Assisted Living Articles
On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These offerings may be great, but it is crucial to use an evidence-based method to determine the quality of care your loved one will receive.
Finding the right facility can make the transition process easier for all individuals involved. While researching, assess your loved one’s needs, budget, and personal preferences to ensure you make the best choice.
I recently toured a veteran's home in a midsize Minnesota town. The facility was beautifully designed and superbly run. The only thing that struck me as unusual was that I didn't notice any women.
For dementia patients, “home” is more than just a place where they had once lived. It’s a sense of love and safety that stems from their surroundings.
Finding the right assisted living community for a loved one can be tricky; in part because of confusing state-by-state regulations that govern everything from admission requirements, to who can (and cannot) provide care to elderly residents.
What is a caregiver to do when a loved one is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to a long-term care community?
Medicaid will pay for certain services for residents who qualify and are in an assisted living community. However, the cost of basic room and board will not be covered.
Purging personal belongings is not always a simple task, so do your best to understand how emotionally challenging this process can be. Keep these strategies in mind to make downsizing a more positive experience.
One of the reasons elders don’t want to move to assisted living is because they don’t want to give up their home, where they are comfortable and surrounded by personal belongings. But there are ways to make an assisted living residence feel like home.
Expert advice from Carol Bradley Bursack: How to talk with an angry mother-in-law about moving into assisted living.
It’s impossible to anticipate how a senior may interact with other residents and staff in settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes, but staff should be prepared to handle difficult interpersonal issues and defuse tensions.
Senior communities provide a safe environment with convenient meals and social opportunities in the base package. It’s very possible that the assisted living community will provide the hands-on services your elder requires, but it could be an added cost.
Meal time is a time for nutrition and socialization in assisted living communities and nursing homes. If your parent isn’t participating, it could signal a problem.
Watching for changes in behavior and memory when a senior lives in assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care facility needs to be a team effort between the staff at the community and the resident's caregiver and family.
Most families pay for assisted living out of their own pockets using a combination of Social Security, pensions, Veteran's benefits, home equity, and savings. Here are ways to pay for assisted living, some well-known; others not so common.
Moving a loved one into an assisted living community means being introduced to a whole new team of people responsible for making sure your loved one is safe and healthy. It's important to know who to go to when you have questions and concerns.
Experts share how to respond when discussing the move to senior living with parents who are resistant or refuse to move. – and how to address the 7 most common objections that elders have.
The conversation about moving to a retirement community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage a healthy discussion before a crisis arises.
Look for certain characteristics in the design of a senior community to gauge how socially engaged the residents may be.
How do families decide whether or not the children financially contribute to their parents’ assisted living care? And if they do, who pays how much?