Assisted Living (ALF) Articles

  • 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 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.

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  • How to Pay for Assisted Living

    Most people pay assisted living fees out-of-pocket, but there are several options for paying for assisted living that you should be aware of.

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  • How to Talk to Aging Parents About Assisted Living

    Talking to aging parents about assisted living can be tough. 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.

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

    Some families visit so often that they interfere with a loved one’s care, while others don’t visit at all. Finding a good balance between the two requires a positive attitude and common sense.

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  • Bob’s Place: A Personal Story of Finding an Assisted Living Community for Dad

    The transition to senior living can be difficult for the whole family, but careful research, plenty of tours, and a few personalized touches will ensure that you find the best housing option for your loved one.

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  • No Strings Attached: Trying Out Assisted Living

    Fear of the unknown often causes seniors to hesitate when it comes to moving to long-term care. Fortunately, more senior living communities are offering temporary stays, which allow potential residents to test the waters with no long-term commitment.

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  • How to Convince Your Parent to Move to Assisted Living

    Convincing a parent to move to assisted living could be beneficial for their social life, safety, and physical well-being. But how do you get stubborn aging parents to make the big move?

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  • Signs That It’s Time for a Senior to Move to Assisted Living

    Most seniors wish to age in place in their own homes, but sometimes the best option for keeping an aging loved one safe, healthy and active is to consider a move to an assisted living community.

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  • Assisted Living Questions and Answers

    Considering assisted living? When it comes time for a senior to find and transition into assisted living, caregivers and family members have lots of question. We've compiled common questions about finding, paying for and moving to an ALF.

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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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  • Documenting Life with Dementia

    Actress Connie Shulman discusses the life-altering impact of learning that her friend had frontotemporal dementia, and the importance of bringing awareness and support to families dealing with a dementia diagnosis.

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  • 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 is no longer safe living at home but refuses to consider moving to long-term care? Guardianship is a tool that allows adult children to make decisions on behalf of an aging parent when competency is in question.

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

    Before an elder moves in to any type of senior living community, the facility should conduct a thorough, first-hand assessment of the elderly person's physical and cognitive health.

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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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  • 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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  • Our family can't agree on whether or not mom should move to assisted living. What's the solution?

    My elderly mother has dementia. How do I get my siblings to stop fighting me about moving mom to assisted living? We are at a standstill.

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  • Questions & Answers About Continuing Care Retirement Communities

    Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) offer independent living, assisted living, nursing care, rehabilitative services on a single campus to accomodate seniors as they age and their housing and health care needs change.

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  • When Home Care Isn’t Enough: Evaluating Senior Living Options

    As a senior’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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  • Checklist for Caregivers: Finding Assisted Living

    To help caregivers find the best assisted living facility, here is a list of basic questions to ask when choosing assisted living for elderly parents.

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