Loved Ones Blog

5 Things Family Members Should Know When Choosing Assisted Living (Part 2)

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 8, 2017 11:14:00 AM

6. Understand what you are paying for. There are two main areas of cost typically under two separate agreements:

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, memory care, aging in place, senior care, independent living, skilled nursing, home care, senior housing, medical assessments, National Center for Assisted Living

5 Things Family Members Should Know When Choosing Assisted Living

Posted by Donna Cusano on Aug 1, 2017 3:32:40 PM

A transition into an assisted living or senior community is like any other move to a new home. It is a major life event, which requires advance research and consideration. There are ways to make this move, if needed, a right and healthy choice that is rational, affordable, and considers everyone’s emotional needs.

Here are five initial suggestions to start your research, which will take you through receiving a contract from a community you and your parent are considering. 

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, memory care, aging in place, senior care, independent living, skilled nursing, home care, senior housing, medical assessments, National Center for Assisted Living

“The Conversation”—Helping Your Aging Parent Who Doesn’t Want Help

Posted by Donna Cusano on Jul 19, 2017 1:37:36 PM

Daughter: “Dad, don’t you need some help managing the house and cooking for yourself? You’ve lost some weight. Your checking account isn’t up to date. You don’t hear the phone. And you tripped on the throw rug in the hall and bruised your arm. What if you fall and you can’t get up?”

Dad: “No, I don’t want strangers in the house. Why are you looking at my checking account? My shoe caught on the rug and I picked myself up. I’m fine. Stop treating me like an old helpless person!”

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, long-term care, nursing homes, aging in place, senior care, independent living, medical alarms, Area Agencies on Aging,

How Much are Preventable Hospitalizations Really Costing Seniors and Caregivers?

Posted by CarePredict on Jul 12, 2017 11:53:00 AM

Healthcare costs in 2017 are expected to continue to rise, even outpacing inflation and social security. The biggest concern many people have is how much unnecessary medical spending is costing them.

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Topics: assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health, Alzheimer’s, long-term care, memory care, dementia, measuring ADL, healthcare costs, medicare

Managing the Human Challenge of Dementia in Assisted Living

Posted by Donna Cusano on Jul 6, 2017 11:43:00 AM

For clinical and staff professionals in senior living communities, improving the quality of life for long-term care residents with dementia is part of the everyday mission of care. Over 50 percent of assisted living and nursing home residents have some form of cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s Association, 2007). The rapid growth of the 85+ population means this will only increase.

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Topics: measuring ADLs, assisted living, activities of daily living, senior living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health, Alzheimer’s, long-term care, fall prevention, memory care, cognitive function, cognitive decline, dementia, residential care

Common Ways to Identify Depression in Seniors

Posted by CarePredict on Jun 22, 2017 1:32:51 PM

People think that depression is a normal part of aging. Many view it as a senior’s typical reaction when transitioning to an assisted living community or when suffering from chronic illness or loss. However, researchers have found that depression among residents in senior living communities is not only common, but also undertreated.

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Topics: Depression, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, senior health

3 Warning Signs That Your Senior Loved One's Health is Declining

Posted by CarePredict on Jun 8, 2017 10:22:00 AM

We all know that as we age our bodies decline mentally and physically. What’s surprising is when we experience it firsthand with our parents and grandparents. It’s a wake-up call that we may not be prepared to deal with, because it’s too painful, frustrating or time-consuming.

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Topics: measuring ADLs, activities of daily living, aging seniors, senior loved ones health, functional health decline, senior health