Stay Rehabilitation
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Hospice Care

The progressed stage of elderly care is often the most challenging for both seniors and their loved ones. Medical and physical needs increase, while other areas of life tend to fall away. Reducing pain, planning for end-of-life care, and maximizing quality of life may become primary priorities. Once elderly care needs have progressed, professional caregiving is crucial for ensuring seniors receive adequate care and families can make the most of their time together.

Extending Quality of Life

Throughout this country, informal caregivers can be found striving to meet their loved ones’ needs during all three phases of elderly care. Unfortunately, doing so can take a significant toll on caregivers while putting both seniors and caregivers at risk. At Avendelle, we strive to relieve families of the stress, exhaustion, and overwhelming responsibility that accompany the family caregiving role. Our assisted-living homes provide comprehensive safety and security to reduce the risk of falls and accidents that can cause seniors’ care needs to accelerate.

By entering an environment tailored to the needs of aging seniors early in the need for care, your loved one can enjoy highly individualized attention without hours of worry on your part. New issues can be spotted early by trained professional caregivers, and essential daily needs for assistance, medication management, social interaction, and nutrition will be met with certainty. By working together, we can enhance your loved one’s quality of life and the duration of time they’re able to spend in a residential setting. To learn more about Avendelle residential care homes, request more information today.

Assisted Living Facility vs. Family Care Home

With all the senior living options available,
it’s important to find a place that feels like home.

At its core, Avendelle has something in common with larger facilities in that we all provide assisted living solutions for aging seniors. What sets us apart is our devotion to individualized care for every resident. To keep that individualized focus, we provide assisted living services in the atmosphere of residential houses. Our homes are an alternative to large assisted living facilities — an alternative where every resident is valued, in a house nestled within a typical residential community, in which everyone is treated with dignity, compassion, and care. 

The Meaning of “Home”

Staying in their own homes is all that many seniors want. As we age; however, the demands of health, safety, and well-being can make aging in one’s current place impossible. The idea of putting a loved one “in a home” has taken on an unfortunate meaning that has little to do with what “home” means to most of us. Avendelle is working to change this paradigm by creating residential care homes that genuinely feel like home. Each of our residences is a single-family house in a residential neighborhood, designed to meet the needs of aging seniors. Private and semi-private bedrooms preserve personalization and privacy. With an average of just six residents in each residence1, the feel is more family than facility. If it’s important to you that your loved one feels truly at home, don’t miss your opportunity to consider this alternative to larger, higher capacity facilities.

The Avendelle Difference

With 13 years of experience and more than 21 residential care homes in operation, Avendelle delivers long-term all-inclusive care in a small residential care home setting – but with the resource network of a much larger organization. Here are some of the ways our homes differ from larger facilities.

Size. A large assisted living facility feels perfectly comfortable to some seniors, while others prefer a slower pace and a more intimate setting. You should know that you have options. Avendelle has the resources of a larger organization, but we keep our homes small. This approach allows us to deliver stellar, one-on-one care that’s tailored to the individual. Your loved one will never be just a number at Avendelle. With an average of just six residents per home1, they can’t help but become one of the family!

Personalization. From the art on the walls to the skills of our caretakers, every aspect of life within an Avendelle residential care home is determined by the needs of individual residents. Focusing on a few residents in each home allows us the freedom to really get to know them and to adjust the living space to so that it works for the few, rather than the many. One size fits all doesn’t fit here! If you’re concerned about your loved one’s voice being heard and honored, Avendelle’s resident-centered approach will put your mind at ease.

Meaningful Interaction. In our homes, interpersonal interaction is a way of life. Each home is a small community of five to eight residents who know and care for one another, overseen by consistent caregivers who have the time and capacity to provide every resident with individualized attention. There’s always a friendly face and our caregivers and staff are trained to make sure every resident is engaged, attending meals, receiving appropriate care, and enjoying an excellent quality of life. Avendelle provides plenty of opportunities for recreation, leisure, and interaction, but it’s the day-to-day family atmosphere that many of our residents value most.

Caregiver Access. In a high-capacity assisted living facility, services are delivered on an as-needed basis. In Avendelle’s residential care homes, our professionals are present and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to assist with bathing, dressing, toileting, transferring, laundry, housekeeping, medications, social activities, and any other personal care need. Thanks to our 3-to-1 ratio1, our caregivers and residents get to know one another. Though our caretakers don’t provide skilled nursing, they can help manage health conditions and provide support when a resident wants to move about. In addition to our caregivers, many of our homes include regular visits from physicians or offer additional memory care services.

Private Homes. Most assisted living facilities consist of many apartments staffed by a revolving cast of caregivers. Avendelle’s residential care homes, by contrast, are beautiful single-family homes located in wonderful, highly accessible neighborhoods. Residents enjoy contributing personal style to the space, as well as privacy and independence. Since the homes are operated by Avendelle, there’s no resident owner involved in day-to-day living, as is often the case in smaller homes. It’s the best of both worlds – each house is a home, but residents enjoy access to all the resources Avendelle has to offer.

Which is right for your loved one?

Every assisted living facility has its pros and cons. To find out if an Avendelle home might be a good fit for your loved one, let’s start with a conversation. Just submit the inquiry form on any page of our website to get personalized answers about life in our family care homes. There’s never any pressure, and we’d love to hear from you!


1 – Varies by location and time of day; please inquire for details.



The Importance of Caregiver Ratio

What really matters
when it comes to resident-to-caregiver ratios?

Senior Living Resident to Caregiver Ratio

As you evaluate long-term care options for your loved one, it’s important to understand resident-to-caregiver ratios and what they mean. It may come as a surprise that discretion over staffing falls directly to the assisted living facilities providing care. The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) says merely: “ALFA supports staffing requirements that allow assisted living communities to hire staff in sufficient numbers to adequately meet the needs and preferences of the resident population.” Most states abstain from dictating staffing ratios as well. The lack of an established standard in this area is one of the reasons why the quality of seniors’ experiences with assisted living varies so widely across the country.

3:1 Average Resident to Caregiver Ratio

A consistent standard hasn’t been set for our industry, so Avendelle has established our own. In our mission to offer the very best in senior care, we maintain a 3:1 average ratio of residents to caregivers1. Though in-the-moment ratios can vary by time and location, this is an average we consistently take measures to maintain. This ensures each resident receives proper care and attention all day, every day. While we encourage residents to be as independent as reasonably possible, when they do need help, they can quickly and easily get it from a knowledgeable caregiver.

Individualized Care

One of the special things about life at Avendelle is the family-like atmosphere that emerges in each of our homes. Every residential location is different and they’re all constantly evolving. Our caregivers are bona fide members of the communities we facilitate, and it’s in their job description to get to know each resident on an individual level. This familiarity empowers them to deliver the highest possible level of assistance, to uplift the atmosphere when necessary, and to anticipate and successfully resolve problems. If you want your loved one to have one-on-one, individualized attention, you’ll love the Avendelle approach. We honor the voice of every resident and deliver a degree of personalized care that larger assisted living facilities can’t imitate.

We notice the little things.

The drawback of a bigger community is rarely the quality of care available. Rather, it’s the inability to devote focused attention on each resident as an individual and to notice small, potentially meaningful changes.  At Avendelle, our average resident-to-caregiver ratio is just 3 to 11. Our senior caregivers spend time with and get to know our residents. Your loved one won’t just enjoy the comfort seeing a familiar, friendly face; he or she will also benefit from a qualified caregiver understanding what normal looks like – and what might be cause for alarm.

What Really Matters

When it comes to resident-to-caregiver ratios in assisted living, there’s an important secondary consideration. In many ways, the number of staff on site matters less than the type of professionals present and the kind of care they can provide. At Avendelle, we’re focused on caregivers, not just staff. Though our support staff does keep our residential care homes running smoothly, they’re not the ones who make the difference in the quality of our residents’ care. That responsibility is trusted to our caregivers, and we maintain a 3:1 average ratio of residents to caregivers1. When you hear that number, it doesn’t include gardeners and drivers. What matters most in quality of care is the resident-to-caregiver ratio.


1 – Varies by location; please inquire for details.

Is It Time For Assisted Living?

Is It Time For Assisted Living?

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Aging can be a scary time for your loved ones and for you as you try and help them. Is your loved one skipping appointments with their doctors? It is actually a common scenario where an elderly family member will either insist they are still healthy enough to work or if they’re retired that they don’t need help with daily tasks, despite their struggles. If they have dementia, memory problems with Alzheimer’s etc they may grow more agitated or scared.

Many young family members are having a hard time convincing their aging parents or relatives to find caregiving services. Seniors showing anger or depressive changes in their behavior is common. It’s not personal or reflective of your care for them. However, they don’t really understand how and why they are suffering from certain bodily malfunctions such as cognitive impairment as dementia takes hold or Alzheimer’s progresses. Due to that, they tend to believe that their loved ones, even their children, are incapable of understanding their troubles emotionally and physically.

Trying to provide them a gentle reassurance to lessen their fears about function loss doesn’t always work. What once was a calm living situation can go bad, and leave you feeling guilty, and them frustrated, helpless and angry. Understand that the elderly refusing care is common and if you’re not making progress with your loved one like you used to, it’s ok and you’re not alone. Rather than argue or fight and cause hurt feelings about their state of affairs about all that they cannot do anymore, you can show them that despite their loss of function, they are still whole and a completely important person. In this stage, empathy and validation are what they need.

Because they have reached the peak of their lives they are often too proud to admit their true level of struggle if they are even aware of it. In their mind, they’ve made it this far and they think they will be okay on their own. It is undeniable that some seniors will not believe something unless the explanation comes from a professional. So keep that in mind, you may have a talk with their physician to suggest they move into an assisted living situation for their health and well being. Their physician can explain to them the benefits of therapies such as reducing unpleasant signs of the disease. They can also provide correct answers to the concerns of seniors about treatment.  If your elderly parent refuses help or assisted living, it may be due to fears about privacy, discomfort felt around strangers, hesitations to spend on health care, or fear of losing their freedom. It’s a lot to take in and we understand that.

Since the need for caregiving and assisted living for elderly parents is a two-way street, problems can be experienced by both parties. To reduce these problems, listing down priorities can help a lot. Does your parent need weekly or monthly appointments with a doctor? Do you urgently need to hire a housekeeper? Will it be beneficial for both of you if your loved one is admitted in an assisted living facility? For instance, if your parent suffers from dementia, they can no longer handle their regular chores. It’s often the case that moving your loved one into assisted living sooner than later will prevent them from feeling threatened or helpless actually because they’re not left to fall apart stressing out trying to make everything work in their life right anymore.

If an elderly parent refuses assisted living and caregiving services and says that it is their final decision, it’s important to still give love and support. In case something bad happens, remember that it is nobody’s fault and you should not feel liable nor guilty for that. And since time is precious, just make every moment count for both of you. We know you want the best assisted living home for your loved one and deciding which is best can be stressful. There are many facilities to choose from with many differences, trying to cater to what they think will fit your needs. But sometimes it’s just fluff amenities to make it look amazingly appealing but it isn’t things that your loved one will even use or need.

Why Avendelle?

Although Avendelle may not have the ambiance and amenities of a large, commercial assisted living facility, what we do have, and focus on, is the care we provide to our senior residents. All too often, a resident will be kicked out of a larger Assisted Living Facility and after moving in with us the family members tell us that they wish they would have found out about us sooner.  A lot of times when you’re evaluating facilities, you see fancy chandeliers, the movie theater, exercise room, etc.  But those items are only there to sell you on the community.  Unless your loved one is very, very early stage dementia and pretty independent, those items aren’t used by them.  And if your loved one isn’t continued to be prompted to eat meals, participate in activities, etc., then they end up just sitting in their room all day or just wondering around, since it’s the path of least resistance by the caretakers. Because our homes are actual homes with a superb caregiver to resident ratio, we actually engage with our residents.

If you’re ready to find the perfect home for your loved one, contact Avendelle Assisted Living today. We’re here for you.

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Making Sure Your Senior Loved One Is Safe This Winter

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Senior Safety is paramount in winter.

This time of year can be especially dangerous for seniors because of slips and falls. Nearly three million American seniors suffer falls every year according to the CDC. Tragically, the number of seniors who lose their lives to unintentional falls is getting higher every year.

If you live in Texas, you may not see much ice and snow country as you will in North Carolina,  but even those who only get ice ever so often, there’s still no more dangerous time of the year for slips and falls than during winter no matter where you are and it pays to be prepared. As a concerned caregiver for the health of an older loved one it’s important to prevent slips and falls during the coldest months.

Here are some of the best strategies for protecting seniors against winter slips and falls:

Wear The Right Foot Wear

Winter boots aren’t just there to keep our feet warm. High-quality boots with winter-ready treads will provide superior grip compared to other footwear, helping lower the chance of a winter slip or fall for seniors. Wear good winter boots when walking outdoors during winter and make sure to check treads for signs of wear that might make them less effective.

Get A Helping Hand

Having a steady hand to hold can make all the difference when navigating snow and ice during the cold winter months. Even a short walk from the front door to the driveway can be made safer with the help of a sure-footed friend or family member.

Shovel Snowy Or Icy Porches, Walk Ways, And Drive Ways

Snow can present a fall risk during winter all on its own, but it becomes even more dangerous when it hides the ground underneath. If there’s enough snow, it could be easy to forget where your porch step starts and ends, or where certain everyday tripping risks are found. Remember that shoveling itself can also represent a fall risk, so if necessary, have a friend, a relative, or a professional perform the task for you.

Apply Salt Or Sand To Icy Walk Ways

Falls and slips during the winter months, ice is usually to blame. Even the most physically fit and stable among us are likely to find ourselves turned upside down by ice — if we’re not careful, even if we know it’s there. Try pouring sand over ice which can help give the surface more traction. Salt does the same and eats holes into the ice’s surface to break up slick surfaces. As with shoveling, salting and sanding can be a risky activity, so have someone lend a hand if need be.

Stop Indoor Puddles

Snow melt can turn into dangerous indoor puddles quickly. You can avoid this problem by installing winter mats, storing your boots and winter gear in an area that traps snow melt, and by immediately cleaning up any puddles that occur in your home.

Make Senior Fall Prevention A Priority Year Round

Even though winter is the most risky time of year for slips and falls, that doesn’t mean the risk doesn’t exist during warmer months. It’s important to practice fall-prevention year-round, taking steps like keeping risky areas well-lit, maintaining leg strength and balance, and trusting your body and instincts. By taking these precautions at all times, you and your loved ones you’ll be far better prepared when the snow and ice hits.

If falls have become the norm or have increased in severity, it may be time to discuss assisted living as an option.

At Avendelle, your loved one’s safety is paramount to us 24/7, 365 days a year.

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Is It Time For Your Loved One To Transition To Assisted Living? Here Are The Signs.

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You’re Not Alone.

Millions of Americans devote time and energy to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, in fact over 15 million.  And over time as things progress, the cost of caregiving may become very high. Family members and friends often find themselves unable to bear the burden of providing home health care without wearing too thin and suffering in the end themselves. It may be time to consider whether to move an elderly loved one into an assisted living home if their health and physical needs become too much to handle at home. We know it’s never an easy decision to move a family member. So here are some signs that you can look for to help you recognize when it’s the right time to make the move for their wellbeing.

Is the senior’s home safe?

Consider your senior family member’s mental and physical health. Are they truly safe in their home as a person with dementia? Do they have physical limitations which make their life hard for them such as getting dressed, taking their medications, getting to the shower and back to their bedroom or favorite chair?

It’s a tough family conversation to have but if your loved one’s physical abilities have deteriorated to the point that they are in danger and you taking care of them also puts you at risk, talking about moving them into an assisted living situation that will give you peace of mind because they aren’t constantly at risk and you are not putting yourself in jeopardy either is a great investment for all of you.

Does your aging loved one get easily agitated or more often?

Does your Mom or Dad get more agitated as the day progresses especially pronounced later in the day? This is a common characteristic of those with Alzheimer’s, called “Sundowner’s Syndrome”. The outbursts and fights that can come because of this can take a heavy toll on you, and when it begins to severely disrupt family routines, this may be a sign that the caregiving burden is becoming too much to bear. Aggression frequently happens in those with dementia, and caregivers or other family members may suffer or begin to feel resentful. If it’s damaging your family, it may be time to consider assisted living placement.

Does your loved one wander off?

Does your Mom or Dad wander off? In the later stages of dementia, the risk posed by wandering becomes much greater and the probability of falls and injuries increases as well. Many families remark how they weren’t gone for very long at all and came back to find Mom or Dad lost in the garage, outside, or gone and they have to file a missing person’s report and a search gets underway. If they’re wandering off or getting lost, it’s probably time to talk about assisted living for their safety.

Are you worn out and depleted from caregiving?

The emotional, mental and physical toll of caregiving can be particularly pronounced for husbands and wives of those who need care as well.  Whether it is your Mom or Dad, your Wife or your Husband, we know that talking about them living somewhere else is never easy, and may cause feelings of grief and guilt. Know that you are not alone, as this is very common when undertaking the tough decision to place a loved one in another home. Many people remark that they lose their loved ones twice, once to the disease process, and then when they pass away. As a caregiver, it can be difficult just to find enough time to care for your loved one, and so you let your own needs fall to the wayside. But staying healthy is one of the best things you can do to provide the support your loved one needs, so moving them to an assisted living home may be the healthiest choice for both of you.

We’re Here For Seniors, And You.

In light of all this, we feel our small, residential assisted living homes are the perfect and loving choice for those who want their loved one to be able to live in a home as close to what their normal home life would be like. One that’s really a home, unlike those large facilities. Our homes are just that—homes, not institutionalized facilities in which everyone is forced to operate on the same schedule. With smaller populations and a low resident-to-caregiver ratio, we’re able to allow each resident freedom and provide individualized care. Our experienced staff members care deeply about the well-being of our residents and take pride in maintaining a high standard of living for all.

When staying in an existing home becomes too demanding, difficult, or dangerous, Avendelle provides seniors a safe place that’s as close to home as possible. We’ve invested in the safety equipment and response procedures for both ambulatory and non-ambulatory assisted-living residents. All of our residential assisted-living homes are equipped with fire sprinkler systems and electronic medical record systems. For aging seniors, being safe can also mean having someone notice the first signs of a new problem. Our incredible, knowledgeable assisted-living caregivers get to know each resident’s routines and patterns. They’re always paying attention so that no change in mood, health, or sleep goes unnoticed.

If it’s time to talk about moving your loved one to assisted living, we’re here for you. We’d love to meet you and give you a tour. Email Us Or Request A Tour Here:

Call Us Today: 866-971-8095








Avendelle Assisted Living Franchise News

Milestone update and brand growth for Avendelle Assisted Living franchise brand! Avendelle Assisted Living finalized new partnerships and franchise business in the country of Turkey today!

We signed off on a master development agreement with an upfront 100 franchise location expansion commitment, with an additional 400 franchise location commitment in the pipeline!

We are looking forward to the future of the Avendelle Assisted Living brand in the United States, Turkey, and future international expansion! A Bright future and outlook ahead for the Avendelle team and brand.

Are you looking for a strong franchise brand with long term growth potential in a extremely fast growing industry? Let’s connect about the next steps with Avendelle Assisted Living!

Avendelle at Garner (Coming Soon)

Chinh Hoang, owner and operator of Avendelle at Fuquay, is proud to announce that he is opening a second North Carolina assisted living location!

This location is located in Garner, North Carolina, and is close to White Oak Crossing (6 miles) and Johnston Health Clayton (3.5 miles). The home is currently in the framing stage of construction and we are anticipating opening around July. This home will feature the same personalized care and service that everyone has come to expect from Avendelle Assisted Living!

The address of the home is 181 Kaspurr Drive, Garner, NC, 27529 (you may have to use Clayton instead of Garner if your are putting the address into your GPS or looking it up on the Internet).

If you are considering placing your loved one in a residential care home or assisted living facility, or know someone who is, we encourage you to monitor our website for the latest updates!  We also encourage you to contact Chinh at (857) 413-7599 or for additional information.

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Avendelle at Southern Oaks – Deficiency Free!

Avendelle at Southern Oaks was inspected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation (the entity that licenses and inspects Family Care Homes in North Carolina) today and we are extremely proud to announce that we were found to be deficiency free! Please join us in thanking Shirish, Snehal, and the rest of the team at Avendelle at Southern Oaks for their hard work and dedication in order to make this possible. For those that do not know, the annual NC licensure inspection is an extremely rigorous inspection. No page is left unturned. Items looked at during these inspections include personal care, food service, medication administration, staff qualifications, building maintenance, and much, much more

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Avendelle at Rolesville – Deficiency Free!

On Wednesday, December 16th, 2015, The Haven at Rolesville was audited by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation (the entity that licenses Family Care Homes) and we are extremely proud to announce that we were found to be deficiency free yet again!  We would like to say “Thank You!” to all of our hard-working staff that helped to make this possible!  To celebrate, we will hold a pizza party at The Haven at Rolesville on Monday, December 21, 2015.  Please be sure to thank our staff for a job well-done!

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Avendelle at Wingate Nominated!

Please join us in congratulating Penni Keys and Avendelle at Wingate being nominated as a Finalist in the Best Assisted Living Facility category of The Readers’ Choice Best of 2015 by The Charlotte Observer!  assisted living facility charlotte

Penni Keys is the owner/operator of Avendelle at Wingate, which is located in Wingate, NC (just outside of Charlotte). Penni and her staff take pride in providing the best care possible for her residents and this nomination is a testimony of their dedication!

The winners will be announced on December 6th.  We will be sure to keep you updated!

Annual Licensure Inspection at Avendelle at Wingate

Yesterday, an auditor from The State of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation was at The Haven at Wingate to conduct their follow-up licensure inspection/annual inspection.  We are proud to announce that The Haven at Wingate earned a violation-free/deficiency-free inspection!  We at The Haven Family Care Homes would like to thank the owner, Penni Keyes, as well as her staff for all of the hard work they put into keeping The Haven at Wingate operating in such a manner on a daily basis.  Job well done!  The Haven Family Care Homes takes pride in providing exceptional, personalized care in an intimate homelike environment while also operating in such a manner that meets and/or exceeds the State’s Rules and Regulations for Family Care Homes and this licensure inspection exemplifies our operating philosophies.  If you or someone you know is looking for a home for their loved one, please call Penni Keyes at (704) 995-6915 to schedule a tour today!

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Licensure Inspections For Both Fuquay-Varina Assisted Living Homes

Today, we had our Licensure Inspections for both our assisted living homes – The Haven at Fuquay and The Haven at Southern Oaks.  We are excited to announce that both homes were recommended for licensure.  We should have our licenses for both locations next week!

Schedule A Tour of Our Assisted Living Homes

Please call 919-606-5945 and schedule a tour!


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Licensure Inspections For Both Fuquay-Varina Homes

The Haven Family Care Homes is excited to announce that both of the Fuquay-Varina locations (The Haven at Fuquay and The Haven at Southern Oaks) will have their licensure inspections the week of September 7th!  If everything goes as planned, our franchisees will have their license in-hand the following week and should be opened for business soon afterward!  Both franchisees are looking forward to bringing the outstanding senior care that The Haven Family Care Homes is known for to the Fuquay-Varina area!

If you, a loved one, or an acquaintance are looking to place someone they know in an assisted living facility, we strongly encourage you to consider placing them with us!  Both locations have fire sprinkler systems which allows us to support aging-in-place.  This means that we can accept non-ambulatory clients and we can continue to care for them long after the larger facilities would have to discharge them.  We also feature a low resident-t0-caregiver ratio of 3:1 during the day and 6:1 during the night, meaning the resident will receive much more individualized attention, interaction, and care in our homes than they would in a larger facility.

Please don’t hesitate to schedule a tour, as both locations have garnered a lot of interest and rooms are filling up quickly!

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Avendelle at Wingate, Now Opened!

Today, May 21, 2015, we had our pre-licensure inspection by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation (the entity that is responsible for licensing Family Care Homes and Adult Care Homes).  The Adult Care Home Specialist from Union County also attended this inspection.  We are extremely proud to announce that we have been recommended for licensure!  This represents our first licensed franchisee!  Penni Keyes, the owner and operator, worked diligently in preparing the home for licensure and is now excited to begin accepting residents and providing the wonderful care The Haven is known for!  Should you be looking for a place for your loved one, or know someone who is, please contact Penni at (704) 995-6915 or to schedule a tour today!


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Coming Soon to Fuquay-Varina!

The Haven Family Care Homes is proud to announce that we will soon have two franchised locations opening in Fuquay-Varina, NC!  Both locations are currently undergoing renovations and each location will feature 4 private rooms and one semi-private room.  We anticipate obtaining our licensure for both homes in late July or early August.  Please check back frequently for updates.  Please Note: There has been an extremely high amount of interest in these homes and we already have residents on a waiting list for both locations, so if you are looking for a place that provides excellent care in an intimate, homelike environment in the Fuquay-Varina area, please don’t hesitate to contact Esther Cromwell at 919-606-5945 or for more information and to schedule a tour today!


Avendelle at Wingate (Coming Soon)!!!

Avendelle Assisted Living is proud to announce our first franchisee-owned location will be opening soon in Wingate, North Carolina!

The majority of the renovations have been completed and we are now undergoing the necessary inspections in order to obtain our license. Penni Keyes, the owner of Avendelle at Wingate, is extremely excited about opening the home, and we are looking forward to being able to give those in the greater Charlotte area the same excellent care with our unsurpassed standards that we are offering our residents in the Raleigh, NC, area.

Also, Avendelle at Wingate was recently featured in The Enquirer-Journal, which is the local newspaper of the Monroe, NC area. You can read the article at

For more information on Avendelle at Wingate, please contact Esther at 919-606-5945 .

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The Triangle Caregivers Conference 2015

The Haven Family Care Homes is proud to once again be Session Sponsors of The Triangle Caregivers Conference!

The information for the 2015 Conferences are as follows:

McKimmon Center
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh, NC 27606

Durham Convention Center
Thursday, June 25, 2015
301 W. Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

All of us at The Haven Family Care Homes is looking forward to seeing you there!









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Avendelle at Carlton Pointe – Update

The Open House at The Haven at Carlton Pointe was a huge success!  We had a great turnout and everyone is extremely excited about the opening of this home!  We received some excellent feedback and are looking forward to obtaining our license and our official opening of The Haven at Carlton Pointe.  We anticipate obtaining our license prior to the end of January 2015.

If you or someone you know is looking to place a loved one in an assisted living environment, please consider placing them with The Haven Family Care Homes.  We feature a 3:1 resident-to-caregiver ratio in an intimate, homelike environment.  All of our homes feature a fire sprinkler/fire alarm system, which allows your loved one to “age-in-place.”  We also feature all-inclusive pricing.  Instead of paying a room and board rate and then tacking on extra charges that seem to increase every month at the large facilities, our pricing is all-inclusive.  As long as our caring and professional staff is able to provide the care to your loved one and the care required doesn’t increase dramatically, the price we set with you in the beginning is the price you will likely pay for years to come.  Also, with a census of only 6 residents per home, placing your loved one with us ensures your loved one will get the care and attention they deserve.  Please call Esther at 919-606-5945 to schedule a tour today!


Avendelle at Carlton Pointe Open House!

The construction at The Haven at Carlton Pointe is now complete and we would like to invite anyone that may be interested in placing your loved one with us in our new home or may be interested in franchising with us to tour the facility and get more information on The Haven!

When: Tuesday, December 16th from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM.

Where: 451 Bendemeer Lane, Rolesville, NC, 27571

RSVP:  919.606.5945

Refreshments will be provided!

We look forward to seeing you at The Haven at Carlton Pointe!

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Openings for Residents

We currently have openings for two residents.  One opening is for The Haven at Waterford Landing and the other opening is for The Haven at Weaver Crossing.  If you are looking to place a loved one in a wonderful, caring, home-like environment, or know someone who is, please contact us today to schedule a tour!  Be quick, as these openings won’t last long!


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Construction Continues at Carlton Pointe

Construction at The Haven at Carlton Pointe is progressing as scheduled.  Today’s pictures reveal the beautiful front entrance ramp, the hardwood floors that will run throughout the entire home (except the bathrooms, which will be tile), and the tile that will be in bathroom floors.  You can also see the trim and molding in a couple of these pictures.  The attention to detail in this home is amazing!  We at The Haven Family Care Homes are extremely excited that this home is nearing completion!

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Siding and Drywall Going Up at Avendelle at Carlton Pointe!

The siding and drywall are being installed at The Haven at Carlton Pointe!  The construction is progressing smoothly and should be completed around Thanksgiving.  This assisted living home is going to feature 5 bedrooms (4 private rooms and one semi-private room that can house 2 residents).  It will also feature 4 full bathrooms, all with roll-in showers.  Each bedroom will have direct access to a bathroom.  This home is very spacious and will also have a large backyard.  It located right off NC Highway 401 in Rolesville near Bojangles’ and just minutes from 540.

Tour Our Assisted Living Home

We strongly encourage you to schedule a tour immediately, as rooms are already being reserved!  In fact, there are only two openings left!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to place your loved one with us and let us show you the difference The Haven assisted living can make in your loved one’s life!

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Avendelle at Carlton Pointe

All of us at The Haven Family Care Homes are extremely proud to announce our sixth location is underway!

This location will be located in the Carlton Pointe subdivision of Rolesville, NC.

As you can see, construction has just begun and we anticipate opening in late 2014 or early 2015.

Please stay tuned for updates!

Also remember that it’s never too early to schedule a tour of one of our other facilities and reserve a room for your loved one at this location!

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Renovations Complete

We are proud to announce that the renovations to The Haven on Saratoga have been completed and residents have begun moving in!  We currently have only 3 more unoccupied rooms left!  Please schedule a tour today to ensure a spot for your loved one!

The Haven on Saratoga, as well as the rest of The Haven locations, are small, intimate assisted living facilities located in residential neighborhoods in the greater Raleigh, NC area that focus on excellent, personalized senior care.


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Assisted Living Renovations

The Haven on Saratoga (an assisted living facility located in Raleigh, NC) is currently undergoing renovations to be able to accept both ambulatory and non-ambulatory clients.  These renovations include the addition of a fire sprinkler and fire alarm system, widened doorways and hallways, enlarged bathrooms, and several other modifications.  These renovations are expected to be completed shortly.  Unfortunately, we will no longer accept Medicaid clients at this location.

Deficiency Free!

Today, The Haven at Rolesville was inspected by The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation.  This is the entity that licenses, inspects, and rates Family Care Homes as well other similar facilities (assisted living facilities, adult care homes, etc.) in the State of North Carolina.

The Haven Family Care Homes is proud to announce that this facility was found to be deficiency free!  We would like to take the time to thank all of the staff members that helped to make this possible by putting in the time, effort, and dedication it takes to care for our residents on a daily basis!  assisted living raleigh nc

The Triangle Caregivers Conference 2014

Today, The Haven Family Care Homes participated in The Triangle Caregivers Conference in Raleigh.  We were happy to meet everyone in attendance and we made some amazing connections!  We also gained valuable information and look forward to implementing some of these ideas and improving our already amazing care that we provide to our residents!  We will also be participating in next week’s conference in Durham on June 24th.  If anyone is interested in obtaining more information about the conference, please visit



Avendelle at Rolesville – Coming Soon

The Haven Family Care Homes is excited to announce that we closed on the loan for what will soon become our newest assisted living facility, The Haven at Rolesville.

The Haven Family Care Homes team is excited to be able to provide excellent senior care services to individuals who need these services in the Rolesville and surround area but don’t want to reside in a larger assisted living /senior care facility.

We have an anticipated opening date of March 15, 2014.  Please schedule a tour to see the difference The Haven Family Care Homes can make for your loved one!  Act soon, as a waiting list has already formed!

Avendelle at Waterford Landing – Deficiency Free!

Yesterday, the state conducted an inspection of The Haven at Waterford Landing.  We are proud to announce that we earned another deficiency free inspection!  We would like to thank all of our dedicated staff who give selflessly to make this possible!


The Haven at Waterford Landing is a small (6 residents) assisted living facility located in Raleigh, NC that provides senior care services to elderly residents with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other illness in which it makes it difficult or impossible for that individual to care for themselves.

Raleigh, NC Assisted Living Provider Offers Franchising Opportunity

Raleigh, North Carolina (November 28, 2013) – The Haven Family Care Homes, LLC, is offering a franchise opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to engage in the Raleigh, NC assisted living industry. With their background in the nursing and business fields, the founders propose a franchise system that features key benefits in terms of management and client service, among others.
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Is Assisted Living in Raleigh NC the Answer To The Needs of the Aging?


There will a a time in your life when you will need to assess the condition of your elderly loved ones. A grandparent may need to be reminded of taking medication or a great-uncle may have to be assisted when taking a shower. The question, however, lies on the type of care that should be provided. Should the elderly be simply reminded of certain tasks or is heading to an assisted-living facility the answer?

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Senior Care/The Right Way to Find Home Care for a Senior

Sure-fire warning signs that a senior needs more help. suggests that if an adult child or caregiver notices certain warning signs, the senior probably requires assistance on a more regular basis. Some signs to look for are:
• Spoiled food that doesn’t get thrown away
• Missing important appointments
• Difficulty with walking, balance and mobility
• Uncertainty and confusion when performing once-familiar tasks
• Forgetfulness
• Unpleasant body odor or noticeable decline in grooming habits and personal care
• Dirty house, extreme clutter and dirty laundry piling up
• Stacks of unopened mail or an overflowing mailbox
• Late payment notices, bounced checks and calls from bill collectors
• Poor diet or weight loss
• Loss of interest in hobbies and activities
• Changes in mood or extreme mood swings
• Forgetting to take medications – or taking more than the prescribed dosage
• Diagnosis of dementia or early onset Alzheimer’s
• Unexplained dents and scratches on a car

Assessing the type of home care a senior parent needs

To determine the kind of home care that is essential for the senior, the adult child can first observe the senior parent. Watch how the senior handles routine Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as bathing and dressing. Also, note any housekeeping or errands that are difficult for the senior to accomplish. Make a list of all of the areas that the senior requires help, or if the senior had assistance, where their life would be better.

The Family Caregiver Alliance offers these guidelines for assessing the home care needs of a senior and for indicating where the caregiver needs support:
Personal Care: bathing, eating, dressing, toileting
• Household Care: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping
• Health Care: medication management, physician’s appointments, physical therapy
• Emotional Care: companionship, meaningful activities, conversation

By assessing each area, the adult child can begin to align support for each need.

New Location Under Works

We are excited to announce that we are in the beginning stages of building our fifth location.  This home will be located in Rolesville and is being built from the ground up with the sole purpose of a family care home in mind.  Please stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

Avendelle at Weaver Crossing

We are excited to announce The Haven at Weaver Crossing as our newest Family Care Home.  Located in the Weaver Crossing subdivision of Apex, North Carolina, The Haven at Weaver Crossing combines elegance and luxury in an intimate, home-like environment.  The Haven at Weaver Crossing is located within minutes of NC 64 and 540 Toll roads.  Our opening date is set for June 1, 2013.  Please feel free to call Esther Cromwell at 919-606-5945 to schedule a tour!  Please act quickly, as rooms are filling up quickly!