Senior Housing

  • Key Differences Between Independent Living and Assisted Living

    In order to find the best fit for an aging loved one, it’s important to understand what types of housing and care are available and how they compare.

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  • How to Legally Force a Loved One to Move to a Senior Living Facility

    What is a caregiver to do when a senior refuses to move to long-term care but is no longer safe living at home? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when they are no longer competent.

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  • Needs Assessment: The First Step When Moving to Senior Housing

    Senior living communities conduct a needs assessment that measures potential residents’ physical and cognitive abilities to ensure that a senior’s needs match the services the community is able to provide.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • Emergency Planning: Is Your Loved One’s Long-Term Care Facility Prepared?

    Every long-term care facility should have a comprehensive disaster preparedness plan in place. Be sure to ask your loved one’s senior living community how they handle emergency situations like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods and fires.

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  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Housing Communities?

    Many independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and memory care centers can accommodate senior couples who wish to live together, even if each spouse has different care needs.

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  • Senior Housing Options for Dementia Patients

    Deciding what type of long-term care an aging loved one needs is far more complex when dementia is a factor. Explore senior housing options and the limitations of each when considering the appropriate level of care for a senior with dementia.

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  • Evaluating Senior Living Options

    As an elder’s care needs change over time, so will their housing options. Understand the differences between independent living, assisted living and nursing homes when deciding a senior's future housing plan.

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  • Choosing a Long-Term Care Facility: Tips from a Certified Nursing Assistant

    On senior living tours, guides often direct your attention to the shiny features they’re proudest of. These amenities may be great, but this checklist of essentials can clue you in to the subtler indicators of a quality community.

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  • When Is It Time to Hire Help at Home?

    Many seniors wish to remain in their own homes, and family caregivers are often able to provide the support they need for a time. However, it is important to understand when hiring in-home care becomes necessary for an aging loved one—and for yourself.

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  • CCRCs: The Sophisticated Way to Age In Place

    Continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) promise to care for you for the rest of your life, but they do so for a price.

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  • Renting vs. Buying in Senior Living Communities

    When considering the many different types of senior housing communities available, you may be faced with the decision to rent or buy. It’s important to consider an elder’s future care needs and finances before deciding which option is best.

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  • Roommates Help Older Adults Age in Place

    Many adults want to age in place, whether or not it's truly safe for them to do so. Discover the senior housing trend that can enable older individuals to maintain their independence and their safety.

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  • Why Size Matters When Choosing the Right Memory Care Community

    Choosing the right memory care community for a loved one with dementia can be daunting. There are many things to consider, but here's why you should always take size into account when making your decision.

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  • Seniors and Sex: Elder Care Facilities Attempt to Tackle Taboos

    A healthy sex life is important for all adults, and becomes even more essential as a person gets older, but sexually active seniors aren't often offered enough educational or emotional support from the elder care facilities where they live or society in general.

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  • Seniors Behaving Badly in Long-Term Care Facilities

    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.

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  • What’s the Difference Between Skilled Nursing Care and a Nursing Home?

    The terms skilled nursing facility (SNF) and nursing home are used interchangeably to describe residential long-term care settings for seniors. Skilled nursing care, as a service, can be provided by a home health aide in a senior's home.

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  • How to Talk to Elderly Parents About Assisted Living

    The conversation about moving to a long term care community or an assisted living facility doesn’t have to be difficult or emotionally charged. Use these tips to encourage discussions about senior housing before a crisis arises.

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  • How Involved Should Families Be When Elders Live in a Senior Living Facility?

    Striking a careful balance is crucial when it comes to visits and family involvement at a long-term care facility.

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  • Questions and Answers About Independent Living Communities

    Also known as retirement communities, independent living enables self-sufficient seniors to enjoy a social atmosphere, amenities, services and activities without any of the responsibilities and maintenance that come with home ownership.

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