Assisted Living (ALF)

  • 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.

  • How to Pay for Assisted Living

    Most seniors pay for assisted living privately using a combination of savings, Social Security benefits, pension payments and retirement accounts. However, there are some government programs and financial tools that can help cover assisted living costs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    You know that Mom and Dad could benefit from the social interaction, safety measures, and hands-on help that assisted living provides, but how do you get stubborn aging parents to move to an assisted living community?

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

    Wondering when to consider assisted living for an aging loved one? The rule of thumb is sooner rather than later. Ask yourself these simple questions to determine if it's time for assisted living.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    What is a caregiver to do when their elderly parent refuses assisted living or nursing home care but is no longer safe living at home? If the senior in question is no longer competent, then guardianship may be a solution.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Can Couples Live Together in Senior Living Communities?

    Making the move to a senior living community is always a major life change. When a couple can move together, this decision and the transition itself become a little easier.

  • 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.

  • 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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