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Cedar Mountain Retreat: Holistic Assisted Living

Feb 05, 2018 07:40PM
by Sheila Julson

The baby boomers are a defining generation in history, and as this population ages, senior living amenities are becoming more diverse to accommodate a wider range of hobbies and activities. Cedar Mountain Retreat, a private pay Certified Family Home in Athol, Idaho strives to meet the needs of today’s elders through assisted living accommodations that include private bedrooms, three organic meals per day, outings, movie nights, game nights and more, all in a serene, picturesque environment.

Inna Epling, who owns Cedar Mountain Retreat with her husband, Jim, has several years of elder care experience. The first floor of the couple’s 4,000 square-foot house is dedicated to senior accommodations. There are two private carpeted bedrooms, each with a full-size bed and a 32-inch television. Residents have access to their own bathroom, kitchen and living room on the downstairs level. Radiant floor heat keeps the tiled floors of those rooms warm, and Jim notes that radiant heat, versus an HVAC system, produces fewer allergens. There is also a covered patio with an outdoor living space for residents to spend time outside.

During Inna’s years of working with elders, she’s seen how poor diets can cause inflammation in the body, thus leading to chronic illness. Because of this, she believes it’s important to provide three balanced meals per day, prepared with healthy, organic food. “So many diseases today are caused by what we eat and the kind of environments where we live,” she observes. “Through clean, nutritious food, we can at least slow down inflammation.”

Inna has also created a juicing program for residents interested in cleansing, and she will prepare meals for special diet plans such as Paleo, GAPS, vegetarian or ketogenic.

Staying mentally and physically active is also a key to longevity, so Inna and Jim, along with their sons, ages 13 and 15, provide a stimulating family environment with a host of activities. There are movie nights, a gaming night with Nintendo Wii bowling, and planned outings (based on the resident’s physical ability) such as water aerobics, exercise programs, walks and yoga.

Cedar Mountain Retreat is located in a quiet nature setting on five acres of land, yet amenities such as Farragut Park, downtown Coeur d'Alene and shopping are within a 30-minute drive. Complementary transportation to hair appointments, doctor’s visits, shopping and errands is also included in residents’ stay. “We understand how families are busy with full-time jobs and other responsibilities, so we provide the whole package—all aspects of daily living,” Inna says.

Cedar Mountain Retreat is located at 31353 N. Wester Ranch Rd., Athol, Idaho. For more information, call 208-661-4603 or email [email protected]

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.

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